Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that the faculty members, appointed on political basis, were the real hurdle in progress of the varsity.
He expressed these views while inaugurating the polymer and material research laboratories here at the Department of Polymer Engineering and Technology on Monday. Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Director Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Syed Zahoor-ul-Hassan Rizvi, Department Chairman Prof Dr Tahir Jamil and senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.
VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said PU had the potential to become the best university of the region and it could also get position in top 500 universities of the world but it was facing problems due to faculty members recruited on political basis sidelining the merit. He said such people distort reality and the university must get rid of culture of speaking lies and negative politics for development.
He said disturbance was there where teachers on senior positions were involved in politics. He said the present administration handed over research projects to committees without keeping in view their political colour which helped promote research culture in the varsity.
He said the present administrative took steps and resolved the issues of PhD synopsis which had been pending since 2002 and approved record 600 research synopses in four years. Moreover, he said, number of PhD faculty members in the varsity was increased and it enhanced the capacity of the faculty to utilize research funding.
He said it was the responsibility of administration to provide facilities and the present administration had provided facilities to everyone regardless of any politics. He said the administration had raised research endowment fund to Rs 25 crore and it had a target to take this amount to Rs one billion and the interest of this amount would be used for research purposes and another amount of Rs 70 million was allocated for research. Congratulating Dr Tahir Jamil on completion of labs, Dr Mujahid Kamran said each project of the department completed well in time.
Earlier, Department Chairman Prof Dr Tahir Jamil briefed the vice-chancellor about laboratories and said the leadership of VC had encouraged the students to carry out research and it also helped departments to raise research standard.
Later the Vice-Chancellor and others also visited the laboratories and inspected experimental instruments there.
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