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Executive
Summary
The year 2011 was quite challenging for the higher education sector in general and for Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in
particular. Shrinking public exchequer and funds for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) made it difficult to achieve the set
targets. Even in such a crucial situation, QAU's performance was remarkable in research productivity, development and global
engagement.
In this era of innovation and technology, universities have to play a phenomenal role in nation building. Today HEIs are helping
nations in socio-economic uplift and intellectual growth. At QAU we are extending services with a vision to generate new
knowledge through high-quality research, and provision of international level education at affordable cost. The University is
also playing its role of transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy by providing solutions through research,
relevant to the national needs.
In 2011, QAU provided generous financial assistance to its students. During financial year 2010-11, the University distributed
Rs. 41 million among 2318 students and some new scholarships schemes were also initiated on merit as well as need basis.
Currently, 40%of the student body of QAU is beneficiary to such financial assistance.
The University has focused both on faculty and infrastructure development. Within the last two years, QAU has inducted 70
young PhDs who have recently completed their doctoral studies from technologically advanced countries. The University also
provided a number of faculty development opportunities to its young teachers. Almost 75%faculty members of the University
hold a PhD degree while there is a determination to achieve the target of 90%by 2020.
On the other hand, the University has successfully engaged philanthropists for the expansion of infrastructure. Establishment
of Saulat Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research is a worth-mentioning success story. Extension and
introduction of new schools including the School of Politics, School of Economics, School of Management Sciences, School of
Culture, School of Law, and Pharm-D Programmes are some the remarkable initiatives taken by the University.
The faculty members and scholars contributed extraordinarily for the generation of new knowledge. In 2011, the number of
research publications in impact factor journals reached up to 717. In addition, QAU faculty have frequently won research
grants from national and international organizations/funding agencies, which shows the presence of a vibrant community of
scientists and scholars at QAU.
During the year, the University has produced 105 PhDs in Natural and Biological Sciences as well as Social Sciences. The
University has been consistently producing over 100 PhDs annually providing the nation trained manpower, which is
extremely vital for its development and socio-economic uplift.
Annual Report
2011
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