The 352nd meeting of the Punjab University’s Senate on Thursday gave approval to several key pending matters, including one for the establishment of Punjab University Medical and Dental College. The planned medical college and hospital would be built over an area of 250 acres of land.
The PU Senate meeting, chaired by Punjab Higher Education Minister and PU Pro Vice Chancellor Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz, was held at the historic Senate Hall at the PU Old Campus on The Mall. Besides the approval for the Punjab University Medical and Dental College, the PU Senate also approved regulations and quota of meritorious professor as per Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) criteria, HEC notifications regarding statutes of teachers on tenure track system, year-wise examinations of BA/BSc Part 1 and Part 2, self-supporting budget of nine departments and accorded approval to several other recommendations.
Addressing the PU Senate, HED Minister Raja Yasir has said the government was working round the clock to promote industry-academia linkages and provide all resources to researchers for improving the ranking of universities. He said excellence in higher education was a must for national progress, which was why the government was focusing on improving academic standards of higher education institutions in Punjab.
The minister said there was no shortage of talent and potential in Pakistani youth and they only need the right guidance. He added that the education policies of the Punjab government would begin bearing fruit in the near future.
Raja Yasir also informed the PU senate that courses taught at all universities were being made relevant to the demands of industry, adding that Pakistan had made rapid progress in impact factor research, which was reflective of the nation’s research potential.
Addressing the senate, PU Vic Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad said the administration was focused on transparency and good governance in the affairs of the university and meetings of all statutory bodies were being organized regularly so that operations of the university were carried out smoothly.
He said incentives were being given to the teachers and students for the first time to encourage research productivity, adding that teachers who obtained admission in top 50 universities of the world would be provided with scholarships.
The PU VC said the varsity had set up a Cancer Research Group and Baba Guru Nanak Research Chair, which had attracted positive response worldwide. He said that Software Technology Park and Stem Cell lab had also been launched. Professor Niaz added that PU had signed 16 MoUs with international and national organizations and many international and national conferences, workshops, symposiums had been organized during the past eight months.