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HEC Issues New Policy Guidance for Universities’ Online, Hybrid OperationsHEC Issues New Policy Guidance for Universities’ Online, Hybrid Operations<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 26, 2020: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has announced a new Policy Guidance for the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), following the Government's decision regarding continuation of education during the 2nd wave of COVID-19. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As per the Government directions, all academic institutions shall be closed from November 26, 2020 until 24 December 2020. However, they shall continue to deliver education through online or hybrid means or through assigning homework (especially if there are problems of connectivity). The Winter Holidays shall be scheduled from December 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021, and all academic institutions shall remain closed during this period. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Academic institutions are scheduled to open on January 11, 2021. However, a review meeting will be held during the first week of January 2021 to assess the situation, and authorise opening of academic institutions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the light of the Government directions, the Vice Chancellors have been authorised to allow small groups of "essential" individuals on campus, subject to implementation of scrutiny mechanisms or safeguards. Only certain categories of students may be allowed on campus. These categories may comprise low income students who may have connectivity problems at home because of lack of access to the Internet or the availability of proper devices, foreign students, those PhD or MPhil students (or final year students) who need to use the laboratories to complete their thesis work, or third year or higher medical students who need to obtain clinical training. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The total number of the students permitted to come to campus should not exceed 30 per cent of the total enrollment, or a lower number if dictated by the campus conditions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Similarly, the Vice Chancellors may require the faculty members to come to campus for delivering or preparing their online lectures.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All the large examinations planned for December 2020 have been postponed, with exception of assessment examinations, such as MDCAT, other entrance exams, recruitment exams, or prescheduled small examinations (e.g., less than 30 students). These may be conducted, if absolutely necessary, with strict observance of all health and safety protocols.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As for hostels, the new Policy Guidance says that the Vice Chancellors have the authority to allow limited occupancy of hostels, subject to the instructed restrictions. Only the students in the "essential" categories will be allowed. The total number of students shall not exceed 30 per cent of the design capacity of the hotels (or a small number if so dictated by health considerations). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">All SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) shall be implemented strictly and diligently. The universities will put in place appropriate measures including isolating hostel residents (i.e., treating the hostel as a safe bubble) to protect them from external infection. Besides, the universities shall draw up rules regarding the presence of faculty members or staff on campus.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"All the Vice Chancellors and heads of institutions shall ensure that the flexibility granted by the government is exercised in a judicious manner, authorised at the highest level, and monitored and managed effectively and efficiently," reads the new Policy Guidance.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC has also released Rs. 10 million each to all public sector universities to help them establish any supportive arrangements needed to improve the quality of the online education process. Besides, the universities may recruit senior, tech-savvy students to assist faculty members in technology related problems involved in online education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Furthermore, HEC has constituted a COVID Response Oversight Committee to collaborate with the Vice Chancellors in their respective regions, clarify questions or concerns, share best practices, and oversee implementation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Committee is headed by Dr. Niaz Akhtar, Vice Chancellor Punjab University, and comprises Dr. Tabassum Afzal (for ICT), Vice Chancellor COMSATS University Islamabad, Dr. Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (for Sindh), Dr. Abid Ali, Vice Chancellor Peshawar University (for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Engr. Farooq Bazai, Vice Chancallor BUITEMS (for Balochistan), Dr. Kaleem Abbasi, Vice Chancellor AJK University (for AJK), and Dr. Naeem Khan, Vice Chancellor Baltistan University (for Gilgit-Baltistan). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Committee will also interact with the respective provincial governments to ensure synchronized and cooperative action.      </p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>27-11-2020 09:27:16<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
VCs Committed to Deterring Disruption in Education as COVID-19 ResurgesVCs Committed to Deterring Disruption in Education as COVID-19 Resurges <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 18, 2020: The Vice Chancellors of all universities across the country have reiterated their commitment to ensure adherence to the SOPs and government guidelines in view of the situation evolving out of the COVID-19 resurgence in the country. The 34<sup>th</sup> Vice Chancellors Committee meeting held online on Wednesday was attended by a large number of Vice Chancellors and Rectors.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">The university heads reviewed the situation on campuses with regard to the COVID-19, especially in the perspective of the feared second wave of the pandemic. They said that the universities have taken a number of steps to cope with the situation, including strict enforcement of SOPs on campuses, reducing the numbers of students in classrooms and hostels, and shift to hybrid modes of instruction. </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">“In fact, while the adherence to SOPs has dropped significantly in most other public places, universities have tried hard to maintain their level of vigilance and provide good examples for others,” said the Vice Chancellors. </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">They expressed their total commitment to adhering to the guidelines issued by the NCOC (National Command and Operation Centre) and the health authorities. Majority of the Vice Chancellors said that they can switch to online or hybrid instruction, and limiting those who are allowed to enter the campus, in case the re-emergence of the virus requires curtailment of public interaction. </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">The meeting also discussed other options for action, including enhancing counselling services for students as well as the general public, sharing of information and technical resources, and mutual learning from best practices. They also demanded that PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) arrange better data packages for students and faculty members in order to facilitate online interaction and instruction.