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UMT-CONNECTED is providing an up-to-date compilation of press releases related to the online education and related matters in the Pakistani Higher Education Institution (HEIs). You're encouraged to read the articles below and let us know if any other article should also be added to it.

May 12, 2020 - Pakistani academia must innovate or get disrupted: President UMT Ibrahim Murad

Ibrahim Hasan Murad, President University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, explains how the COVID-19 is impacting Pakistan’s education system and how can the country better combat the deadly outbreak.

https://www.globalvillagespace.com/pakistani-academia-must-innovate-or-get-disrupted-president-umt-ibrahim-murad/?fbclid=IwAR1KyMng-CFtisrgd_zqL92e3M-9TyLVeqEb-GDWs3R8XbKHRMIx0tBCkEQ”.

May 11, 2020 - Role of University faculty members in the current crisis

The growth of society is dependent on education, which is imparted in educational institutions by faculty members. The life cycle of the higher education system revolves around faculty members who are experts in their domain and possess skills for disseminating innovative ideas and knowledge of that domain. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) criteria for institutional accreditation mentions different ways of teaching, which can be adopted according to the need for the subject or institution.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/610264/role-of-university-faculty-members-in-the-current-crisis/”.

April 22, 2020 - Uncertain situation forces HEC to ask universities to prepare for online education or abandon semester

PESHAWAR: The uncertainty about duration of the ongoing lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to ask the universities to start preparing for switching to online education or abandon the current semester.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/647886-uncertain-situation-forces-hec-to-ask-universities-to-prepare-for-online-education-or-abandon-semester

April 21, 2020 - President for promotion of online education

Islamabad:President Dr. Arif Alvi directed Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training and Higher Education Commission to work for the promotion of online education in the country, says a press release.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/647371-president-for-promotion-of-online-education

April 20, 2020 - New delivery model of e-education termed necessary

LAHORE: Like many other countries around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has also affected the education sector of Pakistan as students remain restricted to their homes.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2202151/1-new-delivery-model-e-education-termed-necessary/

April 20, 2020 - Online classes

KARACHI: Ever since the Higher Education Commission has ordered classes to be taken online, the academic world has gone into a frenzy. As academic institutions have been trying to adjust to a new reality, with a majority not technologically equipped to take online classes, students are also worried. Considering the electricity and internet outages in the city of Karachi, it is not in students’ control if and when they are able to attend online classes.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2202050/6-online-classes-2/

April 19, 2020 - UET launches first phase of online distance learning

LAHORE : University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has launched the first phase of the Online-cum-Distance Learning (ODL) program in the wake of lockdown due to Covid-19 and during this phase, classes will be conducted for the final semester undergraduate students only.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/646415-uet-launches-first-phase-of-online-distance-learning

April 18, 2020 - Gomal University launches online academic activities

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Gomal University has launched a learning management system for the online academic activities.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/645979-gomal-university-launches-online-academic-activities

April 17, 2020 - KU decides to go for online education

As the on-campus activities have come to a grinding halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Karachi (KU), the largest varsity of Pakistan, is also gearing itself to conduct online classes.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/645406-ku-decides-to-go-for-online-education

April 17, 2020 - PHEC to facilitate online education

Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) will facilitate universities and colleges to develop comprehensive plans, implement strategies and hold capacity building programmes for the promotion of online teaching.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2199788/1-phec-facilitate-online-education/

April 17, 2020 - PHEC to help campuses promote online teaching

LAHORE :Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) will facilitate universities and colleges to develop comprehensive plans, implementation strategies, and capacity building programmes for the promotion of online teaching and courses.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/645520-phec-to-help-campuses-promote-online-teaching

April 16, 2020 - Online Teaching and Mentoring

The current pandemic has compelled many national and multinational organizations to adopt a digital or virtual office environment, and they perform relevant activities from home. It is possible for them because they have automated or digitized office procedures, financial management, human resource management, and other processes well in time. Now they are using digital communication services for connecting with individual clients as well as with organizations.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/596398/online-teaching-and-mentoring/”.

