PAKISTAN FACING MANIFOLD CHALLENGES IN EDUCATION SECTOR
Nov 17 - 23, 2008
Learning begins from the birth of an infant, while learning the skill to survive is called education, which is a method of learning to be fit in the system.
Education is a source of developing behavior that is needed by the structure. Evolution of knowledge also gives birth to more complexity. Seeking intelligence and knowledge is now not only the problem of individual rather has become social concern.
Education is a powerful tool in the struggle against ignorance, illiteracy and uncivilized attitudes and no nation can progress without education.
Like in other fields, Pakistan is facing manifold challenges in the educational field because a lot is to be done for being competitive in the globalised competitive environment. "We are lagging behind in research field in universities while much more is to be done to create human resource equipped with technical know how," Educationists told Pakistan and Gulf Economist.
They maintained that public-private partnership is a must for overall betterment of the education sector as well as for the enhancement of academic standards. They said that for the progress and development of any country and society, the education sector is of vital importance. They added that substantial results could be obtained in this field through public-private partnership. Imparting education to females is very important for the progress of the country; therefore, all out efforts need to focus for their education.
Pakistan lags far behind India in producing the PhDs. At present, India is producing 7,000 PhDs annually while Pakistan needs to produce at least 500 PhDs annually in proportion to its population size, they argued.
They maintained that lack of resources, qualified teachers, corruption in educational institutions and indifferent attitude of policy makers towards research and educational activities are hindering the efforts aimed at promotion of education in the country.
Although, the government had initiated various projects for promotion of technical education in the country, due results cannot be achieved and still a lot more is to be done for meeting the requirements of industry. Technical education must be promoted with vigor to enable the local industry to compete in the globalised competitive environment.
State Minister for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia said: 'we need to introduce a unified educational system for provision of quality education without any discrimination''.
According to him, the government is taking measures to provide quality education to the masses and achieve 100 percent education ratio. "Our vision is to prepare the nation for the challenges of Knowledge Revolution."
Moreover, Higher Education Commission has launched a project entitled Microelectronic Research Centre (MERC) at University of the Punjab, Lahore, with an amount of Rs. 38.5 million for this particular Centre.
The University of the Punjab has utilised the funds for establishment of classrooms, computer lab, research labs, electronics workshop etc. This Centre has been established in collaboration with Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics in order to modify the building and other basic infrastructure already existed. The major objective of the establishment of such a Centre is to train manpower in the important field of electronic devices with the help of international collaborations.
The Centre offers M. Phil degree in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics, which is a unique blend of Engineering and Physics. This is the first time in Pakistan that such a degree is being offered related to the high-tech industry of Microelectronics. This will provide an excellent opportunity to the Physicists and Engineers to join hands for research.
The project funding was also utilized for setting up a Local Area Network for research students to not only access the e-literature but also perform research modeling and simulations' work. The facilities of MERC and CSSP have been made open to all Public Sector Universities through HEC's program Access to Scientific Instrumentation and hundreds of samples are being characterized for various Universities of the country.
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