Rhodes Trust CEO congratulates PU on ‘remarkable growth’

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Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford and global Chief Executive Officer of The Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships, world’s oldest international graduate scholarship programme, Dr Donald Markwell, called on Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Doctor Mujahid Kamran at his office on Saturday. Agha Afzal Hussain, External Linkage director, Maria I Maldonado and senior faculty members attended the meeting. The VC briefed Dr Markwell on the varsity’s administration, academic and research developments, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
He said Punjab University had improved in all parameters in the last four years. He said PU had a lot of raw talent but there was a lack of sufficient number of people who could polish that talent. Ms Maldonado appraised the delegation of student exchange and research collaborations with foreign institutions. He said the purpose of Rhodes Scholarships was to promote international linkages. Dr Markwell said the Rhodes Scholarships were postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-around students at the University of Oxford and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. He said that Rhodes’s vision in founding the scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight the world’s fight, esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim and promote international understanding and peace. Dr Markwell expressed his pleasure over the remarkable achievements made by PU administration in the last four years.
PULISAA holds oath-taking ceremony: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said librarians had the key of the treasures of knowledge and the condition of libraries was a testimony of any nation’s love for books. He was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of Punjab University Library and Information Sciences Alumni Association (PULISSA) at the seminar room of Main Library. PULIS Chairperson Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, Prof Dr Khalid Humayun, former president PULISSA Shahid Shafiq Rana, newly elected President Shahid Soroya and others attended the ceremony. He said the only reason behind the downfall of over 1 and a half billion Muslims was their distance from education. He said knowledge was the headspring of power and books were the source of knowledge. He said it was impossible to acquire knowledge without the help of librarians. Prof Dr Kanwal Amin congratulated the former leadership of PULISAA for successful tenure and wished the incumbent body for the welfare of the association. He also demanded of the PU VC to improve the service structure of the librarians. Soroya thanked Dr Kanwal for her support and said that his team would strive to establish endowment fund for the welfare of librarians.