ISLAMABAD: The Larger Schooling Fee (HEC) has sought proposals from universities, institutes, and particular person researchers on concepts to handle the “novel coronavirus crisis”.
This was selected Tuesday in a particular video assembly of HEC’s senior administration.
The majority of the HEC employees has been directed to earn a living from home – following the directives of the well being ministry – so all of the work of the fee is performed electronically.
The analysis initiative, with the assist of the World Financial institution, is entitled because the RAPID
Analysis and Innovation Fund (RRIF) programme. It goals to mobilise the analysis capacities of universities in assist of the nationwide effort to handle the COVID-19 disaster.
Beneath the initiative, a speedy evaluation and assessment mechanism has been established to analyse analysis and innovation proposals urgently.
Every applicant searching for funding by the programme can suggest an concept based mostly on one of many precedence themes.
The proposals are due by April 3, and funding choices might be made inside the month of April. Funding might be offered to chose research-intensive establishments for evaluation of knowledge, testing of specimens, entry to amenities or tools, or growth of important services or products.
Apart from the analysis initiative, HEC has additionally been working with universities to reduce the affect of the lockdown of universities on tutorial actions. To this finish, three specialised committees have been established to assist organize IT amenities, software program, tech assist, and curate substantive on-line content material.
The target is to allow school members to (nearly) proceed instructing their programs from the place they left off on the time of closure of universities.
Particular person school members will share their course define/s and required studying materials with their college students by on-line studying administration programs.
Universities will develop repositories of on-line programs. HEC will facilitate entry to an intensive digital library of lectures and programs.
HEC’s COVID-19 Expertise Assist Committee has ready a working paper to help the senior management of universities in easing the transition to digital instruction. The paper supplies the minimal expertise necessities and suggestions on the selection of digital platforms for the college.
HEC Chairman Tariq Banuri reiterated that every one stakeholders must be sensitised to maintain abreast of the newest details about the coronavirus and share it with different individuals of their communities. Crucial tips and security directions have already been circulated amongst universities and can be found on the HEC web site.