1000 faculty members trained under HEC, British Council project



As many as 1000 faculty members were trained under a collaborative project ofthe Higher Education Commission (HEC) andthe British Council, said a press release issued on Monday.

With this, the HECin collaboration with the British Council completed a one-year-long research capacity building programme to train the full spectrum of research professionals, said a press release issued on Monday.

An outcome dissemination ceremony of this series of trainings program was held at HEC’s Secretariat in Islamabad. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and distinguished guests, including the Head of Education, British Council Pakistan, Sarah Pervez, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of Coventry University UK, Prof. Richard Dashwood, Prof. Elena Gaura, HEC Advisor, Global Engagement Division, Awais Ahmad and Director General R & ID Hazrat Bilal Under this programme, more than 1000 faculty members were trained in research-related skills like writing a research proposal, project management, research support mechanism, embedding impact pathways into research and application of international best practices in the peer review process. Across the research streams, some 71 ORIC professionals, 391 Researchers, 330 Principal Investigators and 237 reviewers have received this training in 23 workshops held across Pakistan.

HECChairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said the Outcome Dissemination Ceremony is a testament to the success of the program and the commitment of the HEC and its partners to promoting research excellence in Pakistan”.

He said for the last 20 years, HEC has done a lot of work in the research arena despite many financial challenges.

HEC with the help of the government of Pakistan is committed to giving exposure to the researchers and making sure that continued investment is ensured for the higher education sector. The progress evident from many indicators besides research publication show continuous improvement.

More than thirty thousand publications are published every year by Pakistani researchers. He urged the programme trainees to become master trainers for other researchers so that they progress to excellent professional researchers and conduct solution-oriented and impactful research. He said HEC would announce rapid research programmes to address social problems, this call will focus on addressing dominant social, economic, and agricultural problems in Pakistan.

He concluded that this is high time to pay back to society through innovation and impactful research. The ceremony also included presentations from Dr Elena Gaura to give insights to the audience. She shared that co-creation has been the heart and soul of this programme.

Dr. Richard Dashwood shared information about the programmes of Coventry University and offered cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

These training were held as part of the Pak-UK Education Gateway project, which is a collaborative project of HEC with the BC and is part of a wider effort to strengthen educational ties between Pakistan and the UK.