1st Pakistan Chapter of Talloires Network (PCTN) Steering Committee meeting was
held on August 7, 2014 at National University of Sciences and Technology
(NUST), Islamabad. The 6 member steering
committee headed by Chair PCTN, Rector NUST was formed in November 2013. It was decided at that time that a meeting
should be held every six months to review progress, programs and policies.
meeting was headed by Chair PCTN, Engr. Muhammad Asghar. Mr. Shoaib Sultan, Chairman of Rural Support
Program Network (RSPN) was invited as a guest to share his views. 4 steering committee members attended the
meeting including Vice Admiral Shahid Iqbal
(Rector Bahria University), Dr.
Talat Naseer Pasha (VC University of Vetrenary and Animal Sciences) , Dr. M. Asif Khan (VC Karakoram International
University), and Mr Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui (Director IBA Sukkur). Mr Irfan Ahmad Akhtar Pro Rector (F&I),
NUST, Mr. Mahmud Bashir Bajwa ( Chief
Coordinator PCTN), Dr. Abdul Ghafoor
Principal SMME, NUST, Dr. Syed Irtiza Ali Shah ( Senior Coordinator
PCTN), Miss Sundal Mufti ( Dir Student Affairs, Bahria University) and Mr.
Ahmad Mehfooz (Manager Progrmas, PCTN) also attended the meeting.
PCTN Engr Muhammad Asghar in his opening remarks explained the role of a
university in a knowledge-based economy.
He highlighted five key roles as development of human resource,
research-based technology development, knowledge application to develop
economy, development of mechanisms for a positive social impact, and finally to
provide guidance in policymaking. The
main actors who generate such a socio-economic movement are the university
leaders, students, community, government/non-government institutions and
funding agencies and volunteers.
Whereby we have national and international partners as The Talloires Network,
Rural Support Program Network, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund etc, we need
to develop our capacity to create desired impact and sustain it by
concentrating on the five key roles highlighted earlier.
opening address was followed by a presentation by Chief Coordinator PCTN Mr.
Mahmud Bashir Bajwa, covering PCTN’s progress so far. After this a presentation was made by Chairman
Rural Support Programs Network (RSPN), Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan providing an
insight into the role/and functioning of RSPN.
RSPN is a countrywide organization working for the uplift of the
deprived and the underprivileged in the country. Mr. Shoaib Khan discussed how RSPN could
offer useful collaboration to PCTN to further its goals.
Later on discussion on
agenda points took place. PCTN’s Vision
and Mission were finalized keeping in view the input sent in by PCTN member
- The Vision was
approved as “Pursuing HEC’s strategic thrust of universities building
economies, PCTN envisions to capture dynamism of Pakistani Universities’ youth
and impact the society positively by incorporating civic engagement and
community service into their research and teaching missions.”
- The Mission statement
approved was “To strengthen civic roles and social responsibilities of higher
education by building a national movement of engaged universities”
- The following goals
Development of curriculum and academic programs
for service learning and community service.
Develop and apply standards for community
Maximum use of tools for the purpose of impact
evaluation in service learning programs.
Build and foster a culture of volunteerism in
Pakistani academic institutions.
Organize discussions on forging a collective
vision for universal values and community engagement in higher education
Promoting the mission and vision of the
Talloires Network and HEC (Pakistan) across all universities in Pakistan and
motivating/facilitating them to become its members and play a meaningful role
in enhancing community engagement.
Recognition of services through awards for
outstanding performance in Civic engagement and community service.
Empowering people in collaboration with Rural
Support Programs Network (RSPN), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (APPAF) and
other Government and Non-Governmental Organizations including HEC, BC, JICA
USAID, KOICA etc.
Promote Collaboration with regional networks and
Vibrant media strategy for public support and
of social entrepreneurship.
committee regarded the set of goals as quite comprehensive and appropriate;
however Chair PCTN thought it appropriate that the goals be sent to all member
universities for their inputs before finalization.
It was proposed that the status of PCTN steering committee members be
ex-officio and not by name, which was approved.
PCTN merit certificates / awards for outstanding Community Service Projects
were also discussed. A neutral board was
approved to be formed to select the recipients of the award. It was decided to launch the award after
input from member VCs/Rectors in their conference in March 2015. The award would be as follows:
Prize - Rs. 100,000/-
Prize - Rs. 50,000/-
Prize - Rs. 20,000/-
Cape Town Conference to be held in December 2014 was also discussed. Chair PCTN urged member VCs to attend the
It was decided that a PCTN seminar on Civic Engagement and Community Service
would be held in March 2015. The annual
VCs’/ Rectors’ conference would be held alongside the seminar.
the end, Chair PCTN Engr. Muhammad Asghar directed PCTN Secretariat to pursue
follow-up actions with the member institutions and chairman RSPN. Before the
session was adjourned he appreciated the useful inputs of all participants and
their strong resolve to pursue goals of PCTN.