NATION BUILDING THROUGH EDUCATION
INTERVIEW: REGIONAL DIRECTOR HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION (SINDH & BALOCHISTAN)
Oct 25 - 31, 2010
PROFILE OF FIDA HUSSAIN
Regional Director, Higher Education Commission Karachi and Balochistan.
Fida did his MS (Science Education) from the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia in 1994. He also secured postgraduate diploma in science education from the same university.
Prior to leaving for higher education abroad he got a masters degree in botany from university of Balochistan.
A number of professional certifications from foreign universities and organisations have added professional exposure to his professional credit.
1. UK Leadership Foundation for Higher
Education 2010 Programme for Senior Staff of the Higher Education Commission.
2. Centre for Civic Education Pakistan
3. Higher Education Commission 2008
Certificate of Appreciation
Faculty Professional Development Program
Learning Innovation Division HEC
March 18 - April 30, 2008, Islamabad.
4. Intel Education Award 2007 - 2008
Certificate of Appreciation
Intel Teach Program
Intel Education Islamabad.
5. South Asia Intel Teach Program 2007
Seminar on Pre-service Teachers Training
Incorporating Communication Technology
December, 17 - 18, 2007 Colombo.
6. Higher Education Commission 2007
Certificate of Contribution
"11th All Pakistan Inter - University Debate Contest"
October 25, 2007 Islamabad.
7. Asian Institute of Technology 2007
Certificate of Professional Development
"Good Governance in Universities in the 21st Century"
May 22 - 31 Bangkok.
8. President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 2006
Certificate of Distinction
Students Convention, April 20-22
9. Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
2002 Day Workshop 'Gender Analysis/Project Preparation & Appraisal, August 09-10 Islamabad.
10. Asia-L Ink Europe Aid 2005
3-Day Workshop on 'Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework. November 9 - 11 Karachi.
11. Quality Assurance Agency 2005
Workshop on Quality Enhancement Framework in Higher Education. July 25 - 26 Islamabad.
12. Certificate of Appreciation 2005
STEM Careers Project
HEC and PAEC.
13. Course Coordinator/Resource Person in College Teacher 2003 Training Program in Botany
Directorate of Colleges Higher & Technical Education
14. Course Coordinator/Resource Person In College Teacher 2002 Training program in Botany
Directorate of College Higher & Technical Education Balochistan, Quetta
15. Southeast Asian Ministers of Education 1998
Organization (SEAMEO) INNOTECH
Muezzin city Manila, Philippine "Education Technologies for Teacher Training in Pakistan"
16. Primary Education, Directorate & World Bank 1996
Directorate, Quetta. Primary Science & Social Studies Curriculum Development
17. Primary Education Directorate & World 1996
Bank, Quetta. Interactive Education Planning & Management
18. Teacher Training Project, Education Deptt. 1996
Coordinator Primary Schools Teachers Training Program Quetta.
19. Teacher Training project (ADB Assisted) 1996
Federal Co-ordination Unit
Islamabad. Testing & Evaluation in Schools
20. ADB - Girls Primary Education Project 1995
Trainers Training Program under ADB.SRI.MOE
July 8 - 12, 1995
Bureau of Curriculum & Extension Centre
21. Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia (SMEC) 1992 "Student Alternative Frameworks Barrier To Teaching & Learning Science"
22. Institute for the Promotion of Science Education 1990
And Training IPSET, Islamabad
23. Science Education Project Quetta, Balochistan 1989
Science Teachers Training program Course Coordinator
24. Bureau of Curriculum & Extension Center 1988
With the Collaboration of British Council
Quetta. College Teacher's Training Workshop
Education Department, Govt. of Balochistan 1984 - 1989
Lecturer in Botany Teaching Botany Teaching Botany to Intermediate and Graduate Students
Science Education Project Balochistan, Quetta 1989 - 1994
Subject Specialist Biology
Bureau of Curriculum & Extension Center, Quetta 1994 -1996
Senior Subject Specialist Biology
Teachers Training Project, Quetta 1994 - 1996
Training Incharge/Project Coordinator
Institute of Teacher Education 1996
Senior Subject Specialist
Balochistan Text Book Board, Quetta 1996 - 1998
Directorate of Colleges Higher & Technical Education 2000 - 2002 Quetta
Govt. Science College Quetta, Pakistan 2003 - 2004
Assistant Professor, Botany
Higher Education Commission 2004 -2009
Director Training Islamabad, Pakistan
Higher Education Commission April 2009
Till Date Quetta, Balochistan
Fida Hussain, regional director of higher education while commenting over state of education and its failure in national building said that there is no second opinion that the core business of the education sector is aimed at nation building.
