HEC welcomes a consortium of nine universities to identify online courses – Latest News – The Nation

ISLAMABAD – The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Higher Education Development Program (HEDP) has welcomed a consortium of nine universities to LUMS to identify high-quality asynchronous online courses under the new program undergraduate foundation for the country. The goal of offering online courses nationwide is to ensure that all students in the country have access to the highest quality basic education. PakistanEdX has been chosen as the official name of this national platform, according to a press release. HEC PakistanEdx platform is developed by the same organization which has been a major developer for several international learning platforms such as MIT/Harvard’s edX, University of California San Diego, edX and Wikimedia. The technology built by this company has already served more than 55 million students worldwide. HEC will use the same technology to increase access to quality education and make it available to remote areas of Pakistan. The platform will be complemented by HEC’s Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), which extends quality internet access to all affiliated universities and colleges. These initiatives are particularly important for provinces like Balochistan, Interior Sindh, newly merged districts of KP and Far Punjab.

The consortium is formulated based on the expertise of these universities in developing and delivering quality online learning platforms. It includes the Allama Iqbal Open University; Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences; COMSATS University; Habib University; Hazara University; Lahore University of Management Sciences; National University of Science and Technology and Virtual University of Pakistan.

The new curriculum adds 11 core courses drawn from five broad categories of HEC undergraduate politics courses. These universities will offer courses on PakistanEdX by offering multilingual options in these five categories of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Explanatory Writing.

The discussions were led by Dr Shaista Sohail, Executive Director, HEC and Ms Maryam Riaz, Project Coordinator, HEDP. “HEC aims to create a holistic view of the culture of quality for online and blended learning,” Riaz said.

Lieutenant General Javed Bukhari, Rector of NUST, said: “This is an opportunity where we can learn from each other, and I am very confident that all stakeholders – not only faculty and students, but also the market, accreditation bodies will join us.” COMSATS University Rector Dr. Tabassum Afzal, emphasizing the importance of using technology, added that globally, the education is now about clicks not bricks.He said that HEC’s efforts have brought us to this point and that this effort will be a huge accomplishment in providing a wide range of education to undergraduate students across the Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti, Rector of the Virtual University, said, “We stand at a crossroads where the future of education in Pakistan is being decided.”

Karen O. Fielding