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2nd Meeting of Working Group for Accreditation/Registration of Technologists and Technicians The 2nd Meeting of working group

for accreditation/registration of technologists and technicians was convened by the head of the group, Engr. Lt Gen (R) Syed Shujaat Hussain on 5th August 2008. During the meeting representative of NAVTEC, Engr M. Javed Malik, Director (P&D) raised the issue of NAVTEC being established under a Presidential Ordinance 2008 and possessing a mandate for accreditation/registration of Diploma of Associate Engineer (DAE); the case is under process for legislation by the Parliament. The convener clarified that as per PEC Act of Parliament 1976 (amended in 2005), PEC has been given a clear mandate that includes accreditation of all engineering and technology qualifications for the purpose of registration of engineers, technologists and technicians. PEC has already launched accreditation process for B.Tech, DAE and other higher level technology qualifications. Moreover, accreditation is a third party review/ audit by a professional independent body such as PEC. A public organization/ authority such as NAVTEC which is a funding organization to improve/ strengthen the technology institutions may not be suitable to perform the process of accreditation. After a detailed discussion the NAVTEC Representative agreed to the suggestion that NAVTEC may establish a functional linkage with PEC to reinforce PEC’s current accreditation process through its capacity building and institutional strengthening role in relation to DAE programs as per its purview. After this the further proceedings continued. 1. Finalization of Manual of Accreditation (Technology) The revised version of the draft Manual of Accreditation (Technology) was carefully scrutinized and following amendments were proposed: (a) Admission Criteria for B.Tech Minimum qualification (DAE or FSc Pre-Engg) = 50% marks Entry Test = 50% Pass Marks The entry test would either be conducted by the concerned institute/ university or by a common identified University in each province. (b) Curriculum Although HEC has developed B.Tech curriculum for Electrical, Civil and Mechanical programmes, it differs totally from the one already in practice. The proposed HEC curriculum focuses on four year course work with twelve weeks internship every year whereas the B.Tech (Hons) framework currently being implemented comprises two years course work and two years internship in alternate years. All the members endorsed the prevailing framework but concurred that there was room for improvement. It was also agreed that PEC 1

would only recognize 4 year programme of B.Tech (Hons) and that a Curriculum Committee including stakeholders/ universities, technical boards and HEC is to be appointed to develop curriculum for B.Tech programmes based on market requirement, intended objectives and international practices. 2. Industrial/ Field Internship Since industrial/ field internship is a mandatory part of B.Tech (Hons) programme during 2nd and 4th year, it should not only be supervised by the faculty members of the respective college/institute but also by a coordinator from the industry concerned. 3. Working Paper for Strengthening of Technology Track As per decision of 1st Meeting of Working Group, a Working Paper for strengthening and capacity building of Technology Track has been developed and sent to HEC for necessary action. It was suggested that the same ought to be sent to concerned provincial authorities/forums for financial support and conferring degree awarding status to technology colleges/ institutes. It was also endorsed that NAVTEC should play its respective role for fortifying technology institutions under its purview. 4. Accreditation/Registration of B.Tech Graduates Convener EA&QEC explained that all on-going programs are required to fulfill PEC requirements before graduating the students. However, the matter of already passed out graduates would be taken up separately and recommended mechanism/ criteria would be submitted to PEC Governing Body for deliberation and approval. 1st Meeting of PEC Sub-Committee for Formulation of Guidelines/ Regulations for Career Planning and Development of Engineers, Technologists and Technicians The 1st Meeting of PEC Sub-Committee for Formulation of Guidelines/ Regulations for Career Planning and Development of Engineers, Technologists and Technicians was convened by Lt Gen Muhammad Asghar, Rector NUST on 9th June 2008 at HQ PEC Islamabad After extensive debating about the initiation of accreditation/registration of Technologists/Technicians by PEC and a short presentation by TEVTA Representative Engr Tanvir Ahmad Zaffar, GM (Operations), it was unanimously agreed that: 1. There should be proper clarity about three tiers viz engineers, technologists and technicians in terms of definition, role, extent and expected level/ contribution against engineering and technology work/practice.

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2. A statistical analysis should be carried out to identify the percentage of B.Tech/ DAEs in private and public sector work force. Engr Shahid Rafiq (Rep from M/s Habib Rafiq Pvt Ltd) and Mr Bashir Ahmed Chauhan were requested to provide relevant information for demand/ supply requirement of private and public sectors respectively. 3. In order to open avenues for DAE and B.Tech in higher education especially engineering degree programs, there should be open competition among FSc and DAE/B.Tech graduates. Since 27th PEC Vice Chancellors Committee meeting has already decided to provide open opportunity for DAEs/B.Techs to compete for admission in BE/BSc Engineering programs, it was agreed to circulate the same minutes among all the stakeholders for information/ action. 4. The curriculum for B.Tech programs are required to be re-structured with the aid of HEC/PEC according to the demand/supply analysis. Similarly, the curriculum for DAEs need to be reviewed by NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology). 5. For effective working of the Sub-Committee in terms of proper representation and actions with deliverables, it was agreed to co-opt representation from HEC and registered National level society for B.Techs and/or DAEs.

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