The University of Sargodha has received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Higher Education Commission (HEC) for going ahead with its campuses in Mianwali and Bhakkar districts.

The campuses were built in the year 2012 and cost around Rs 500 million each. Both facilities have now received an official accreditation from HEC after completing the requisite formalities.

The University of Sargodha’s Bhakkar campus presently has a student body strength of over 3,000, while there are 49 faculty members, including 12 PhDs working at the facility. On the other hand, the university campus in Mianwali has a student enrolment of close to 3,500 and the 46-member faculty includes 12 PhDs.

HEC had previously issued a conditional NOC to the Bhakkar campus, asking the administration to address a few issues with the quality of facilities. But the commission had altogether refused a certification to the Mianwali campus citing infrastructural shortages and the limited number of faculty members. HEC’s contention for refusing the NOC was that the university had advertised and begun several key degree programs without having adequate faculty and facilities to manage operations.

However, the university administration expedited the process of correcting the shortcomings following the induction of Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad as vice chancellor. The university campuses now have a functioning selection board that enabled hiring of senior faculty members as required by HEC, besides completing the requirements for labs and other ancillary facilities.

The University of Sargodha is a public sector university that offers degree programs in various disciplines, including engineering, medical and health sciences, social sciences, arts, law and management.

The university traces its ancestry to De Montmorency College that was founded in 1929. The college was renamed Government College Sargodha in 1946 and raised to the status of university in 2002.

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