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What is PCTN
Pakistan Chapter of Talloires Network (PCTN) is committed to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service learning in higher education under the strategic focus provided by HEC and The Talloires Network.  Based at Islamabad campus of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), it is a consortium of 64 Pakistani universities working to build a culture of volunteerism at institutions of higher education in Pakistan.  It is a collaborative chapter with the US based organization The Talloires Network (TN).  PCTN was formed on July 1, 2013 at NUST in the presence of Minister Planning, Minister S&T, ED TN Mr Rob Hollister and ED HEC.  At that time 35 Pakistani universities joined it.  Since then the membership has been steadily growing. Recently Rector NUST, Engr Muhammad Asghar who is chair PCTN, has also been elected to the Steering Committee of The Talloires Network (TN) for a 3 year term starting in 2015.


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.


To strengthen civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education by building a national movement of engaged universities


  • Curriculum development for service learning
  • Maximum use of tools and instruments for the purpose of impact evaluation in service learning programs
  • To strengthen Pakistan Higher Education institutions as well as the nation’s civil society more broadly
  • Build and foster a culture of volunteerism in Pakistani academic institutions
  • Discussions centered on ways to tap the unrealized potential of universities and their students to tackle pressing problems in their societies, and on forging a collective vision for advancing in the field of community engagement in higher education worldwide
  • Vibrant media strategy for sustainability
  • Promoting the mission and vision of the Talloires Network across all 136 universities in Pakistan and motivating/facilitating them to become its members and play a meaningful role in enhancing community engagement
  • Technology being NUST specialty is used to the maximum in order to bring positive change through PCTN
  • Involving other key organizations in Pakistan as partners in this initiative, such as British Council and HEC 


  • PCTN publishes bi-annual newsletters to share and highlight the community service activities of its member universities across Pakistan
  • Maintains a website which provides links to community service activities of  member universities
  • Holds seminars and conferences on various community issues in Pakistan
  • Gives out best community service awards to recognize efforts of students and faculty across Pakistan
  • Connects members for cross training activities related to community service
  • Promotes making community service a part of curriculum