HEC trains Batch-V of national faculty development programme

HEC trains Batch-V of national faculty development programme

ISLAMABAD, JUN 3 /DNA/ – The National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), under the auspices of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), has concluded the Cohort-II (Batch-V) of the pre-service National Faculty Development Programme (NFDP) for IPFP (Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs) Fellows at the HEC Secretariat.

Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, chief guest of the closing ceremony, and Managing Director NAHE Ms. Noor Amna Malik congratulated the IPFP Fellows on their successful programme completion and administered the oath to the participants. They praised the IPFP candidates for their dedication and commitment, underscoring the importance of the pre-service NFDP for the advancement of higher education in Pakistan.

The pre-service NFDP is a groundbreaking initiative designed to prepare and certify recently graduated PhD holders for teaching roles in higher education institutions. The programme imparts essential techniques and skills to enhance teaching practices, ensuring a smooth transition from theoretical knowledge to practical application, with a strong emphasis on effective andragogical methods.

Out of 519 applicants, 473 appeared for assessment and 249 Fellows qualified for Batch-V of IPFP, following a rigorous assessment and selection process. Of the qualifying Fellows, 49 have completed their training in Peshawar and Islamabad.

The NAHE training sessions for Cohort II of Batch-V provided rigorous training, enabling participants to earn certification and qualify for placements at public sector higher education institutions.

The participants represented various fields: three specialised in Agriculture, eight in Biological Sciences, two in Engineering and Technology, one in Medical Sciences, three in Physical Sciences, seven in Social Sciences, and one in Veterinary Sciences. The provincial representation included one participant from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, four from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18 from Punjab, one from rural Sindh, and one from urban Sindh, while gender-wise representation included 13 females and 12 males.   

The Managing Director NAHE emphasised NAHE’s pioneering role in this initiative, which has reached across the country. In the previous batch, 278 IPFP Fellows were successfully certified, with 218 receiving placement opportunities. She highlighted that the continued success of this programme significantly contributes to the advancement of the higher education sector, particularly in advanced educational technology and methods. NAHE remains committed to enhancing the educational sector through capacity-building and educational initiatives, she said. She emphasised that their journey of learning and exploration would continue as they apply their newfound skills in their professional roles.

Director General NAHE Mr. Muhammad Faisal Butt also expressed his view on this occasion.