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Steps Taken to Alleviate Unemployment of PhDsSteps Taken to Alleviate Unemployment of PhDs<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​Efforts to alleviate unemployment of PhDs has begun to bear fruits</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 17, 2019: Vice Chancellors have committed themselves to reviewing CVs uploaded on HEC website.  Recently, Shaheed Benezir Bhutto University Banazirabad has decided to offer jobs to 22 PhDs out of the 105 CVs in relevant disciplines. Similar decisions are likely to follow as other universities complete their recruitment formalities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In this regard, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC convened a meeting of all relevant Programme Coordinators at HEC to review the recommendations made by representatives of the unemployed PhDs. The meeting led to a number of decisions including: </p><ol style="text-align:justify;"><li>Launch of an exclusive research grant program which will be open to unemployed PhDs on competitive basis. The applicants will have to affiliate themselves with a university on an honorary basis in order to apply for the grant.</li><li>Establishment of a Committee, to be chaired by Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Director, IBA Karachi to undertake an in-depth analysis of teacher-student ratio in various programs and recommend guidelines and standards for the enhancement of quality.</li><li>Establishment of a Committee to be chaired by Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIU Islamabad to review the practice of over-reliance on visiting faculty and recommend guidelines and standards to reinforce. </li><li>Commission a study on the employment trends in various disciplines, in order to enable universities to focus their resources in fields where there is a high demand. In this regard, the HEC has already shared available information on unemployed PhDs with universities and, advised them not to launch programs in areas where there is excess supply. </li><li>HEC has already collected data on unemployed PhDs and has set a target date of 31<sup>st</sup> January, 2019 for the launch of a consolidated Academic Jobs Portal.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">The above decisions were made in response to a petition sent by representatives of unemployed PhDs following their meeting with the Chairman HEC and Mr. Naeem ul Haq, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister.   </p><p>===============</p>17-01-2019 19:21:03<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, Microsoft Launch Imagine Cup 2019HEC, Microsoft Launch Imagine Cup 2019<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HEC, Universities Sign MoU to Collaborate for EduTV</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Caption-1: Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) addresses a ceremony organised in connection with launch of Imagine Cup 2019. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Caption-2: Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar and Vice Chancellors of different universities sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop collaboration for functioning of EduTV. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 15, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft, Pakistan launched Imagine Cup 2019 during a ceremony held at the Commission Secretariat on Tuesday. The ceremony also marked signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between HEC and five universities for collaboration in functioning of HEC EduTV.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC graced the occasion as chief guest. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC, Mr. Abid Zaidi, Country Manager Microsoft, Mr. Mike Yeah, Assistant General Council, Microsoft, Middle East and a number of Vice Chancellors, faculty members and students were also present.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Imagine Cup is one of Microsoft's many efforts to transform skill development, nurture budding technologists and foster collaborative and innovative spirit.  This global technology competition boasts of several success stories emerging from the competition. It is a vibrant platform to innovate, get recognised and eventually get enabled to bring about a positive change.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Imagine Cup continues to foster innovation among students and enables them to transform their ambitions into reality. The winner team will now represent Pakistan at the upcoming worldwide finals to compete among global teams for a USD $100,000 prize.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Banuri underlined that imagination is the real essence of education as well as human life and spirit. "Imagination enables the mankind to design other possible worlds. Imagination is not about technology, but it is all about the human beings." He stressed that imagination and curiosity play a vital role in solving problems and the development and use of technology is pivotal to materialise imaginations.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman appreciated the NUST SEECS (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) who won the Imagine Cup 2018 national finals. He said the young minds of Pakistan have a great potential and imagination skills. "We need your brain power to solve our problems and transform the challenges facing our country into opportunities," he emphasised. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said that HEC plans to move towards paperless office. He added that a job portal has been created where the academia, especially universities, can post their jobs and find suitable candidates. Highlighting the importance of Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS), he said a Campus Management System is being evolved to bring all the HEC technology-linked initiatives onto a single platform. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said Imagine Cup provides youth with education, exposure, and networking opportunity. He said that networking is a part and parcel of the partnership between HEC and Microsoft. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Mr. Abid Zaidi said Microsoft strives to bring the right set of tools and technology towards the students so that they can change the work for the better. He observed that Pakistani students are the agents of change and they need the right set of tools to succeed. He stated that as a technology company, Microsoft wants to empower students and enable them to shape the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Microsoft Imagine Cup continues to witness strong participation from Pakistan, as well as world over. Under Education Transformation Agreement, HEC and Microsoft work in partnership to enable student-centric learning, enhance education with powerful software tools and improve the efficiency of education systems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The agreement is aimed at supporting all communities, enabling them to enjoy social benefits of a well-educated population. It encompasses training for educators and educational leaders, conducting research for innovations, and building professional communities to ensure that every student has the benefit of a global network of empowered educators. The key strategic aims of this partnership include transformation of learning and innovation and develop 21<sup>st</sup> Century Skills and Employability.