IntroductionHigher Education Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa established Project Management Unit (PMU) for introducing much desired reforms for the improvement of various areas of higher education in the Province. Its purpose was to recommend measures for the restructuring and reorganization of government colleges in the Province. The specific objective of the Unit is to implement 4-Year Degree, Bachelor of Studies (BS) program, in Government Colleges replacing the older 2-year degree.
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BS program of Studies would better prepare the students to meet the challenges of global market economy. Since the beginning of the project in April 2011, PMU launched an awareness and advocacy campaign on Reform Agenda and held Seminars, Workshops, Conferences and meetings with the college teachers, principals and other stakeholders. As a result, the PMU received tremendous response from the college community and within a short span of a few months more than 121 BS Departments started functioning in more than 53 colleges in 25 disciplines both of natural sciences and humanities.
The project aims to point out the weak areas of Higher Education Department and find out plausible solutions to these problems and to bridge the gap between the conventional educational systems in vogue in Pakistan by starting 04 Year Degree Program as followed and practiced in almost all of the developed and developing countries of the world. Following are the objectives of the project as stated in the approved copy of PC-1. -To establish PMU (Project Management Unit) for starting of the program of ADP Scheme "Establishment of Project management Unit (PMU) for reorganization of Higher Education Department" in phased manner. -To propose guidelines for improvement in Quality of Education and environment of Government Colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. -To implement the 04-years degree program in 20 Govt. Colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Higher Education Department. -To plan for the future requirements (staff, buildings, furniture, Academic & Administrative factors etc) of the scheme and to identify bottlenecks in the way of its effective implementation. -To workout the modalities for expansion of the 04 Year Degree Program to all Government Colleges of the Province.