QAU >>Planning and Development >> Future Plans

1. Establishment of school of media studies at qau.
Expected cost: Rs. 84.000 Million

Introduction:

Media Studies as part of Mass Communication Science is an influential and expanding area of learning and research within the social sciences. New technologies in broadcasting, telecommunications, print and other industries have revolutionized the way we exchange information, entertain and educate and communicate to understand each other.
Mass Media in Pakistan over the years has undergone a tremendous development phase, thus creating space for more newspapers and television channels and radio stations. The print media in Pakistan is almost totally private, while both the government and private sectors control electronic media. During the last decade, a large number of new both Urdu and English newspapers appeared on the horizon which created more readers as well as space for comparatively pluralistic thoughts.
In the media war at national and international front, Pakistan needs a media that can cater to its national needs to counter negativism about the people and the country. The socially responsible media under ‘Social Responsibility Theory’ of media, our media can protect democracy and norms of social justice. Amid this background, the proposed Media Studies centre at the university can offer a number of media related subjects around media development as currently, the syllabus of Mass Communications and Journalism as various state run universities seemed obsolete and there is a need to come up with subjects that cater to the digitally active media in Pakistan.
The Centre of Excellence for Media Studies would open up new avenues and spaces for research and research techniques and knowledge development and management on variety of subjects relating to media and communications. Pakistan lacks opportunities in media research. The Centre by building an interface with the media industry can create ample opportunities for its students and researchers and media can get research solutions from the Centre.

Objectives:

  • To promote Pakistani voice and perspective in the global media scene, to clear misconception about Pakistan’ society and the people.
  • To provide a forum for discussions on media developments and dissemination and share research findings on media subjects.
  • To embark on research and advanced studies in media and media-related fields. To promote cooperation and joint ventures with media organizations at local and international levels.
  • To promote and be involved in courses leading to graduate and post-graduate degrees in media and media-related fields.
  • To initiate and support intellectual partnerships across departments and academic units towards new collaborative research and scholarship, teaching, and outreach efforts.
  • To initiate and develop working liaisons among and between researchers and scholars, media professionals, educators, parents and others who work youth, as well as those in business and government, thereby increasing the relevance of our research and teaching efforts.
  • To address issues of public concern regarding media performance and to bring critical issues to the public’s attention. To involve the public in the Center’s programs and events.

Period of implementation
Planned commencement date: Fall 2011
Expected completion date: June 2016

 

2. Establishment of school of Law at qau.
Expected cost: Rs. 24.000 Million

Introduction:

Study of law enables citizens to understand their and other citizens’ rights, their responsibilities, states’ obligations and governments’ deliverance on the rights. The study of law distinguishes good from bad norms, nature of legal remedies amid conflicts of different nature. The legal education provides an opportunity for law graduates to practice law to help others seek justice. Legal education leads towards a legal practice and professional through which the practitioners earn their livelihood and help people seek justice and relief.
It is most significant to give a serious thought to set up a quality legal education centre, school or department at the Quaid-e-Azam University to cater to the growing needs of a quality legal education to ensure justice for the people and prepare them to enter a fully democratic society.
Being a state university with all logistics and brand, can take a lead in setting up any law schools, department and college. The University can attract leading jurists, lawyers and barristers in the federal capital as most of them practice in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. For quality legal degree level courses, a lot of students from whole of Pakistan would prefer any such facility at the QAU.

Objectives:

  • To provide quality legal education at the international highs standards
  • To focus on imparting legal knowledge, practice and petition drafting skills
  • To train students through mock legal session on extending legal arguments and counter arguments
  • To prepare youth to take on responsibilities to present Pakistan’s case at international legal forums such at WTO, World Intellectual Properly Organization (WIPO), other legal negotiations and arbitration level bodies (mostly in Geneva, Washington, etc)
  • To prepare a syllabus that suits legal profession’s needs in Pakistan’s context (both national and international)
  • To expand the substantive legal knowledge of students
  • To equip the students with legal professional skills;
  • To develop an academic methodology that commensurate with the requirements of practical legal training;
  • To prepare our students for competitive exams such as CSS, PCS and Judicial Services Exams
  • To refine the intellectual abilities of our students to ensure their eligibility for higher education abroad;
  • To nurture in our students the vision to uphold professionalism with a strong sense of leadership; and
  • To prepare our students for successful careers in multinational corporations, banks and other international organizations such as UNO, World Bank and IMF.

Period of implementation
Planned commencement date: Fall 2011
Expected completion date: June 2016