LAHORE:14 August: Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab on Monday issued notification of appointment of vice chancellors (VCs) of three public sector universities of the province. Punjab University’s Dean of Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar has been appointed as VC of University of Okara. He earned his doctorate from Germany and won various prestigious international research awards including Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (Stony Brook University, USA), Unesco award on poverty reduction, Robert McNamara Fellowship, and Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (Germany). Dr Zakar was also DAAD Guest-Professor at the Department of Public Health Medicine, University of Bielefeld, Germany from 2010-2012. His research interests include violence and conflict in developing countries, sociology of health and illness, involuntary displacement and resettlement, gender and development, sociology of religion, health and human rights. He has published more than 60 research papers in international impact factor journals and has supervised 30 PhDs. In recognition of his excellent teaching and research contributions, government of Pakistan has conferred upon him “Presidential Pride of Performance” in 2015. Prof Dr Muhammad Tufail has been appointed as VC of Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan while Prof Dr Muhammad Nasir Afzal as VC of University of Sahiwal.The news.