PU Second Highly Ranked Varsity
PUNJAB University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that PU has achieved second position among general universities across the country as per Higher Education Commission’s ranking.
Talking to media at PU Executive Club New Campus here on Thursday, the VC said PU has achieved top position among universities in Lahore in terms of research publications, faculty development and students strength among other factors. He said as against the 6th position attained by the Punjab University last year, the credit for securing the honour of second position this year goes to the teaching fraternity, which has sent a wave of jubilation amongst them.
He also pointed out that the research work carried out by Oriental College and College of Art and Design of PU was not taken into consideration while finalising the universities ranking by the HEC, which had also not evaluated the research work published in the scientific and arts and humanities journals of the university on the basis of the ranking criteria, which were being regularly brought out for the past several years.
however, the VC acknowledged the fact that the Punjab University should endeavour for its inclusion in the ranking of universities at the international level for which 70 to 80 per cent of the existing faculty should be PhDs. He said for this the teaching community should work hard for bringing out best research results during the coming decade for which the administration would upgrade the existing facilities for research scholars.
Dr Kamran further stated that the PU Syndicate Committee had already approved Rs 4.11 billion budget for 2010-11. He said the varsity had to incur a fiscal deficit of Rs 550.50 million as a result of enhancement of employees’ salaries, pension and other allowances as per announcement in the federal budget.
However, tuition fee had not been increased to make up for the fiscal deficit nor any deduction had been made in the funds for the research activities and the varsity faculty development programme, he added.
For this, a cut in administrative expenditures has been made, the VC said adding the university was spending Rs 2.60 billion or 66 per cent of its budget on the salaries while the number of retired employees at present was 2,053. He said the varsity was meeting 70 per cent of its budget expenditures from its own resources while the chairmen of various departments unanimously gave a proposal to lease out at least 100 Kanals of varsity farming fields to the private sector in order to generate new sources of revenue.
To a question, Dr Kamran said the university had already completed the inquiry report against the former treasurer and sent the same to the Punjab government. Pro VC Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Prof Dr Shahida Husnain, Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram, Controller Dr Zahid Karim Khan and other senior faculty members were also present.