HEC working out affordable mobile packages for online education: Dr Banuri
ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is working out multiple initiatives to facilitate the students in pursuing online education due to the closure institutions across the country in the wake of COVID-a9.
In an exclusive talk with APP on Thursday, HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri pointed out that that it had signed an agreement with the mobile companies to facilitate the students with affordable mobile Internet packages, especially for those living in remote and far-lung areas.
He said additional agreements were being signed with telecom companies to ensure affordable Internet packages for students in case of initiating online education system.
Dr Banuri said an option was also under consideration under which the mobile devices will be provided to those students, who cannot purchase it, adding the universities have been directed to look into the matter.
The connectivity issues were being resolved step-by-step, especially in those areas where the issue like Internet and devices were reported, he added.
"Face-to-face teaching is halted at all educational institutions across the globe in wake of novel Coronavirus", he said and added the countries, with resources and capacity, had opted for online education system.
He said that Pakistan ought to move towards online classes till circumstances becomes normal in line with approach the developed countries had opted during current situation. Corona had badly affected the education system not only in Pakistan but across the globe, he added. He urged Pakistani students to go for practical experience, especially online system.
He said: Future lies in online business as distribution system and production system will emerge as major business. If we will not learn experience in these fields, then recovery will be difficult for us."
"We have initiated work in two directions including online classes and secondly we have given a fresh call for research on Corona," he added. The universities had been directed to start online classes so that the issues developed in this regard, could be resolved, he maintained.
He said that online education has specific problems including lack of online system, faculty training, connectivity, electricity and Internet.
To tackle the challenges, HEC has prepared a plan consisting of eight steps under which quality and connectivity issues will be resolved accordingly, he added. He said the online system will be launched in those universities where the quality will cross the threshold and they do not have connectivity issues. - APP