Nations Future lies in skills education – vice chancellors meeting affirms



Staff Reporter

Three days All Pakistan Vice Chancellors’ Committee Meeting held at PC Bhurban has highlighted the importance of skills education.

Almost every speaker in the conference advised academic leaders to prepare their institutions for meeting the challenges of the post and lingering-COVID-19 world.

The meeting was inaugurated Minister Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education with the launching of “A Framework for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Pakistan” jointly prepared by the British Council and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, as a part of the PAK UK Education Gateway.

The State Minister for Climate Change, Ms. Zartaj Gul’s” shared her ministry expectations from the academia and HEC.

She also stressed the importance of digitalization skills. Both these projects need specific behavioral skills for staying safe in the infectious, environmental challenges and creating clean and pristine environment for coming generations.

The third day was the most exhilarating and futuristic. Presentations by Rector NAHE, Prof Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali, and Ms. Maryam Riaz, Project Coordinator, Higher Education Development Project, a World Bank-funded project, outlined HEC sponsored programs enhancing teachers and learners’ skills.

Representative of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES highlighted essential skills enhancing graduates’ employability in the national and international markets

In her concluding remarks, Dr. Shaista Sohail, Ex-ecutive Director, HEC, presented a summary of all events and future directions in light of this meeting.

All Vice Chancellors and meeting participants ap-preciated her efforts with a round of applause and standing ovation.

Chairman Vice Chancellor Com-mittee Dr. Muhammad Ali thanked HEC on behalf of all Vice Chancellors and proposed quarterly meetings of academic leadership.

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