April 15, 2020 - KU ramps up efforts to conduct online classes

KARACHI: The University of Karachi on Wednesday decided to ramp up efforts for conducting online classes, a press release said, as the coronavirus lockdown has left campuses deserted.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/644813-ku-ramps-up-efforts-to-conduct-online-classes

April 13, 2020 - Why online education?

A newspaper article published by Mr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC in daily Dawn is shared. The link to the article “Why online education?" published today (April 13, 2020) is https://www.dawn.com/news/1548761”.

April 12, 2020 - Time for online learning

On Friday, (April 10), some university students kicked off a campaign to make the hashtag #ResignChairmanHEC a trend on Twitter. This is a concerted effort by students across Pakistan to pressure the HEC into stopping the conduct of online classes made necessary by the closing of universities due to the spread of Covid-19.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/tns/detail/642398-time-for-online-learning

April 10, 2020 - Tevta launches online course

LAHORE:Technical and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) has gone digital for the first time in its history by launching e-learning programme under the banner of Khushhal Programme Pakistan.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/642063-tevta-launches-online-course

April 7, 2020 - President for measures to enhance Internet connectivity to facilitate students

Islamabad :President Dr. Arif Alvi, in order to facilitate students and improve Internet accessibility, on Monday directed the relevant quarters to take necessary measures to enhance Internet connectivity, so that students could continue their education uninterrupted.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/640555-president-for-measures-to-enhance-internet-connectivity-to-facilitate-students

April 6, 2020 - Use of technology in universities

The current pandemic has compelled many national and multinational organizations to adopt a digital or virtual office environment, and they perform relevant activities from home. It is possible for them because they have automated or digitized office procedures, financial management, human resource management, and other processes well in time. Now they are using digital communication services for connecting with individual clients as well as with organizations.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/589883/use-of-technology-in-universities/”.

April 5, 2020 - Negative irresistible momentum

Since the arrival of the coronavirus we have heard the line, “the world will no more be the same”, endless times. This is true as new trends are swiftly taking shape and we will be rapidly approaching a number of tipping points beyond which if the trend is not reversed, we can face problems, even a state of anarchy or tragedies. So it is not enough that we only recognise the problem that we face but it is essential and critical that we do something about it as well. There will be many new and ‘negative irresistible momentums’ that the coronavirus and the fear of its spread will generate.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2191005/6-negative-irresistible-momentum/

April 3, 2020 - UMT leading in online quality education

The Government of Pakistan had announced the closure of all public and private educational institutions to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/587863/umt-leading-in-online-quality-education/”.

April 03, 2020 - Online learning

UNIVERSITIES, which were in the middle of the spring semester when the orders for closure were announced, have been told to remain shut until May 31. It has raised significant questions for universities to consider.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1546047”.

April 3, 2020 - UMT leading in online quality education

The Government of Pakistan had announced the closure of all public and private educational institutions to avoid the spread of coronavirus. In this regard UMT management had decided to take extra measures to conduct 120 concurrent online class sessions w.e.f 16th March 2020to complete remaining course work of the semester after the closure of universities.

https://twnews.co.uk/pk-news/umt-leading-in-online-quality-education

April 3, 2020 - Call to prepare for evolving education dynamics

Islamabad : Pakistan has to prepare itself to match up with the evolving education dynamics in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, says the founder of the leading international STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning company.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/638478-call-to-prepare-for-evolving-education-dynamics

April 2, 2020 - HEC halts substandard online courses

Islamabad : In response to complaints regarding low quality of online courses offered by the universities, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to direct higher education institutions to halt such lectures until the requisite conditions are met.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/638042-hec-halts-substandard-online-courses

