Out of 205, 40 varsities equipped to teach online: HEC

Published June 17, 2021
Of the total 205 universities only 40 had well-established learning management system. — DawnNewsTv/File
Of the total 205 universities only 40 had well-established learning management system. — DawnNewsTv/File

ISLAMABAD: An initial assessment carried out by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has revealed that most universities in Pakistan are not well-equipped to offer education through online mode as of the total 205 universities only 40 had well-established learning management system.

The universities in Pakistan have been compelled to adopt an online mode of education to protect their faculty members, students, and staff from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a World Bank report.

In response to changing realities, the government has requested the World Bank to restructure the higher education development in Pakistan project to introduce a new component which focuses specifically on support to continued learning for all in case of unpredicted crises and university lockdowns as happened during the Covid-19 crisis.

A restructuring paper on higher education development in Pakistan says the project has so far disbursed $65 million out of the commitment of $400 million, and is rated moderately satisfactory for progress towards achieving its objectives which were to support research excellence in strategic sectors of the economy, improve teaching and learning and strengthen governance in the higher education sector.

The restructured project includes about $93 million in Covid-related funding which is allocated across most components of the project, according to the paper.

Published in Dawn, June 17th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

IMF’s projections
Updated 18 Apr, 2024

IMF’s projections

The problems are well-known and the country is aware of what is needed to stabilise the economy; the challenge is follow-through and implementation.
Hepatitis crisis
18 Apr, 2024

Hepatitis crisis

THE sheer scale of the crisis is staggering. A new WHO report flags Pakistan as the country with the highest number...
Never-ending suffering
18 Apr, 2024

Never-ending suffering

OVER the weekend, the world witnessed an intense spectacle when Iran launched its drone-and-missile barrage against...
Saudi FM’s visit
Updated 17 Apr, 2024

Saudi FM’s visit

The government of Shehbaz Sharif will have to manage a delicate balancing act with Pakistan’s traditional Saudi allies and its Iranian neighbours.
Dharna inquiry
17 Apr, 2024

Dharna inquiry

THE Supreme Court-sanctioned inquiry into the infamous Faizabad dharna of 2017 has turned out to be a damp squib. A...
Future energy
17 Apr, 2024

Future energy

PRIME MINISTER Shehbaz Sharif’s recent directive to the energy sector to curtail Pakistan’s staggering $27bn oil...