HEC urges varsities to prepare skilled workforce for CPEC projects

Staff Reporter

Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Sunday asked teachers and educational institutions to prepare market-oriented skilled workforce by keeping in view the importance and demand of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Talking to media, he urged the universities to explore new ways of research and develop skills for the CPEC project so that the youth could be deployed in the game changer corridor.
The HEC, he said, was making all-out efforts to upgrade the standard of higher education in the country, bringing it at par with international level.
He maintained that the HEC was constantly struggling to provide the country with highly qualified human resource.
The HEC had taken a number of initiatives to promote higher education, encourage research activities, increase access rate and improve quality of education, he revealed.
The number of PhDs had increased remarkably since the inception of HEC in 2002, he informed.
He said the country still needed a great number of PhDs, due to the reason the HEC was strenuously working with the government’s support to cater to future needs.
“We have a shortfall of 30,000 PhD scholars currently,” he said and added presently the number of PhDs was around 11,000. He said the HEC was awarding indigenous and foreign scholarships in addition to its various other measures to facilitate faculty and students, adding that these steps also include foreign collaboration, joint research projects, technology transfer, and student exchange programmes.

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