Which universities are best equipped and prepared for online classes? HEC issues ranking

Following the examination, the HEDR declared that public universities are less prepared to conduct online classes compared to private universities.

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Recently, the HEC examined all Pakistani universities to identify their online class readiness scores. They clarified that the purpose of doing this was to encourage universities to assess their current situation and equip themselves better for online classes. The Higher Education Data Repository (HEDR) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) conducted this examination.

The HEDR conducted their research on the following aspects to form the HEDR rankings:

  • University readiness
  • Course readiness
  • Faculty readiness
  • Technology readiness
  • Library readiness
  • Student readiness
  • Evaluation readiness
  • Laboratory readiness

Following the examination, the HEDR declared that public universities are less prepared to conduct online classes compared to private universities. The disparity between public and private institutes among different readiness aspects of online classes is shown by the graph below:

Islamabad and Balochistan, with scores of more than 95%, ranked as the best-prepared regions to hold online courses.

The HEDR released the readiness score for online classes of some public sector universities. They are as follows:

  • Government College University (GCU), Lahore, 74%
  • Punjab University, 83%
  • Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, 75%
  • University of Education, 68%
  • University of Peshawar, Peshawar, 69%
  • Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU), Lahore, 64%

On the other hand, the HEDR observed that private universities were better prepared for online classes. The private universities’ online classes readiness score indicated this as the University of Central Punjab (UCP), Lahore, has a score of almost 100%. In contrast, Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore, has a score of 97%.

Following is a list of the ten universities best prepared for conducting online classes:

Following is a list of the ten universities least prepared for conducting online classes:

This revelation by HEDR in terms of online classes readiness score added strength to the claims put forward by the students protesting all over Pakistan against the process of online education, the mediocre quality of lectures being delivered, and the lack of smartphones and laptops. These students demand the suspension of online classes due to poor or no internet coverage in their area.

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