Alumni of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) while greeting the varsity’s Vice Chancellor and the faculty over inclusion of the university among top 500 universities of the world as per the recent global ranking announced by Times Higher Education have called for special bailout package to overcome the financial problems being faced by QAU. Currently, the university is facing financial constraints like lack of funds for research centres, adequate labs and scholarships. The university has found the unique solution to meet the financial crunch by doubling the enrollment which has further complicated the issue.
Old students of the university have urged the government to announce a package for the university so that the laurels it has won might not be lost. In a statement issued here on Thursday President QAU Alumni Sikandar Ahmed Rai and Secretary General Murtaza Noor termed improvement in QAU ranking as international recognition of 50 years dedicated contribution made by QAU faculty, students and employees. They said that it was a matter of pride for all the old students of the great alma mater.
“Despite severe funding constraints, delay in approval of development plans, deliberative campaigns and illegal occupation of its land, QAU competed and remained at top at national, regional and international university rankings,” said the statement.
The QAU, as the only Pakistani university has not only been successful in securing the position in top 500 universities but also improved its performance and ranking from 601-800 (previous year) to 401-50, further says the statement.
According to the statement, the ranking reflected a decline from last year’s list which had seven Pakistani institutes and now only four Pakistani universities have been ranked among top 1000 world universities.
They demanded that in view of continuous best performance by this federal prime university, federal government should announce. They said that old QAU would continue to contribute for the betterment of their alma mater in every possible way. They also announced to celebrate the QAU achievement throughout country. QAU had leapfrogged a number of universities to break into the top 500 this year, improving its ranking by 281 spots, from 746 to 465 this year.