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">On the occasion, HEC signed an MoU with Lahore Garrison College, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Shaheed Zulfiqat Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Sindh Madrasatul Islam, Karachi, and, University of Gujrat to collaborate in functioning of HEC EduTV. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>15-01-2019 11:22:43<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Advises Universities to Abide by GuidelinesHEC Advises Universities to Abide by Guidelines<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 10, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has advised the universities to ensure adherence to its guidelines for the launch of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a letter addressed to Vice Chancellors and Rectors of all public and private sector universities, HEC has reiterated that National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) has approved the DPT curriculum and recommended that DPT can only be taught in universities which have relevant faculty, infrastructure, required laboratories, and attached hospitals for clinical practice. FSc/ HSSC or equivalent (Pre-medical with minimum 60 per cent marks) will be the basic entry level educational requirement for admission in DPT programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is reiterated that minimum requirement for launching of DPT programme is attachment of 200-bed hospital with well-equipped physical therapy department, besides other pre-requisites of faculty and infrastructure.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Failure to abide by the accreditation requirements will lead to halting of the academic programme, or closure of the institution in case of repeated violation.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>10-01-2019 11:14:41<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Turkish Ambassador Calls on Chairman HECTurkish Ambassador Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 2, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) wants to further strengthen academic relations with Turkish higher education institutions, as the two countries enjoy strong historical fraternal bonds at all levels.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC while talking to Mr. Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, who called on him at the Commission Secretariat on Wednesday. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri stressed the need for expanding the scope of collaborative endeavours between Pakistan and Turkey. He said Islamabad National University (INU) has been launched at the former Prime Minister House which will conduct research in areas relevant to national needs. Prime Minister Imran Khan wants this university to be a paramount institution which may attract scholars and students from across the world. He added that work is underway on involving partner countries and volunteers in conceptualising and implementing the idea.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Expressing his interest in INU, the Ambassador assured Dr. Banuri of his all-out support in the initiatives meant to make INU a world-class university. He informed the Chairman that he recently visited a number of Pakistani universities to explore avenues for academic collaboration in high quality research. He said Turkey wants to deepen educational relations with Pakistan, as it believes education is the key to progress and prosperity. He mentioned Turkey's support in setting up a Centre of Excellence for vocational training. Collaborative research sponsored through HEC and Turkish higher education authority will be mutually beneficial and will help prepare quality human resources in both countries.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman informed the Ambassador about HEC's plan to set up National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) to provide trainings to potential university leadership, faculty, and university staffs. He said the Prime Minister is committed to educational reforms, especially bringing madressahs into the national mainstream. Turkish experiment in the area is useful for Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To this, the Ambassador said Turkish universities managerial system is being channalised and Turkey will extend all possible support in materialising the HEC's plan of establishing NAHE.    </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>02-01-2019 14:52:20<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria Calls on Chairman HECAmbassador of Pakistan to Austria Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, December 26, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) accords high importance to engagement with the international world for academic and research activities as it will help develop the higher education sector.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC while talking to Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria who called on him at the Commission Secretariat on Wednesday.        </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri asserted that the government and HEC welcome the world partners with open arms to collaborate in service, instruction and research endeavours. He stressed the need for efforts to promote exchange of students and faculty members. "HEC looks forward to placement of Pakistani faculty at international organisations for a specific period of time in order to expand their exposure," he underlined. He maintained that this will also help control brain drain from Pakistan. He emphasised on addressing visa restrictions for students aspiring to take admission in Austrian higher education institutions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador said that efforts are afoot to address visa issues, adding that there are a number of collaborative opportunities for Pakistani students and scholars to pursue their advanced studies and research in Austrian institutions. He said entities like Austrian Academy of Sciences, and International Anti-Corruption Academy, Laxenburg can be approached to seek collaboration for education programmes and capacity building of Pakistani students, faculty members, and researchers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri expressed his desire for revival of Pakistan's membership of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg. To this, the Ambassador assured him of his full cooperation to revive Pakistan's membership of this important institution. Ambassador Khan promised to promote closer collaborative professional relations between Pakistan and Austrian Academies of Sciences to promote innovative joint research that is mutually beneficial.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>26-12-2018 18:25:11<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC’s Launch Conference of Islamabad National University ConcludesHEC’s Launch Conference of Islamabad National University Concludes<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, December 22, 2018: The two-day Launch Conference of the Islamabad National University (INU) entitled "Emerging Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan" organized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) concluded here at the former Prime Minister House on Saturday. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference encompassed four thematic areas including Governance, Development, Climate, and Technology. It was attended by a large number of field experts from across Pakistan as well as expatriate Pakistani and foreign academicians. