PU's first tenure track hiring
LAHORE, May 3(Dawn): The Punjab University has recruited first professor under
the Tenure Track System (TTS), offering him a lumpsum salary of Rs160,000 per
Prof Dr Naeem Akhtar has been recruited for a three-year term by
the Board of Governors of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), PU, after
assessing foreign referees' reports about his research work on
Prof Akhtar, who earned a PhD degree in bio-technology from
Japan, had been serving the SBS for the last couple of years as the Higher
Education Commission's foreign faculty member. He had opted for the post under
According to PU registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan, the appointment
has opened avenues for the able, capable and productive research scientists.
"All professors should not be treated as equal. The TTS would give an edge to
quality teachers having international research publications and create a
competitive environment," he said.
He said the TTS had allowed the
varsity to pay teachers according to their worth. He said "Publish or Perish"
would be the slogan for the 21st century research culture.
question, Prof Khan said that more faculty members from the Centre of Excellence
in Molecular Biology were in line, who had applied for posts under the
The SBS BoGs, which met under PU Vice-Chancellor Arshad Mahmood,
also allowed two-year extension to three directors - Prof Dr Abdul Rauf
Shakoori, who retired as varsity's zoology department head and was currently
serving as president of the Zoological Society of Pakistan and Editor-in-Chief
of Pakistan Journal of Zoology; Prof Dr Javed Iqbal, who retired as botany
department chairman and Prof Dr Waheed Akhtar, who retired as pioneer director
of varsity's Institute of Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Technology and dean of science
The BoG also discussed the extension case of SBS
director-general Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, and agreed that the issue be taken up
next year when his tenure ends.
It also reviewed the implementation of
HEC quality criteria in M.Phil and PhD programmes.
SBS DG Prof Muhammad
Akhtar presented progress report on academic and research activities of the
school. He told the meeting that the school had initiated research in several