GUJRAT-A five-day training workshop for University of Gujrat (UoG) faculty members ended at UoG’s Hafiz Hayat Campus with the training of about 35 teachers during 14 sessions.

The training sessions were conducted by renowned experts and educationists like Nazir Ahmed Vaid, Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry, Akifa Imtiaz, Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Dr Bashir Gondal and Raza-e-Mustafa.

Addressing a session, experts said that Pakistan needs to adopt diverse strategies and practices to prop up the industrial sector if “we want to catch up with the rest of the world”.A country which does not keep up with the changing pace of technology has to face a dangerous situation, they said.

The workshop was funded by Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and aimed at providing an opportunity to teachers from various UoG departments to hone their skills by introducing them most modern methods of teaching. UoG Registrar Dr Tahir Aqil, who was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the workshop, distributed certificates to the teachers.

Mr Vaid said that the economic development is linked with the pace of our progress in industrial sector. In this regard, he praised the various long-term projects launched by the University of Gujrat, under the visionary leadership of its Vice Chancellor Dr Ziaul Qayyum, to help achieve national development goals.

He urged the teachers at the workshop to promote entrepreneurial skills among the students. “We must equip our teachers with the most up-to-date knowledge and pedagogical skills if we want to achieve our quality education goals,” Dr Tahir Aqil said. He added that teaching is an art and an ideal teacher is one who is looked up to and revered by his students as a role model.

“It is one of the most important responsibilities of higher education institutions to make sure that the knowledge they create and the outcome of their research is adopted for the benefit of society. The University of Gujrat has already launched a number of projects on community development and industry,” Dr Tahir Aqil said.

“We must focus on our younger generation to achieve our long-term national development goals. It is the duty of our teachers to inculcate in the young minds a penchant to serve their country,” Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry, Consultant to UoG Vice Chancellor, said.

Syed Musa Hasan said that PHEC has adopted various measures to improve the quality of higher education in the province. “Training definitely helps us sharpen our skills and talents,” he said. He praised various projects and research initiatives launched by the UoG for the benefit of the community and the local industry.