Bridging Digital Divide: A Step Towards Excellence in Higher Education in Pakistan
The study focused upon a sea change of initiatives taken by HEC to address the knowledge gap or “digital divide” in the holy period of seven years. Swift and simultaneous promotion in research publication originated by these initiatives was also assessed in this paper. // Some salient features of its ICTs policy were establishment of Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), PERN 2, National digital Library (NDL), Pakistan Research Repository (PRR), Video Conferencing facility, Combating Plagiarism and ICT ranking of universities. // To develop and bring the higher education institutions at par with international standards and best possible utilization of ICT in higher education, HEC has launched ICT ranking process in Pakistani universities. // As a result of these revolutionary initiatives, research output has been increased sharply and approached to enviable 300% increase in international publications in the modest period of seven years. Recently, Pakistan has been awarded ‘rising star’ status in five fields: the maximum fields for any country, from an internationally reputed publicising house, Thomson Reuters in its publication ‘science watch’ survey (www.sciencewatch.com). The above prestige, swift and consistent increase in publications is result of gigantic and dedicative efforts of HEC for the promotion of higher education in Pakistan through its robust ICT policy. // Paper IDL 289
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