Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) was awarded with Rs 1 billion grants from foreign donors in recognition for unprecedented rise in international ranking due to outstanding work in research & development, said its Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Ali.
The university’s global ranking has took 272 leaps and currently stands at 378 from 650 which was a significant achievement attained through hardwork in last four years, he said .
With the support of Turkey, a modern incubation center had been established in the university, he said adding, the center provides training to students who wanted to start their own company or a business. “In future the establishment of company will be declared mandatory for the students to get degrees under the project of linking the academia with the industry” he added.
Keeping in view the innovation in education, Dr. Ali said a memorandum of understanding regarding cyber security had been signed between the private company and the QAU. Cyber security related program to be launched soon in the University, while Masters’ program on artificial intelligence was also being started in the university from this year, he added.
He informed that Qatari Foundation Sheikha Moza has shown consent to establish a law school building in the university.
Discussing the devastated situation by recent floods, the QAU VC said the students of flood-affected areas had been exempted from tuition and hostel fee for one semester. “The amount of this fee exemption will be Rs 150 million which will be borne by the university itself, while a committee had also been established to ensure transparency in that regard” he briefed.
He said that 300 acres of occupied land had been retrieved by Quaid-e-Azam University in the last four years, while more than 400 acres of land was still illegally occupied.Due to the ‘land mafia’, he said, there were problems of arms, drugs and security in the university.