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November 3, 2015

Study centre for research on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to be established

Islamabad

November 3, 2015

Islamabad
The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has distributed 3,556 scholarships worth Rs95.64 million in 2014-15, said QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Javed Ashraf. He said this during a media briefing here on Monday.
He said during the financial year 2014-15, Quaid-i-Azam University awarded 3,556 scholarships worth Rs95.64 million to its students. These scholarships and financial aids were offered to talented and needy students who might otherwise be deprived of the higher education opportunity due to inadequate funds and /or previous limited educational opportunities.
Professor Dr. Javed Ashraf said that the university would establish Pak-China study centre in which students could do research on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The QAU vice chancellor said that they were trying to achieve the goal of 100 per cent PhD-qualified faculty. "Currently, we have around 70 per cent PhD faculty in the university. In some departments, we have 100 per cent PhD faculty such as our Biological Sciences Department and in Natural Sciences it’s more than 90 per cent. In Social Sciences, we have a lower percentage. I also want to acquire the services of PhD holders from other universities as we need fresh thinking in our university," he said.
Dr Asharaf said the biggest problem they are currently facing is the lack of physical infrastructure in the university. "We don’t have sufficient number of hostels, academic buildings, proper sport facilities, auditorium and adequate housing facility for faculty and employees. On the other hand, student body is increasing as some 9,000 students are doing BS, M.Phil and PhD courses on the campus," he said.
He said "At the QAU the standard of research is excellent; having lived abroad I can say that we can be proud of what is being done. Our faculty is publishing in well-reputed journals, in that sense we can be a guide and a leader for the rest of the country’s institutions."

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