KARACHI: The 24-day Professional Competency Enhancement Programme for Teachers concluded on Tuesday at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).
This training programme was organised by Dow university in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) at the Professional Development Centre. Thirty-five faculty members from all the university institutions took part.
The vice chancellor of DUHS, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, said that HEC’s teacher training would help fulfil the demand for qualified teachers in Pakistan. He stressed that similar activities for teaching techniques and skill development of the faculty of higher education should continue across the country. He suggested making the course available online, in hybrid, distanced and contact sessions. “This would go a long way in enhancing teaching competencies of university professors and lecturers while not being too time consuming.”
A professor of medicine at Dow university and also a course coordinator, Dr Rana Qamar Masood, said that the programme covered various aspects of professional competency development. It offered an opportunity for a pool of experienced and resource persons to collect and share ideas at the same time.
The director-general of the Learning Innovation Division at the HEC, Noor Amna Malik, urged the participants to carry the spirit of professional learning into their classrooms.
Prof. Azam Ali Khwaja, the managing director of quality assurance at HEC, asked the participants to actively take part in similar professional development programmes to keep themselves at par with modern needs of their profession.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.