HEC launches undergrad videoconferencing project
ISLAMABAD, June 20(Daily Times): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday launched an
undergraduate international video programme (videoconferencing) to help the
Pakistani students benefit from 20,000 lectures of the world's top most
HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman said this while addressing a
convocation at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP)
Initially, Rehman said, 15 universities had been equipped with this
latest technology and in the second phase 20 more universities would be provided
with this facility. He said under the programme the students would be able to
listen to the lectures and ask health related questions.
announced a Rs100 million joint venture between the HEC and CPSP to improve the
quality of education in universities and for research in health sector. Rehman
said the government was keen to promote research culture in the country and in
this regard many projects were in the pipeline.
He warned that the
universities failing to meet the standards set by the commission would be
closed. "These universities were given the status of college and would be closed
soon if they failed to meet the HEC standards," he warned.
As many as 673
students were awarded degrees in the field of anesthesiology, anatomy,
cardiology, chemical pathology, community dermatology, diagnostic radiology,
gastroenterology, haematology, medicine, microbiology, neurology, neurosurgery,
obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthodontics, oto-rhino –laryngology,
pediatrics, surgery, urology, anesthesiology and radiology. The CPSP President
Zafarullah Chaudhry said due to population explosion and other socio-economic
factors they had not been able to completely eradicate communicable diseases. He
said infant morality rate was as high as 87 and mortality rate under five was
100 of every 1000 live births in Pakistan.
He said the fast pace of
modern life had caused stress, resulting in hypertension and diabetes mellitus -
the train cause of cardiovascular diseases.