BAHAWALPUR–Engr. Prof Dr Athar Mahboob, Vice Chancellor, the Islamia University Bahawalpur has said that university has planned a mega development project to promote this institution as center of excellence. He said various steps have been taken for the promotion of quality education in the three districts of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar through sub campuses of the Islamia University, Bahawalpur.
Talking to media persons he said that after the completion of mega project will be a leading University which will cater the educational need of the remote areas of South Punjab as well as of Cholistan. He said that for the first time, the university will play very important and central role during the upcoming fifteenth Cholistan Jeep Rally, thorough holding of job fair, establishment of stall by university’s veterinary college and college of arts and designs of the university for the promotion of centuries old art and culture of Cholistan desert. He told that soon after his assuming the charge, he re-launched evening programmes in those disciplines which had been closed down some years ago so that more students can enroll in the university. He further stated that an extensive campaign was launched during the admission season under one window operation by the university, resulting the receiving of record sixty thousand applications out of which eight thousand students were declared eligible purely on merit to get admission in the various programmes of the university. Responding to a question, the VC informed that last month special anti-hepatitis campaign was launched across the university for its students and employees, under whom twenty one thousand persons included students, employees and their families were screened with the collaboration of local health department. Vice Chancellor Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob said that the promotion of quality education through rich faculty is his mission so efforts are being made to hire qualified teachers to enrich the existing faculty of different departments and in this regard the number of faculty has been increases upto eight hundred through merit based recruitment and he is committed to extend it up to one thousand and one hundred faculty members. He informed that seven buses and two coasters have been included in existing fleet of university’s transportation wing costing one hundred million rupees and now total number of buses and coasters has been raising upto fifty eight. He said for the first time in the university’s history and the administration has decided to extend its route upto Yazman, Khanqah Sharif and Lodhran district and soon it will be extended upto Ahmed Pur East and Khair Pur Tamewali to cater the need of the students belongs to these areas. Vice Chancellor Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob said he firmly believed upon the linkages, joint ventures and collaboration of different institutions for the promotion of research culture and in this regard about thirty six MoUs have been signed with different department including Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Press Club, Bahawalpur Civil Hospital, Bahawalpur, Punjab Live Stock Department, Hamdard University, Karachi, ACCA and other institutions. He informed that for the first time in the Bahawalpur’s history, a three day literary festival will be organized by next month in university for the promotion of arts, culture, literature, and other fields of performing arts in the Region which will be attended by galaxy of stars from different walks of life. While discussing his future planning, the Vice Chancellor Prof Athar Mahboob said his dream to convert the university among top five of the country during his tenure and for achieving this target he works hard along with his entire faculty members and staff as he believes on team work–PRESS RELEASE