The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) organized a Five Week GRE Training. Venue was the CIIT, Islamabad Campus. The training began on Monday, November 6, 2017.
Objective of the training was to familiarize the participants on different sections of the GRE General Test and to develop skills needed to improve their performance in the test. This training is a core component of the Talent Farming Project conceived as part of the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor initiative of the HEC for awarding PhD scholarships to the eligible candidates in ranking US universities.
The HEC invited applicants from all over Pakistan and upon request of the Directorate of P, D & HRD allocated 15 No. training slots to the nominees of the CIIT. The cost of the training was Rs.15,000/- but the HEC subsidized the cost of training and the CIIT nominees were charged Rs.5000/- only.
Information for nominations was widely disseminated at the Islamabad campus via letter/e-mails. To further incentivize the prospective CIIT applicants, the CIIT decided to allow re-imbursement of even Rs.5000/- to faculty/staff members subject to their securing a test score above a threshold within one calendar year from the date of successfully completing the said training.
The classes were held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm four days a week. The United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) trainers Mr. Tariq Aqeel and Mr. Haider Naqvi conducted the training sessions. The staff of Directorate of P, D and HRD remained available on the training site to assist the trainers and participants during the training sessions.
The concluding session was held on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan, Consultant and Ms. Fareeha Arguman, Senior Project Manager both from the HEC were present at the ceremony. HEC acknowledged the role of the CIIT in organizing this training and recognized that CIIT is the foremost partner with HEC in convening the HEC- GRE Talent Farming Workshops and Training.
A cohort of about 50 participants attended the said training, out which 13 candidates were from the CIIT.