Last Sunday, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, instructed teachers of educational institutions to change the curriculum of schools to be able to prepare students for skilled jobs in CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). This generation of workers would have to be market-oriented and would be well-versed in the importance of CPEC.
Dr. Mukhar Ahmed also instructed universities to come up with new methods of education while also providing their students with ample fieldwork so as to equip them with the ability to work efficiently when in the real world while also meeting the specific requirements of CPEC.
CPEC is obviously going to be a game changer for the Pakistan and the government wants to cater to all the future expected needs and demands of the economy that would arise out of CPEC.
HEC has also started a number of initiatives for higher education, encouraging research and development activities, and also increase the accessibility of higher education to people in remote areas. And this has increased dramatically since 2002 when the HEC was created. The number of PhDs in Pakistan have also shot up pointing to the positive impact that the commission has had on the state of education in the country.
However, this is nowhere near the number of PhDs and other qualified degrees that the country is desperately in need of to cater to the growing demand. Right now Pakistan faces a shortfall of 30,000 PhD scholars.