A two-day symposium regarding research practices in Pakistani universities was held at VU, in which nine former and current vice-chancellors of different universities across Pakistan participated.

Speakers included Ex-Minister of education & University of South Asia Vice Chancellor Mian Imran Masood, University of Okara Vice-chancellor Dr Zakariya Zakar, Allama Iqbal Open University Ex-Vice Chancellor Dr Nasir Mehmood, GC University Faisalabad Ex-Vice Chancellor Dr Shahbaz Arif, Lahore College for Women University Ex-vice chancellor Dr Rakhsana Kousar, University of Multan Ex-Vice Chancellor Dr Shahida Hassan, University of Education Ex-Vice Chancellor Dr Munawar Mirza Sultana, Fatima Jinnah Women University Ex-Vice Chancellor Dr Najma Najam, Punjab University Director Dr Robena Zakir, International Islamic University Dean Social Sciences Dr Nabi Bakhsh, Virtual University Dean Faculty of Science & Technology Dr Masroor Ilahi, Virtual University Registrar Dr Mohsin Javed and Conference Secretary Dr Sadaf Jabeen, along with a large number of PhD aspirants from different universities.

Virtual University Rector Naeem Tariq addressed the opening session of the conference. He welcomed all the guests and congratulated the organizers of the conference for conducting such a successful event. He insisted on organizing such kind of conferences to promote the quality of research among students.

All the guest speakers shared their experiences in the field of research and provided suggestions to enhance the quality of research in Pakistani institutions. Dr Munawar Mirza Sultana during her speech elaborated the phenomena of the international ranking of universities as it depends upon quality research. She highlighted the importance of research and insisted on universities to come up with quality research in order to compete with international universities. A huge responsibility comes at the part of research supervisors who must take strict decisions for quality research, she added.

At the end of conference, Tariq presented certificates among participants and speakers.

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