A six-week skill based summer professional development programme for newly appointed faculty members has begun under the auspices of the recently launched National Academy of Higher Education Academy (NAHE), Islamabad.
As many as 27 young faculty members of various subjects from across Pakistan are participating. HEC Executive Director Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, was the chief guest in the opening ceremony. HEC Consultant Dr Zulfiqar Gilani, HEC Director General (Learning Innovation) Fida Hussain, University of Utah lead resource person Dr Steven Burian and HEC Dr Steven Burian Ghulam Nabi were also present.
Addressing the audience, the HEC executive director appreciated the efforts of NAHE for organizing this workshop. He said learning was a continuous journey that never ended and there should be no satiation in seeking knowledge. He emphasised that education was a combination of knowledge (Ilm) and courtesy (Adab). While knowledge was related to intellectual capacity, courtesy (Adab) focused on character building. Teachers must develop their students into wholesome individuals and work-ready graduates, he added.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Fida Hussain welcomed the participants and thanked the universities for allowing their faculty members to participate in the workshop. He said the National Academy of Higher Education has been established as an apex institution for the professional development of teachers and university leaders in the country. “NAHE will serve as a standardised sustainable body for designing, developing, conducting and facilitating continuous professional training for teachers and university leadership in the country. This training will cover teaching-learning, applied research and governance.”
Dr Steve Burian said developing skills were vital for the professional development of teachers. “A teacher cannot be effective without having teaching-learning skills. This workshop will equip new faculty members with strategies and tools to overcome the challenges of learners and develop in students the critical thinking and practical skills.”
Dr Zulfiqar Gilani advised the participants to benefit from this opportunity as NAHE had hired services of renowned national and international resource persons. “The programme will emphasise the principles and practices of effective teaching and research as core capacities of a faculty member.”