Amid the pandemic, the University of Sargodha in its first syndicate meeting of the year 2020, endorsed significant decisions after thorough deliberations in the presence of the chair Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad and other syndicate members on July 27.
The house was briefed about the sustainable measures approved by the academic council for the smooth transition of online education while ensuring quality and transparency intact during the challenging times of academic closure.
Despite the financial burden on the institution due to the lockdown, the syndicate unanimously gave the verdict for the allocation of surplus budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 without incurring financial burden on students; approved the online education policy adopted by the academic council; endorsed the decisions of Selection Boards for the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff to improve quality teaching and service delivery; granted the status of Emeritus Professor to Retd Prof Dr Nawaz Tahir in recognition of his services to the higher education, and approved 'Endowment Fund Rules 2020' for broadening the horizon of knowledge and research.
To meet the growing perpetual financial needs of the University and to supplement its revenues for advancement in educational and research activities, the Syndicate considered the 'Endowment Fund Rules-2020' that were formulated during the meeting of Finance and Planning Committee.
Amid the financial crunch due to soaring rise in inflation, uncertain income from the student fee, and unexpected cuts in government grants, the University, through endowment funds would be able to strengthen its existing programs and research activities required to expand its institutional and academic profile according to the rules and regulations enunciated in Endowment Fund Rules-2020.
The Funds would be utilized to provide support for the smooth running of the affairs of the Institute and promote the educational and research objectives.
In recognition of the scholarly contribution in higher education, the syndicate granted the status of Professor Emeritus to Dr Muhammad Nawaz Tahir, the retired professor in the Department of Physics.
Dr Tahir is an eminent scientist, a renowned scholar, and a distinguished researcher. His research proficiencies were acknowledged at all the highest forums, and he was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2011. With almost 750 publications at his disposal, he was conferred upon the Research Productivity Award by the Pakistan Council for Science & Technology during the years 2011 to 2015.
Dr Tahir rendered his services at various levels and led different committees and councils during his stay at Sargodha University since 2004. He has expertise in the monotonous and complex arena of Crystallography/Material Sciences.
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