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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).

Dr 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 Wednesday.

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
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