EDUCATION

Higher education facilities demand on rise in the developing countries

KANWAL SALEEM, Lahore
Oct 01 - 07, 2007

British Educationist Prof Dr Naz Rasool has said that the demand for higher education facilities was on rise in the developing countries like Pakistan.

She said this while delivering a lecture on 'Global Imperatives for Quality Assurance and Enhancement in Higher Education' organised by Research and Development Wing of Planning & Development Department, Government of the Punjab at the Punjab Economic Research Institute (PERI), a subsidiary of Planning and Development Board Punjab.

While meeting this rising demand, the higher education institutions need to build a culture of quality besides putting an efficient monitoring system in place, she added.

Dr. Naz Rasool maintained that only well educated work force could be in line with the contemporary labor market needs. Talking about the importance given to the higher education in the developed countries, she said that the universities and colleges in the United Kingdom alone received annual funding of 14.5 billion pounds annually. She said that the education sector was fast experiencing the process of globalization with increasing number of students going abroad for education and international exchange and linkages among faculties and researchers.

Earlier, in his introductory remarks, Khalid Sultan, Chief (R&D) Planning and Development Department, threw light on the P&D Lecture series under which distinguished national and international speakers are invited to deliver lectures on the public policy issues relevant to Pakistan and the province of Punjab. He said that PERI seminar series is a new component added to the Research & Development Program from this financial year 2007-08.

The lecture was attended among others by Chairman Planning and Development Board Punjab Suleman Ghani, Chief (R&D) Planning and Development Khalid Sultan, Director Quality Enhancement Cell, Government College University Ms.Erum Sohail, Principal University of Education Dr. Zumard Sulman, Senior Research Fellow Lahore School of Economics Dr. Sulman Ahmad and Director Institute of Educational Research Punjab University Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal.

Moreover, the GC University Lahore has launched four new disciplines to set trends in academic world by providing the market-oriented skills and time-demanded knowledge.

The Deans committee presided over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab decided that Department of Mass Communication, Department of Sociology, Department of Education and Department of Law should work independently to impart quality education at B.A./B.Sc (Hons) level. Previously these departments were attached with the Department of Political Science as sub-departments headed by Prof. Muhammad Azhar Chaudary under the Faculty of Arts. This step of detaching these four departments and letting them work independently has been taken to further strengthen Faculty of Arts & Social Science so that this nascent University could offer a wide range of subjects to its students at four years B.A/B.Sc (Hons) program, said the Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab.

He further said that after the inauguration of several new disciples like Telecommunication, Computer Sciences, Sustainable Development Study Centre, School of Mathematical Sciences, Industrial Chemistry and Institute of Bio Technology, it was inevitable to launch these four departments by giving them independent working position.

The Dean Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khalid Pervaiz thanked the Vice Chancellor for taking this timely step to promote Art & Social Sciences and assured him that all out resources would be mobilized to achieve high goals in Arts and Social Sciences set by the Vice Chancellor of bringing GCU at part with the world class universities. He also said that with the expansion of electronic and print media in the country, there was dire need to establish independent Department of Mass Communication in order to produce skilled media professionals. He also said that Department of Law has been a long awaited dream which would now come true. He also emphasized the social significance of Education and Sociology and termed it an excellent step to meet the future challenges.

Dean Faculty of Languages Islamic & Oriental Learning Prof. Dr. Sohail Ahmed Khan and Dean Faculty of Sciences and Technology Dr. Amin Ul Haq Khan also attended the meeting and appreciated the decision.