PESHAWAR: The first ever Senate of the newly created Khyber Medical University approved a comprehensive plan of action both for academic strengthening as well as infrastructural development of the University in a meeting with the NWFP Governor Lieutenant General (Rtd) Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai. The meeting, which lasted over almost six hours, approved the constitution of Graduate and Research Management Council as well as Representation committee for the University after having a detailed discussion.
The meeting also approved procedures for induction of teachers and allowed one time promotion to those senior teachers of the constituent colleges who were other wise eligible for the benefit, but could not avail the opportunity because of new administrative arrangements, emerged in the wake of the establishment of the University. It was decided to allow one time waver in respect of teachers of the constituent colleges, having M. Phil qualification and enabled them to get promotion as professors. However, the meeting made it mandatory that this would be the first and the last incentive of the nature and after that the requirement of Ph.D qualification will be must for such appointments.
Meanwhile, the management of the University was advised not only to start postgraduate and Ph.D level studies immediately but also create maximum opportunities for its faculties to get higher knowledge. It was also decided that from now onward the University would conduct examinations of the students of its constituent colleges and only those institutions would be allowed in its affiliation which would have been recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.
The meeting also constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor of the University to explore new avenues to enable maximum number of students from backward and remote areas of the province as well as FATA to avail the educational opportunities in the public sector medical colleges. The meeting also conceptually agreed to establish Khyber Medical University Foundation and desired that a concrete plan of action should be chalked out for this purpose. The meeting also approved administrative, academic and financial initiatives of the university which also included actual budget for the year, 2006-7 and budgetary estimates for the year, 2007-8.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, who is also the Chancellor of the University, stressed the need of adopting futuristic approach to develop academic as well as infrastructural development strategies for this first ever institution of its nature in the province. Both the government and the people, he added, had a great expectations from this university and expressed the confidence that it would come upto them. As a matter of fact the University has to act as a think tank for the government and come out with analytical and research based suggestions to help in policy formulation process, he added.
He said there is dire need to give full priority to research activities and extend fullest support and all possible incentives to the researchers. Highlighting the importance of quality education, he said, we must never compromise on this aspect and assured his fullest support to resolve financial constraints of the public sector medical colleges of the province. Meanwhile, the meeting was informed that the University has become fully functional and its institutional development process is in progress. However, efforts are also under way to chalk out concrete assessment techniques for evaluation of quality of knowledge, skills and attitude of all concerned.
On this occasion it was informed that 10 per cent of the total budgetary allocations of the University have been made mandatory for promotion of research activities. The meeting was further informed that a plot, measuring 100 kanals have been acquired in Peshawar for construction of permanent infrastructure of the University.-SANA