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HEC, Huawei Impart Training on Smart University TechnologiesHEC, Huawei Impart Training on Smart University Technologies<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 1, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies Pakistan organized a one-week training for Huawei Certified Network Associate (Wi-Fi), under the ongoing Smart and Safe Campus programme of HEC. Dr. Fateh Marri, Member (Operations and Planning) HEC was chief guest in the closing ceremony held at the Commission Secretariat in Islamabad.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The training was aimed to equip the university workforce with latest technologies involved in the Smart and Safe Campus programme. It will not only increase their efficiency in performing relevant tasks at respective universities, but they will also be able to receive international certification of Network Professional upon passing professional examination.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 15 participants from different universities across Pakistan including Khuzdar, Quetta, Nawabshah, Jamshoro, D. G. Khan, Faisalabad, Mirpur, Islamabad and Bannu attended the week-long training. Huawei Technologies invited experts and resource persons to deliver technical training to these participants. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Smart and Safe Campus programme is a part of HEC's flagship Smart University Programme (SUP), which was launched in 2016 with the objective to equip universities across Pakistan with advanced Wi-Fi and enabling users to freely access internet indoors as well as outdoor in University campuses and provide 24/7 connectivity between students and the faculty. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose is to achieve delivery of maximum data rate to every user along with multiple services (blanket Wi-Fi Coverage, eduroam, Student Authentication, Guest Portal, URL Tracking and Logging etc). Additionally, monitoring systems have also been deployed, which would allow the institutes to access, monitor and manage their respective wireless networks.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Programme is of highly complex and technical nature which involves passive and active work, site surveys, constructions of Auto CAD maps, Wi-Fi Planning through Heat Maps, Extensive Coordination among the universities. Keeping in view the project magnitude and complexity, prima facie such programme has never been executed in such a large geographical area with such rapid deployment speed facing serious budget constraints.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking during the closing ceremony, Dr. Fateh Marri appreciated efforts of HEC and Huawei teams in delivering state-of-the-art technical trainings to university representatives from across Pakistan. He emphasized that technology is the backbone for any country's education sector, and that constant improvement such as broadening of Smart Classroom Project and other such initiatives are crucial need of the time. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The participants also appreciated the quality of training and emphasized that the training has increased their capability to manage large scale and complex networks in a much efficient manner. Mr. Muhammad Ali from People's University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah said, "HEC has initiated a best project for universities, which allows users to access network resources from anywhere, any university where smart project is installed." The participants say that it not only gives mobility, flexibility, reliability but is also secured network which can be monitored and hope that this project will continue further in other universities, and students will greatly benefit for their studies. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Muhammad Yasir Bhutta from Ghazi University said, "Smart University Project has bought skillful resources and also imparted their experience which they have while rolling out the project. This one window operation is helping universities to overcome their technical resource shortcomings." <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Waseem Murtaza from NUST said, "Excellent Smart University Wi-Fi project under the umbrella of HEC connects the whole Pakistan at a central point. Any university student, faculty or staff use his/her University credentials to connect SUP Wi-Fi anywhere in Pakistan and outside Pakistan using Eduroam SSID. While using Smart University Wi-Fi, students have free access to HEC digital library and researchers can upload their research paper free of cost." Ch. Abdullah Fayyaz Chattha, Naveed Tahir, Jawad Raza, Niaz Ali Shahrukh, Saqib Wahab and others also attended the closing ceremony. At the end, certificates were distributed among the participants.<br></p><p>===============<br></p>02-09-2019 06:06:21<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Observes Kashmir Solidarity HourHEC Observes Kashmir Solidarity Hour<p>Islamabad August 30, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, under the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, observed Kashmir Solidarity Hour on Friday to express unity with the people of Occupied Kashmir, who are living in curfew for over four weeks and are victims of Indian atrocities, oppression and injustice for over 70 years.  <br></p><p>The whole Pakistani nation observed Kashmir Solidarity Hour to send a strong message of unity and support to the Kashmiri brothers and sisters. <br></p><p>HEC and the academic fraternity also stands firmly in supporting Kashmiris' right to self determination as well as their struggle for freedom from illegal Indian oocupation.