LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that it was his prime mission as Chancellor to improve the international ranking of the universities in Punjab and the graduating students of Punjab University must be proud of their institution as it has advanced its international ranking and was the best university in Pakistan.
He was addressing the 131st Convocation of Punjab University at Faisal Auditorium here on Saturday. Senior Provincial Minister Mian Mahmood ur Rasheed, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad, Pro VC Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Registrar & Controller Muhammad Rauf Nawaz, Additional Controller Raja Shahid Javed, members of Senate, Syndicate, senior faculty members and a large number of graduates and their parents participated in the event.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr Sarwar said that it was a good omen that universities in Punjab were making their place in international ranking and especially PU VC, teachers and employees including sweepers deserved the credit for landmark improvement in QS ranking of international universities. He said that another important challenge for him was to make regular appointments on the designations of VC, registrar, controller, treasurer as in most of the universities, the acting charge was assigned to various persons on these coveted posts when he became Governor. Now, he said, regular appointments had been made on these posts in most of the universities in Punjab. He advised the students that nothing was impossible and they could achieve their goals through hard work.
In his address, PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad said that the governor had assigned him the task to ensure good governance and improve the international ranking of the university. He said that to ensure good governance, for the first time in the last 40 years of Punjab University, all statutory bodies of the university had been made functional to ensure transparency. He said the incumbent administration on Friday organized the 358th meeting of the Senate, which was the 8th consecutive meeting in less than four years as per the requirement of the University Calendar while in the recent past, a gap of 8 to 10 years could be witnessed between the two meetings of the Senate. He said that in 2018, QS had ranked PU at 232nd position in the Asian ranking of the universities and due to rigorous efforts of administration and teachers, PU had been declared 145th best university in Asia in 2021 among thousands of universities. He said in 2018, PU was counted among the top 78 per cent of universities and now in 2021.