Varsities' IT courses re-designed
SWABI, Aug 9: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has revamped its
courses for information technology and improved facilities at universities
according to new emerging needs of the country.
Addressing the students
participating in the first National Physics Talent Contest at the Ghulam Ishaq
Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology on Wednesday, Dr Sohail
Naqvi, the HEC executive director, said the commission was working
systematically to strengthen public sector engineering universities across the
Facilities, including laboratories were being provided at the
institutions to bring about a result-oriented change in the higher education
system, he said.
The executive director said the faculty had to play an
important role in achieving the objectives of providing quality education,
adding that 40 per cent of the HEC fund had been allocated for
"Quality education costs money," he said. "We want to impart
quality education to students according to requirements of the
Mr Naqvi said the medical and engineering varsities were being
strengthened but regretted that social sciences field was lagging far
He said the commission would take steps to improve this
The executive director said a large of students lacked English
language proficiency and for this purpose English courses had been included in
the engineering syllabus.
Mr Naqvi informed students how the HEC was
formed, what it had achieved and what it was planning for the future.
said: "Engineering universities were on decline when the HEC was founded but now
all these institutions impart quality education to the youth."
executive director was surprised to know that no students hailing from the NWFP
or Balochistan had qualified for the contest.
The rector of the GIK
Institute Dr Abdullah Sadiq said the contest was part of the Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career project, a joint venture of the
HEC and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Dawn