Punjab University ranked second best in Pakistan
HEC ranked PU second best after QAU
Lahore, July 30: The Higher Education Commission has ranked the Punjab
University the second best varsity among general universities in the
country in terms of research publications, faculty development, student
strength and other factors. It is at the top in Lahore.
Punjab University has scored 45.92 per cent marks allocated for
research, students, facilities, finances and faculty, after the
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, with a score of 58.16.
Government College University is ranked sixth in general universities in
the country and second in Lahore with 31.78 score. The Lahore College
for Women University has been ranked 15th in the country and third among
general universities in Lahore with 20.99 score.
The GCU had
earlier stated that the HEC had ranked it the top university in terms of
research output. However, the revised ranking of universities shows
that the GCU, Lahore scored 6.44 out of 26 marks allocated for research,
while the Punjab University scored 10.49 in the category.
Speaking at a press briefing at the Punjab University's Executive Club
on Thursday, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said he had kept his
focus on research and creation of new knowledge in the institution. He
said he had enhanced allocation for research from Rs8 million in 2007-08
to Rs50 million in 2008-09 and kept it at same volume during the
2009-10 financial year.
He said the university had a budget
volume of Rs4.11 billion out of which it was generating 70 per cent
revenue from its own resources. Despite financial cut this year, Prof
Kamran said the university had decided to keep research allocation at
Rs50 million during the financial year by slashing unnecessary
Owing to this vision, he said, the PU had attained
second position among general universities in the country. It bagged
fourth and fifth positions in 2005-07 and 2007-08, respectively.
"Acquiring higher ranking has motivated the university faculty members
as they have shown commitment to do research with more dedication," he
Prof Kamran said the PU's ranking would further improve
if the HEC recognised its various research journals being produced with
quality content. He said the university's PhD programme had also been
strengthened and he hoped that the consistency in this policy would help
university achieve 90 per cent PhD faculty by 2020.
question about the stated preference to foreign PhDs compared with the
local degree holders for the posts of vice-chancellors in various
universities, Prof Kamran said this was a wrong attitude on the part of
the Higher Education Department. He said the scholars doing their PhDs
locally were required to send their theses and research papers abroad
About four-year BS (Honours) programme,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar said the public-sector colleges
lacked infrastructure and faculty to run the programme. He also told the
media that the higher education secretary responded in the affirmative
when he asked whether the subjects other than those being included in
honours programme would be closed.
He said the semester system
was earlier introduced in the late 70s but was disbanded for "not being
feasible". Prof Anwar said the university had decided that it would not
offer affiliation to the six public-sector colleges attached to it
unless they would develop the required level of infrastructure.
He said the matter of holding examinations and weightage of marks given
to college and university teachers would also be discussed. He admitted
that currently the higher education department had proposed 40 per cent
weightage for college teachers and 60 per cent for the examination to
be conducted by the university.
He said he had called a meeting
of heads of respective departments on Friday (today) to discuss the
issue of introduction of honours programme, while a meeting of attached
colleges' principals had been called on Saturday (tomorrow).
Answering a question, Prof Kamran agreed that the university would
consider revising the semester examination system and recommend that
more than one question-paper would be prepared. Dawn
"PU is ranked#2,no doubt punjab university is distributing larger no free degrees.HEC rated #2 is correct!!!next # is PU420"
City, Country: KARACHi
Post your comments
Bilal Jamaee wanted to be buried at KU
Karachi: Bilal Jamaee, one of the plane crash victims, often used
to tell his friends that he wanted to be buried at a graveyard situated
in the University of Karachi after his death. According to the Jamaee's
peers, this desire rose from the love and fondness he had for his
"Due to his attachment with the
university, he wished to be buried there. It is so saddening that his
life came to an end even before he would graduate from the university.
classmates have filed an application to the administration seeking
permission for his burial at the KU graveyard," said Ahsan Raza, a
friend of the deceased. However, till the filing of this report,
Jamaee's father Naseer Rajput was still awaiting a response from the
administration regarding this matter.
Bilal Jamaee was amongst
the 152 passengers and crew aboard the doomed Airblue flight 202 which
crashed into the Margalla hills on Wednesday. The 25-year-old, who was a
third-year BS student of the Mass Communications Department, was
heading for a Youth Parliament session, participating in it as a Youth
Shadow Minister for Information.
Jamaee's body was brought to his hometown on Thursday and will be buried today after Friday prayers.
my brother back. I just want to see him one last time," cried Jamaee's
younger sister, Ayesha. "A single glimpse of him would also do. I had
not seen him for eight days since I, my mother and younger sister had
gone to Rahim Yar Khan to tend to my grandmother. It was wrong of us to
Recalling the last conversation she had with her brother,
Ayesha said that it was on the early morning of July 28 when her brother
called and asked about the whereabouts of the money saved for the
Islamabad trip. "I was so sleepy that I did not even talk to him
properly," she said amidst tears.
Ayesha now cherishes the last
text message which was sent by her brother. The message reads: "Good
luck and tc.". She is unable to comprehend as to why he wished her luck.
a large number of Jamaee's classmates, teachers, friends and
acquaintances visited the traumatised family to express their
condolences at their residence in Rabia City, Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
A university friend remarked on the brave
attitude of the young man, saying: "When Bilal was rejected for
admission to the Mass Communications Department, he took the matter to
the Sindh High Court and fought the case for one year after which he was
successfully transferred. He challenged the entire administration and
remained steadfast on his right stance."
