President Dr. Arif Alvi has asked the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to develop a comprehensive plan to implement the ODL policy.
The decision was given during a briefing on the National University of Technology (NUTECH) in Islamabad at the President House on Tuesday, according to the state-run news agency APP.
The meeting was attended by NUTECH faculty members, HEC representatives, and senior government officials.
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The President spoke at the event, emphasising the importance of virtual education and urging colleges to raise the proportion of online education so that a greater number of students can benefit from the less expensive way of learning.
“To close the technical gap and put the country on the fast track to prosperity, universities should focus on talent development and information technology,” he said.
In addition, the President underlined the importance of promoting international skills in conjunction with foreign institutions and training institutes in order to train the country’s workforce to international standards.
Lt. Gen. (retd) Khalid Asghar, NUTECH’s rector, informed the meeting on NUTECH’s academic programmes in various engineering subjects.
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“NUTECH intends to provide programmes in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and other engineering and information technology sectors,” he stated.
He went on to say that the university is focused on delivering high-quality technical education and marketable skills to help the country’s youth find work.