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PU ranking improved due to good governance: VC
PU ranking improved due to good governance: VC

LAHORE: (Friday, June 3, 2022): Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar has said that PU improved its international ranking manifold due to its model of good governance and for the first time in the last 40 years of Punjab University, all statutory bodies of the university have been made functional to ensure transparency. He was presiding over a meeting of Academic Council at Al Raazi Hall here on Friday. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, deans of various faculties and heads of departments participated in the event. Addressing the meeting, Prof Niaz Ahmad said that the university has made unprecedented progress in academic, research and administrative fields. He said that that PU had improved its international ranking by 16 percent and in the upcoming QS ranking, there are high hopes of further improvement due to the policies of the administration. He said that in QS Asian ranking, PU has made a jump of 87 points and now it is declared 145th best university in Asia. He said that Nature Publishing had declared PU No 1 University in natural sciences in Pakistan. He said that till 2018, no PU subject was internationally recognized and in 2022 QS subject-wise ranking, 15 subjects of PU have been ranked. He said that now PU had been ranked among world’s top 101-150 institutions in the subject of Petroleum Engineering and top 101-130 institutions in the subject of religious studies. He said that keeping in view national and academic requirements for the next 50 years, PU has been academically restructured and 67 new teaching and research institutions had been created while several departments had been upgraded. He said that for the first time, PU had particularly promoted and encouraged those research projects which could resolve socio-economic problems of the country. He said that the university had made unprecedented appointments and promotions in these four years which have never been witnessed before. He said that for the first time in the recent 50-year history of PU, 8 meetings of the Senate have been organized in four years as per the requirement of the calendar while previously, a gap of 8 to 10 years can be seen between two meetings of the Senate. To ensure a model of good governance, the university has been run through statutory bodies. The meeting approved various new programs in principal while approved upgradation of curriculum of various courses. The meeting also approved establishment of Women Development Centre. In the end of the meeting, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar briefly reviewed progress made in the last four years and paid tribute to the services of Prof Niaz Ahmad.