Dr. Tariq Banuri, the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) said that HEC has devised various strategies to restore academic activities online for students across the country. Students have been suffering due to the closure of educational institutions in Pakistan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Banuri, HEC has inked an agreement with telecom companies to offer special data bundles for students at an affordable rate. This is especially for those students who reside in distant areas.
Resuming Online Classes
Dr. Banuri said that the HEC is cognizant of the problems linked with online classes. Some of the issues are lack of online system, faculty training, electricity, connectivity and internet coverage.
The HEC has formulated an 8 step plan to address different issues regarding quality and connectivity issues.
Moreover, Dr. Banuri said that universities with well-built learning management systems (LMS) have been directed to resume online classes. All these universities have no connectivity issue and their quality of online teaching is exceptional.
Universities facing technological, technical, or spatial limitations have been given time to plan, acquire, train, and deploy LMS. These universities will start online classes through LMS from June 1 in case the lockdown is extended because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the HEC has instituted a Technical Support Committee (TSC) to help universities’ staff adapt to the online mode of education, said Dr. Banuri.