Restructuring college structure, introduction of best education system and improvement of infrastructure are the areas which should be focused to bring reforms in provincial higher education sector, said Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Professor Dr Nizamuddin Monday while addressing a seminar organised by the Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies on “Role of Punjab Higher Education Commission in promotion of Tertiary Education in Punjab”.
Dr Nizamuddin said that bringing reforms and reorganising colleges would be a tough challenge where the commission could face problems from various stakeholders. He said that there was a dire need to improve performance of 516 public sector colleges in the province on modern lines because their result was not more than 30 percent in BA examinations. On the contrary, he said, the passing percentage of around 1,500 private colleges in graduation was more than 85 percent and that’s why people were giving preference to private institutes.
He said that PHEC would introduce reforms that would ensure success of 4-year degree programs being run at public sector colleges. He said that it is evident that the curriculum of BA and BCom is not according to the modern needs and market driven as students are not getting jobs after graduation. He said that PHEC would take several initiatives including establishment of training academies for professional training of teachers and staff and would devise a system for quality assurance at colleges. He said that some colleges would be opened in various cities on experimental basis on the pattern of Government Home Economics College and four-year degrees would be offered after matriculation. He said that PHEC would introduce community college system which would provide better job opportunities and affordable education to the people.
He said that a technical university would be set up and the three-year degree program being offered by TEVTA institutions would be enhanced to proper 4-years degree program. He said that quality of technical education would also be ensured in affiliated colleges. He said that unfortunately, only 8 percent people were reaching higher education level while this ratio was 12 percent in Bangladesh, 18 percent in India and 29 percent in Turkey and PHEC would undertake all necessary steps to ensure maximum access of higher education possible to people. He said that PHEC would improve infrastructure of colleges and would establish state-of-the-art libraries and laboratories.
Addressing the ceremony, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said that Dr Nizamuddin was full of innovative ideas and higher education sector in Punjab would improve under his dynamic leadership.
Dr Zakria Zakri called upon Dr Nizamuddin to use his influence for funding of institutions of higher learning and promotion of research culture. He expressed the hope that Dr Nizam would resolve the problems being faced by the universities as well.
We have almost brought around all those necessary objects and possible provisions of interest which students must need to see and will favorably help them to move forward.
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