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">INU is envisioned as an apex institution designed to support research-based policy formulation. It will initially consist of an Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), which will be charged with providing a science-based annual report to the government on emerging challenges confronting Pakistan and the world, and the menu of options for addressing these challenges.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Sania Nishtar, Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme, was chief guest of the closing ceremony. Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC and Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC also graced the occasion.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the gathering, Dr. Nishtar said the conference was of great importance as it provided a discourse about knowledge, learning and policy. She said knowledge and evidence have a critical role in driving decision making process of a country. She added that the conference kicked off the launch of a new university charged with analytical thinking and foresight to identify and help address challenges. "A forward-looking academia will provide evidence based research solutions for policy formulation," she elaborated. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">She revealed that decision making in the public sector used to be guided by Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adding that it has turned out to be a worldwide consensus that it is imperative to analyse threats and opportunities and develop own capacities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She hoped that HEC will take the foresight exercise forward while directing it to outcomes based on strengthened system, transparency, and economic gains. She emphasised on incentivising and taking private sector on board while framing research agenda.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his vote of thanks, Lt. Gen. (R.) Muhammad Asghar assured that HEC will take tangible measures to fulfil the tasks assigned to it. He extended gratitude to international partners who contributed to the success of conference either in individual capacity or representing institutions. He also thanked the Vice Chancellors, scholars and partners from Pakistan for their valuable outputs. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier, presenting recommendations of the conference, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Chaudhary, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Utah said that in all the sessions, the experts reviewed the quantity and quality of knowledge already developed and applied to policy innovation and implementation, and identified the persistent gaps in knowledge development, exchange and application.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference participants emphasized the need to create capacities to capitalize on various opportunities, and accelerate efforts for knowledge creation through applied research and its sharing.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deliberations under the Governance Theme focused on transparency, administrative efficiency, security and devolution. Improved governance was viewed as a pre-condition not only for the successful implementation of socioeconomic development agenda.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The discussion under the development focused on addressing issues related to expansion and provision of social services such as affordable housing quality education, and improved health facilities. All of which have to be insured through improved urban planning and economic management.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The climate theme covered discussions on impact of climate on water and food security, glaciers, energy and managing climate change induced disasters. The participants identified several challenges emanating from climate change. The experts emphasized the need for more research and knowledge both on the prediction side and on the adaptation front.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The fourth thematic area was technology. The participants noted that there are tremendous applications of technology in different sectors and hence can provide solutions to major problems Pakistan is facing in areas of health, energy, agriculture, environment, etc. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that HEC will serve as a point of collaboration to support the mapping of recommended research actions with what is going on in other leading International and Pakistani institutions, and will facilitate partnerships by providing access to wide variety of knowledge and research. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>22-12-2018 17:49:33<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Islamabad National University Launched at Prime Minister HouseIslamabad National University Launched at Prime Minister House<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, December 21, 2018: Islamabad National University (INU) was launched at PM House on Friday. Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over the inauguration ceremony of the two-day launch conference. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference that has brought together experts from all over Pakistan as well as many renowned scholars from China, US and European countries, is focusing on how the new University will help in addressing the emerging challenges and converting them into opportunities for Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Initially, the Institute of Advanced Studies will be established at this University. The Institute will build relevant in-house research teams, which in turn will engage and collaborate with researchers and research institutions within the country and overseas. In particular, it will collaborate with and guide various centres of advanced studies established by HEC in recent years. Subsequently, in order to sustain and enhance the quality of research programmes, INU will initiate PhD level programmes in critical fields and focus on using the research impact on socio-economic development of Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that this university will not just be a symbolic representation of what "we envisage for our youth but also become a centre which will provide research based guidance for all the social, economic as well as institutional challenges. There is no second opinion that nations cannot progress without quality education in general and particularly higher education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We have everything for us in the governance system of <em>Riasat e Madina</em>. It was that great vision which helped Muslims become great academics and researchers for many centuries." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Shedding light on his vision to turn PM House into a world-class university, he said the Government is committed to remove the colonial legacy of grandeur and promote simplicity. "We will create awareness among the masses so that they can protect their rights." