Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has launched an e-portal in its bid to streamline the data of public and private sector universities in the province. The PHEC e-portal would help collect and access the updated information regarding number of students, faculty strength and programmes being offered by universities.
Data from the PHEC e-portal would assist policymakers in formulation of viable polices to address issues of quality assurance in higher education. The launch ceremony of the e-portal and an orientation workshop, which was attended by PHEC Director General Ms Zia Batool, PHEC Director Asif Munir, senior management staff, including registrars from 25 private sector universities and senior officers of PHEC, was held at Faculty Development Academy of PHEC, situated at University of Education Township Campus.
Addressing the orientation ceremony, PHEC Director General Zia Batool briefed the participants about the initiative, saying PHEC was always determined to formulate viable higher education policies. “Informed decision making is contingent upon the accurate and valid data from the universities. The e-portal would help collect and organize the statistics about HEIs centrally and assist in informed policy decisions,” Batool said.
“The interface of the e-portal is made simple and user friendly so that it will be convenient for the universities to enter the information. You can change, revise and update the information any time, sitting in your office, at your own convenience, and without any confusion,” she added. Batool further said the staff of PHEC was always there to facilitate the entry of data and to address inconvenience, if any, encountered therein. “We will welcome your feedback for the improvement of the database; together we can yield valid, accurate and updated statistics for the informed policy making,” she stressed.
The orientation was followed by hands-on training on the e-portal, which was developed by Information Management and System Development (IM&SD) department of PHEC. PHEC Director Asif Munir practically demonstrated the use of the e-portal. Initially, the training has been organized for the senior management staff of the private universities. Staff from public sector universities would be trained in the next phase.