Punjab University Tenure Track System
Lahore, April 17, 2008: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Dr Sohail
Naqvi has endorsed the Punjab University's decision to implement Tenure Track
System (TTS) to improve its academic and research standards. He said PU was a
leading university in many disciplines, and it had played a leading role in the
promotion of Persian, Arabic and Urdu languages. He also expressed satisfaction
over the university's evaluation system.
He was addressing a meeting at
PU Vice-Chancellor Office's committee room on Wednesday. VC Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran, deans of all faculties and heads of departments were also present.
Dr Sohail told the meeting that HEC was taking inputs from all
universities in order to improve its policies and implementation system to get
practical outcome from its various projects for the promotion of higher
education in the country. He said the HEC completely respected the autonomy of
the universities, and it wanted to give implementation system to the varsities
and would continue playing its role in policy guidance as a granting agency. He
told the meeting that HEC was also making reforms in National Testing Service
(NTS) and considering award of scholarship for undergraduate studies.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that our research journals
of Urdu, Arabic and Persian were outstanding, and there was no second opinion in
this regard, so HEC should also give due recognition to them. He said Punjab
University had world-fame linguistics who were recognized over the world.
Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dean Prof Shaista Sonu expressed her
concern about linguistic weaknesses among the HEC scholarship awardees upon
which Dr Naqvi said that HEC's should only recommend an eligible pool of
candidates to varsities for award of scholarship.
Faculty of Management
Sciences Dean Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon emphasized the need of specific
monitoring of the results and implementation process in the universities.
Faculty of Science Dean Dr Jamil Anwar said that there was a lack of
communication between HEC and universities, and the HEC must take all
stakeholders into confidence before implementing a policy. He cited the example
of implementation of semester system in PU in this regard. Dr Sohail said t PU
must develop a bigger quality insurance department to monitor its affiliated
colleges. He said 'we have very small education system and the biggest problem
that we lack the required number of PhD faculty in our varsities'. Faculty of
Education Dean Prof Dr Nayyar Raza Zaidi said the HEC must encourage those
institutes who were utilizing the funds properly and getting practical output
from the HEC funded projects.
Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr
Muhammad Saleem Mazhar expressed concern over the HEC's denial to recognize
their research journals. Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain
said that due to HEC policies, doing PhD in Pakistan had become a difficult task
because the student had to spend about six years for it. However, in foreign
countries, it takes only three to four years to do PhD.
Prof Dr Khawaja
Amjad Saeed urged Dr Naqvi to get approved mega projects of PU and made reforms
at policy-making level to involve universities in the production system,
especially in nanotechnology, solar energy and fisheries (foods).
Naqvi gave satisfactory answers in response to all these queries and emphasized
upon the need to establish a self-evaluation and standardized system in the
universities in order to compete with the developed world. The News
'GCU following in the footsteps of Dr Abdus Salam'
Lahore: The Government College
University (GCU) would follow in the footsteps of Dr Abdus Salam for the
betterment of the country, said GCU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Khalid Aftab on
He was addressing a ceremony that was organised by the
Persian Department to pay tribute to former GCU registrar Prof Dr Zaheer Ahmed
Siddiqi. He said Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddiqi was a role model for the Ravians. "By
writing 20 valuable books in Urdu and Persian Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddiqi proved
that creativity knows no physical fatigue."
Dr Abdul Hameed Sheikh, Dr
Sohail Ahmed Khan, Dr Aminul Haq, Dr Muhammad Khalid Pervaiz, Dr Khalid Masood
Siddiqi, Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid, Abdus Saboor Khan, Abul Waheed, Prof
Muhammad Anwar Warraich, Dr MA Kashmiri, Muhammad Naeem, and Abbass Najmi were
present on the occasion.
The Vice Chancellor presented a souvenir shield
and a bouquet to Dr Zaheer.
Certificate distribution ceremony held at
GCU: GCU VC Dr Khalid Aftab distributed communication and media skills
certificates among students who completed their courses.
The GCU in
collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Commission of Pakistan
(NAVTEC) held the courses.
The VC urged the students to continue
learning so that they could have better job placement in the competitive market.
Those who were awarded certificates in communication and media skills
included Shahid Rehman, Muhammad Akbar, Mubashar Ashraf, Muhammad Asif, Amjad
Ali, Tahir Ali, M. Akram, M. Ibrahim, Iftikhar Ahmed, M. Saeed Ahmed, M. Waseem,
Imran Akbar, Waseem Raza, Munib Inayat, Sheikh Kaleem Akhtar, M. Amer, Syed
Hammad Raza Kazmi and Rehana Yousaf.
Those who were awarded certificates
in graphic design included Ali Fazil, Nargis Batool, Maha Zahid, Mohsin Ali,
Muhammad Wasim Khan, Imran Haider, Sameer Ahmed, Momina Khaliq, Zeeshan Qamar,
Muhammad Azam, Nida Naseem, Ammara Haseeb, Hajra, Muhammad Mohsin, Rashid Ali,
Maruf Ahmed and Farasat Saeed. Daily Times