Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to chalk out an implementation plan over the Online Distance Learning (ODL) policy at the earliest.
Underlining the importance of virtual education, the president said universities should increase the component of virtual education so that a maximum number of students could benefit from the cheaper mode of learning.
He made these remarks during a briefing on the National University of Technology (NUTECH), Islamabad, here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, a press release said.
The meeting was attended by the faculty members of NUTECH, HEC representatives, and senior government officials.
President said the universities should focus on skill development and IT (information technology) to put the country on the fast track.
He emphasised on the need for international skills in collaboration with foreign universities and training institutes, which would greatly help in the learning and professional development of the country’s workforce.
Rector Lt. Gen. (r) Khalid Asghar briefed the meeting about the academic programmes being offered by NUTECH in various engineering fields.
NUTECH had planned programmes in Artificial Intelligence, robotics, engineering and IT.
He highlighted university focusing on providing high-quality technical education and marketable skills. He briefed on future plans for the online education support system at NUTECH.