The country’s education system faces several challenges: Shafqat Mahmood

Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that the country’s education system is facing a number of challenges, including increasing demands for the establishment of universities, quality education and adaptation to national needs of education and research.


He expressed these views while addressing a function at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat on the occasion of the launch of Phase II of the Digital Learning and Skills Enhancement Initiative.


The event was attended by HEC Executive Director Dr. Shaista Sohail, CEO Course Era Jeff Miguel Clada and a large number of Vice Chancellors, faculty members and students.


The Digital Learning and Skills Enhancement Initiative is a program launched in partnership with HEC and Course Era. Following the success of the first phase of DLSEI, HEC has signed an agreement with Course Era to formally launch the second phase of the program, which is based on a discounted fee model.


Through this program, HEC aims to enhance the online learning process and the abilities of committed students. Under the program, more than one thousand courses and 28 learning tracks are being offered.


Addressing the event, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said that Pakistan’s education system faces a number of challenges, including the growing demands for the establishment of universities and the quality of education and adaptation to the national needs of education and research. Steps are urgently needed to enhance the capabilities of young people in the country and as online education has grown exponentially since the spread of Corona, the launch of Course Era courses is an important step in these circumstances.


He lauded the National Academy of Higher Education for conducting training programs for teachers, university leadership and administrative staff. The Corona outbreak highlighted shortcomings in the education system such as digital distribution in the country, lack of online teaching ability among teachers and difficulty in understanding students’ online classes.


He hoped that the courses of Course Era would play an important role in highlighting the talents of Pakistani students, equipping them with job opportunities and contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.


Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director, HEC, said that DLSEI was launched in 2018. Students who benefit from the courses will have the opportunity to take courses and certifications from the best universities in the world and will be able to enroll in the highest and most expensive online courses.


He hoped the move would help turn the country’s youth into an asset. In the second phase of the program, more than 50,000 licenses will be issued and in the first year, the number of licenses issued on enrollment basis for all public and private universities will be 24,000.


Emphasizing the importance of DLSEI courses to enhance the potential of young people, Jera Megan Klada, CEO of Course Era, said that investing in youth is tantamount to investing in the future.


Earlier, Nazir Hussain, Director General, HEEIT Division, highlighted the ideology behind the launch of the program.


He said that HEC started this program with the help of Course Era so that students and faculty could have the opportunity to get certification from internationally recognized universities.

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