18th master trainers-faculty programme concludes

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The 18th master trainers-faculty professional development programme (MT-FPDP) organized by the learning innovation division, Higher Education Commission (HEC) concluded here on Sunday. About 28 faculty members from 23 public and private sector universities across the country were certified as Master Trainers. Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Minister for Education Literacy and Transport Government of Punjab was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the program while Dr. Javaid R Laghari, Chairman HEC and Dr Sohail H. Naqvi Executive Director HEC were also present on the occasion.
The chef guest lauded the efforts of HEC for bringing revolutionary reforms in higher education sector of Pakistan. He congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the faculty professional development program and appreciated that they will further cascade their training to other teachers in their respective institutions.
Sharing his remarks on the occasion Dr Javaid R Laghari, Chairperson HEC said, as an outcome of dedicated hard work of faculty, investment and revolutionary reforms were introduced within last few years in higher education sector in the country. He informed that six Pakistani universities have won their place in the list of top 300 Asian universities.
Dr Sohail H Naqvi, Executive Director HEC sharing his views said, without professional development of faculty, quality of teaching and research cannot be improved in the universities. Realizing this fact, HEC has undertaken a number of initiatives, he remarked.
Noor Amna Malik (DG LI) briefed the audience about the objectives of MT-FPDP and informed that so far 524 members belonging to different
HEIs have been benefitted from this master trainer course in 18 batches. Master Trainers Faculty Professional Development Program (MT-FPDP) is a 8-12 week in-service orientation program particularly designed to equip the teaching faculty with the latest pedagogical and research skills required for effective teaching and research.
The whole span of the program was an arduous exercise which included 13 core modules and additional sessions on different important social topics. Recreational and study trips were also arranged to different historic places. The main objective of this intensive training is to enhance and enrich the teaching abilities of teachers to ensure quality education which is entirely dependent on the quality of teachers. The program caters to participants of both pure and social sciences; therefore the outcome is multi variant. The Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Program also aimed to enable University teachers to use innovative teaching strategies and communication skills that blend academic concepts with workplace applications.