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No Deferment of 4-year Undergraduate and 2-year Associate degrees: HECNo Deferment of 4-year Undergraduate and 2-year Associate degrees: HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, July 6, 2021: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has clarified that all news items circulating in the press and electronic media regarding deferment of the four-year Undergraduate and two-year Associate Degrees Programmes by HEC, published in context of the Vice Chancellors' Committee Meeting held on July 2, 2021, are<strong> misleading and incorrect</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Both the programmes are intact and shall continue as earlier. The enforcement of the policy prescribed in the HEC's Notification dated July 11, 2019, regarding "Transition from BA/BSc Programme to Associate Degree Programmes: Phasing Out of MA/MSc Programmes" shall continue in letter and spirit. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A meeting of all the Vice Chancellors was jointly chaired by Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director, HEC and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, Chair, VC Committee Meeting /Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University on July 02, 2021. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The meeting was convened on the request of Vice Chancellors who raised certain issues in implementation of HEC's Undergraduate Education Policy and Policy on PhD Degree Programmes (2021). All points of concern were thoroughly debated, and in accordance with the majority opinion, the following recommendations were made for consideration by the Commission. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The recommendation for deferring implementation of both the policies i.e., Undergraduate Education Policy and Policy on PhD Degree Programmes (2021) until Fall 2022 may be placed before the Commission, HEC's governing body, for consideration. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Committee of Vice Chancellors would meet in fourth week of July 2021 for three days to debate issues and come up with practicable solutions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The summary based on the recommendations of the Vice Chancellors would be taken to the Commission highlighting the factual position and requesting for allowing proposed amendments to facilitate implementation of the two policies. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The universities that are willing to adopt or have already adopted Undergraduate Education Policy and/or Policy for PhD Programmes may continue with its implementation diligently.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>08-07-2021 07:29:07<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Launches E-Courses on Policies about Harassment, Students with DisabilitiesHEC Launches E-Courses on Policies about Harassment, Students with Disabilities<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, June 16, 2021: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has launched e-courses on its policies on "Protection against Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)" and "Policy for Students with Disabilities in HEIs" to make Pakistani universities safer and more inclusive for students, faculty and administrative staff. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The e-courses have been launched in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Australian High Commission in Pakistan. The National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) will host the e-courses that will promote awareness and outreach of these policies. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the virtual launching ceremony, Executive Director HEC Dr. Shaista Sohail said that the role of HEIs was instrumental to emphasize and promote the significance of practicing basic principles and high moral grounds. She informed the participants that two per cent scholarships are specified for students with disabilities in the Prime Minister's Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. She hoped that the coordinated efforts will not only make HEIs safer and inclusive, but will also improve students' overall academic accomplishments.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Resident Representative UNDP Knut Otsby asserted that, "If we want to encourage the youth to stay in higher education and continue to make progress on the SDGs commitments to provide equal access to women to obtain a tertiary education, we must ensure that young people are able to attain education in a safe, culturally appropriate and equitable environment." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Deputy High Commissioner Joanne Frederiksen said that "This is an important step for promoting inclusion on campus. We are heartened by HEC's leadership in this area, and encourage Vice-Chancellors to ensure faculty staff and students to complete the e-courses." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Country Representative UN Women Ms. Sharmeela Rasool observed that a vast majority of women were still unaware of the protection available to them through legislations. She stressed the need for creating awareness among women about the legal protection. Rector NAHE Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali said that the Academy was a national institution for capacity building of academic leaders, faculty and staff. "One of the aspects of capacity building is to translate the rules and regulation into knowledge." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his closing remarks, Adviser Coordination HEC, Mr. Awais Ahmad reiterated HEC's pledge to continue partnering with national and international entities to build awareness and capacity for operationalizing these policies. He highlighted that the creation of Students Services Division at HEC and inclusion of mandatory requirement for students to join clubs, societies, and sports under HEC Undergraduate Education Policy will create leadership opportunities to work with wider higher education constituencies in building understanding and compliance of two policies. In addition, plans to develop an umbrella PC-I to gradually support universities in remodeling infrastructure, labs and equipment, and policies for control of tobacco and drug abuse, and use of security cameras in campuses are a few of many initiatives being executed to build a free, tolerant, safe and supportive, learning environment in HEIs. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p>17-06-2021 07:23:55<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Press Release: NAHE Launches Internationally Recognized Fellowship for IPFP FellowsPress Release: NAHE Launches Internationally Recognized Fellowship for IPFP Fellows<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, June 9, 2021: The IPFP Fellows, who have successfully completed the National Faculty Development Programme (NFDP), are now eligible to apply for an internationally recognized Fellowship in teaching and learning launched by the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) in collaboration with the British Council's Pak-UK Education Gateway programme and Advance HE, UK. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">There are now over 140,000 Fellows recognized by the Advance HE Fellowship Scheme worldwide. Advance HE is a global not-for-profit charity headquartered in the UK. Using their expertise and sharing best practice, they work to improve higher education for all. Advance HE has expertise in governance, leadership development, teaching and learning enhancement, and equality, diversity, and inclusion. