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Ex PU VCs suggest hiring quality faculty, promoting research for ranking uplift
Ex PU VCs suggest hiring quality faculty, promoting research for ranking uplift


LAHORE: (Thursday, November 8, 2018): Former vice chancellors of Punjab University and legendary academicians have called upon the need to promote of research culture and stressed hiring of quality faculty members purely on merit. They said that universities must be free from any political influence for ensuring merit and transparency in all academic matters. They were sharing their views in a meeting at committee room of PU Vice Chancellor’s office here on Thursday. Former PU vice chancellor, education minister and former chairman University Grant Commission Sheikh Imtiaz Ali, other former VCs including Khalid Hameed Sheikh, Lt Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood, Prof Afzal Baig, Prof Arif Butt, Prof Zakria Zakar, Prof Nasira Jabeen, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad Akhtar and deans of various faculties were present on the occasion.

The vice chancellors said that the research at universities must have socio-economic impact. They said that the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization set up at all universities must be made truly functional so that industry-academia linkages could be strengthened. They said that today was the era of knowledge economy and we could not survive without paying due attention to education sector. They said that no compromise should be made over appointment of quality teachers as they were backbone in improving ranking and academic standard of the university. They said that PU was the mother institution and it must lead in all academic affairs and policies at national and provincial level. They said that M Phil and PhD programs must be strengthened and the students must be motivated to produce research with socio-economic impact. They said that there should be school of social sciences to give solution to social problems. They said that interdisciplinary research should be promoted as this was an emerging trend in modern world. They said that special attention should be given to produce skilled and quality graduates to cater to the needs of industry and faculty members should also focus on building their character. They congratulated PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad on 39 times improvement in PU’s ranking in Asia and organizing meetings of all statutory bodies for smooth functioning of the university. PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad thanked the ex vice chancellors for their suggestions and said that PU administration would strictly ensure rule of law in all academic affairs.