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">During the meeting, Chairman HEC Tariq Banuri apprised the university heads of the decisions made in the last NCOC meeting. He emphasized, “We need to do the best we can to deter any disruption in the education system being caused by the situation evolving due to the COVID-19 recurrence.” He stressed that the universities need to prepare and look ahead as to how they can deal better any evolving situation.    </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="color:#1f497d;">===============</span></p>19-11-2020 11:02:05<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Awards 10 Projects worth Rs. 150 Million for Research on COVID-19HEC Awards 10 Projects worth Rs. 150 Million for Research on COVID-19<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 11, 2020: In response to COVID-19 crisis, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) launched a focused Rapid Research Grant (RRG) in April 2020 to engage academia in research around the clinical management of this epidemic. The grant is aimed to encourage academic research to strengthen clinical management or public health response against this virus.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under the specialised research initiative, potential project proposals were invited to contribute to the much-needed understanding of coronaviruses -- the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and COVID-19.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Considering the time-crunch, a specialised panel was constituted and tasked to complete the shortlisting in 3-4 weeks. More than 300 applications were received for this grant. After independent reviews, 58 proposals were shortlisted based on already announced eligibility criteria and other necessary requirements. Later, these proposals were jointly reviewed by experts of Medical and Biological Sciences, Engineering and Technology and finally 10 quality projects made it to the last stage after rigorous scrutiny.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The budget for each of RRG award is up to a maximum of Rs. 15 million (USD 100,000) with a maximum project duration of 12 months. These research projects offer a variety of pragmatic solution-oriented research, ranging from early detection diagnostic kits to immune response and understanding the virus behaviour. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The proposals from 10 universities have been finalized. The University of the Punjab won two grants -- one for an indigenous, low-cost production of ultra-pure Taq Polymerase and PCR mix for COVID-19 clinical diagnostic kits, and the other for development of a reliable, economical and high throughput serodiagnosis method for early detection of COVID-19.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">COMSATS University Islamabad has won the grant for development of RT-LAMP Assay for early detection of COVID-19, while National Textile University, Faisalabad research will focus on development of bioactive hospital textiles and protective suits against viruses and bacteria by immobilisation of nanomaterials. The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore has won the research grant for epidemiological disease modelling and molecular surveillance of SARS-CoV-2, while DOW University of Health Sciences, Karachi will be working on IVIG production from convalescent plasma of COVID-19 survivors, a low risk, high efficiency passive immunisation strategy against SARS-CoV-2. Interestingly, the test results of DOW university research are already very promising. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Other project winners include the University of Health Sciences, Lahore (Immunological Virology and Genetic Basis of COVID-19 Patients), Lahore University of Management Sciences (Mapping Immune Response to SARS-COv2 using a multidisciplinary approach), Aga Khan University, Karachi (Phylo- and immuno- dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Pakistan: relating COVID 19 disease severity in with viral diversity) and Health Services Academy (HSA), Islamabad (Computational Modelling for COVID-19 Epidemic in Pakistan: Predictive Modelling of Disease Morbidity, Mortality and Assessment of Demands on the Intensive Care Units).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To ensure high quality of research, faculty members from these universities were encouraged to collaborate with private sector and industry, both within and outside Pakistan, as needed. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC funded thousands of research projects in the past, and this has led to more than 20,000 research articles published in recognised journals last year. With provision of RRGs, HEC hopes that academic researchers will come forward to contribute to better health systems coping with real-life challenges.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>11-11-2020 09:40:21<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />




Three Days Consultative Workshop on Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programhttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/News2.jpg, Days Consultative Workshop on Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Program<p style="text-align:justify;">Learning Innovation Division HEC is going to organize three days workshop on Master Trainers Faculty Professional Development Program (MT-FPDP) from 16<sup>th</sup> to 18<sup>th</sup> August, 2017 at HEC Regional Center, Lahore. Representatives from Alumni of MT-FPDP of different batches shall also be invited for their valuable feedback. Representatives of Federal and provincial Government teachers training departments may also be invited for their input. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Objective: </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As change is the only constant; keeping in view the recent innovation in the area of teaching methodology, it is the need of the hour to review and revise the entire structure of subject Program. This workshop has been planned to for reviewing the MT-FPDF by engaging senior faculty members who were part of initial project design in 2004. </p>11-08-2017 11:14:5525{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
