University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has announced 20 scholarships to study abroad for varsity’s teaching staff to enhance their capacity building that will help provide more quality education to students. This was stated by UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while addressing a meeting of all lecturers of UAF at New Senate Hall UAF here. The objective of the meeting was to listen and resolving the problems of the young lecturers in addition to mapping out a strategy for the uplift of the quality of education at university. The vice chancellor urged the lecturers to work with more devotion by leaving no stone unturned so as to produce quality students as the lectures were the basic unit of the university.
He said that three years ago the university had only 99 lecturers but now this number has risen to 230 because 131 new lecturers were inducted during the said tenure In welcome address, Professor Dr Jalal Arif Principal Officer Public Relations and Publication UAF said that the meeting will help devise a comprehensive plan for more improvement in education at campus. Earlier, while addressing the Assistant Professor’s meeting as a chief guest held at New Senate Hall of the university. Dr Iqrar urged the young scientists to explore new avenues as a global researcher as a lot of funding opportunities were available in various funding agencies and global universities in many disciplines. He said that the Australian Nobel Laureate in Microbiology Mr. Berry Marshal has agreed to supervise PhD & post doctoral scholars from the UAF and he asked the young faculty members to enhance their capacity under the supervision of the said Nobel prize winner.
Dr Iqrar said due to highest standard of education & research, the number of research projects being run by the university’s scientists has increased fourfold during the last three years as in the said tenure, the UAF have won 214 external funded projects worth of Rs. 1085 million as compare to 70 projects worth 200 million three years back.