Pak High Commissioner, UK for producing more PhD teachers in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom,
Syed Ibne Abbas has emphasized the need for producing more PhD teachers to meet
the current need of the Pakistani universities.
He was addressing a dinner hosted by him at the High Commission for the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) delegation, as well as the British academics
and leaders of higher education many of whom have worked in partnership on
projects and leadership programmes.
According to a message received here Friday from Pakistan High
Commission, London, Chairman HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, and Vice Chancellors of
various universities represented Pakistan in the British Council’s conference
entitled “Going Global” for leaders of international education.
The theme of the global conference this year was Global Cities:
Connecting Talent, Driving Change. The conference drew a record number of 900
delegates from 77 countries. This is the 11th annual conference of its series.
Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK in his remarks,
expressed satisfaction at the progress Pakistan is making in the field of higher
education and appreciated the efforts of HEC for improvement of quality of higher
education as well as its flagship scholarship programmes which have produced over
9000 PhDs.
He also expressed condolences on the Manchester terrorist attack and
sympathy with the bereaved families. One minute silence was also observed on this
occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed recounted the comprehensive
programme of higher education reforms and institutional building that has transformed the higher education sector.
Ms. Nishat Riaz, Director Programmes, British Council dwelt on 70 years
of partnership between the British Council and Pakistan and looked forward to
fruitful future collaborations.
Other members of Pakistan delegation included Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat,
Vice Chancellor University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Lt. Gen. S. M. Imran Majeed, Vice
Chancellor National University of Medical Science, Rawalpindi, Dr. Habib Ahmad,
Vice Chancellor Islamia College Peshawar, Vice Admiral (Retired) Tanveer Faiz,
Rector Bahria University, Dr. Zia-ul-Qayum, Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat,
and Dr. Muhammad Ali, Vice Chancellor Government College University, Faisalabad.
Earlier in the course of session of conference on Pakistan, Dr Mukhtar
Ahmed shared in detail the steps taken to improve the quality of higher education
in the country in addition to the achievements of the HEC in the form of
increased number of universities, promotion of research culture, and improved
access rate.
He informed the conference participants that in 2002 there were only 50
universities in the country, 2.1 per cent gross enrolment rate, and 0.26 million
enrolment. Dr Ahmed added that the number of higher education institutions has
now reached 188, while the access rate has increased remarkably.
It was shared with the delegates of the conference that before the
inception of HEC, Pakistan had only 800 research papers published in impact
factor journals, however now the number has reached 12,000. The core strategic
aims and objectives of HEC also include creating critical mass of qualified human
resources, technology readiness with nationwide availability and use of ICT,
innovation and entrepreneurship.
The participants discussed developing an action plan for the next five
years highlighting priority thematic areas of STEAM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), quality assurance, government, management
and higher education. The aim of the session was to enhance and share the
collaborative work being done between the UK and Pakistan. Areas of discussion
also included internationalization of higher education in Pakistan.