HEC asked to introduce export marketing and entrepreneurship as compulsory courses in universities
Iqbal also tweeted about the matter and asked for suggestions.
The Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal has told the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to introduce compulsory courses on export marketing and entrepreneurship for university students.
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) August 9, 2022
Iqbal also tweeted about the matter and asked for suggestions. He remarked that the courses should be necessary and every university student must take them.
Modernization of the higher education sector
Prior to this, Ahsan Iqbal had instructed the HEC to ‘modernize’ the higher education sector. This was done in an attempt to meet the ever-changing trends and needs of the job market. He also urged the Commission to design the universities’ curricula as per the market’s requirements.
The possible development was discussed in a meeting at his ministry with the newly reinstated Chairman of the HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed. He added that the latter’s thorough experience in the education sector will be seen in the HEC’s new policies.
Iqbal highlighted that the HEC has been given sufficient funds regardless of the ongoing economic crisis in the country. The minister suggested that a competitive process be developed with the help of the performance and academic audit system of the universities.
According to him, the candidates should be selected to benefit from the Pakistan-America Knowledge Corridor Project. The minister added that steps should also be taken to ensure the establishment of Dr. AQ Khan Metallurgy Institute.
Ahsan Iqbal previously pointed out that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to improve several sectors of the country. He also emphasized that it is important for the youth to learn these skills.
Iqbal stressed the need to carry out research in the field of economic development, further adding that there is a need to update the curriculum to meet the industry’s requirements.
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