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Punjab University Voice Chancellor’s term expires, varsity witnesses revolution in four years

Lahore: Appointed on January 3, 2008, four-year tenure of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as Punjab University Vice-Chancellor completed here today. During his period as Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran took revolutionary steps for the progress of the varsity. Under his leadership, following are the major developments in his tenure:

1. Streamlining of PhD program has resulted in an almost 3 fold increase in PhD production from an average of 41 during 1990-2007 to an average of 113 during the period 2008-2011.

2. More than 17 fold increase in Research funding from Rs. 4m to 70 m leading to 352 publications in impact factor journals in 2010 as against 162 in 2007. In 2011 the number is expected to almost triple the 2007 number (till July 331, 2011 we had 321 such publications – with 5 months still remaining).

3. Tripling in the number of books written by faculty members per annum from 27 in 2007 to 80 in 2011.

4. Enhancement in allocation for Faculty Development from 45 million in 2007 to 75 million per annum currently. Presently about 80 faculty members are doing PhD abroad.

5. Significant improvement in the PhD to non PhD teacher ratio for regular teachers from almost 29% in December 2007 to almost 40% in Dec 2011.

6. More than three-fold increase in Conference participation abroad from an average of 14.25 per annum during 2004-2007 to 47.25 during 2008-2011.

7. Establishment of an Institute of Languages where teaching of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Spanish, German and other languages has been introduced at Diploma level.

8. Patronage of Fine Arts, a subject which was previously confined to the backyard owing to IJT pressure. The PU College of Art and Design is now doing much better than NCA in most areas.

9. Special attention to Main Library facilities has resulted in an increase of Library membership from 10,000 members in 2007 to over 30,000 members in 2011.

10. Revival of the institution of Professor Emeritus after 15 years as well as of regular convocations after four decades.

11. Enhancement of PU investment from 1.85 billion in June 2008 to 3.8 billion in June 2011.

12. Setting up of Pension Endowment fund with 2.25 billion, a Research Endowment with Rs 250 million (allocation for research fund mentioned in 2 above is apart from this) and an Employees Welfare Endowment with 20 million

13. Specific encouragement of student participation in national and international co-curricular competitions (debating, essay writing, declamation, etc.) on merit leading to 443 prizes by our students (team trophies 75, first prizes 180, second prizes 120, third prizes 68).

Our students have also won 26 prizes in Model UN Debates held in Germany competing with students from Harvard, Cambridge and other universities worldwide.

14. In the national Engineering, IT, and Fine Arts competitions, our students have won 103 medals (56 first prizes, 31 second prizes and 10 third prizes).

15. Relief to employees by regularising over one thousand employees from BS 1-16 and promotion and selection, through regular channels, of over 700 employees.

16. Depoliticisation by taking over seven offices maintained on campus by IJT since the banning of Students Unions in the early 1980s.

17. Completion of construction work of about a dozen buildings of Departments and Colleges, hostels and a state of art Gymnasium. About 8 new construction projects started – some have been completed, some are nearing completion and others have just started.

18. Flats for employees and teachers approved. Work on flats for employees has begun.

For more information, contact:
Punjab University
Tel: +9242 9923 1102
Fax: +9242 9923 1103
Email: registrar@pu.edu.pk

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