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January 4, 2008
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Dr Mujahid Kamran appointed PU Vice-Chancellor

Opinion

January 4, 2008

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LAHORE

PUNJAB Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool has appointed Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as the vice-chancellor of the Punjab University on the recommendation of the VC Search Committee.

The governor, who is also the chancellor of the Punjab University, announced Prof Kamran’s appointment at the PU Institute of Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Technology auditorium on Thursday. Deans, constituent colleges’ principals, directors, chairpersons of departments and faculty members were present on the occasion.

The governor said the VC search committee recommended Prof Dr Mujahid’s appointment as the vice chancellor. He said the Punjab government advertised for the post of PU VC nationally as well as internationally. Prof Mujahid was selected from among 50 top academicians interviewed by the search committee, he added.

He urged the faculty to accept the decision, which he said was made on merit. He said the faculty should support the new vice-chancellor in taking the university forward. He said the new VC must accept great challenges in upgrading curricular and co-curricular activities. He said the new VC might get best of the faculty and academic departments’ heads from all over the world.

Khalid said the university must offer modern education to students, which should enable them to get absorbed in the practical field readily. He praised Prof Dr Muhammad Arif Butt’s short stint as the acting vice-chancellor of the Punjab University.

Talking to reporters, Dr Mujahid Kamran, who earlier served as the chairman of the Department of Physics, thanked the governor for taking a prompt decision on merit. “The PU from now on will produce academic leaders,” he said.

Prof Mujahid Kamran profile

Prof Mujahid has a long and distinguished association with the PU. He joined the PU Physics Department as a lecturer in 1972, became an assistant professor in 1982, an associate professor in 1986 and a professor in 1988. He won

the Abdus Salam Prize in 1985, National Book Council Award for outstanding research in 1986 and the Presidential Pride of Performance award in 1999. He was the Chairman of the PU Physics Department from 1995 to 2001 and Dean of the PU Faculty of Science from 2004 to 2007.

He is the author of over sixty research papers published in international journals and presented at international conferences abroad. He is the author of five books. His book on the lives and works of founding fathers of modern physics has won the National Book Foundation Award in 1997.

A former Senior Fulbright Fellow, he has long association with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste Italy where he worked as a junior associate in 1984, an associate from 1985 to 1990 and senior associate from 1991 to 1996.

He has through his personal efforts sent over 35 students for higher studies on scholarships to USA and Europe. All these scholarships were funded by Western institutions.

Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran’s appointment as the vice-chancellor created history as his wife Prof Najma Najam founded and served as the VC of the Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, from 1998 to 2007.

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