‘Punjab aiming to bring 5 public varsities in the top of QS Rankings’

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LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said that the government is targeting to bring 5 public sector universities including Punjab University (PU) in the top of QS Rankings in the first phase.

The minister said this while addressing separate meetings with deans, directors, hostel wardens, teachers and students in Punjab University Executive Club on Monday. Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Nizam Uddin, university registrar, deans, directors, hostel wardens, teachers and students were present on the occasion.

Syed Raza Ali Gillani distributed promotion letters among recently promoted faculty members from different faculties of PU. He instructed to complete files for other faculty members who deserve promotion as well. The minister instructed the administration to promote the eligible faculty members immediately on adhoc basis and complete the process of permanent promotion as early as possible. The minister announced that we are introducing Performance and Research Awards for faculty on an annual basis. We are establishing new universities in all 36 districts of Punjab, he added.

Syed Raza Ali Gillani instructed PHEC Chairman Dr Nizam Uddin to prepare report on shifting undergraduate studies to college level so that universities can focus on research and higher education properly. The minister announced that the government is appointing pro-vice chancellors in all universities and filling vacant posts. He asked the students to focus on education only because they need to take Pakistan to new heights in the future. He said that the state and universities are on one page and both are following the agenda to enhance the academic standards of the nation. The minister announced to make a diagnostic laboratory of international standards in Punjab University.