Jamaee's father, Naseer
Rajput said that he was extremely proud of his son for
becoming so successful at such a young age. "Amongst the Youth
parliamentarians, including Oxford students, my son confidently
delivered his speeches in Urdu. The mother tongue was his greatest
strength. Recently, he came back from a trip to the UK, where he got the
chance to visit the House of Commons. He was a great writer and wrote
several stories. He was apolitical and was a great student and an active
participant in extra-curricular activities," said Rajput, a retired
public relations officer. According to him, Bilal changed his last name
to 'Jamaee' from Naseer after graduating from Jamia-e-Millia.
was such a truthful and honest person, the best son a mother could ever
have," said Jamaee's weeping mother. "When I was leaving for Rahim Yar
Khan, he asked me to stay behind and wait for him to depart for
Islamabad. But I did not listen to him, and he left forever - never to
Jamaee was the eldest among a brother and three
sisters. Mariam, Jamaee's other sister, said his brother aimed to study
in the United States. "He wanted to work for BBC," she said, adding:
"The memories of last night keep on coming back to me. He was talking to
me the whole night and saying that on his return he would give me a
treat. My brother, my best friend, my childhood buddy is gone. How will
we survive?" she questioned, breaking down into tears.
Post your comments
KU meeting condoles death of
Karachi: Addressing a condolence meeting organised at the
Vice-Chancellor's Secretariat to condole the loss of 152 precious lives,
especially two Karachi University (KU) students, Bilal Naseer and Piyar
Ali, the Vice-Chancellor, KU, Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui,
said that the university had faced the loss of its two meritorious
students who were working tirelessly in search of a bright future and
were striving to make their dreams come true.
dynamic, and their dynamism was directed towards the right path, but no
one can supersede the God's will. The entire University prays for their
The meeting was attended by all the Deans,
Chairpersons, and Teachers of Departments of Mass Communications and
Geography, the Students' Adviser, Registrar Prof. Kaleem Raza Khan, and
other members of the KU administration. The participants of the meeting
said that the crash of Air Blue flight 202 on July 28, 2010, was the
most terrible incident of plane crash in the history of Pakistan and the
loss of 146 passengers and 6 members of the crew would be hard to
"Piyar Ali who, after graduating from the Geography
Department, took admission in Master in the Mass Communications
Department and Bilal Naseer was completing his BS (Honors) from the
Department of Mass Communications. Bilal Naseer was an active member of
the youth parliament." He said.
Meanwhile, the Chairpersons,
Departments of Mass Communication and Geography, Dr. Rafia Taj and Dr.
Khalida Mehmood respectively, expressed sorrow over the sudden and
unfortunate death of these students and said that the confident
personalities of these students will always remain alive in the hearts
of their contemporaries.
In addition, Karachi University
Teacher's Society has condoled this terrible incident and pointed out
that appropriate measures should be taken so that such incidents can be
avoided in future.
The Registrar informed the participants that
two alumni of KU had also died in the catastrophic incident, one of them
was a newly married woman - Aysha Samad Sheikh, who was a position
holder, and the other one was Rehmat-ullah Domki, who died with his
Post your comments
KUTS concerned over delay in increments
Karachi: Office-bearers of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) have shown grave
concern over news items reporting that that the University of Karachi
(KU) will not be able to implement the government's notification
regarding 50 per cent increase in salaries and pensions of the teachers
and employees of the university. KUTS President Prof. Dr Abid Hasnain
and General Secretary Prof. Dr Fayyaz Vaid said steps should be taken to
ensure that the KU will also be able to implement the increments.
Post your comments
Transfer of college teachers
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association (SPLA)
has warned taking to the streets over the issue of large-scale transfers
of college teachers in Sindh. On the other hand, Senior Minister for
Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has categorically said that he
will not budge an inch and post lecturers in government colleges of
rural areas, which badly need teachers.
They locked horns when
the Department of Education and Literacy issued a list of postings and
transfers of some 414 college teachers in a major reshuffle to end the
acute shortage of teachers, especially in rural colleges.
SPLA reacted sharply and its President Prof. Ather Hussain in a
hurriedly-called press conference on Monday slated the move, demanding
for cancelling of "all these unjustified transfers of the college
He also announced to observe token hunger strikes
outside the major press clubs and colleges daily till the decision is
withdrawn. He also warned a big sit-in outside the Chief Minister House
on August 10.
From Tuesday the SPLA started its token hunger
strikes, which entered the third day on Thursday, when the SPLA teachers
observed token hunger strike outside the DJ Sindh Government Science
College Karachi and press clubs of Hyderabad and Khairpur. Prof.
Saeed-uz-Zaffar, president of Principals' Association also visited the
hunger strike camp in Karachi to show solidarity with the college
Talking to the media, SPLA leaders Prof. Ather Mirza,
Prof. Muzaffar Rizvi, Prof. Muhsan Raza and Prof. Iftikhar Aazmi said
that their protest would continue till the withdrawal of controversial
order of large-scale transfers of lecturers and professors.
the other hand, the Sindh senior minister of education and literacy Pir
Mazharul Haq chaired an emergency meeting of the education department
officials at the Reform Support Unit (RSU) and categorically said that
the college teachers would be posted in the far-flung rural colleges to
end acute shortage of teachers there. He vowed that he would not bend
knees to any pressure. He said that in case any transferred teacher felt
that injustice was meted out to him or her, they should send their
cases to the education department, which would ensure providing them
He said that the teachers had been transferred from the
colleges with excess teachers to the deficient ones, and the decision
was aimed at to promote the cause of education and literacy.
However, the SPLA feels that the majority of transfers were unwarranted and aimed at to disturb the teacher fraternity.
Ather Hussain charges that the Sindh Education Department had carried
out victimisation of teachers by ordering massive transfers on the
pretext of rationalisation. He says there is no logic behind these
massive transfers. Quoting an example, he said that the APWA College
Karachi had 6,000 students with two lecturers of English subject, and
out of them one had been transferred. The news
Post your comments