PTA, ISOC & COMSATS to endow ‘Online Interactive Remote Education’

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)  accompanying with Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific Bureau and COMSATS Internet Services Limited to endow with online interactive remote education to 6thgradestudents of a Government Girls High School in rural Multan; connected last year as part of ISOC’s Wireless for Communities (W4C) program.

The remote education project aimed to make available free extra academic help to students for better understanding of their study material. This enhancement education has been delivered by conveying an exclusive learning experience that is basically different from their all-purpose textbooks.

TeleTaleem, a well-known and knowledgeable tele-education contributor was also hired to bring real-time online lectures of English, Mathematics and Science through an interactive classroom environment from Islamabad.
The content delivered by teachers had been intended to make more use of activities, conceptual approach, substitute education and online resources.

Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, said that the government has always been encouraging of ideas that make the best use of innovative technologies.

The Internet is the core of socio-economic development in future and this project has been introduced so that young girls could competently use the internet.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)


HEC suspended many varsities for indigenous scholarships

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad has suspended indigenous PhD and MPhil scholarships in around 150 universities. HEC reaffirmed only 66 universities for awarding indigenous scholarships of batch-V out of 200 public and private sector universities across the country.

HEC suspended many varsities for indigenous scholarships

The list of universities in the federal have been approved for scholarships includes National University of Modern Languages (NUML), COMSATS University of Information Technology, Air University, Bahria University, Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Institute of Space Technology,

International Islamic University, Islamabad, National University of Sciences & Technology, National Institute of Psychology of Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Quaid-i-Azam University.

A total of 2031 ingenious scholarships were awarded for under graduate, post graduate, and PhD studies under diverse schemes during financial year 2017-18. Apart from some other schemes, the government had planned to produce 25000 PhDs locally under indigenous fellowship Program in vision 20-25. Before this, the HEC formally admitted that there is shortage of 38000 PhD scholars in the country.

The educationists are also deliberate over this decision. Former chairman of HEC, Dr Atta Ur Rehman said that after 2008, the government as well as the commission administration ruined the quality of education in varsities. Dr Rehman, who is also among the pioneers of HEC said, “Number of universities now in the country is increased very significantly but nobody focused on the quality of education.”

Criticizing the pronouncement, Atta Ur Rehman said that it was very surprising that indigenous scholarship programs, which buoyant as well as economically supported poor students, were being suspended. He said that the incumbent administration should re-store all important projects that had been shut down.

HEC chairman Dr Tariq Banuri fortified the decision. He maintained that there were quality issues in some varsities due to which they have been exempted from this program. “The quality education in our higher education sector is my first priority” he claimed and reaffirmed that no university or individual having substandard system would be given any kind of concession in this regard.

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‘Pak-UK Education Gateway’ launched by HEC & British Council

The British Council in Pakistan and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has recently launched a joint programme Pak-UK Education Gateway at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat in Islamabad, which aims to enhance partnership between the higher education sectors of Pakistan and the UK.

'Pak-UK Education Gateway’ launched by HEC & British Council

Pak-UK Education Gateway key areas of collaboration under this umbrella framework are: innovative and collaborative research, higher education leadership, quality assurance and standard setting, distance learning, international mobility and transnational education.

Pak-UK Education Gateway builds on existing collaborations between the UK and Pakistan that the British Council and Higher Education Commission has facilitated over last fifteen years from knowledge exchange and leadership development programmes, to student and teacher training, scholarships and research collaborations.

This programme will support the ambitions set by the HEC in Vision 2025, the document charting out targets for the upcoming years increase gross HE enrolment by 15 per cent, PhD faculty by 40 per cent, the number of universities to 300 and a total enrolment to 7.1 million.

The British Council in collaboration with the HEC has so far facilitated partnerships between 160 Pakistani universities and 65 UK institutions, including 160 research links involving over 1000 researchers from both countries contributing to sustainable development goals and institutional capacity building.

In 2018, British Council and HEC organized six roundtables in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bath, Belfast and Cardiff from January to August, which were very well attended by the UK higher education sector.

The delegation from Pakistan interacted with more than 100 UK Higher Education representatives from 40 institutions and UK bodies.

The positive response from both sectors demonstrates willingness to develop long term strategic relationships between these two countries.

