A Talk on "How to Select a Supervisor” was held at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Vehari campus on June 2, 2017 at 10:00 am. The talk is part of seminar series, organized under the program “Information Seminars for Higher Studies Abroad” with the objective to educate and orient CIIT prospective candidates with respect to selecting, financing and applying for higher studies abroad.
The purpose of the seminar was to educate the young faculty members and students on the importance of selecting a supervisor. Dr. Abu Bakr Umer Farooq from the Department of Environmental Sciences, Vehari campus shared his experiences and views on the issue.
Dr. Abu Bakr Umer Farooq received his PhD from Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan, China and majored in Molecular plant pathology. He did his MSc and BSc from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Currently he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Vehari campus. Previously he has also worked at the Department of Bioinformatics, International Islamic University, Islamabad.
The talk started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and was followed by the presentation. Dr. Abu Bakr Umer Farooq highlighted different aspects in selecting a supervisor. The speaker pointed out that two basic traits are essential in a PhD supervisor (a) excellent scientific knowledge with sound ethical practices (b) good mentorship abilities. The speaker also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of young, midcareer and senior level supervisors. A
copy of the presentation is uploaded at the CIIT blog.
A good number of participants attended the session and keenly paid attention to the talk. Dr. Khair-uz-Zaman, Director, Vehari Campus also attended the session and appreciated the importance of the talk and concluded “hard work and perseverance are the two keys to success”. The audience acknowledged the usefulness of the information provided by the speaker.
The talk was organized by Directorate of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development in collaboration with the CIIT, Vehari campus.
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