Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad has reiterated his resolve to take Punjab University in the league of top 400 universities of the world, saying the upcoming QS Ranking of top universities will see PU gain significant ground in terms of its global stature. Addressing the 128th PU Convocation at Faisal Auditorium, the VC said the varsity administration was working round the clock to implement its vision of progress, and merit, transparency and good governance had been made the foundations of each decision.
Professor Niaz said meeting of all statutory bodies were being held regularly, which had helped smooth out administrative affairs of PU. He said incentives were being offered to both teachers and students for the first time in order to encourage research productivity.
The VC said students of PhD, MPhil/MS, Master’s and BS who produced maximum research papers in 2018 would be given best researcher award, while 20 awards would also be handed out to PU faculty members. Professor Niaz said the teachers who obtained admission in one of the top 50 universities of the world would be provided with scholarships, adding that it had also been planned that a bachelor-level student who published one research paper in an high impact factor journal would be given waiver in tuition fee. On the other hand, a student having two impact factor research papers would be given admission in MS and PhD programme without any cost, he added. The PU VC also said that besides scholarships and admissions aid, cash prize would also be awarded to the student that had the highest impact factor research.
Highlighting the various achievements of PU, Professor Niaz said the university had set up a Cancer Research Group as well as Baba Guru Nanak Research Chair, both of which had attracted positive response from around the world. He said a Software Technology Park and Stem Cell lab had also been established.
The VC also infoomred the audience that PU would soon launch its very own medical school and hospital.
Providing details of the university’s international collaborations, Professor Niaz said PU had signed 16 MoUs with international and national organisations and many international and national conferences, workshops, symposiums had been organized.
He said foreign faculty member from the US, the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and other countries were teaching in various departments of the university, which would help in internationalization of the university. The VC also said curriculum of all departments had been revised per modern requirements, adding that the university had also prepared a draft economic, trade and education policy of the country that would be presented to the government soon.