Islamabad: Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairman HEC has said that teachers of Pakistani universities have great potential and majority of them are capable enough to compete at international level, adding that they are being provided a number of opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.
He was speaking as chief guest at the closing ceremony of the 21st Faculty Professional Development Programme organized by the Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission at HEC Secretariat on Thursday. As many as 30 faculty members from 30 public and private sector universities across Pakistan attended the programme. Vice Chancellors of a few local higher education institutions and senior officials of HEC were also present.
The Chairperson said that HEC is doing utmost effort to facilitate faculty members and researchers. Congratulating the participants on successful completion of training, he reminded the teachers that they are role models for their students and academic leaders who play crucial role in development of future generations.
Gilani stressed on the significance of communication skills, not only for teachers but also for students. “You may share a lot of knowledge with students but it’s ineffective if not communicated properly so keep in mind that a teacher needs to be a good communicator who successfully puts his/her message across to the target audience.”
The eight-week in-service programme has been designed to equip university teachers with special skills needed for adult learners required for effective teaching and research at higher education level. The programme includes various academic modules with additional sessions on important social topics.
Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khalid, Adviser (Academics) HEC said that without professional development of faculty, quality of teaching and research cannot be improved in the universities. Ms. Noor Amna Malik, Director General (Learning Innovation) HEC briefed the audience in detail about aims and objectives of the programme. She said that so far 610 members belonging to different universities have benefitted from this course in 21 batches.