HEC sets up Tech Council to regulate degree programmes

STAFF REPORT KHI: The Higher Education Commission has established the National Technology Council (NTC), an accreditation council, to monitor and accredit technology related degree programmes.

According to an official from the HEC, Major General (retd) Akbar Saeed Awan and Dr Kausar Malik have been appointed as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the council respectively.

He said that the NTC has been assigned to take into consideration different aspects for accreditation of degree programmes in technology related subjects, including overall structure and scope of the programme, curricula, requisite infrastructure, faculty, level of compatibility with international standards.

Different programmes whose accreditation will come under the NTCs purview include B-Tech Honours, BSc/BS Technology, Animal Production and Technology, Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Emergency and Intensive Care Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Dental Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, Mortuary Technology, Food Sciences and Technology, Nanotechnology and Information Technology.

The Quality Assurance Agency of the HEC would provide support to the council, he mentioned.

He also said that the Punjab government has also shown interest to establish a technology university.

HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said the council will also take care of technology courses other than engineering technology, and would be responsible for developing and implementing quality assurance criteria in all the respective disciplines. Appreciating retired Major General Akbar Saeed Awan for accepting post, he hoped that Awan would bring the much-needed reforms and restructuring of the technology.

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