National Technology Council (NTC), an accreditation council established by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, to monitor and accredit technology related degree programs has formally been launched.
The maiden meeting of the National Technology Council was held at Islamabad on Wednesday which was chaired by Chairman HEC Prof Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed.
According to a press release the NTC shall take into consideration different aspects for accreditation of degree programs in technology related subjects, including overall structure and scope of the program, curricula, requisite infrastructure, faculty, level of compatibility with international standards and trends, level of skill development by the program, level of integration of science and technology, student support, laboratory facilities, facilities for student activities and other amenities, financial assistance, level of job placement of graduates, etc.
Different program whose accreditation will come under NTC’s purview include, though not limited to, B-Tech Honors, BSc/BS Technology, Animal Production and Technology, Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Emergency and Intensive Care Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Dental Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, Mortuary Technology, Food Sciences and Technology, Nanotechnology and Information Technology.
“The establishment of National Technology Council will be of great help in streamlining all the technology-related education. The Council will also take care of technology courses other than engineering technology, and will be responsible for developing and implementing quality assurance criteria in all the respective disciplines,” says the HEC chief.
Maj. Gen. Akbar Saeed Awan (Retd) and Dr Kausar Malik has taken charge as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the National Technology Council.