<br></p><p>During the Kashmir Solidarity Hour, national anthems of Pakistan and Kashmir were played followed by live telecast of Prime Minister's speech to the nation.<br></p><p>At HEC, the ceremony was attended by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC, Members of the Commission, prominently Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Dr. Shams Qasim Lakha as well as HEC Member Operations, Dr. Fateh Marri, divisional heads and all other employees. <br></p><p>===============<br></p>02-09-2019 06:03:52<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Professional Development Programme for New Faculty Members Concludes at HECProfessional Development Programme for New Faculty Members Concludes at HEC<p>Islamabad, August 9, 2019: A six-week skills based faculty professional development programme for newly appointed faculty members concluded under the auspices of the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), Islamabad. Twenty-six newly inducted faculty members from various Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from across Pakistan attended the programme. </p><p>The programme was developed with emphasis on principles and practices of effective teaching and research as core capacities of a faculty member, and to equip new faculty members with strategies and tools to overcome challenges of learners and develop in students critical thinking and practical skills.</p><p>Keeping in view the need to have an all-round performance by faculty members, the programme provided an immersive experience to transfer essential knowledge, skills and attitudes in three different themes, including Teaching and Learning; Research and University Governance; and Leadership.<strong> </strong></p><p>The participants were provided an opportunity to get hands-on training and informative sessions on topics of Basic Teaching and Learning, Lesson Planning, Microteaching, Course Designing, Student-centered Learning, Technology-inbuilt Learning, Research Design, Analyzing Research Results, Writing Winning Research Proposals, Managing a Research Team, Disseminating Research, Research and Aligning Impact, Convergent Research Class, Community-based Research, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, HEIs Governance, HEI Advancement, Communication, Building a Network, Self-Governance, Mentoring and Incorporating Leadership Qualities.</p><p>Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Mari, Member (Operations and Planning) HEC was chief guest in the certificate distribution ceremony. He appreciated efforts of NAHE for organizing the workshop. He said that the programme has provided a foundation and development plan for new faculty members to be involved and grow towards leadership in academic governance. </p><p>Dr. Marri emphasized on the important role of teachers as mentors, adding that this training would serve as a catalyst and help them further build their competencies.</p><p>Speaking on the occasion Mr. Fida Hussain, Director General NAHE appreciated efforts of Dr. Steven Burain, Lead Trainer of the Programme, and all other trainers. He also appreciated the participants for showing interest in this learning opportunity and encouraged them to remain engaged in life-long learning and disseminate their experiences and knowledge. </p><p>Dr. Steven Burain congratulated the participants on completion of the course and motivated them to remain focused towards their journey to become excellent teachers and researchers. </p><p>Apart from training sessions, the participants visited various HEIs of Islamabad. <br></p><p>===============<br></p>19-08-2019 07:31:18<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Huawei 5G Talent Ecological Development WorkshopHuawei 5G Talent Ecological Development Workshop<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, 18 July 2019- Huawei Technologies Pakistan Pvt. Ltd. and HEC jointly organized its first workshop on 5G Talent Ecological Development 2019 at HEC headquarters in Islamabad. It was part of Huawei and HEC long-term promising friendship.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The session was opened by key addresses from Huawei. Huawei highlighted the ever-growing need of keeping up with technological advancement pace to compete with the global market. The expert Niaz Ali Shahrukh said "Pakistan has a lot of potential and we need to develop a sustainable Ecosystem to support the industrial needs in the field of ICT". </p><p style="text-align:justify;">An expert in wireless technology, Mr. Binghui Zhu was invited from Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen to conduct the workshop. During his presentation he highlighted the importance of 5g wireless network technology, 5G evolution, industry progress, network transformation and industry application. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The second half of the day addressed aspects related to the 5G architecture and enabling technologies. Results from a number of interesting areas were presented, further development of trends and application, protocol standardization and progress global commercial deployment plan, global 5g insight and strategy were also shared with the participants. Lastly 5g model discussion, business model development, applications and cases, network technology and evolution was discussed to educate the researchers and influencers group.