Landmark Decisions To Enhance Academic Profile
The Syndicate of University of Sargodha took several important decisions regarding academic consolidation, faculty appointments, college affiliations and other issues on the reformist agenda.
The third consecutive Syndicate meeting during 2017, held on 30th December, was chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, who is presiding over a major transition towards quality education at the university, away from unnecessary expansion of its academic faculties and programs in the previous decade.
As part of the consolidation drive, the Syndicate approved the Academic Council's earlier decision to reduce the number of faculties from nine to seven and merge several departments in line with UNESCO guidelines and practice at prominent national universities. For instance, the Faculty of Business and Economics, and Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, were merged into Faculty of Social Sciences. The newly merged departments include the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies. The Syndicate also approved the establishment of Noon Business School (NBS) in recognition to the services of the Noon family for the cause of Pakistan. The NBS and Department of Economics will be part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. In addition, an evening program in Military Sciences and Management, to be run jointly by the NBS and Department of Politics and International Relations from Fall 2018, was launched.
The Syndicate approved the appointments of regular faculty members in different departments of the university, including eight professors, nine associate professors, 32 assistant professors and 80 lecturers. All the appointments were made strictly on merit after being recommended by the two successive Selection Boards. The landmark decision is expected to help overcome the problems of acute shortage of faculty, especially at Sargodha Medical College, due to which the quality of education and hence university ranking were being compromised.
Drastically curtailing the number of private colleges affiliations, and establishing regulatory control over Public-Private Partnership campuses, to improve university's public image, has emerged as another priority during the current vice chancellorship. As part of this process, the Syndicate approved to disaffiliate 71 private sector colleges for their poor performance and falling short of the required quality standards. In a long awaited step, the Syndicate also granted its approval of the revised Service Statues of the employees of Grades 1 to 21, which have been updated in accordance with current market requirements. Besides approving the list of local and foreign experts for selection of qualified faculty and fair assessment of advanced research, the Syndicate also approved to grant 15 PhD degrees to the candidates of different faculties.