Lahore: Punjab University has earned an enviable position in the HEC ranking narrowing down from No. 6 to 4 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.
There is no denying the fact that today 36.5 per cent of the total faculty of the University is Ph.Ds which means 255 Ph.Ds out of total 699 regular teaching staff. From amongst the 222 teachers working on contract basis, 56 are Ph.Ds.
This miraculous achievement and improvement in the HEC ranking is an international recognition made possible during the past three years when a celebrated academician in the personality of Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran took over charge of the Vice Chancellor. This is a feather in the cap of P.U. VC richly deserved by Dr. Kamran.
The comparative study shows that Punjab University has become the only University in the public sector having large number of Ph.Ds 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, M.Phil and Ph.D 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 state-of-the- art infrastructure including hi- tech huge research and computer laboratories, libraries, comfortable class rooms and enviable facilities for quality research are now available to the students. The classes are run in three shifts – the morning, afternoon replica and evening which run from 8 am to 9 pm, five days a week.
The Vice Chancellor deserved appreciation for focusing on faculty development and Ph.D programme which has produced encouraging results. His personal efforts and allocation of fairly remarkable amount for research proved a blessing for the Ph.D researchers. One can say without fear of contradiction, “if the universities are acknowledged for the quality and quantity of their research work, the Punjab University is never lagging behind any world class university today.
A study further shows that the University currently has 985 teachers with 355 holding Ph.D degrees. The percentage of Ph.D 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 Vice Chancellor 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.
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