Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Professor Dr Shahid Munir has said that promoting higher education is the most important need of the hour to bring Pakistan into the ranks of developed countries. He expressed these views while addressing the 13th Post-Graduate Students’ Conference (PGSC) organized by the Punjab University (PU) Institute of Education and Research (IER) on the topic of ‘Transformation of Higher Education: Theory to Skills’. Director Institute of Education and Research Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Conference Secretary Prof Dr Muhammad Shahid Farooq, senior faculty members and MPhil / PhD scholars participated in the event.

In his address, Dr Shahid Munir said that the purpose of universities was to create new knowledge keeping in mind modern trends because good institutions could bring positive change in society. He said that like the developed countries, the developing countries should also take steps for the development of human resources.

He said that the culture of entrepreneurship should be promoted to curb unemployment. He said that institutions move forward by appointing faculty on merit. He said that research work that was designed to meet the needs of society should be encouraged. He said that our forefathers made a lot of sacrifices to establish Pakistan and now we have to work together to make it prosperous. He said that for the promotion of higher education, it was necessary to have a faculty development program and academic freedom should also be ensured. Appreciating the efforts of organizers of the conference, he said that such activities increase the abilities of students.

Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar said that it was necessary to develop the higher education sector in order to develop a society or a country. He said that the work of universities was to create new knowledge and provide leadership for society, but universities were not performing their duties well. He said that there was a dire need for regular training of teachers. He said that we need to give autonomy to the learners. He said that there is a need to transform the traditional teaching system into a system that can develop technical skills among the students. Later, souvenirs were presented to the distinguished guests.

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