A delegation of Senior officials of COMSATS University Islamabad led by the Rector Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar was invited to call on the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad.
The later in the capacity of Chancellor of the University was apprised about the university's key challenges and achievements by the Rector. Prof Dr. Raheel Qamar impressed upon the President to address some pressing issues regarding formulation of the University Senate, also ensuring representation of the university faculty.
He also informed the President about the challenges of strained funding that the university has been facing and the measures of austerity adopted to address the resource constraint. Dr. Alvi opined that CUI must remain as a top notch institution of the country, develop collaborations for joint degree programs with foreign universities as well as employ new virtual technologies to address the issue of teacher shortage. He said that in order to make the university graduates employable, avenues of bringing the industry on board various academic bodies needs to be enhanced.
The President emphasized that promotion of education is among the priority of the Government. He underscored that focus should be laid down creating knowledge capital and technological know-how to enable Pakistan to join the ranks of advance countries. Moreover, he added that the culture of research and development should be promoted in higher educational institution. He also stressed the need for open source knowledge sharing so that developing countries could also timely benefit from the modern research.
The President proposed that new campuses of COMSATS should also be established in Sindh and Balochistan. He directed the management of COMSATS to utilize data of BISP in awarding stipend to the deserving students. He also congratulated the management of COMSATS for its up gradation from an institute to the university through an Act of the Parliament. Dr. Alvi said that it was imperative for the University Senate to meet and deliberate on rules for key statutory positions in order to take the university to new heights and speed up the framing of Rules and Regulations.
Also present in the meeting were senior officials from the President House and Ms. Yasmin Masud, Federal Secretary of Science & Technology.