Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain inaugurated the PhD Country Directory (PCD) Online System at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Islamabad.
Through this online system, the conventional PhD Country Directory (PCD) setup has been automated to improve efficiency in the PCD registration process of PhD scholars. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director Dr Shaista Sohail, vice chancellors, and a large number of scholars also attended the ceremony at the HEC Secretariat.
The PCD Online System, developed by the HEC Higher Education Data Repository with the help of the Information Technology Division and others, will enable the inclusion of Pakistani PhDs in the HEC data, through university focal persons, within a few days without submission of documents or applications in the hard form.
‘HEC will synch degree verification system with NADRA database to make attestation easier’
Earlier, PCD processes involving five stages took a PhD scholar several months to be part of the registered PhD community of Pakistan. Addressing the ceremony, the federal minister termed the launch of the PCD Online System commendable and hoped that the development will benefit the PhD scholars in a hassle-free manner.
He highlighted importance of employing technology in institutional operations to make processes easier for the public. He emphasized the need for investment in human capital and underlined the role of HEC in developing human resources. He suggested development of the higher education and need-based research.
Federal Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain today inaugurated the PhD Country Directory Online System at HEC Islamabad. Through the launch of online system (https://t.co/VK3OISeHUs) HEC’s conventional PhD Country Directory (PCD) setup has been automated to improve efficiency pic.twitter.com/plAUGKSk4I
— HEC Pakistan (@hecpkofficial) April 11, 2023
Rana Tanveer Hussain advised the universities to establish special on-campus setups for promotion of skill-based education. He urged the universities to enhance financial discipline, engage with industry, encourage entrepreneurship, and turn offices of research, innovation and commercialization into earning entities.
Currently, 29,300 doctors of philosophy are part of HEC’s PhD Country Directory
HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that HEC will soon automate all of its functions and processes to facilitate students, faculty and general public. He said that the HEC degree verification system will be synched with NADRA database to make attestation easier. He urged the vice chancellors to help HEC expedite delivery of services to the academic community and students.
In her opening remarks, Dr Shaista Sohail asserted that the inauguration of PCD Online System, within three months, will accelerate the registration of PhDs as currently 29,300 PhDs are part of the PCD data. Earlier, HEDR Director General Ghulam Nabi shared a detailed presentation on a comparison between the conventional PCD launched in 2009 and the flagship PCD Online System.
He informed the audience that HEC trained over 300 focal persons of universities on the new PCD System and received feedback from universities for incorporation. He said that the Higher Education Data Repository will announce launch of online data collection system; online ranking system; data warehousing and analytics; and statistical booklet in the next few months.