PPI Original Text (PPI-OT) – 18th Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Program concludes

Islamabad, June 01, 2012 (PPI-OT): The 18th Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Program (MT-FPDP) organized by Learning Innovation Division Higher Education Commission HEC concluded here at HEC secretariat Islamabad.

About 28 faculty members from 23 public and private sector universities across Pakistan were certified as Master Trainers. Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Minister for Education Literacy and Transport Government of Punjab was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the program. Dr. Javaid R Laghari, Chairman HEC and Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi Executive Director HEC were also present on the occasion.

Master Trainers Faculty Professional Development Program (MT-FPDP) is a 08-12 week in-service orientation program particularly designed to equip the teaching faculty with the latest pedagogical and research skills required for effective teaching and research.

The whole span of the program was an arduous exercise which included thirteen core modules and additional sessions on different important social topics. Recreational and study trips were also arranged to different historic places. The main objective of this intensive training is to enhance and enrich the teaching abilities of teachers to ensure quality education which is entirely dependent on the quality of teachers.

The program caters to participants of both pure and social sciences; therefore the outcome is multi variant. The Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Program also aims to enable University teachers to use innovative teaching strategies and communication skills that blend academic concepts with workplace applications.

The Chairperson HEC, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari took professional oath from the participants whereby they vowed to the Almighty that they will stick to the professional honesty, moral and ethical values and keep on learning and imparting knowledge with full devotion.

Ms. Noor Amna Malik (DG LI) briefed the audience about the objectives of MT-FPDP and informed that so far 524 members belonging to different HEIs have been benefitted from this master trainer course in 18 batches.

Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi, Executive Director HEC said that without professional development of faculty, quality of teaching and research cannot be improved in the universities. Realizing this fact, HEC has undertaken a number of initiatives.

Dr. Javaid R. Laghari Chairperson said at the occasion that as an outcome of dedicated hard work of faculty, investment and revolutionary reforms introduced within last few years in higher education sector in Pakistan., 6 Pakistani universities have won their place in the list of top 300 Asian universities.

The Chief Guest of the ceremony Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman lauded the efforts of HEC for brining revolutionary reforms in higher education sector of Pakistan. He congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the faculty professional development program and appreciated that they will further cascade their training to other teachers in their respective institutions. In the end Chief Guest distributed certificates among the participants.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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