A Consultative Meeting for technical education through Blended learning was organized at Virtual University of Pakistan, Islamabad Campus. The meeting was chaired by VU Rector Naeem Tariq.
The meeting was attended by all key stake holders including representatives from. HEC, TEVTA, Punjab, TEVTA, KP, NAVTTC and vice chancellors of different universities in Pakistan. Participants included Professor Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Virtual University of Pakistan, Professor Dr Muhmmad Tufail, VC, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan, Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan VC, University of Baltistan, Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, Dr Ehsanullah Kakar, VC, Baluchistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Dr Muhammad Muqeem ul Islam, Director General (Skills & Standards), NAVTTC Islamabad. Zia ud Din Azhar, Chief ICT, Planning Commission, Islamabad, Asif Khan Consultant IT, HEC, Islamabad, Dr Khair M Kakar, Director ORIC, Baluchistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Akhtar Abbas Bharwana, COO, Punjab-TEVTA, Hassan-uazzam, Director R&D, Punjab-TEVTA, M Sadiq Orakzai, Director, KP-TEVTA, Mr Waseem Ullah Jan, Registrar, University of Baltistan, Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, Dr Arshad Hussain Hashmi, Director ORIC, Virtual University of Pakistan and Dr Tanveer Hussain, Head of Department of Biotechnology, Virtual University of Pakistan.
Rector Naeem Tariq said that education plays a vital role in the development of a society. Technology is playing a key role in education. Integration of technology in education system would play important role for the provision of quality education to the masses. It’s almost impossible these days to hold training without the use of technology. Through the use of technology in blended learning would disrupt conventional mode of education across the country.
After detailed discussion, all the stake holders agreed that blended learning project is need of time in education system in Pakistan. Vocational training and short courses would help students and unemployed people to get quality skilled based education which would help them to get jobs and contribute in economy of the country.
Vice chancellors of all universities supported the agenda to be collaborators of this project. It is expected that this project would be greatly beneficial to enhance the tertiary, technical and vocational education in Pakistan.