ISLAMABAD – The 20th National Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programme (MT-FPDP) organised by Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission (HEC), concluded here at HEC secretariat.

About 29 faculty members from 29 public and private sector universities across Pakistan were certified as master trainers.

Mohtarma Syeda Shehla Raza, Deputy Speaker of Sindh Provincial Assembly was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the programme. Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Executive Director of HEC was also present on the occasion.

Noor Amna Malik, Director General Learning Innovation Division HEC presented overview of the programme and briefed about the objectives of MT-FPDP. She informed that so far 580 members belonging to different HEIs have been benefitted from this course in 20 batches.

This 8-week in-service programme is designed to equip the teaching faculty with the latest pedagogical and research skills required for effective teaching and research. The whole span of the programme was a rigorous exercise, which included various academic modules with additional sessions on important social topics. Recreational and study trips were also arranged to different historic places. The major objective of this intensive training is to enhance and enrich the teaching abilities of teachers to ensure quality education, which is entirely dependent on the quality of teachers.

Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that the teachers of today have great potential and HEC is ready to provide them all opportunities to improve their natural talent. HEC is continuously supporting HEIs in terms of improving infrastructure, access to digital library, providing quality education, providing opportunities for conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international institutions/organizations, participating in international exchange programs and producing graduates who are welcomed by national/international industry, academia and corporate sector. HEC is going through difficult phase and academic leaders have to play an important role.

The chief guest of the ceremony said that the government is convinced that improvement in standard of education - especially higher education is the key to the progress of our country. There is a direct relation between education and development. Higher education boosts human capital, which results in higher growth. Our universities are preparing the future leader of this nation. She appreciated the efforts of HEC for bringing about revolutionary reforms in higher education sector of Pakistan. She congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the faculty professional development program.