Adopt VAE programme for basic medical sciences: The 21st century method to honour work and experience

  • Tehseen Iqbal DG Khan Medical College, Dera Ghazi Khan
Keywords: VAE, Basic Medical Sciences, PhD


Mao Zedong Quotes: All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.

We are so slow a follower of the West that we lag behind about 50 years, at least in higher education. The only way to get the highest degree of PhD in Pakistan is to leave your home, go to a big city where a university is located and then follow a tedious, trodden path. Developed countries have moved forward and devised many routes to get a PhD that suits many types of students. Validation of the Acquired Experience (VAE) is the 21st century way of ratifying and recognizing experiential learning, a method of non-formal education. It matches the work and experience of the student/applicant with the ‘outcomes of the requested degree’. For a PhD degree, his intellectual work will be assessed with the outcomes of the PhD course. Pakistan should not waste its precious, talented, learned and experienced basic medical scientists. Award them PhD through VAE program and engage them to train young medical scientists.

Pak J Physiol 2020;16(3):1−2


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Iqbal T. Adopt VAE programme for basic medical sciences: The 21st century method to honour work and experience. PJP [Internet]. 5Sep.2020 [cited 26Nov.2022];16(3):1-. Available from: