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Daily Times

Published Date: Apr 22, 2014

Reforming the Higher Education Commission

There is a need for creating impact of knowledge in terms of indigenous
solutions to Pakistan’s problems and development issues. This was
expressed by Dr Mukhtar Ahmed during his first public speech as the
Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) at a welcome reception
in his honour by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
On
the occasion, Dr Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, highlighted
that it is important that real world problems and issues of development
be covered in the curriculum taught at university level. He added that
in Bangladesh and India, universities are proactive in linking research
with policy, while in Pakistan, think-tanks are playing a more effective
role in the policy domain as compared to universities. He suggested
that the HEC can issue a standard template for maintaining a district
data profile, while universities can follow the template in collecting
data. This would help in minimizing the oft-quoted discrepancy of data
available for both academic and policy research. He also brought forth
the problems of communication skills faced by a number of talented
students in the country. ‘Immersion’ courses were recommended in this
context, whereby students coming from better economic backgrounds should
be sent on the field, while those coming from underprivileged
backgrounds can be sent to various institutions for better exposure.
He
further said, that Higher Education forms the backbone of Pakistan’s
institutional and academic capacity, and therefore strengthening and
reforming the HEC is a crucial part of the development doctrine. It is
integral that there is a renewed focus on science and technology in our
higher education, with particular emphasis given to innovative research
in engineering disciplines.
Dr Abid also said, that As Energy forms
the engine of economic growth for any country, the Higher Education
Commission too must ensure that students are trained and qualified in
the most innovative technologies in the field of energy, and are also
well-versed in the science of resource management. For example,
unconventional gas has changed the dynamics of the global natural gas
market, and Pakistan has the potential of 105 TCF of Shale Gas. Keeping
this in mind, Shale Gas must make a part of higher education curriculum
and students must be trained in this upcoming field. Technical areas in
petrophsyics, petrochemistry, geology etc. must be strengthened in order
for students to become a part of a Shale Gas Revolution in Pakistan,
God willing.
Dr Abid further emphasis that new interdisciplinary
degrees must be created in order to meet the demands of the time.
Specialized engineering degrees – in specific topic areas such as
hydropower, shale gas, renewable energy etc. – must be identified, and
must at par with international standards and meet professional
requirements in Pakistan. Academic degrees must be connected to the
needs and focus of the country, and must not reinforce the notion of an
ivory tower disconnected from the industry and government.
Dr Abid,
further said that in order to fill knowledge gaps, there must be an
exchange of knowledge with specialised institutes here and abroad. The
most promising students must be sent on exchange programs to the top
global institutes of higher learning for trainings in disciplines
relevant to the needs of the country. Academic institutes too must form
and strengthen partnerships not only in the region, but globally, in
order to improve their technical expertise and knowledge. Collaborations
with international universities for student exchanges and Research and
Development Programs will help increase initiative, interest and bring
new insights in existing prevailing educational methodology and
practices in Pakistan. Research and Development programs and
Scholarships in relevant Engineering disciplines will go a long way in
building institutional and national capacity.
Explaining the success
of Energy Unit of SDPI , that the  key segment of infrastructural growth
and relevant to the groundwork of many disciplines, engineering has
been identified as an area of primary significance for successful and
effective achievement of goals. Skilled engineers are indicative of an
effective education system. Currently, though a significant number of
students opt for engineering courses, the need for improvement in
curriculum and revision in engineering courses by the HEC is to be
emphasised. Therefore, there is a need for a curriculum review in light
of the necessary changes to bring it up to par with international
standards and desired professional criteria. Curriculum review should
include an emphasis on teaching methodology logy and effective
instruction. The curriculum review should focus on ensuring that
up-to-date topics and specializations are being taught and identify
areas for collaborations with international universities. Highlight
subjects likely to be of relevant concern in Pakistan’s future, such as
Shale Gas, Shale Gas technology, renewable energy and energy efficiency
in technology should receive incisive focus.

Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Apr-2014/reforming-the-higher-education-commission