MIRPUR (AJK)-Continuation of professional development is imperative for growth of individuals and institutions, an expert said.

He described the human resource development (HRD) as the key to the national prosperity. Vice Chancellor of Mirpur University of Science & Technology Habib-ur-Rehman was talking to a delegation of the 34th-Master Trainer-Faculty Professional Development Program (MT-FPDP) Team, led by Fida Hussain, Director General, Learning Innovation Division (LID), and Higher Education Commission (HEC) at the city campus of the MUST.

"The successes of the HEC and universities may be attributed to the continuous training of the faculty members and administrative staff of the universities," he maintained. The HEC, Dr Habibur Rehman said, had played a key role in bringing the Higher education sector in the country to this level.

"We acknowledge the contributions of the HEC in making the public sector universities better than they were in twenty year before. The nation witnessed a change in the state of higher education; HRD, Research grants, research outputs, quality of education, infrastructure development, scholarships for higher studies, students enrolment, increase in the number of institution of Higher learning, recurring and development budget of the universities. We also acknowledge the support of the HEC in the development of the public sector universities in the AJK," he said.

The visitors were briefed about the curricular and co curricular activities of the varsity in the Electrical Conference Hall, City Campus. Dean, Engineering and Technology, Dr. Anwar Khitab, Registrar of the university Engr. Muhammad Waris, Treasurer, Zafar Iqbal, Engr. Muhammad Shabbir Mirza, Chairman Department of Power Engineering and faculty members were also present.

Particularly, he said, the support of the HEC for the MUST is deeply acknowledged, whatever it achieved in the recent past was due to the support and guidance of the HEC. The relationship of the universities and the HEC is based on mutual respect and acceptance; both are interdependent and both accept their role, he said. This is why the HEC glorified and the universities have been developing, he said.

The vice chancellor lauded the contributions of Fida Hussain, DG LID, for organising and providing form "Master Trainer-Faculty Professional Development Programme (MT-FPDP)" for the lecturers of the different universities of the AJK and Pakistan. "I take this opportunity to acknowledge his contributions in the achievements of the HEC and in the progress of the MUST. I hope he will continue working for the glory of the Higher Education Sector in the country and continue supporting the MUST and extending his guidance for further development and progress of the university," he added.

Addressing the participants, he said that their visit to the MUST, the Mirpur City and Mangla Power House will be memorable.

"We also take pride that 90% officers of WAPDA Rawalpindi through Lahore are our graduates. The MUST has been producing the qualified human resource for the development of the energy sector in the country," he said. "If every one of us wishes to achieve further success in life, we must make their profession our hobby. Continuous learning and hard work will bring laurels for us and the institution we are associated with," he added.

Dr Rehman thanked Tariq Mehmood, Director Mangla Power House for the briefing and visiting the facilities. "We gratefully acknowledge contribution of his team in maintaining and running the system," he added.