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Prime Minister emphasised that human development is the major means of national and social prosperity. "This University will be an autonomous entity and will function without any government intervention. It will take a start from a very good institution, maintain its progress, and turn into a centre of excellence which will attract scholars from across the world to help find solutions to national and global problems," he said this while referring to the 'House of Wisdom', a major Abbasid academy set up by Khalifa Haroon ur Rasheed. He stressed the need for efforts to ensure the rise of downtrodden segments of society, which he said is impossible without quality education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Pointing out the financial crisis facing the country, he assured that the government will fully support the growth of higher education. He said the money recovered through the government's accountability drive will be channelised for meeting our educational goals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training appreciated HEC for its efforts to promote higher education and research. He underscored that establishment of INU is a step towards fulfilment of government's commitment to make best public use of the lavish government estates. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"INU is envisioned as an apex institution designed to support research-based policy formulation. It will initially consist of an Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), which will be charged with providing a science-based annual report to the government on emerging challenges confronting Pakistan and the world, and the menu of options for addressing these challenges."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He also thanked the partner countries, institutions, and expatriate Pakistani experts for their support to set up INU. He explained that INU will be dedicated to helping Pakistan address its emerging challenges. "It will be a national institution of international standard and will become a symbol of new Pakistan," he affirmed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister for his personal commitment to converting the PM House building into a university. He stated that the academic community firmly stands behind the government agenda to move towards simplicity, efficiency and service to community. He said the design of new university is driven by effective use of public money, demonstration of values, and finding solution to challenges facing the country. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman explained that there is a long list of emerging challenges and opportunities clustered into four themes. He thanked the Prime Minister for considering HEC's proposal to make Institute of Advanced Studies work as a think tank and carry out research and education programmes. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"HEC will ensure that the University begins to deliver from day one and continue on the path to excellence," he stated, adding that the scientific community has a great role to ensure continuation of the university's service to Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri urged the government to ensure secure financial support to higher education sector. He said the sector needs increased finances to enhance enrolment. He promised wise use of money, rationalising the investment structure, and creating a stable system to achieve the goal of creating a knowledge-based economy. He emphasised on measures to protect the autonomy of HEC and universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the conference, Mr. Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan congratulated the government on the launch of INU. "This is another demonstration of Pakistani government's commitment to promoting higher education." He informed the audience that 25000 Pakistani students are currently acquiring education in Chinese institutions. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that the Chinese government pledged during the Prime Minister's visit to China that it will award more scholarships to Pakistani students, and that China will continue to be a strong partner for development of education sector in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Ishrat Hussain, former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Norman Waitzman, Vice Chancellor, University of Utah, USA, Dr. Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean, Pardee School of Global Studies, Bostan University, and Dr. Umer Saif, former Vice Chancellor, Information Technology University, Lahore shed light on governance, development, climate change, and technology, respectively. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Ishrat Hussain underlined that governance is the biggest challenge amidst the phenomenon of knowledge growing exponentially. He stressed the need for adopting a model of governance that promotes certainty about future. He emphasised that INU should be a prototype for new type of governance characterized by transparency and good management. It must bring about innovation, experimentation and flow of new ideas in order to keep pace with the world in the 21<sup>st</sup> century, he concluded.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sharing his views on development, the second theme of the conference, Dr. Norman Waitzman said development denotes holistic progress in all key sectors including education, health, and urbanisation etc. He said the emerging challenges of the current era require new research and monitoring, evaluation and impact of research.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Adil Najam highlighted the challenges caused by climate change. He termed the climate change is also Pakistan's biggest opportunity. Our response to climate change will create new prospects of growth. He stressed the need for collaboration and excellence while making advancement in science by its application to society. Translating the climate problems into opportunities for Pakistan is a need of the hour, he said. He added that water is the single biggest climate issue of Pakistan. He stressed that Pakistan needs to decide to proceed towards an economy that provides solution to climate related problems. He emphasised the need for bringing all centres of excellence of Pakistan together to collaboratively resolve the national issues. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Umer Saif urged the academic community to pay due importance to technology and innovation as the world is being changed by the fourth industrial revolution. He said the large population of youth in Pakistan increases its potential to head towards a knowledge-based economy. He said technology can be better utilised in Pakistan as it is a country with more internet users as compared to Canada. He revealed that it is always hard to shun old habits and traditions and turn into a new and emerging way of living. However, he said, it is imperative for Pakistan to leapfrog from the second industrial revolution to the fourth through relevant and rigorous higher education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Asad Jamal, venture capitalist, termed the 21<sup>st</sup> century goldmine is technology and youth, and said that using brainpower may help promote a startup and entrepreneurial culture. Giving example of China, he said nine internet companies among top 20 firms belong to China as the country focuses on technological advancement. He said youth is the most precious resource of Pakistan. Let's educate the youth, empower them, and cultivate in them a strong craving for excellence in science, technology and success, he underlined. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The outcomes of the thematic roundtables will spell out the way forward for the new institutions and help identify the key partner institutions and individuals from Pakistan and abroad.</p><p style="text-align:center;">………………….</p>21-12-2018 14:54:22<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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