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Punjab University teachers urged to do PhD
« on: October 13, 2009, 12:14:40 PM »
Punjab University teachers urged to do PhD

LAHORE:AS part of the Punjab University campaign to increase number of quality PhD teachers, Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran on Monday called a meeting of the non-PhD lecturers and assistant professors of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The meeting also discussed that some teachers were facing visa problems after their admission to the universities of the United Kingdom and decided that a letter from the VC office would be sent to the Foreign Office and UK Embassy to expedite the visa cases of PU teachers.

The VC motivated the teachers to get admission to foreign varsities as soon as possible. He told the young teachers that Rs 65 million had been allocated for the Faculty Development Programme and if required, this amount would be increased up to Rs 80 million. He said non-PhD teachers should get benefit from this opportunity and besides this they should also apply for foreign scholarships and the Higher Education Commission scholarships. Dr Mujahid Kamran said out of total 775 regular and contract teachers only 250 were PhDs with a 32 percentage, adding that PU was striving to increase this number.

He urged the teachers to get admission to the varsities of China, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden and other countries where higher education was comparatively less expensive as compared to the US and the UK.

He said special attention was also being given towards strengthening of the local PhD programme. The teachers currently doing PhDs in the PU were offered that they under split programme with foreign varsities might do their research in foreign varsities where research work closely related to their subject was in progress.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Jamil Anwar Ch and Controller Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan also motivated the young teachers and ensured their all-out cooperation in this regard. Over 40 teachers from both the faculties attended the meeting. THE NEWS