1st International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Educationhttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/KMU.jpg, International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteForeColor-2"><em>Deadline of Registration date has been extended upto November 30,2017</em></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of Khyber Medical University established in 2010-2011 with excellent performance in the area of Quality Assurance at Higher Education level. This conference will provide a platform to the QECs Mangers, faculty members and entire Stakeholders of HEIs to contribute and participate in the event .National and International members of Accreditation council will find this event appropriate for their experience sharing.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>For more details please visit at: </strong></span><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;"><a href=""><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong></strong></span></a> </span><br></p>15-11-2017 12:33:1830{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
International Conference on Research and Practices in Education (ICRPE) 2017http://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/logo.png, Conference on Research and Practices in Education (ICRPE) 2017<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) having large number of prospective teachers across the country representing all sections of the community may have more potential to reach community. In this context the conference invites researchers, scholars and professionals across the globe from all fields of education and allied disciplines to present their work in various forms i.e. Oral paper presentations, round table discussions, and poster presentations. We are inviting researchers from all modes and levels of education. Proceedings of the conference will published and selected papers will go through blind peer review process for the publication in following AIOU Journals:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Pakistan Journal of Education</strong></li><li><strong>Pakistan Journal of Distance & Online Learning (PJDOL)</strong></li><li><strong>Journal of Contemporary Teacher education</strong></li></ul><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>Major Goals of the Conference: </b></div><div><b><br></b></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>1. To initiate an analytical and critical discourse among the researchers and scholars of the field that may lead to social change.</strong><br><strong>2. To provide opportunity to scholars across the globe for dissemination of their research work for addressing the social phenomenon. </strong><br><strong>3. To highlight innovative methods and modes of research around the world that focus social integration and consolidation.</strong><br><strong>4. To explore the practices of technology integration that may help to align the teaching learning context with the societal demands. </strong><br><strong>5. To project practices that may contribute towards inclusive society.</strong></p>16-12-2016 08:43:5513{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}



International Conference Quality Assurance Systemhttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/QAAHero-Banner.jpg, Conference Quality Assurance System<p style="box-sizing:content-box;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="box-sizing:content-box;">To take the quality enhancement agenda forward, Higher Education Commission Pakistan (HEC) is organizing a conference in collaboration with the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation (CHEA), US and United Sates Education Foundation Pakistan (USEFP). This conference aims to advance mutual understanding of international quality assurance standards by bringing together selected members of CHEA's International Quality Group. </span></p><p style="box-sizing:content-box;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="box-sizing:content-box;">It will provide an opportunity for Pakistani university leaders to learn from the experience of the countries and universities including Europe, US, Malaysia and Turkey and share the Pakistani experience with others, especially those countries that are in the phase of building their higher education systems; like India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.</span></p>03-12-2019 17:25:18{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
Sixth International Conference on Aerospace Science & Engineeringhttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/icase.jpg, International Conference on Aerospace Science & Engineering<div style="text-align:justify;">Institute of Space Technology (IST), one of the premier institutes in Pakistan, is a federally chartered, degree awarding Institute offering graduate and baccalaureate programs in Aerospace, Avionics, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials Science & Engineering, Space Science, Remote Sensing & GISc, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Applied Mathematics & Statistics. IST has been ranked amongst the top four engineering universities of Pakistan.</div><div style="text-align:justify;">IST is organizing the Sixth International Conference on Aerospace Science & Engineering (ICASE) from November 12-14, 2019 at IST, Islamabad, Pakistan. This conference is a regular biennial event to provide an international forum wherein scientists, researchers, engineers, academicians, private and public industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and students from all across the globe interact and share the latest themes and trends related with Space Science, Technology and Applications.</div><div style="text-align:justify;">ICASE 2019 will feature a diverse blend of thematic areas including Aeronautics and Astronautics, Satellite Technology & Applications, Mechanical Engineering for Aerospace Applications, Aerospace Materials Design and Engineering, Guidance, Navigation & Controls and GNSS, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrobiology, Remote Sensing, GIS & Space Applications, Mathematical & Statistical Modeling for Space Applications, Space Policy, Law and Management, Space Technology Education and Popularization.<br></div>20-03-2019 17:37:00{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
5G Talent Ecological Development Workshophttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/5G%20workshop.jpg, Talent Ecological Development Workshop<p>5G wireless service will constitute an integral part of the future communication network. It will enable a wide range of innovations that are critical for mature digital societies. Advanced wireless services based on 5G will be more complex technologically than previous services and will require substantial new investment. More importantly, they will constitute a new system of value generation. Unleashing this innovative potential will have far-reaching consequences. At the same time, because 5G will also require major investments by mobile operators, incentives for investment and innovation are important.</p><p>The objective of the workshop is to provide a comprehensive and international overview of 5G wireless service. Workshop speaker is a 5G expert from Huawei Headquarters based in Shenzhen China. He will address the engineering, operational, and regulatory aspects of 5G investment and deployment. The workshop will be valuable to anyone who wants to know more about 5G and to understand the current status of 5G service in a global context.<br></p>15-07-2019 10:08:59{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}



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