Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies reviewed progress of Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academies (HAINAs) established in 13 universities of Pakistan in 2017.
Ayesha Ikram Director (Media) HEC said representatives of different HAINAs delivered presentations on performance of their respective Academies through HEC video conferencing facility at commission secretariat Islamabad.
Dr Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC Abdullah Fayyaz Chattha, Director, Information Technology Division HEC, Naveed Tahir, Director Pakistan Education Research Network (PERN), Wangxuesong, Vice President Enterprise Service Huawei Pakistan, and Fatima Samiullah, Manager Training and Certification Huawei Pakistan attended the meeting.
Fatima Samiullah introduced the progress of the establishment of HAINAs at the 13 selected HEIs. She informed that training of two batches of instructors under “train the trainer programme” has been concluded successfully and HAINA instructors have completed their Huawei Certified Academy Instructor (HCAI) certification in 2018.
Representatives of HAINAs at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS), Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Karakorum International University, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Taxila, NED UET, Karachi, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur, University of Haripur, and UET, Lahore displayed their performance during the meeting.
The HEC and Huawei Technologies jointly awarded HAINAs by establishing Huawei HCNA Labs in 13 public sector universities after competitive evaluation of HAINA proposals from 37 by HEC Steering Committee last year.
The committee agreed that HAINAs will be established in three private sector universities as well. The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of HAINAs for the first operational year starting from June 2018 with an evaluation on quarterly and biannual basis was also proposed and finalized as per suggestions from the HAINA representatives.
Wangxuesong, Vice President Enterprise Service, Huawei Pakistan, appreciated efforts of HEC and the constant guidance, direction and operational support provided by the executive committee in nurturing local talent ecosystem in Pakistan.
Dr Arshad Ali praised HAINAs which showed good performance by opening classes, training students, holding ICT competitions and organizing other activities assigned to them as well as contributing to the ICT ecosystem in Pakistan.