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Higher Education Commission and provincial Governments undertake collaborative efforts for improving college education

Islamabad, November 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): Under Tertiary Education Support Program (TESP) of World Bank, the Higher Education Commission HEC and provincial governments have decided to undertake collaborative steps for improving quality standards of college education in Pakistan.

It was informed by Executive Director HEC, Prof. Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi while inaugurating workshop on evaluation of affiliated colleges for quality standards held here at HEC Islamabad. He further said that college education is very important pillar of higher education in Pakistan and after 18th amendment.

HEC is working closely with the provincial higher education departments to bring college education at par with international standards. Mr. Farman Ullah Anjum Director General Academics HEC in his welcome remarks informed that through this innovative and first sort of activity 800 college administrators would be trained over the period of three year .throughout the country, Prof. Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi while presenting the overview of the program informed that the program is aimed at enchanting the standard of education in affiliated colleges and to identify those colleges which meet the minimum quality standards as prescribed by HEC. Dr. S. Mahmood Raza Coordinator World Bank was also present on the occasion. The workshop was attended by representatives of provincial governments, faculty members and Directors HEC regional centres.

The World Bank has agreed to support HEC‘s Medium Term Development Framework-II (MTDF-II) for the year 2011-15 through Tertiary Education Support Program (TESP). For effective execution of the programme, implementation modalities have also been agreed and Government of Pakistan and World Bank signed an agreement in 2011. Under this agreement, the success of execution would be measured through key performance indicators (KPI) including 10 disbursement linked indicators (DLIs). Among these DLIs, the fourth one relates to improving quality of college education.

Through this new program, during first years of execution, 100 degree colleges on the basis of provincial quota would be selected for capacity building in the fields of academic and financial management. In addition, theme based training programs would also be offered to the principals and teaching faculty of the colleges. The purpose of the training program is to train them for international examination and assessment best practices, as these colleges are likely to follow semester system.

HEC would implement this program by involving all the relevant stakeholders i.e designated colleges, directorates of education, provincial bureau of curriculum and training, the affiliating universities and provincial education departments.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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