Engineering technologists have a service structure prepared by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The goal of this service structure, according to the official release, is to streamline technicians’ career advancement in government, semi-government, and departmental settings, as well as their employment as teaching faculty in universities and higher education institutions. For the first time, an official definition of technologist is supplied in the document.
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Qualifications and requisite experience for direct induction of technologists in BPS-17, BPS-18, and BPS-19 have been defined in this proposed service structure. The suggested service structure for technicians, including BPS/grades and equivalent appointments, is detailed in the same way as other office cadre and their service structure. In various departments, however, their appointment, nomenclature, tasks, and functions may differ.
According to the proposed service structure, four years of bachelor’s degree in technology and existing age rules for the grade-17 post are required for the post of BPS-17 (which may be termed Assistant Technologist/ Assistant Manager or Assistant Director). Four years of bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience at Grade-17, as well as an age restriction of 35 years (or rules defined by the public service commission) are required for induction into BPS-18 (which may be termed Technologist/ Manager/ Deputy Director).
Similarly, for direct induction into BPS-19 (which may be referred to as Senior Technologists/ Senior Manager/ General Manager/ Additional Director), a four-year bachelor’s degree (ideally Msc/MTech) and ten years of experience, as well as a 45-year age limit, are required.
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Criteria for promotions of technologists from BPS-17 to BPS-18, BPS-18 to BPS-19, and so on are also outlined in this service structure. Similarly, the makeup of departmental selection boards and promotion boards has been recommended. The enrolment procedure and criteria for technicians in public sector universities and higher education institutions are also outlined, and it is requested that HEC develop promotion criteria and salary packages in conjunction with Vice Chancellors of Public Sector Universities.
The service structure of technologists has been presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education.