Message of the Director
Nurturing a vibrant, dynamic, international and inter-disciplinary community is at the heart of what we do in promoting excellence in the professions of teaching and social science. With experienced and committed staff who have considerable field experience; world-class information and communication technology resources; together with a new purpose-built teaching facility that is second to none, the Institute of Education and Research offers an exciting and rewarding environment for undergraduate and postgraduate study and research.
Ranked amongst the country’s leaders in professional education, we offer a range of learning and research opportunities. Our programmes are professionally recognized to meet the needs of busy professionals, to research opportunities that use rigorous scientific enquiry that underpin curriculum development while informing national policy making. Through our well established expertise the institute reaches out at an international level to build capacity and expertise within these professions.
Whether you are a student, family member, educator or business leader, I invite you to join us in our quest – to continuously improve the educational opportunities available to students at Institute of Education and Research. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to ensure an excellent education for each and every student, at every school, every day.
Dr. Muhammad Imran Yousaf
In Pakistan, women play an important role in agriculture, education, rural development and other nation building activities. To upgrade the education and skills of women and teachers, particularly in arid areas, initially it was focused to initiate educational, social and economic empowerment programmes by imparting informal education to community. A women development project entitled "Women Training Institute for Cottage Industries” sponsored by the Ministry of Women Development, was established in 1989. This programme offered a number of short-term income generating courses for women of the area. These courses were widely appreciated and became very popular among the community. With up-gradation of Agricultural College to the University, demand for women education increased and to exclusively cater this need, a Division of Continuing Education, Home Economics and Women Development was created in accordance with the University Act, 1995. Short duration certificate courses have been conducted in almost 25 fields. The feedback of these courses confirms that a significant number of students have benefited by these skills and have improved their economic conditions.
The Division initiated Master of Education (M.Ed.) programme in 1997 and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme in 1999. With the initiation of these teacher education programmes, the facility became available to the prospective teachers at their doorsteps. Now, B.Ed. and M.Ed. programmes are offered in morning and evening so that maximum number of students may be facilitated.
With the beginning of the 21st century, higher education in Pakistan entered into a new era. Overall, Universities in Pakistan extended their infrastructure and started many new degree programmes at Bachelor, Master, M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. Likewise, this university also extended its degree programmes. At the same time, the demand of teacher education increased to a great extent in the country. Therefore, the Division contributed its part in the extension and started M.Sc. Education and M. Phil. Education in 2010. Furthermore, the PhD Education has been approved and will be started from September 2012. The future plans of Division are to launch B.Ed. (Hons.) programme and new specializations in all programmes.
The Division believes in achieving excellence in education by setting standards at par with that of international level. Its vision is to provide quality education for fostering academic and professional skills, intellectual ability and conceptual development. The Division also aims at preparing prospective teachers and senior educators for better teaching, educational administrators, managers and policy makers for better administration, management and policy making in future scenario of education. Meeting the changing demands of society with modern advancement in education, innovative thoughts, personality development, and addressing problem solving form the focal points of our vision. Thus, getting a name for ourselves by setting standards and educating people is the goal of our endeavour.
The mission of the Division is to improve teaching, learning, and human development in a diverse and rapidly changing society through different teacher education programmes and offering useful short courses, especially for women development. The Division has laid the foundation for life-long learning and services for the common good, with a purpose to: