“Government of Punjab believes in investing in human development; for this, we are working to develop the human resource through providing opportunities of higher learning, training, and capacity building with the support of PHEC’, said by the provincial Minister for Higher Education Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Induction Training of College Faculty (Assistant Professors) today at Faculty Development Academy (FDA) of Punjab Higher Education Commission.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Chairperson PHEC Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin, Vice Chancellor University of Education Prof. Sr. Rauf e Azam, DG Training PHEC Mr. Anees Sadozai, DG HRD PHEC Ms. Zia Batool, DG (AH&R) Dr. M. Shahid Soroya, guests from Canada, Germany and Turkey and 115 Assistant Professors from public sector colleges of all 9 divisions of Punjab.
Talking about the reforms in higher education sector, provincial higher education minister said that the government had been focusing on an overhaul of the mechanism and processes currently in place for higher education reforms, “We as part of our 100 days program has placed the most ambitious education agenda in Pakistan‘s history; professional development of college and university faculty is our top priority” He stressed that the faculty members were the real change agents of the society and for that they had to demonstrate and foster excellence in research, teaching, professional activities and policy development at a variety of levels – within academic discipline, academic institution and their communities.
The minister also shared that government was planning to establish a state-of-the-art Teachers Training Academy with an aim to provide world-class professional development and research opportunities to our teachers “I believe that CPD Programs are systematic and relevant to the needs of teachers and are vital for an entire ecosystem of innovation in the province” he added.
Commending the efforts of Punjab Higher Education Commission in accomplishing the government agenda on human development, the minister said that the establishment of Faculty Development Academy was indeed a tremendous achievement catering the task of continuous professional development (CPD) effectively, “I am confident enough that this training program will provide you with the relevant knowledge and skills that are pre-requisite for quality learning and management inside your classroom”.