President asks HEC to encourage Associate Degree Programmes

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From Senior Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has asked Higher Education Commission (HEC) to actively encourage universities to introduce and increase number of Associate Degree Programmes as market desperately needed more educated and skilled professionals. He underscored that HEC must ensure fast decision making on such an important issue and regretted that decision-makers were slow to fully comprehend requirements of fast-changing global market.

During a briefing on Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI), Topi, here at Aiwan-e-Sadr yesterday President emphasised need to increase access to higher education and produce more highly qualified and professional graduates. He underlined need for enhanced collaborations among universities and industrial sector to meet requirements of market. He said that universities were required to introduce and promote online and hybrid modes of learning to impart in-demand skills to their graduates. Rector GIKI briefed meeting about various new initiatives taken by University for promotion of education.

It was informed that GIKI was introducing a comprehensive online education system to increase number of graduates. It was further apprised that institute would offer new programmes in Computer Science and Cyber Security in academic year 2022-23, besides introducing MS and PhD programmes in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Civil Engineering. It was highlighted that GIKI was developing research collaborations and international linkages with local and international organizations to promote research and development in country, besides enhancing quality of education. Meeting was briefed about future programmes as well as infrastructure development and up-gradation plans of University.

Rector GIKI, Prof Dr Fazal A. Khalid, Executive Director of Society for Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology Shakil Durrani, members of senior management of GIKI, representatives of HEC and Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training attended meeting.