Under the Tertiary Education Support Program (TESP) of World Bank, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the provincial governments have agreed on collaborative efforts to improve the standard of college education.
In this regard, a meeting was held at Islamabad HEC. Speaking on the occasion, HEC Executive Director, Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that college education was a very important pillar of higher education in Pakistan and after the 18th amendment HEC is working closely with the provincial higher education departments to bring college education at par with international standards.
He also assured that HEC was always ready to provide every sort of possible facilitation and assistance to bring quality in the college education.
He also emphasized over the dire need of joining hands among the provincial higher education departments and the concerned affiliated universities to develop a joint strategy in this regard.
Earlier, HEC Academics Director General Farmanullah Anjum in his welcome remarks informed that through this innovative activity 800 college administrators would be trained over a period of three year. He also informed that the program was aimed at enchanting the standard of education in affiliated colleges and to identify those colleges which met the minimum quality standards as prescribed by the HEC.
The meeting was attended by KPK Higher Education Department Secretary Farah Hamid, World Bank Coordinator Dr S Mahmood Raza, Dr Parveen Shah Vice Chancellor Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, HEC Punjab Deputy Secretary Irtaza Ameer Naqvi, Colleges Director General Nasir Ansar, Dr Syed Muhammad Arif, Qasim Marwat, Dr Mujeeb Rehman and other HEC officials. The participants of the meeting appreciated the joint efforts of HEC and World Bank and hoped that the program will go a long way in improving the quality of higher education in the colleges.