INTERVIEW WITH PROF DR FARHAT SALEEM
UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION IS PLAYING LEADING ROLE IN NATION BUILDING BY PRODUCING TRAINED TEACHERS.
Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2011
Established in 2002, University of Education (UoE) has now become a reputable name for higher education in Pakistan offering degree programs ranging from Bachelor to PhD in education and other disciplines.
With its 10 campuses across the province of Punjab, UoE holds out opportunities for quality higher education to the youth of remotest parts of the province. Currently, the UoE has nearly 13,000 students on the roll including about 150 in M. Phil and PhD programs. The programs are managed and conducted by more than 300 professionally trained faculty members.
All campuses of the university offer a learner-friendly environment featuring latter-day classrooms, state-of-the-art science laboratories, internet-powered ICT arrangements, and well-provided libraries with latest books and journals. On top of all this, a dedicated and well-qualified faculty makes the varsity stand out among its compeers.
The University of Education exposes its students to a variety of activities to ensure an innovative and creative expression blended with tolerance and social values. A healthy interaction between the teacher and the taught continues outside classroom through practical, teaching practice, thesis-writing, and a range of co-curricular activities. University of Education values the interest of students and welcomes their passion for learning. Its supportive and stimulating ambience is all set to give its scholars a cutting edge in today's world of competition and professionalism
The mission of the university is to offer nationally and internationally accepted academic programs to produce classroom teachers to the need of public and private schools of various levels i.e. primary, secondary, higher secondary.
Prof Dr Farhat Saleem is one of the country's top educationists. She had also served acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education. At present, Dr Farhat is Principal of Bank Road Campus of the University of Education .
She did her Ph.D from University of Education Lahore. She has 23 years of research and administrative experience at Curriculum Research and Development Centre, Punjab Education department, Lahore as Research Associate, Deputy Director and Additional Director from 24-07-1978†(date of joining Govt. service) to 05-05-2001. She also served as Associate Professor at University of Education Bank Road Campus, Lahore from 06-05-2001 to 29-10-2006.
She is member of syndicate of UoE, member of Board of Studies (Education), member Curriculum Committee, Chairperson Purchase Committee, Chairperson Comprehensive Examination Committee, Dean Faculty of Education, Resource Person for the project NAHE, Phase-II HEC Islamabad, Resource Person of NTS (National Testing Service) and Resource Person of Gender in Education (UNICEF).
In an interview with Pakistan and Gulf Economist (PAGE), Prof Dr Farhat Saleem shared her views on contribution being made by the university towards national development.
According to her, UoE is rendering valuable service by making the teaching profession attractive to the youth by providing quality programs, providing fast track degree acquisition routes to abler students. Equal emphasis is on quality and quantity of the product. She said UoE is the only university in the country which is providing trained teachers to the country thus contributing in national development.
She said there are thousands of students getting education in the university with highly qualified faculty. She said there are less than 4,000 PhDs in our country.
Dr Farhat said education was very expensive in private educational institutions as compared to government institutions. She said UoE had not yet increased tuition fees, but the examination fees had been increased because increasing rates of paper and ink and transportation cost.
Answering a question, she said "I am giving more responsibilities to the young teachers as the old teachers cannot work on the management posts." The government and all the political parties should be united and formulate a unanimous educational policy, so that afterwards every government should follow it, she added.
Answering another question, she said current budgetary allocations for education sector in the country are too low. We need to allocate at least four to six percent of GDP to education to get respectable status in the comity of nations. She termed lack of education as a root cause to all the problems faced by the country.
According to her, University of Education is playing leading role in national building activities by producing trained teachers.