The programme also features additional investment of £1 million for funding research and partnership grants; the development of a research excellence framework; building the capacity of Pakistan’s research and doctoral base.

The minister said Pakistan needs to start marvelous efforts for improving the quality of education and ensuring the significance of the higher education sector.

HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri said Pakistan and the UK have developed an outstanding academic relationship. “It is a brilliant start,” he said, stressing the need for a bilateral academic relationship that will help Pakistan build up its universities.

Pakistani varsities needs to prepare aspirants for future challenges and work on improving the methodology of imparting knowledge, as the knowledge-base of the future will be different to what it is now.

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International Conference on Mathematics go ahead at GCU Lahore

International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications began at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore to provide a platform to scientists, industrial professionals and academicians to exchange ideas and present their latest research in the field of Mathematical Sciences.

International Conference on Mathematics go ahead at GCU Lahore

The conference would provide opportunities for the participants to exchange new ideas, share knowledge and experiences to establish research relations and to find global partners for future collaborations.

The theme of the conference will cover the major areas of Mathematical sciences such as; Functional Analysis and its Applications, Fluid Dynamics, Fuzzy logic, Topological Vector Spaces and Nonlinear Operator Theory, Best Approximations Theory, Soft Set Theory, Graph Theory, Algebra and more.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the inaugural session of the conference which was also addressed by Prof Dr Roumen Anguelov from University of Pretoria, South Africa and Prof Ekram Savas from Van Yüzüncü Yýl University, Turkey.

Besides 61 national scientists and research scholars, as many as 11 foreign scientists from USA, South Africa, Turkey and Thailand are also presenting their papers at the three-day conference organized by the University’s Mathematics Department in cooperation with the federal and provincial higher education commissions.

Prof Abdon Atangana from South Africa, one of the youngest professors of Mathematics in the world at the age of 30, is also attending the symposium.

Sharing his experiences at the inaugural ceremonial, comprehend aspirants to be they and chase of their interests rather than those students who chose their subjects on the basis of scope instead of their interests.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah proudly holding three conferences this week which provided them opportunities to establish research and academic linkages with national and international universities.

GCU Mathematics Department had been the most elderly place of learning and imparting knowledge of Mathematics in Pakistan.

GCU was the only centre of teaching Mathematics in this part of the subcontinent until 1920 when the Punjab University established its Department of Mathematics.

Mathematics was very an enormous field of science but unfortunately youth studied mathematics without knowing its applications which resulted in decline in their interest as well as understanding.

Modern research had become multifaceted and multidisciplinary so universities needed to puddle in their resources and expertise.

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HEC announced 2,000 scholarships titled “Faculty Development Programme”

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced 2,000 PhD scholarships for faculty members of Pakistani HEC recognized universities project titled “Faculty Development Programme” for Pakistani Universities. Last date to apply for PhD scholarship programme is December 4, 2018.

HEC announced 2,000 scholarships titled “Faculty Development Programme”

The phD scholarship programme will provide an opportunity to faculty members of public and private universities, Degree Awarding Institutions (DAIs) to purse PhD degree at selected HEC recognized Pakistani university. The scholar can avail scholarship for a maximum period of four years including 6-12 months at foreign university.

Researchers on key research areas having master degree with minimum 18 years of education would be able to apply for the programme. Visiting faculty members are not eligible to apply. Aspirant must have two years of teaching experience in the parent university and having maximum age limit of 45 on closing dates are eligible for the scholarship programme.

Scholar will be required to start the initial research in Pakistan and at any point during research he or she would be required to proceed abroad for a maximum period of 6-12 months with the recommendations of local supervisor and acceptance of foreign supervisor for thesis work.

Faculty Development Programme was designed in a way to raise capacity of non-PhD faculty members of institutions. The proposed project would provide a chance to non-PhD degree holders to pursue their study in world recognized university.

Programme was plausible to encourage collaboration between Pakistani and world renowned institution that it will bring opportunities to develop research projects and simultaneously build capacity in the education system of both partner countries.

Faculty Development Programme will help in achieving 2025 vision goals identified by the Government of Pakistan and would also promote activities to enhance the quality of learning and teaching across the sector.

HEC Scholarships for faculty members would also encourage and reward existing faculty for developing their teaching skills in key areas of their expertise and it will provide chance to enhance education level and encourage the young researchers so, that they contribute in national building with their better professional knowledge.

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