VCs for Steps to Promote Research in GC University

Lahore: 29 March:There is a dire need to develop colleges and initiate massive faculty development programmes both at colleges and universities to uplift standards of higher education in Punjab and to enable the varsities to secure place in the list of world top ranking institutes.
This was the consensus among vice chancellors (VCs) of public universities and heads of private universities and higher education institutes (HEIs) of the province at the conclusion of their three-day meeting at the historic Government College University (GCU), Lahore, on Friday.
They had gathered to discuss, share their thoughts and give recommendations vis-à-vis future roadmap for higher education as desired by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
A number of participants in the meeting talking to The News said if the chief minister really wanted to promote research culture at the varsities there was a dire need of massive investment in faculty development and provision of maximum resources to the universities. The establishment of CM Faculty Development Fund was also proposed in the meeting.
It was decided that the principals of the colleges would also be taken onboard and invited in the next meetings as without their involvement the development of colleges was not possible.
It is learnt that Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran suggested in the meeting that the colleges should be developed in a way to enable the same to effectively handle undergraduate programmes while the varsities focus on postgraduate, MPhil and doctoral programmes, a key factor to secure place in the world top ranking institutes.
The VC in his presentation, sharing examples of MIT and University of Cambridge, established his argument that top ranking institutes had maximum faculty members with PhD degrees while such institutes had maximum programmes at MPhil and PhD levels unlike most of the Pakistani varsities where undergraduate programmes had the major share in terms of student intake.
The meeting also deliberated on student-teacher ratio (STR) in universities and colleges and underlined the need of bringing it at par with international standards. It is learnt GCU Lahore VC Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman also suggested restructuring of colleges and strengthening of varsities, stressing the need of faculty development programmes.The news.

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