Minister urged to help higher education in devising education
vision 2025 to cater socio-economics needs
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and
Reform Ahsan Iqbal urged vice chancellors of public universities to
help Higher Education in devising higher education Vision 2025 to
cater socio-economic needs of the country.
Minister expressed these views while addressing to “Vice
Chancellor’s Committee Meeting” organized by the HEC. The event was
also attended by the Chairman HEC and Vice chancellors of public
universities from all over Pakistan. The meeting stressed upon
promoting science and technology research through US-Pakistan
Knowledge Corridor which includes improving education and research
system for consistent performance.
Federal Minister observed that all developing and developed
countries are focusing on scientific education. He said that
developed nations in the world have made use of the great
opportunities inherent in the system of higher education and
ushered in the required paradigm shift to build the knowledge
capital and pave the way for real development. ”Pakistan has great
potential to become a developed nation by 2025 if we refocus our
attention on the system of Education. Education, in general, and
higher education, in particular, plays a key role in the
realization of Pakistan’s extraordinary potential and aspirations
for economic and technological development” said by the Minister.
Minister stressed that performance must be consistent. While
talking about US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor, minister said that
this will provide our students access to US top universities. Mr.
Ahsan Iqbal said that U.S. Pakistan Education, Science and
Technology working group provides a platform to strengthen
cooperation under the U.S-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor, focused on
advancing academic networks, partnerships, and exchanges in higher
education, science and technology. He maintained that 10000
Pakistani scholars will be sent to the United States for study in
the next 10 years under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor.
Minister said that KPIs of Vice Chancellors should include number
of students getting prepared to get admission in universities of
America under US-Pakistan knowledge corridor.
In addition, Minister talked about six strategic directions which
include making our academic programs and instructions relevant to
our development needs, relevance of research and innovation with
national objectives, link between academia and industry,
universities engagement for community uplift, technology
integration, technology embedment & academic freedom and teaching
of life success skills. He maintained that we will craft a future
direction to make sure these all important elements are addressed
to build best leaders for tomorrow.
Minister said that successful implementation of the concept of
autonomy requires willing and honest participation of the students,
teachers and management in the education process. A system of
academic audit at every step of the implementation of the concept
of autonomy should be acceptable to all concerned parties. The
facilities for carrying out autonomous functions such as
innovations in curricular content, systems of examination and
evaluation, teaching methods, supplementary learning, etc. require
not only sufficient financial resources but also continuous
training and upgradation of teachers.
Minister also highlighted steps taken by government to bring
radical changes in the education sector which includes National
Curriculum Reforms, Transformational Teacher Training initiatives
and alignment of examination system with new curriculum reforms. He
also talked about STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and
Mathematics] subjects and considered that arts are important to
teach children innovation and creativity. “By 2025, we can take
pride that Pakistan has best higher education system in South Asia,