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Higher Education Commission (HEC) launched the Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) programme to create an opportunity for fresh PhDs to obtain academic experience and mentorship for one year in higher education institutions (HEIs), federal/provincial government postgraduate colleges, or public sector R&D organizations, prior to their formal entry into the academic job market. The IPFP was established in 2009 and last revised in 2019. The core objective of the programme is to assist fresh PhD graduates in acquiring the competencies and professional characteristics required for effective teaching and research and ultimately for success in the academic profession.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to the IPFP Programme benefits already in place, including automatic eligibility to attend NFDP, CPD opportunities, one-year placement in an HEC recognized host institution, mentorship, monetary benefits, and Start-up Research Grant Programme (SRGP), IPFP Fellows will now be eligible to apply for this internationally recognized Fellowship. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Fellowship in teaching and learning demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education and offers the fellowship awardees a distinct professional standing. Advance HE Associate Fellowship offers the successful IPFP Fellows an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to professional practices in HEIs in Pakistan in teaching and learning excellence and get acknowledged for their commitment aligned with the internationally recognized UK Professional Standards Framework.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>09-06-2021 11:36:31<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
National Technology Council to hold Webinars on Latest Tech TrendsNational Technology Council to hold Webinars on Latest Tech Trends<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, May 6, 2021: The National Technology Council (NTC) will hold a series of webinars on various facets of technology and the latest technological trends amidst the hardships stirred by COVID-19 and the resultant lockdowns. The first webinar of the series, entitled "Using Existing Technology to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine in Pakistan" will be held on May 19, 2021. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The webinars will cover topics such as COVID-19 vaccine development, improving solar panel technology to make it user-friendly and aesthetically appealing, automotive technology, and energy-efficient and green building technology, etc.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a virtual meeting, presided over by NTC Chairman Mr. Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, the Council reiterated its resolve to pursue NTC's agenda of quality assurance in the technical education through programme accreditation and registration of technologists during the prevailing critical time. It was decided to continue the NTC quality assurance programmes, including accreditation and registration of graduates, while following the COVID-19 protocols.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The meeting participants underlined that the quality and standards of subject content need constant up-gradation with a special focus on curriculum. They prioritised 10 engineering technologies, in which the higher education institutions are running four-year degree programnes, for curriculum development. Prof. Dr. Inayat Ullah Babar, Vice Chancellor, University of Engineering Technology, Taxila, and a member of the NTC's governing body, shall be the focal person for this initiative.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It was further decided that the NTC will strengthen its social media handles to provide real-time information for public, technologists, and stakeholders.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>06-05-2021 20:02:15<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEDP holds its Third Steering Committee MeetingHEDP holds its Third Steering Committee Meeting<p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/english/news/news/PublishingImages/Press-Release-Pictures/Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad- May 1, 2021: The Higher Education Development in Pakistan (HEDP) project held its third Steering Committee (SC) meeting at HEC office Islamabad. Presided by the Executive Director HEC, Dr. Shaista Sohail, the meeting was attended by key SC members from all provinces. The committee consists of senior officials from key federal ministries and provincial departments of higher education, Vice Chancellors of universities from across Pakistan, and industrial representative.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEDP is a five-year project (2019/20 – 2023/24) being implemented by HEC to expand upon its key higher education priorities. It aims to support research excellence in strategic sectors of the economy, improve teaching and learning, and strengthen governance in higher education. The project comprises of five key components which include improving and expanding research grants, roll out of the new undergraduate education policy, extending Pakistan Education & Research Network (PERN) to universities and affiliated colleges, Higher Education Management Information Systems and Data Repository, and establishment/strengthening of National Academy of Higher Education – NAHE.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Project Coordinator, Ms. Maryam Riaz gave an overview of the project, its restructuring and future plans. The restructuring focuses on the changes necessary due to the circumstances higher education faces due to COVID. Extensive use of latest technology in higher education is a key element of restructuring. The new technology initiatives include state of the art Learning Management System to help improve the quality of online learning and make it accessible even in the remote areas of Pakistan. Blockchain technology will be implemented to ease the process of degree verification and attention thus saving the students money and time it takes to get degrees attested. It will help address and eradicate the issue of fake degrees.  Latest Enterprise Resource Planning system including Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence will be deployed at HEC to improve the efficiencies of the organization. A central data warehouse linked to a powerful Business Intelligence platform will provide reports and insights to senior decision makers in higher education thus supporting evidence based policy and planning. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The research grants offered under the HEDP project during year 2020 covered sectors where there is a dire need of research to find practical solutions to issues Pakistan faces. For example, a grant award under Grand Challenge fund was awarded to a research proposal in Food Security sector, and will focus on making vaccines for animals to save their lives from ticks. Another grant focuses on finding solution to locust issue and to save crops from locust attack. Rapid Research Grants covered issues related to COVID. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Participants also discussed the new undergraduate education policy which has been rolled out nation-wide. Dr. Syed Zulfiqar Gilani informed the SC of the new distance and online learning policy and distance/online quality assurance framework. HEC has implemented its own MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) which will be soon opened to faculty members across Pakistan and they will be able to use it for developing their own courses. Rector NAHE, Dr. Shaheen Sardar briefed the members on the faculty and HEC employees' trainings conducted over last six months. NAHE also focused on training teachers on how to deliver courses online and use online learning management systems. NAHE is moving towards self-reliance and has generated significant funds through conducting some specialized trainings. