Higher Education employed above 5000 teachers to promote education

Peshawar: The Primary mission of Higher Education, Archives and Libraries Department is to provide affordable quality education with emphasis on transferring skills and ensuring conducive learning environment with a view to develop knowledge based economy.

The department constantly endeavours to promote higher education and to ensure increased intake by upgrading learning facilities and standards through introduction of market oriented courses, expansion of facilities/infrastructure, provision of better trained teaching staff/faculty and managers. In achieving these goals, the department has employed 5696 teaching staff at 183 colleges catering to 155,423 enrolled students (99,031 male and 56,392 female).

In the ADP 2014-15 the department included 52 schemes with total allocation of Rs. 6180 million. It has 24 ongoing schemes for which Rs. 3738.892 Million allocated while for 28 new schemes Rs. 2441.108 million was earmarked

Similarly, in 2013-14, Department of Higher Education achieved several milestones. Eight new government colleges (03 Male &05 Female) completed in June, 2014, while the buildings of 51 colleges are under construction. From 96 government colleges in FY 2001-02, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa now has 183 colleges employing 5,696 teachers providing higher education to over 155,423 students.

Construction work on public libraries in Kohat and Chitral completed in June 2014 while the library in Lakki Marwat is also under construction. Staff/student hostels, science, IT blocks, admin blocks, examination halls, additional classrooms, bus garages, library blocks, boundary walls, day care centres, furniture, sport gears, machinery and equipment are also being provided to strengthen existing infrastructure of college.

Moreover, financial support was provided to ten universities along with development of their existing infrastructure. Construction work is under process on campus of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. Sub Campuses of Universities at Haripur, Swabi, have been upgraded to full fledge Universities for which financial support has been provided by Provincial Govt. Khushal Khan University has been established in District Karak.

Construction of Government Girls Degree Colleges in Haripur, Havelian, Batkhela, Nowshera and construction of buildings for Colleges established on Non Developmental basis in rented/hired buildings and major repair of existing college.

So far as, faculty development is concerned Higher Education Teachers training academy has been established at Hayatabad, Peshawar and has initiated training program. Each year teachers are provided pre-service and in-service trainings. So far more than 2400 faculty members are imparted mandatory training. Provincial Govt. has created 926 supernumerary positions of teaching Assistants. They will be hired as a stop gap arrangement through ETEA.

Under Developmental Scheme of Rs. 60 million fully funded Ph.D scholarship awarded as for 04 foreign, 04 indigenous and 02 split (enrolled in a Pakistani University and research in foreign county).

Furthermore Faculty developmental support program of Rs. 100 million onetime grant to 390 faculty members will be awarded financial assistance, at the rate of 0.2 million and 0.3 million respectively.

For promotion of teaching staff during the present Govt. 446 officers from Lecturers to Assistant Professors, 605 officers from Assistant Professor to Associate Professors and 249 officers from Associate Professors have been promoted to Professors.

Strengthening of Higher Education Management Information System Cell; has also been established, says an email message received from Higher Education Department.

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