LAHORE - Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that our honorable existence in the world and to make level or cross the development achieved by the educated nations depends on our attention to spread the literacy. He was addressing participants of a dinner reception hosted in honor of the nine Prof of Emeritus appointed by the university. Vice-Chancellor University of Education Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar, Registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Chief Editor Daily Pakistan Mujeebur-Rehman Shami, renowned columnists Dr Ajmal Niazi, Haroon Rashid, former three Vice-Chancellors Dr Rafiq Ahmad, Sheikh Imtiaz Ali, Khayrat Ibne Rasa and Hafiz Ullah Niazi were also present. The Vice-Chancellor said recommendations were also being finalized for the appointment of more retired professors as Prof of Emeritus in recognition of their outstanding academic services. He said that out of 625 regular faculty members, the present strength of serving professors in the university is 87. He said all our efforts were geared towards enhancing the number of PhDs, which constitutes the backbone of any varsity. He said the average number of PhDs produced during the 17-year period from 1990 to 2007 was 41 only and that number was surpassed for the first time in history of the Punjab University during the last two years when 106 and 125 teachers did their PhDs during the years 2008 and 2009 respectively. Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Khawaja Zakria thanked the Vice-Chancellor and the syndicate members that they have appointed 09 eminent educationists as Professors of Emeritus in view of their outstanding scholarly contributions and added that they would spare no efforts in extending much-needed expert guidance and assistance to the faculty and students, which would help further to promote research pursuits and projects in the university. Dr Mujahid Kamran was concluding the ceremony of IER 3-day sports gala. He has stated that the Punjab University is not only making rapid strides in academic but in co-curricular activities too during the last two years. Dean Education Prof Dr Hafiz Iqbal, Director IER Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar and a large number of students were also present on the occasion. The Vice-Chancellor said students should take active part in sports events for proper grooming of their personalities. Due to encouragement and patronage of the present administration, the university students have won 32 team trophies and 146 individual prizes in the year 2009 as compared to 11 team trophies and 47 individual prizes secured during 2008, he added. He said it was the responsibility of different heads of departments to provide required facilities for polishing talent of students so that they should show remarkable performance in national and international sports competitions. Earlier, the Director IER Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, while presenting the welcome address, expressed her thanks to the Vice-Chancellor for his liberal financial support to hold the sports gala. Later Dr Mujahid Kamran gave away trophies to the students, who had shown extraordinary performance in different games. Seminar PU Department of Gender Studies in collaboration with US Consulate arranged a seminar on Womens Rights in Islam. Sofiya Ghori was guest speaker on the occasion. She has done a joint Jurist Doctorate and Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas and served in different state departments. She also remained the South Asia Policy Analyst at the United States. Students of the Gender Studies showed their keen interest in the lecture and asked questions about Pak-US relations and specifically about Muslim women in international perspective.