The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has constituted a nine-member committee to enable higher education institutions (HEIs) to continue teaching lessons online.
This comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which forced the Government of Punjab to announce the closure of schools till May 31st. The closures have been categorized as early summer holidays this year in lieu of the usual April / May -August / September window.
The committee is comprised of Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar VC University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf VC University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Prof Dr Khalid Masud Gondal VC King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Lahore, Prof Dr Arshad Ahmad VC Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar VC Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha VC University of Education (UE) Lahore, Dr Naeem Tariq Rector Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan, and Prof Dr Rukhsana David Principal Kinnaird College for Women (KCW) Lahore.
Headed by Chairperson PHEC Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, the goal of the committee is to set out guidelines to ensure an efficient transition to online learning.
The committee will work in tandem with higher education institutions to facilitate smart classrooms and to meet the IT needs of these institutions in order to manage as seamless a transition as possible.