LAHORE: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Niaz Ahmed has vowed to increase research productivity of PU and restore its academic excellence. He urged the teachers to focus on quality and economic impact research and the administration would extend full support to them in this regard.

Talking to the faculty members during his visit to various departments at New Campus on Monday, Dr Niaz Ahmed said that universities were meant for creation of new knowledge. He said that if universities were not creating knowledge, it meant universities were not functioning and ultimately we would not survive.

He said that PU would play its active role for the socio-economic development of the country. He said that the administration would also focus on improving quality of PU graduates. He said that in order to enhance research productivity, the administration would fulfil faculty positions strictly on merit basis.

The VC PU said that the administration would not compromise over quality of faculty members while making appointments because it was unjust with the institution as well as the nation to make any unfair appointment. He said that there would be no violation of merit in PU and rule of law would reflect in all university affairs.

Prof Dr Niaz said that the administration would improve academic and research culture in PU to match the standards of top-ranked universities in the world. He advised the faculty members to respect and support each other.

 He also inaugurated Chemical Reaction Engineering Lab at Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology. The faculty members congratulated the vice chancellor on his appointment and said that now their long-standing issues would be resolved because of Dr Niaz’s competent leadership and experience.