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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 academics.

HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman said this while addressing a convocation at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) here.

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.

He also 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.
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