HEC To Introduce Competency-based Undergraduate Education Across Pakistan


Higher Education Commission

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) consulted with other stakeholders, which led to the reform of undergraduate courses and the introduction of “ability-based education” in all universities and affiliated colleges in Pakistan.

According to a press release on Tuesday, in the past 18 months, HEC has conducted extensive consultations with more than 1,000 individuals at 143 universities to discuss measures needed to improve student success.

Ability is defined as a combination of knowledge, skills, behaviors, and interpersonal characteristics that enable individuals to succeed in future life.

Several important conferences were held in 2019, including two national dialogues, five regional consultations and 10 thematic seminars. These activities involve 143 universities from across the country, including AJK and GB, and more than 1,000 majors including principals/principals, faculty and staff of universities and colleges, college principals, secretaries and other higher education department officials, and principals and officials Committee.

The HEC Chairman stated that the purpose of education is to enable students to succeed not only in work but also in society, politics and personal career in their future lives. Universities must work in ways that maximize this possibility of success, especially through undergraduate degree courses, which are the flagship of any higher education system. However, this is not the case. One main reason is that in the past little attention has been paid to this issue, so there is little attention to the essence and quality of university education.

He said that the new system is clearly based on “ability”, the determinant of future student success, designed to ensure that the educational program adapts itself to the future needs of students. This transformation will have a lasting positive impact on educational achievement and future success. He added that the new system will be launched in the coming year.

In Pakistan, there are many criticisms of undergraduate education, especially employers and admissions committees. The old curriculum did not provide Pakistani students with the skills necessary for the 21st century, such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, effective communication, quantitative analysis, team building or research methods. The new curriculum is designed to enable the transfer of these skills as well as interpersonal relationships and behavioral attributes. More importantly, the new curriculum focuses on applying the acquired knowledge and skills to the challenges of life, not just acquiring theoretical knowledge. It emphasizes exploration, curiosity, discovery and creativity among students.

The academic part of the course strives to strike a balance between generalization and specialization. In the earlier semester, in addition to Pakistan Studies and Islamic/Religious courses, each student must complete General Education (GE) courses in the main fields of human science, including arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences , Quantitative reasoning and explanatory writing. Learn. In the following semesters, students will enter a required course in their professional field (also known as “professional”).

This sequence is designed to provide students with flexibility when choosing their field of expertise. Students can also flexibly choose a single major or two majors, or major plus one or two minor majors.

In response to the concerns expressed by potential employers, the new curriculum will include practical experience as a mandatory requirement for graduation. All students must complete a summer internship in the actual work environment. In addition, students will have to choose other real life skills, such as entrepreneurship and business development, citizen participation and network building, or participate in sports and competitions, and register the corresponding extracurricular activities in the Business Incubation Center (BIC), student club, green Club, sports or university magazine. Although the practical work will be evaluated and included in the student’s records, it will not have letter grades or formal credit requirements.

In other words, the goal is not only to provide students with the latest knowledge in the chosen professional field, but also to provide them with the necessary life skills, namely effective writing and communication, quantitative analysis entry, the framework will apply to all undergraduate degrees, including four years Bachelor’s degree (BS), any professional degree (MBBS, BE, LLB, etc.), and two-year associate degree (AD). For different types of degrees, some details may be different, but the structure will be the same.

According to the design, the new undergraduate course will.


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