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Punjab HEC is committed to promote higher education & research culture: Chairperson

LAHORE(INP): Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) is committed to promote higher education in Punjab and is undertaking various steps for advancement of research culture and enhancing the skills of faculty in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), it was stated by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin while talking to President American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and other delegates on Friday.
“We are on the right track and successfully pursuing our goals”, he added.
Dr. Nizam said that Punjab HEC is arduously working to promote the research culture through arranging seminars, workshops, and provision of travel grant for the university faculty. Punjab HEC is also devoted to enhance the skills of academic faculty through various Faculty Development Programs in line with the vision of the Chief Minister of Punjab.
He informed that as per follow up of the Roadmap for Strengthening higher education in the province and after through deliberations, Punjab HEC has been established as an autonomous body by Punjab Assembly through an Act, with the vision to focus on basic issues of higher education institutions of the Punjab which has largest network of universities and colleges in the country.
Talking on the initiatives of Punjab HEC, the Chairman added that Punjab HEC has recently arranged trainings for university and college teachers. Besides, Punjab HEC has also trained more than 500 newly inducted college teachers. Currently, Punjab HEC is training more than 700 principals of public sector colleges throughout the Punjab with active involvement of the universities. Partnerships are underway with various international organizations and network of universities to bring the higher education institutions of the Punjab at par with international standards. The close coordination with international community would be greatly beneficial to address the challenges being faced by higher education sector the province. Community college initiative is one of the flagship programs of Punjab HEC, he remarked.
He further stated that since its inauguration by Chief Minister, Punjab HEC has achieved many milestones in a relative short span of time. Instead of relying on the quantity of work, PHEC would continue its focus over improving the quality in higher education sector with active involvement of stakeholders and partner organizations.



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