April 1, 2020 - Higher education institutions suspend operations until May 31

LAHORE:In pursuance of the instructions by the Punjab government in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have suspended their academic operations and closed down until 31st May, 2020.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/637630-higher-education-institutions-suspend-operations-until-may-31

April 01, 2020 - HEC to inspect universities’ capacity of delivering online classes

ISLAMABAD - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday decided to inspect universities’ capacity to deliver online classes after receiving complaints from the students.

https://nation.com.pk/01-Apr-2020/hec-to-inspect-universities-capacity-of-delivering-online-classes

March 31, 2020 - Students, faculty express reservations over online education system

LAHORE: Loopholes have started appearing in the online teaching system adopted by different universities in the wake of closure of all educational institutions to minimise the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1545094”.

March 31, 2020 - PHEC online committee

LAHORE: The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has formed a nine-member committee for online education following the closure of universities over the coronavirus. The committee will work along with universities for online teaching methodologies, approval of online courses, smart classrooms and provision of IT facilities.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/637315-phec-online-committee

March 30, 2020 - HEC asks universities to start online teaching

LAHORE: In the wake of Covid-19 endemic and closures, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked the universities and other degree-awarding intuitions which have well-instituted and operational learning management system (LMS) to begin online lectures.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/636738-hec-asks-universities-to-start-online-teaching

March 30, 2020 - HEC allows all public, private sector universities to commence online teaching

ISLAMABAD: In wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and closure of universities all over the country, Higher Education Commission has allowed all public and private sector universities to commence online teaching. For this very purpose, HEC has issued policy guideline.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/636759-hec-allows-all-public-private-sector-universities-to-commence-online-teaching

March 30, 2020 - PHEC collaborates for online teacher training

LAHORE: As a result of collaboration between Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab and the American Board of Teacher Certification, an online teaching course is being offered to government teachers in Punjab.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/636739-phec-collaborates-for-online-teacher-training

March 30, 2020 - HEC orders all universities to begin online classes

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed all universities and accredited institutions with sufficient resources to start online classes.

https://nation.com.pk/30-Mar-2020/hec-orders-all-universities-to-begin-online-classes

March 29, 2020 - GCU to introduce online course on public health, civic education

LAHORE - The Government College University (GCU) Lahore will work with Inter-University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS), the largest network of Pakistani universities, to introduce two-week short online certificate course on Public Health and Civic Education for the university students.

https://nation.com.pk/29-Mar-2020/gcu-to-introduce-online-course-on-public-health-civic-education

March 28, 2020 - HEC takes note of poor quality of online courses

Islamabad : The watchdog for higher education has taken note of the complaints about poor quality of online university courses in the country and is ensuring corrective measures.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/635615-hec-takes-note-of-poor-quality-of-online-courses

March 26, 2020 - HEC seeks research proposals to address coronavirus

Islamabad : The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has sought proposals from universities, institutes, and individual researchers on ideas to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/634490-hec-seeks-research-proposals-to-address-coronavirus

March 19, 2020 - HEC issues guidelines for faculty and staff

Islamabad : Given the COVID-19 Outbreak, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday issued detailed guidelines for faculty and staff attendance in universities and Degree Awarding Institutions (DAIs).

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/631230-hec-issues-guidelines-for-faculty-and-staff

March 19, 2020 - HEC develops databank of online courses

Islamabad - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has developed a databank of the online courses available at the national and international level and shared it with universities, while the university faculty has also been asked to prepare virtual courses for dissemination to students. This was stated by Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Tariq Banuri in a message on the prevailing situation created by Coronavirus.

https://nation.com.pk/19-Mar-2020/hec-develops-databank-of-online-courses

March 17, 2020 - HEC suspends walk-in attestation of academic documents

ISLAMABAD - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Monday suspended walk in attestation of the academic documents of the students in the wake of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread.

https://nation.com.pk/17-Mar-2020/hec-suspends-walk-in-attestation-of-academic-documents

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