The Professional Development Centre, North (PDCN)
The Professional Development Centre, North (PDCN) became operational in Gilgit-Baltistan in early 1999. It was established as a joint venture of a partnership between the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P) and Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED).
The Centre is located in Konodass, Gilgit-Baltistan in a purpose-built building that was inaugurated by His Highness The Aga Khan, Chancellor of AKU in October 2000. PDCN collaborates with all education systems in Gilgit-Baltistan (Government, AKES,P and private) and beyond Gilgit-Baltistan in their efforts to improve the quality of education. It operates with the generous support of AKU and short courses/workshops are offered to the course participants coming from various sponsoring agencies on cost-sharing basis.
The Centre has been serving as a major regional resource. It has a well-equipped library, serving both the PDC's and beyond, conducts educational forums for Government, private and AKES school teachers, supports a Women's Forum for educators in the region and engages in research activities.
PDCN aims to be a leading and widely accepted academic institution particularly in professional development for education, positively influencing the socio-economic conditions of the Gilgit-Baltistan in ways that promote peace, harmony and unity. Valuing collaboration, supporting and embodying pluralism, the Centre aims to be innovative and dynamic in offering indigenised programmes that are academically excellent.