Legislative, social and economic developments are one of the key factors that has changed the dynamics of today’s professional world through advancements in technology, research and development. The technological advancement has provided a S.M.A.R.T way of innovation and creativity which has changed our professional attributes thus providing different ways of working. Therefore, it is very important for Engineers to keep up with the pace of rapidly changing environment. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is the platform provided where a professional engineer or a student can keep acquainted with these changes, where the professional can broaden his horizon and be more effective in the professional world.
Pakistan Engineering Council under its Act has mandate for introducing and ensuring continued professional development activities amongst its growing community of engineers and has devised a comprehensive framework titled Professional Development of Engineers (Bye Laws – 2008) approved by the Government of Pakistan.
The main objective is to develop competence and ability of engineers for the application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations and to evolve innovative solutions to real life problems while adhering to professional ethics and acquisition of a broader understating of their obligations to society.
As per provisions of CPD Byelaws, from July 2010 onwards, most of Continuing Professional Development activities (courses, training workshops, etc.) may be undertaken by the Professional Engineering Bodies (PEBs) registered with PEC as per provision of Section 16 of PDE Bye-Laws 2008. PEC will continue charging nominal course fee per participant. However, PEBs imparting CPD activities will decide fee on the basis of course type and efforts should be made to charge the fee as minimum as possible. The courses/ CPD activities will be planned by the PEBs according to the specified criteria and guidelines (Section 16 of Bye-Laws). Such bodies will also provide schedule of courses and share verified list of participants with PEC to maintain transparent record of CPD activities and points for all the registered/ professional engineers. PEC Regional Offices will play role of facilitator for the professional bodies in organizing CPD activities.
UIT has obtained PEB license (license number PEB-S-UITKHI-0067). Here at UIT, we regularly conduct CPD activities for our students, alumni and professional members including short courses refresher courses, management, conduct etc; workshops, seminars, expert lectures etc. The list of the activities conducted in UIT is attached. All CPD carry credit points as defined in the CPD Byelaws. UIT announces its yearly calendar of tentative CPD activities through PEC website (www.pec.org.pk).
The committee member names are as follows:
The objectives of CPD shall include: