ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will be hiring a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the Erst technicaluniversity.
The commission officials informed the state minister for education about this on Tuesday during a meeting held to review the progress made towards establishing the National Skills University.
The new plan will involve the identification of key skill development programmes to be taught in the university, pedagogical and infrastructural requirements and guidance on developing the curriculum.
The skill university will be set up in the building of the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE)in H-8.
During the meeting, HEC officials told the minister that the PC-1 for the establishment of the university has beenapproved and the bill for the promulgation of the charter of the university has been chartered in a National Assembly standing committee which will be reviewed in due time.
According to a press release issued by the education ministry, Minister of Education Balighur Rehman directed the HEC to also conduct research on international best practices, review models being adopted internationally for skill universities abroad and ensure the university meets international standards in its particular domain.
He said the university is being established in order to provide sustainable human resource for our industries and agriculture.
`The university shall serve as a sustainable resource for provision of technical experts, mentors and skilled dworkforce for the country and particularly, the graduates of this University are also expected to serve in projects under CPEC,` the statement quotes him as saying.
The minister said an implementation committee should be formed with representatives from the ministry, HEC and NISTE to expedite the project and manage different aspects of its establishment.
The project of converting the NISTE intoatechnicaluniversitywasannounced in 2012 by the PPP government but noserious attempts were made to start the project.
The incumbent government decided to complete the project in 2013 and allocated Rs100 million in the development budget of 2014-15 for it which was not spent due to negligence by concerned authorities.
The government once again set aside Rs100 million for this project in the budget for 2017-18. The NISTE has a large building and used to offer some technical courses and provided training to teachers.
However, after the 18th Amendment, when education was devolved to the provinces the functions of this organisation were restricted to a few short technical courses. The incumbent government in 2013 decided to turn the NISTE into a full-fledge technical university.
`The university will offer technical education. The institute will produce skilled graduates who will play an important role in making the country prosperous,` said HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed.
He said the HEC team has briefed the minister there will be no delay on the HEC`s part, which is the executing agency of the project and that after the bill is approved from parliament, the university will start offering courses.