The Higher Education Commission (HEC), has offered 20 training programmes for faculty of Gambian universities to be organized during the next couple of years. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC made this offer in a meeting held here on Thursday with a delegation from Gambia, a press release said.
The delegation comprised Mr Yaya Sireh Jallow, Vice-Minister/Permanent Secretary; Mr Samba Sowe, Senior Science, Technology and Innovation Officer; Mr Ousman Nyang, Deputy Vice Chancellor; and Prof Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Vice Chancellor, University of Gambia.
Welcoming the delegation to HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed shared the initiatives and achievements of Commission for promoting higher education in Pakistan. HEC was responsible for setting direction of research activities in higher education institutions in order to harmonise research with social needs, he added.
The Chairman informed the dignitaries that HEC had set up three centres of excellence on water, energy and food security in Pakistani universities, while it planed to establish centres of excellence on climate change and artificial intelligence too. He said HEC had established digital library, given students and researchers online access to over 200,000 books, adding that the Commission had also set up Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation as well as Business Incubation Centres in a number of universities.
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said, “We have the best ICT set up of the region which connected universities through Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) and video conference facility.” He also informed the delegation about the Technology Development Fund, Cloud Data Centre, Smart and Safe University Programme, Smart Classroom concept, and Tenure Track System.