Punjab University Vice-ChancellorÂ PU VC critical of ‘politicised’ environ
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran says the university’s over-all environment has always been politicised and the current Academic Staff Association is trying to further it to protect their “political designs”.
In a formal get-together with education reporters and columnists at varsity’s Executive Club on Saturday, he said the university administration had decided not to compromise on principles and discipline and would not succumb to pressure tactics being employed by ASA leaders.
Stating that he was focussing on academic and research development, Prof Kamran said the ASA leadership would never speak about the varsity’s achievements in terms of academic and co-curricular activities.
He said the PU had been ranked fourth in the country and top university in Punjab in terms of research publications. At present, he said, as many as 80 varsity teachers were doing their PhDs abroad including 62 sent by the incumbent administration. He said PU had 300 PhD faculty members out of total 900 teachers for its 30,000 students, while the anchester University had 5,800 PhD teachers for 35,000 students.
Prof Kamran said the difference in salaries among faculty members serving on the Tenure Track System and those on basic pay scale was reducing owing to 50 per cent increase in latter category teachers. For this reason, he said, he was planning to allow TTS teachers to take afternoon and evening classes and earn money.
Honour: The PU has earned fourth position among 95 public- and private-sector universities and degree-awarding institutions in the country in terms of research publications and has topped among 29 universities in Punjab.
The Higher Education Commission has ranked the universities on the basis of their research publications. The Punjab University published 352 research papers in impact factor journals in 2010.
The Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; the Aga Khan University, Karachi; and the University of Karachi are ahead of the Punjab University with 548, 416 and 387 research publications, respectively.
The PU has been ranked at top among 29 universities in Punjab including 17 in Lahore. The overall ranking of Lahore’s universities sees the Government College University at number seven, the University of Engineering and Technology (18th), the Lahore University of Management Sciences (22nd), the Lahore College for Women University (30th), the University of Health Sciences (36th), the King Edward Medical University (38th), the Forman Christian College University (41st).
The National College of Business Administration and Economics (48th), the University of Lahore (55th), the University of Education (71st), the University of Management and Technology (72nd), the Lahore School of Economics (75th), the Kinnaird College (77th), the Beaconhouse National University (88th) and the National College of Arts (90th).
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