Thursday, February 12th 2009 – Islamabad, Pakistan – The commencement ceremony of returning HEC scholars from Myongji University, Hanyang University and Seoul University; South Korea, was organized at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) auditorium in Islamabad. The Federal Minster for Industries and Production, Mr. Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest whereas His Excellency Mr. Shin Un, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to Pakistan, was the Guest of Honor. Also present at the event were Chairperson HEC, Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali; Executive Director HEC, Dr. S. Sohail Naqvi; CEO Naseeb Online Services (Pvt.) Ltd., Mr. Monis Rehman along with Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors and representatives from various universities of South Korea and Pakistan.
At the conclusion of the degree awarding ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between HEC and ROZEE.PK for the launch of a returning Scholar’s Job Portal. The HEC Scholar’s Job Portal will be Pakistan’s largest pool of human capital excellence with 8000 MS/PhD’s completing their studies from the world’s renowned universities. These scholars will be accessible via HEC Scholar’s Portal to leading employers at http://hec.rozee.pk. This portal will also help HEC scholars from all over the globe to share their research papers and discuss common areas of interest with each other as well as networking with other researchers universally.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been facilitating the development of indigenous universities in Pakistan. Especially HRD’s initiative is laudable as it has placed over 8000 scholars in world’s leading institutions of higher education, home and abroad. A quick glance at the profiles of some of these scholars is a testimony of HEC’s infallible merit-based selection criteria. All of these scholars have been high-achievers in their terminal degrees and have been awarded distinctions followed by high-scores in a GRE-based exam conducted by HEC that made them qualify for the Scholarships.
It is moving to see that most scholars belong to modest rural backgrounds many of whom have been the first in their family to have acquired higher-education not to mention from a reputed overseas institution. An outstanding example is one such scholar Mr. Dileep Kumar belonging to Mithi, a small town in district Tharparkar Sindh whose father runs a spare parts’ shop. Mr. Kumar completed his MS-Software Engineering degree program from Myongji University, South Korea on the HEC Scholarship and has contributed over 13 papers in research journals and conferences of international repute. His core expertise is in the field of storage embedded system and his focused area of research is flash memory storage.
Being the largest online recruitment website ROZEE.PK will attach HEC scholars, who completed their studies in the year 2008 onwards, to public sector vacancies as well as to the vacancies available in the Industry represented by telecoms, oil, gas & several other divisions.
ROZEE.PK in collaboration with leading public & private-sector universities of Pakistan, such as LUMS, UCP, NUST Business School, FAST-NU, COMSATS and about 30 others will officially launch the Online Campus Career Portals by linking them to the university’s main website. These portals will enable the universities to engage in industry-sponsored research and consultancy projects for the corporate sector besides employment placement.
Alternatively, HEC scholars can also go to http://hec.gov.pk and click on the ROZEE.PK Job Portal to find leading industrial jobs by uploading their CV’s on the site.
The MOU Signing Ceremony between HEC and ROZEE.PK is a landmark event in bringing together a central body of academia and a cutting edge provider of Online Jobs on one platform. HEC is at the heart of the campus portal initiative since hundreds of Pakistan’s leading universities are under its accreditation system. Since its establishment, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has undertaken a systematic process of implementation of the five-year agenda for reform outlined in the HEC Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF), in which Access, Quality and Relevance have been identified as the key challenges faced by the sector. To address these challenges a comprehensive strategy has been defined that identifies the core strategic aims for reform as (i) Faculty Development, (ii) Improving Access, (iii) Excellence in Learning and Research, and (iv) Relevance to National Priorities. These strategic aims are supported by well-integrated cross-cutting themes for developing Leadership, Governance and Management, enhancing Quality Assessment and Accreditation and Physical and Technological Infrastructure Development.
HEC Advisor for HRD, Dr. Syed Mehmood Raza, pointed out that World Bank research shows that the countries which invest in HRD and technology can boost their production considerably more than those which don’t invest in it. CEO and Chairman ROZEE.PK, Mr. Monis Rahman, said that the HEC Scholars’ Job Portal underscores the importance of initiatives that synergies the strength of government, academia and industry. This will significantly increase the GDP of the country over time.