Islamabad, The distribution of a total of 100,000 laptops among the talented and shining students enrolled in public sector higher education institutions around the country will be started from June 20. The announcement was made by Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and revealed that around 1,000 laptops would be produced in Pakistan.
In his first press conference which was conducted at HEC Secretariat Dr. Mukhtar Chairperson revealed this information. A great number of media persons were present there and asked questions regarding the situation of HEC’s initiatives. The HEC is improving the governance of universities and taken steps to enlarge the educational structure to less developed and remote areas. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that in last 12 years the HEC has focused on the development of PhD faculty. He said that non PhD faculty would be aided for PhD degree from Pakistani universities and they would also be provided one year experience in any international university.
HEC Chairperson also stressed upon the conversion of universities into smart universities and aspirants could get the facility of information technology across the country. at first seven universities, one from each province and one from federal region, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir are under schedule for the smart universities. The project will be started on August 14.
An agreement has been made with the British Council in which besides other cooperation HEC will introduce a non-credit compulsory course in the universities including ethical value system, social responsibility, community services and social entrepreneurship. The estimated cost outlay of this project would be 4.73 million pounds, and 57 percent will be given by British Council whereas 43 percent will be shared by HEC.
He further informed that more than 7,500 overseas scholarships have been awarded for MS and PhD studies so far and among these 3,300 have completed studies.