A four-member delegation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) visited Higher Education Commission Secretariat at Islamabad. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director HEC. Dr. Ansar Parvez, Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and senior management of HEC were also present on the occasion.
Delegation led by the Director CERN Dr. Sergio Bertolucci with Dr. Rudiger Voss, Head of International Relations, Mr. Claude Crottaz, Head of Training, Science and Space Travel, and Ms. Margaret Susan Foffano, Scientific Secretary.
Both sides discussed future collaborations in enabling faculty members from universities to conduct research at CERN facility in Switzerland. Different HEC initiatives for supporting research and split PhD programme were discussed.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed apprised the CERN team of various initiatives of HEC undertaken for promotion of research, innovation as well as increasing access and ensuring quality. He said that HEC initiatives have brought about a paradigm shift in the higher education sector of Pakistan. “Access rate of higher education has improved from 2.6 per cent to eight per cent and gender equity had also improved and now stands at 54-46 per cent.”
Dr. Bertolucci said that we are looking forward for collaboration in research and development possibilities in science and technology in general and Physics in particular. “CERN is a major S&T funding Agency and would like to know the work done by HEC in the higher education sector and extend its support for advancement of higher education and research in Pakistan,” said Dr. Bertolucci.