(Engineering) technology education: Delay in setting up body taking toll on graduates

Published: November 17, 2015
HEC fails to set up National Technology Council despite issuing a notification in 2012. PHOTO: hec.gov.pk

HEC fails to set up National Technology Council despite issuing a notification in 2012. PHOTO: hec.gov.pk


The delay in setting up the National Technology Council (NTC), aimed at mainstreaming technology education, is taking a toll on B-tech and other technology graduates.

In November 2012, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) issued a notification stating that in light of its August meeting, it will establish the NTC for registration of B-tech graduates and graduates of other technologies such as medical technology, BS IT, etc besides improving and standardising the quality of engineering technology education offered by different institutes.

The HEC said the NTC will also safeguard interests and rights of technology graduates as they have been facing problems in getting jobs in public departments and promotions due to undefined status of their degrees. The Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) also does not recognise B-tech graduates as engineers, making it difficult for them to apply and find jobs.

Soon after the HEC announced to set up the new body, the PEC raised objections on its formation and a few of its bylaws. Later, HEC officials held a meeting with PEC members and both agreed to amend the bylaws.

After a passage of eight months, the minutes of that meeting were shared with HEC’s governing body in April 2013, which deferred it stating all stakeholders would be taken on board before the body was established.

Again, HEC and PEC officials met in January 2014 and both agreed to enhance the scope of the would-be council. In September 2014, both bodies suggested that it will cover and comprise 14 degree programmes proposed under six diversified technologies.

In May 2015, the higher education regulatory body approved formation of the NTC with the amended bylaws but since then no headway has been made in this regard.

Cause of delay

On November 6, on a question raised by MNA Asad Umar on the assembly floor about the delay in appointing chairperson and other members of the council, the HEC submitted a written reply stating that it was changing the scope of the council from engineering technologies to all technologies covering six diversified disciplines.

“After formal approval and notification from the Gazette of Pakistan, the process to appoint its chairperson, council members and staff of NTC’s secretariat will start,” the HEC stated.

“It is expected that the entire process would take approximately 10 to 12 months from now onwards including confirmation of the council’s bylaws to its functioning,” it further said.

The Senate has also directed the HEC to finalise the process by the end of the year. Ministry of Science and Technology has also urged the HEC to broaden the council’s scope to cover food, textile and other technologies.

When contacted, HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed claimed that “all is set to launch the NTC as funds have also been allocated for it after amendments in bylaws were published in Gazette of Pakistan”.

“We have asked different bodies to suggest names for members of the new council and it will be made functional before the deadline set by a parliamentary panel,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • rao nasrullah Iqbal
    Nov 19, 2015 - 8:21PM

    We are disheartening and losing hopes for unknown reasons for establishing of NTC.
    When will we achieve our rights.Recommend

    Nov 21, 2015 - 4:24AM

    It’s monopoly of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) who used delayed tactics to development of National Technology Council Recommend

    Nov 21, 2015 - 4:26AM

    It’s monopoly of Pakistan Engineering Council. They are not happy with establishment of NTC Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 21, 2015 - 10:55AM

    What is it I am student MNS UET Multan where I am studying B.Sc. Civil Engineering technology (3rd year) but I am not sure of my future so kindly HEC officials do something positive Recommend

  • sohail
    Nov 21, 2015 - 1:13PM

    PEC wantsholds on all govt department jobs.Hec is also ssupporting pec and causing delay in technology council law and functionsRecommend

  • Iqbal
    Nov 23, 2015 - 9:08PM

    Its need of the day to work on the establishment of this council. There is a huge feelings of deprivation among the students. I am myself a lecturer in one of the government college and regularly in contact with students.
    This is the high time that such steps should and must be taken.
    I think It was also once decided that B-Tech will be considered as technologists engineers and like wise.
    Achieving this mild stone to form NTC which will pave a way for forming job structure for B-Tech graduates both in government and private sector job markets.
    Many of our graduates work in prestigious institutes and organization like Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission,etc besides abroad but they have no proper service structure.
    Please do some thing HEC.
    And win the hearts of manyRecommend

  • bilal
    Jan 3, 2016 - 1:18PM

    HEC only work for to earn money not for education,,,,,,,,lolxRecommend

  • Jan 16, 2016 - 5:09PM

    HEC and HEC officials especially Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad works for PEC, and have no any single connection/meeting with the stakeholders (B.Tech Graduates/Associations). Dr Mukhtar Can’t face these graduates because HEC withdraw the equivalence of B.Tech with BE/BSc Engg on illegal manner. They are trying to make NTC lower lower and lower from PEC. NTC is not listed in professional Council list while the graduates are purely professionals having 7 years professional education after SSC science. HEC stopped further education of these graduates MS/PhD.
    Down Down Down HECRecommend

  • Feb 21, 2016 - 9:45PM

    There is no one responsible for that; unfortunately we are responsible for this ourselves. From the starting to now; there is no collective movement raised for this program and we just can talk but we have don’t any collective effort regarding this; no one has any time for doing this and we blame on HEC and PEC. Nothing can be achieve without collective struggle. Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2016 - 10:18AM

    Dear Ajmal Raza,
    B.Tech Engineers Community is working collectively on the issue since 1981 when PEC withdraw his equivalence statement regarding B.Tech (Hons) and BE/BSc Engg degrees. Pakistan Diploma Federation ( Chairman Akhlaq Ahmad (Late)) and Pakistan B.Tech Engineers Council Reg (Chairman Abid Hussain Bukhari) are working since 1981 and later on B.Tech Engineers Association KPK, Pakistan B.Tech Graduates Society, B.Tech Engineers Community, Pakistan Council of Technologist, All Pakistan B.Tech Engineers Association, B.Tech Engineers Association AJK, BTEA Karachi and so on join the cause. We are working collectively on the issue under the umbrella of Pakistan B.Tech Action Committee since 2010. The PEC lobby is very strong and their registered officials are heading every engineering organization/Dept. PEC got monopoly in each and every organization including Provincial/National Assembly, Senate, HEC, Wapda, Education, Ministries, Railways, Army, PTCL, PIA, Atomic Energy Commission etc. In spite of all this monopoly system many of our fellows got PEC Registration, working equivalent to Engineers in many organizations shows the efforts made by Associations/communities. We hope that we will achieve our ultimate goal.
    Wajid Ali Khan
    B.Tech Engineers Association KPKRecommend

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