A legislative governing body comprising senators and ministerial representatives has recommended the facilitation of Ph.D. degree holders and government workers to mitigate the unemployment crisis across Pakistan.
The meeting was convened on Wednesday under the Senate’s blueprint for Federal Education Professional Training, National History, and Literary Heritage, and chaired, in principle, by Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi.
The Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Wajiha Akram, attended the meeting, along with senators, ministerial representatives, and other concerned officials.
The attendees discussed advancements in technology and the need to streamline a high-end service structure to accommodate individuals possessing special skillsets to work in industrial manufacturing.
In this regard, the representatives of the National Technology Council (NTC) informed the Senate Chairperson of the measures undertaken to support such individuals for the benefit of society. A process is currently underway to assess candidates who will be allowed to pursue a Master’s degree in Engineering if they qualify.
The attendees recommended that the NTC should devise an unbiased screening procedure to accommodate the candidates on a priority basis. The Committee Chairperson, Rukhsana Zuberi, has set a 90-day deadline for the council to show results accordingly.
On a separate note, she has directed Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, VC Bahauddin Zakria University, to discontinue the programs that are no longer recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The committee also recommended changes for educational institutes in Islamabad to duly promote teachers in consideration of the pandemic-induced financial crisis.