Federal Minister for Education Engr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rahman Wednesday fulfilling the long standing demand of the Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) declared it as a Flagship Institution of the country on behalf of the federal government.
Addressing the participants in a ceremony organized here to celebrate QAU Ranking among top 500 universities of the world, he congratulated the Vice Chancellor of the university, faculty, and other staff for their hardwork.
He said that it was responsibility of the government to resolve the issues of QAU and assured for his full cooperation for the betterment of university.
The government had raised HEC budget for universities of Rs 100 billion in the last four years, he added. The minister while pointing out some key issues in the university, stressed the management to resolve it. None of the leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz was involved in land encroachment of the university, he said and added now the government took concrete measures in this regard.
The government was making necessary policies to resolve the issues of drugs, terrorism, and extremism in the universities, the minster added. He stressed the need of characterization of students and said that a comprehensive policy was needed for peace in the university.
He said that most of the universities were failed to build academia-industry linkage despite heavy funding. Earlier, in his address, VC QAU, Dr Javed Ashraf said that university had planned to hold a series of seminars to aware and keep away students from the terrorism and extremism activities.
He said that initially three seminars would be held with collaboration with United Nation, NGO’s and the government and hoped the incident of terrorism and extremism would be controlled by holding such type of events. The VC said that he was agreed with the statement of Chairman HEC that students data should not be shared with intelligence agencies as it would create problem for them in future.
“We urged the faculties to focus more on research rather than only teaching as it is the only way to improve ranking of the institution” he added. “We had limited the number of publications of our researcher’s in national journals and stressed them to publish it in international journals”. Our PhD faculty is 98 percent and we hope that our researchers would publish their journals more better than the criteria set by HEC.
He said that although fund raising was difficult task but we were determined to achieve this task with the help of our Alumni. Despite the minor funding, QAU has improved its ranking which is positive sign and it became possible due to hard work of the researchers.
President Academic Staff Association Dr Ishtiaq in his welcome address said that QAU was the only university of Pakistan which gained the place in top 500 universities of the world. We achieved this distinguished task despite lack of funds and urged the federal government to announce a bailout package for the university.