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC provides internet and WIFI services to faculty and staff. This network has further expanded to remote universities and affiliated colleges. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Committee members were informed that despite the hurdles faced due to COVID the project is still on track and a successful World Bank mission has recently concluded.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">SC appreciated the efforts of HEDP team and offered their support and cooperation to resolve any challenges faced by project team. The committee members expressed their interest to be more involved with the project and have frequent meetings. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from the Executive Director (HEC).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>01-05-2021 19:47:20<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, University Heads Agree on Providing Provisional Admission to A2 StudentsHEC, University Heads Agree on Providing Provisional Admission to A2 Students <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 30, 2021: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan after consultations with the Covid-19 Oversight Committee representing Vice Chancellor from each province and region, and heads of a few private sector universities have agreed to provide provisional admission to A2 students, whose exams have been postponed to October 2021, in the Fall 2021 semester so that they would not waste a session.  </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">On the direction of the Federal Minister for Education Mr. Shafqat Mehmood to ensure that the students of A2, whose Cambridge exams were being postponed due to Covid do not lose a session, a virtual consultative meeting was held on Friday to address the reservations expressed by students and parents in wake of the Government’s decision to put off examinations till June 15 due to surge in the third wave of COVID-19 in the country. In this backdrop, HEC and universities have decided to provide provisional admissions to A2 students in the fall Semester 2021 as and when it begins in order to avoid wastage of their time. </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the meeting, Executive Director HEC Dr. Shaista Sohail said, “we want to assure the parents and students that HEC, and the universities are committed to ensure student-centric approach without compromising the interest of universities and teaching and learning quality”. </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">It is worth mentioning here that the Government, after a special meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) over the prevailing COVID-19 situation, decided that no examination would take place in the country until June 15 amid a surge in coronavirus cases and casualties.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="color:#1f497d;">===============</span></p>30-04-2021 11:41:08<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Senior Women in Higher Education Come Together for a Virtual WorkshopSenior Women in Higher Education Come Together for a Virtual Workshop<div style="text-align:justify;"> </div><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Islamabad, April 7, 2021: As many as 22 women Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Executive Directors and Deans from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across Pakistan logged in to participate in a workshop entitled “Collaboration for Excellence – Women Leadership in the Higher Education Sector” organized by the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE). </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">All participants had one goal in mind – to work together and find a way to enable women in leadership roles in universities as well as those on the cusp of leadership positions. Participants from all four provinces and Islamabad were part of this groundbreaking conversation chaired by Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali, Rector NAHE. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Reflecting on personal and professional experiences, women at the forefront of higher education in Pakistan talked through challenges confronted in their professional life, how they overcame them and opportunities that helped them. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Vice Chancellor, Government College Women University (GCWU) Sialkot touched upon the unique challenges of women working without support structures and financial cushions in place. Dr. Farhat Haq, Provost, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) spoke about the edge that Pakistani women hold in the shape of strength and resilience.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Saima Hamid, Vice Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) reiterated how women leaders in higher education have had to fight to be heard and to have their contributions seen. Dr. Parveen Munshi, Vice Chancellor, University of Sufism and Modern Sciences spoke of the administrative and financial competencies that need to be learned on the job, because most institutions lack preparatory capacity building opportunities. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr Tashmin Khamis, Vice Provost, Aga Khan University (AKU) touched a chord with all participants when she spoke of the further justifications women have to give when making changes or suggestions and the constant ‘guilt’ trip women employees find themselves taking. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Themes that became clear through the course of the discussion and which will form part of the ‘Women leadership Program’, included women’s perception of self, social structures that may work for or against women, the need for networking and reiterating ideas, and the crucial role of good mentorship. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Becoming part of the ‘power circle’ or ‘decision-makers circle’ within universities can be challenging for women; information sharing, and decision making can happen in social settings which may not be accessible to women. In the time ahead, participants hoped to collaborate and work together to address these challenges, create opportunities, and provide women at the cusp of leadership with the resources they need. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Going forward, NAHE intends to draw upon the ideas generated by this incredible group of women leaders to design and implement excellence and leadership courses across Pakistan, both centrally and through regional hubs of learning. This virtual engagement is one of several and on-going workshops NAHE intends to hold with women working in HEIs to support and widen the pool of women in leadership positions. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">NAHE is established as a stand-alone, autonomous institution operating under the auspices of HEC to improve the quality of teaching, research, and governance in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across Pakistan. It is envisioned as the premier institution for quality research and teaching related to all aspects of higher education in Pakistan. This series of trainings is one of multiple ongoing NAHE endeavors at HEC. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="color:#1f497d;">===============</span></p>08-04-2021 07:05:30<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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