LAHORE - The Higher Education wing of the Punjab Education Department is shortly embarking upon a comprehensive training programme of college teachers to promote quality of education at undergraduate level and secure better results in the Board and University examinations. The programme will be similar to the school teachers training programme, envisaged a few years back with modules of training and refreshing of knowledge to impart training to some 14,000 college teachers in various disciplines. The training programme will commence during the coming summer vacations at various cluster centres where the teachers could present themselves easily. This is the first of its kind training programme at college level. For this purpose a training courses outline has been prepared in consultation with the experts which included generic courses, communication skill, classroom management lT learning etc. The pass percentage stood at 30/40 per cent before the start of school teachers training programme, but the school examination results drastically improved and pass percentage also raised to 50 per cent after the programme, Higher Education Secretary Ahad Cheema told this correspondent. The scheme has been approved by the Punjab government higher authorities. The services of master trainers and senior professors from the Punjab University (PU), Government College University (GCU), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and other public sector and private chartered varsities will be hired to impart training to the college teachers. The Punjab Higher Education wing also convened in this connection a meeting of vice-chancellors of the varsities which was held under the chairmanship of Ahad Cheema, who apprised them of the programme. Various proposals were sounded in the meeting to make the programme more effective and fruitful. The Secretary also impressed upon the VCs in a separate discussion to open Universities sub-campuses in each district to bring the postgraduate education at the doorstep of the students in remote areas. Rana Latif