Punjab University PhD faculty members
35.5pc of PU's faculty are PhD
Lahore, Aug 04: The Punjab University has earned an enviable position in the HEC
ranking at number four in the year 2009 for its research and higher education of
quality which remained unprecedented and unmatched in the 129 years history of
the premier institution.
According to a press release
issued here on Tuesday, 36.5 per cent of the total faculty of the University is
PhDs which means 255 PhDs out of total 699 regular teaching staff. From amongst
the 222 teachers working on contract basis, 56 are PhDs.
This miraculous achievement and improvement in the HEC ranking is an international recognition made possible
during the past three years when an academician Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran took over
charge as the Vice Chancellor.
The comparative study shows
that the Punjab University has become the only University in the public sector
having large number of PhDs and this is a very happy augury for the prosperous
future of this country.
It is also a rare distinction
that more than 30,000 are on campus regular students in the 73 teaching
departments governed by 13 faculties and nine constituent colleges in the
disciplines of arts, science, commerce, IT and computer science where the
students at undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD levels are studying.
Apart from the main campus spread at 1800 acre lush green land, thousands of
students are studying at the old and Gujranwala campuses.
The VC deserved appreciation
for focusing on faculty development and PhD programme which has produced
The study further shows that
the University currently has 985 teachers with 355 holding PhD degrees. The
percentage of PhD faculty development has increased from 29 per cent in 2008 to
39.5 per cent in 2010 for regular teachers and from 23 per cent in 2008 to 27.8
per cent in 2010 for contractual teachers. The research papers in science and
engineering are evaluated by the referees in development countries universities
while the research thesis in language and literature are also evaluated by the
experts in advanced countries.
As a result of promotion to
research culture, the number of papers in impact factor journals has increased
from 162 in 2007 to 352 in 2010.
During the financial year
2007-08, the VC succeeded in allocating Rs 4 million for research adding to the
equal amount already granted by the HEC for research purposes.
In the year 2008-09 and
2009-10, the research budget was enhanced to Rs 50 million while in the budget
2010-11, a record increase of Rs 80 million was made in the budget for research.
An Endowment Fund for research was also established with an initial allocation
of Rs 250 million. The naiton
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PU result declared in five hours
Lahore: A team of Punjab University's College of
Information Technology (PUCIT) has declared the result of BS Software
Engineering (SE) entrance test just in five hours after the conduct of the test
and uploaded it on the college's website on the same day (midnight). The PUCIT
conducted the BS Software Engineering entrance test on July 31. Forty teams,
comprising two persons each in IT enabled environment, marked 10,000 entrance
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Lahore: PU Examinations Department has issued a schedule for submission
of admission forms for Diploma in Physical Education (Under Graduate), Annual
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Faculty rally raps attack on professor
Lahore: Punjab University
faculty members on Wednesday held a rally on the New Campus against the firing
at the house of Physics Department Chairman Prof Shaukat Ali the other day and
condemned the incident. They also demanded an operation in hostels to ouster
Before taking out the rally, the teachers held a
meeting at the Al-Raazi Hall of the Centre for Undergraduate Studies against the
firing incident at the house of Dr Shaukat Ali, also a member PU Syndicate and
Disciplinary Committee. Deans of faculties, heads of departments and a large
number of male and female teachers attended the meeting. The house unanimously
condemned the incident. Addressing the gathering, Dr Shaukat said this was a
terrible and terrorist activity involving harassment and murder threat.
He said he was member of administrative committees and resisted the
barbarism, harassment and torturing of the students by the Islami Jamiat Talaba
(IJT). He said he was also a member of Syndicate conducting inquiries against
the students who were involved in activities of hooliganism, terrorism and
disturbing the peaceful academic atmosphere of university.
and secretary general Academic Staff Association (ASA) also spoke on the
occasion. Representatives of the Officers Welfare Association also strongly
condemned the attack and firing incident. The news
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Plea against VCs' appointments
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Wednesday, issued notices to the Punjab governor and
the newly appointed vice chancellor of the Government College University (GCU)
on intra-court appeals against appointment of vice chancellors of six public
sector universities in Punjab
Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Dr Yousaf Hayat, Dr
Shaukat Ali and Dr Maqbool Hussain Sial had filed these appeals. A single bench
comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh had, on June 24, dismissed petitions in
this regard, declaring that the Punjab government's search committee had been
acting lawfully and no irregularities were found in the process of
The petitioner's counsel, Anwar Kamal, on Wednesday, sought
permission to make Punjab governor and GCU Vice Chancellor Khaliqur Rehman
necessary parties in the case. The bench accepted the request and issued notices
to both the governor as well as GCU VC for August 15.
On July 4, the
bench had said that the appointment of the six VCs could not be finalised till a
decision on inter-court appeal was made.
Kamal requested that orders of
the single bench be set aside. He said that the Punjab government, through an
advertisement dated January 19, 2011, had invited applications for the posts of
VCs in six public sector universities of Punjab, including the GCU. He said the
petitioner, being eligible as per criterion laid down in the advertisement,
applied for the slot of GCU VC.
He said according to the criteria the
candidate for this post was required to hold a PhD degree in any subject from a
university of repute.
He said the search committee later changed the
criterion and was inviting only foreign qualified candidates. The counsel said
that the call letters for these posts were only issued to the candidates who had
obtained PhD degree from 500 top foreign universities of the world.
submitted that the candidates holding PhD degrees from Pakistani universities
were not called for the interview. He said the petitioner was a PhD degree
holder from the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, so he was also not
considered for this post and no interview letter was issued to him. "The
exclusion of the petitioner's name from the selection process by not being
called for interview is discriminatory and illegal," the counsel
He also assailed the composition/constitution of the 'Search
Committee', saying there were no rules, regulations and policy guidelines for
selection and appointment of its members.
He pleaded that the reported
selection of 500 top foreign universities by the search committee was arbitrary
and had no basis in fact or in law.
He submitted that none of the members
of the search committee was either PhD or had teaching experience. "As such,
academic credentials of the members of the present search committee to interview
the candidates for the post of VC, who possess much higher academic
qualifications than each one of them, raise serious issues of credibility," he
argued. The counsel said that exclusion of universities of Pakistan from the
list of 'reputed universities' and giving preference to the foreign universities
was ex-facie discriminatory and unlawful.
He said the entire process of
selection of the VCs starting from the composition of the search committee to
selective interviews was devoid of legal basis and a credible mechanism and was
liable to be set-aside. He requested the court to declare the appointment
criterion through search committee and ignoring the PhDs of the country as
illegal. Daily times
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