PESHAWAR: Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan has directed the Higher Education Department (HED) to initiate career counselling of students after class VIII, enabling them to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
The chief minister directed the HED to workout modalities for initiating evening classes in all the colleges of the province in order to focus on quality and efficiency rather than expansion of schemes.
He stated that due to expansion policies, limited attention is given to efficient management of resources in the already established infrastructure and institutions which negatively effects services delivery.
These views were stated by the chief minister while chairing a progress review meeting of the HED at the Chief Minister Secretariat.
The meeting was informed that a total of Rs410 Million had been released and disbursed to colleges of the province for strengthening of the BS programme whereas scholarships worth Rs18.18 million would be awarded to talented and deserving students soon.
The meeting was informed that six PHD scholarships, in top 100 universities of the world, worth Rs169 million had been provided during the past six months.
The amount has already been disbursed to the approved international institutions. During the past six months, 99 graduates have been sent to three different universities in China to study Chinese as a foreign language.
Secretary HED said Rs10 million had been generated through online admissions in the colleges of the province adding that in the next three months, the online admission system will be extended to BS level to further improve transparency and efficiency in the admissions processes.
Furthermore, the online admission system has been extended to commerce colleges of the province whereas access to digital libraries have been provided to 104 Colleges in the province.
As for the performance of Higher Education Regulatory Authority (HERA), legal action has been initiated against 44 Private Educational Institutions violating HERAs basic criteria whereas 67 unregistered institutions have been put on notice.