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A large number of 5G trials are currently being organized and implemented around the globe. In the current phase of 5G evolution, where the design phase has been successfully completed and the first set of standards has been released, the focus is now on trials. The objective of the workshop was to educate the concerned people about the high rising need of 5G to compete with the world. This was to identify and collect feedback from some of the ongoing 5G trials activities, and to discuss potential of market opportunities for 5G.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Around 350 participants from all walks of life attended and benefitted from the workshop. The workshop was accessible to far-flung areas through video conference link, so that most of the people could take advantage.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Among the participants were present IT experts, government officials, 5g researchers and innovators, telecom sector representatives, technology opinion leaders etc. The workshop was also accessible to far-flung areas through video conference link, so that most of the people could take advantage.<br></p>23-07-2019 09:46:06<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
1st Batch of Transportation Engineers Complete MS Studies under CRBC Scholarship Programme1st Batch of Transportation Engineers Complete MS Studies under CRBC Scholarship Programme<p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/english/scholarshipsgrants/lao/PublishingImages/CRBC-Final.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />​<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">The graduation ceremony for the first batch of Pakistani students of Transportation Engineering was held at the College of Transportation, Southeast University, China under the auspices of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Scholarship Programme. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">The Higher Education Commission and CRBC had inked a Document of Understanding for this Masters Studies programme for Pakistani students in 2017. It is said to be the first postgraduate level plan in transportation sector for countries along the Belt and Road Initiative and is strongly supported by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission and HEC Pakistan. <br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Mr. Ye Chengyin, Deputy General Manager CRBC, Mr. Ren Lijian, Vice Principal, Southeast University (SEU) and other distinguished guests attended the ceremony wherein 10 Pakistani students were issued the graduate certificate and were awarded special souvenirs.<br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Currently, the second batch of 29 Pakistani students is also studying in SEU while the third batch of another 29 students is planning to study for Masters degree from September 2019. <br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Speaking during the ceremony, Mr. Chengyin said that under the guidelines of Belt and Road Initiative, CRBC will try its utmost to be a pacesetter in infrastructure connectivity as well as pioneer and contributor to closer people-to-people ties. <br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">CRBC started cooperation with HEC and Southeast University in 2017, initiating the programme "Inherit Pak-China Friendship, Hundred Talents Study Financing Programme" which will fully fund 100 people including in-service staff members for higher education in China. It aims to develop professionals in transportation field in Pakistan and cultivate senior technical and management personnel for CPEC construction.<br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Mr. Lijian said that SEU is a first-class university in China, which pays great attention to cooperation and exchanges with countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.<br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Representative of Pakistani students, Mr. Qamar Zaman Bhatti said that SEU is his second hometown where he was kindly treated by teachers and students, learnt many new skills, made new friends. He said that he would make all-out effort to contribute for development of CPEC as well as China-Pakistan friendship.<br></span></p><p><br></p>22-07-2019 06:10:22<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, Vice Chancellors Discuss Implementation of Associate DegreeHEC, Vice Chancellors Discuss Implementation of Associate Degree<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, July 19, 2019: The objective of phasing out two-year BA/ BSc degree programme, replacing it with Associate Degree and subsequent alignment with the four-year BS programme, is to ensure that students pass out after acquiring a broad-based education and have practical skills to compete in the field, and contribute for socio-economic development in the country.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) while addressing a special consultative session on the launch of Associate Degree with the Vice Chancellors and Rectors, held at HEC Secretariat on Friday. A number of university heads joined the session through video conferencing.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said that a well thought-out and carefully examined notification has been issued on July 11, 2019, in the wake of 17 years of consultation, to phase out two year BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes. The new nomenclature, Associate Degree, shall be adopted in all documents and announcements related to two-year post-higher secondary or equivalent programmes and the previous nomenclature of BA/BSc programmes shall be discontinued. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that quality has long been a burning issue and HEC has expedited its efforts to ensure quality at all levels of higher education. "We need to ask ourselves as to what are the competencies required in our degree holders and how these competencies can be developed."