However, in our case it is unfortunate that the education sector has been a federal subject so far as the people at the helm of affairs or at the driving seat could not decentralise the education. While the policymaking is an initial phase in which equal share is pre-requisite to the collective wisdom to formulate a policy. In education, the basic or primary phase the curriculum has been a federal subject till to date.
Now there is a ray of hope with the decision of the Supreme Court regarding 18th amendment which emphasises on decentralisation of the curriculum as well as education. However, there is a debate going on in the country whether provinces have the capacity, human and capital resources to handle such an important issue.
Towards the concept of nation building through education, we in Pakistan chalk out
5-year and 10-year plans and formulate various policies yet when the question comes about implementation of these plans and policies, we fail to implement them in letter and spirit.
There could be various reasons and factors for failure in implementation of these plans including financial constraints, leakages, corruption, nepotism and other social ills which hijacked the subject consequently we failed to achieve the desired results out of these good policies. Hence our education system has failed in achieving the cherished goal of nation building rather we are living like a crowd having no direction and the concept of building a nation deeply attached to the motherland (Watan) is still a distant dream.
Though communities with different language, cultural and sectarian believes are living in Pakistan but the fact of the matter is that they are not living in harmony like other countries such as the United States of America and India where people of different color and creed are living together in harmony that give an example for the people of Pakistan to learn how people have succeeded in developing cosmopolitan culture to live together in harmony with collective targets of building up the image of their nation.
Fida Hussain expressed his earnest desire that people of Pakistan should make a self assessment that what were the bottlenecks or irritants restricting us to achieve out objectives. He said look at our curriculums right from primary level to the higher education the first guideline is to promote ideology of Pakistan.
He however regretted that despite all the guidelines provided in the curriculum it is unfortunate that majority of the so called educated people suffering from social ills infecting the human values of the society, he remarked. He cited an example that an officer of 22 grade while driving his car throws empty cigarette pack out of the window of his car without thinking its adverse impact on the environment, that indicates the social behavior of the educated people. How we can raise an accusing finger at donkey cart driver if he does the same on the road. The educated people unfortunately are not becoming a role model for the less fortunate segment of the society setting up bad examples which are contrary the social values.
While assigning great importance to the basic education for nation building, Fida said that over 80 percent of population living in rural areas yet look at the standards of primary schools in the rural areas. It is painful sight in most of the villages that the schools have been converted in a sitting place during leisure times by the feudal lords or they are using these schools as livestock pens.
He pointed out that merely 2.5 percent of the total GDP is allocated for the cause of education despite repeated requests and appeals to enhance this allocation. Instead of increasing the funds for education the scholarships are suspended which may cause a serious damage not only to the students but to the cause of education. Though the climate at higher education level was giving encouraging signals of a positive change and at least the higher education sector was doing impressively good, however recent steps of blocking release of funds to the scholarships may not produce the desired results.
Fida Hussain was of the view that instead of working simultaneously at all phase we should take up the issue of education in phases. At least the entire tenure of a government should focus on development of basic education or primary education to provide a solid foundation to the education regime, while the next government undertakes the responsibility of the secondary level and then the college and universities by the next government. We have to focus on the development of our education in phases to achieve the cherished goal of nation building through education, he observed.