Following the enforcement of Coronavirus-induced lockdown and subsequent disruption of educational actions countrywide, Greater Training Fee (HEC) has made a number of makes an attempt to start out on-line training with out contemplating the absence of a correct Studying Administration System (LMS) in universities throughout Pakistan.
In its newest try, HEC has despatched letters to universities all around the nation in a bid to pressure them into beginning on-line courses from campuses as quickly as doable. HEC has allegedly employed this method so it could show to the federal authorities that it has compensated the disruption of bodily educational actions by on-line courses.
HEC has directed each personal and public universities to determine extra-statutory our bodies, ignoring their present constitutional our bodies, for beginning on-line courses.
Dr. Nadia Tahir, Managing Director at HEC’s High quality Assurance Company, has reportedly written to all universities to arrange on-line educational councils to handle the method of on-line training, thus undermining the autonomy of universities.
When contacted by media retailers, HEC Chairman, Dr. Tariq Banuri, claimed that the rules issued beforehand to the colleges clearly state that universities should delegate the duty of executing on-line courses to the decision-making physique.
We made it clear within the letter college, at its discretion, might both assign the duty to an current physique or kind a particular one for the aim.
Within the letter, HEC has additional ordered universities to implement HEC’s insurance policies and undertake the SOPs concerning on-line courses. On this regard, HEC has despatched a draft mannequin coverage to all universities and directed them to submit the mannequin coverage to their decision-making our bodies as quickly as doable.
As per the draft mannequin coverage, every college should set up a decision-making physique that may approve the launch of current programs for on-line courses. In case of disagreement, universities should submit an internet training coverage doc to HEC’s on-line accreditation council.
Based on the rules of the draft mannequin coverage, universities have three choices to execute the coverage. The primary possibility states that universities can kind advert hoc committees comprising of school deans and headed by the vice-chancellors. The second possibility states that universities can set up part-time or interim committees of the educational councils. Whereas, the final possibility states that universities can designate their current educational councils as on-line educational councils.
The letter additional states that universities should formulate clear SOPs for reworking current programs into on-line training. In case of failure to create SOPs, HEC will take motion towards academics. HEC has additionally tasked HODs to make sure college members meet all of the HEC necessities for on-line courses.
Along with this, HEC has requested college deans to acquire assurances from the HODs and ship them to HEC’s on-line accreditation council for approval. The accreditation council will then search suggestions from college students concerning the efficiency.
In case of any situation, HODs and college members will likely be answerable for resolving it. HEC may even take motion towards HODs and college members if they supply pretend info concerning college students.
President of Karachi College Lecturers’ Society, Dr. Anila Amber Malik, has mentioned that the society doesn’t imagine in any extra-constitutional our bodies proposed by the HEC.
Our members is not going to observe the options of the HEC on this regard. The schools will solely seek the advice of their current constitutional our bodies for the execution of on-line courses if want be. The HEC has exceeded its limits by issuing such letters.
Karachi College’s Director of High quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), Jamil Kazmi, has mentioned HEC’s directives intention to tarnish the autonomy of establishments.
The college doesn’t intend to create any interim committees for the implementation of its Studying Administration System. The autonomy of the Karachi College will solely be revered when its selections are taken inside the jurisdiction of its statuary our bodies.
By way of: Tribune