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In light of this decision, he said, the students admitted in 2018 will get degrees in 2020 and their degrees will be considered valid, while the admissions after 2018 will be awarded the Associate Degree.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman made it clear that the Universities are allowed to gradually move from the current programme offerings to fulfillment of new requirements. He explained that the Universities and affiliated colleges may make step-by-step progress towards the goal. "By the end of 2020, we must be in a position to make the transition smoothly. HEC will be in close coordination with universities to identify and overcome all possible challenges for this transition."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Vice Chancellors expressed a number of concerns with regard to implementation of the decision, especially with regard to private students, distance education, capacity building of college teachers, curriculum, bridging courses and infrastructure. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri assured the Vice Chancellors that all the details will be worked out over the next 12 months in consultation with Vice Chancellors as well as other higher education departments, technical boards, and faculty members. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that currently distance education programmes have been endorsed for only two universities. However, other universities have submitted proposals to restart distance education. He said HEC will work with the universities in order to build capacity of faculty and equipping them to meet requirements of the new system. "Funds are being mobilised to provide faculty with practical training opportunities." <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On the occasion, Dr. Zulfiqar Gillani, Curriculum Expert in HEC said that consultative sessions were held across the country before issuance of the last notification regarding transition to the four-year and Associate Degree programmes. He said HEC is in process of developing guidelines and policies with respect to implementation of the decision. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The two-year curriculum will be very closely aligned to four-year curriculum structure," he assured. He said no change is being made in enrolment process, as students will be enrolled for Associate Degree programme. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Vice Chancellors appreciated the efforts of HEC for looking into the education and skill requirements of youth. "Such interventions are very important in terms of upgradation of structure and response to the prevailing market needs."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>20-07-2019 10:24:59<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Factual Situation regarding HEC’s Smart University ProgrammeFactual Situation regarding HEC’s Smart University Programme<p>Islamabad, July 12, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has rejected the allegations contained in a news item entitled "HEC project to equip varsities with WiFi yet to be completed", as being based on false and misleading information. <br></p><p>The HEC Smart University project is proceeding well ahead of its schedule and within its approved budget. It is one of the fastest executed programmes in the Asia Pacific region. Any allegation to the contrary is completely false and without foundation. The project was approved in 2015, at a total cost of Rs. 2.4 billion. There is no change in the contract cost since then. Work on the project started in 2016, and is scheduled to be completed in eight years, i.e. 2024. The allocation is to be spent in eight years, and not in the first two or three years of the project. However, the main deployment of the equipment (Phase-I of the project) will be completed in 2019. It is fully on schedule and all targets will be met. <br></p><p>The aim of the project is to equip university campuses with blanket WiFi coverage, in order to enable the deployment of other smart instruments as needed. The project has provided a suite of important services to thousands of students and faculty members across the country. This includes blanket wifi coverage, student authentication, guest WiFi portals for visitors, and eduroam (a secure, world-wide roaming access service available in thousands of locations across over 100 countries worldwide).<br></p><p>Due to the overwhelming positive response from universities, the scope of coverage was expanded to include hostels as well. This was done before the launch of Phase-I, and with the consent of all stakeholders including a high level steering committee comprised of Vice Chancellors, senior government officials, and higher management of HEC. <br></p><p>So far, a total of 63 universities have been facilitated with blanket Wi-Fi connectivity. This has been done with the fulfillment of all legal, codal, and procedural formalities for contracts and payments. HEC has strict rules regarding compliance with legal provisions. No payments can be made without proper pre-audit. Any delays in the execution result in the imposition of financial penalties on the providers as per contract. The contractors are required to obtain acceptance certificates from universities on completion of installation. <br></p><p>The allegations contained in the news are baseless and display no understanding of the quality or operation of the project.<br></p><p>===============<br></p>15-07-2019 11:13:00<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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