HEC-National Digital Library Program

Knowledge @ Your Fingertips

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The higher education commission has recently explored the opportunity of facilitating the provision of free online books in addition to the 20,000 journals that have been made available through the Digital Library Program.

The E-books support program will allow researchers to access most of the popular books and international scholarly literature electronically over a varied range of subject areas, providing access to high quality, peer-reviewed journals, databases and articles.

Over twenty leading Digital Libraries of the World have been identified for free access. The most important of libraries include Project Gutenberg, containing a collection of over 5,000 classic literary books; National Academy Press, containing over 2,500 books in science, engineering, and health texts free online; and the Oxford Text Archive, containing more than 2,500 high-quality books for research and teaching. Also included are top medical dictionaries and encyclopedias such as Medical Encyclopedia and Medical Dictionary Online.

Access is free for all users who wish to download and use these books. A complete listing of books currently available under this Program may be viewed by visiting the Digital Library Website.Each participating institution has its own page carrying information about registered resources and contact details for representatives.

Higher education commission is trying to restore the education culture in Pakistan by sponsoring and supporting the programs like funding overseas PhDs, national youth convention, hiring foreign faculty, revising the textbooks and last but not least national digital library to support and strengthen the research activities in Pakistan.

Although an interesting debate has been revolving around various HEC projects and is rightly under strong criticism because some academicians have shown serious concerns over the quality of PhDs and effectiveness of hiring foreign faculty. Especially private institutes and universities are not happy with their grading policies saying HEC is trying to create utopia overnight.

5 Replies to “HEC-National Digital Library Program”

  1. an interesting debate has been revolving around various HEC projects and is rightly under strong criticism because some academicians have shown serious

    Academicians who run private universities themselves need to review their policies(esp. grading), let alone point fingers at government run organizations which seldom function properly. For example, I know of this university not far from Karachi where teachers and other officials lie, change their word overnight, treat different students differently and refuse to accept any positive or negative feedback from students.

    I don’t believe that I am in a position to support or criticise the HEC, but I don’t mind the way they are finally moving from the unproductive halt that they were in.

    So, I think, these academicians should pay attention to improving their university standards by working towards getting higher ratings from the HEC and create model institutions before they can finger point.

  2. I agree with you as we do feel these difficulties in our universities and this shows the lack of dedication from their part. However this shouldn’t prevent us from getting excellence in learning.

    As for the grading is concerned I’ve talked about it to authorities and they said that their criterion is not based on concrete grounds and you can have it by just paying them little. Although I think these issues and others like quality PhDs should be discussed openly for improvement and progress of the country as a whole.

  3. As for the grading is concerned I’ve talked about it to authorities and they said that their criterion is not based on concrete grounds and you can have it by just paying them little.

    Well, they will obviously defend their incompetency, wont they?:D Maybe what they told you is what they want you (and the rest questioning them) to think? What do u say? Even I was told a misleading tale by one of the officials.

    As far as bribing HEC to get good ranking is concerned, I’m sure lots of financially stable universities would do that and get away with A-category rankings. Still, only one or two universities have the A-Category ranking. I wonder why.

    Anyways, let’s not digress. I don’t want to offend some people to the extent where my grades would start suffering, since I don’t post annonymously, otherwise I’m not quite done yet.

  4. Dude Farhan,

    Have you ever had a look at Biztech?

    It is one of the universities ranked “A Grade.”

  5. No I haven’t. Maybe they fulfil the requisite criteria, or have found some loopholes to somewhat fulfil it? I say this because their rating has changed from B to A to B to A..that kinda thing..

    Also, I’m not taking any names, accusing or comparing any university. I’m just asking a few questions and giving some opinions and suggestions.

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