HEC to set up development academies in 3 Punjab districts


The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has planned to establish state-of-the-art staff development academies in Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi to provide well-designed capacity building trainings to teaching faculty of the public sector higher education institutions.
This was disclosed in a meeting held in the office of Chairman PHEC with Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani in the chair on Sunday. Chairman PHEC Dr M Nizamuddin and DG Dr Shahid Soroya, representatives of the higher education department and educationists were also present. The meeting reviewed a process of interventions to improve quality of higher education.
The meeting decided to set up higher education advisory council under the minister to recommend proposals about improvement in the higher education sector. Provincial Minister Raza Gillani said provision of all facilities in the higher education institutions was essential to raise academic standards. He said morning assembly should be revived in colleges to sensitize them about ethical and moral values as well as the importance of self-discipline.
He said college canteen system should be reshaped in such a way to help provide quality food items at subsidized rates to students. An institutional mechanism of career counseling should be established to educate students about choosing future targets, he added. Gillani said state-of-the-art language centres should be established so that students could learn foreign languages.—APP

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