PHEC, GCU ink MoU on PhD scholarship programme

LAHORE:June 10:Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Government College University (GCU) signed an MoU here on Friday to launch International Split PhD Scholarship Programme for the faculty of public sector colleges and universities of Punjab. PHEC Chairman Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin and GCU Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah signed the 33-point MoU regarding funding, eligibility criteria and other initial standard operating procedures for the new international programme. According to the Split PhD programme, the selected teachers would spend a year at the leading foreign universities for their research work at the government funding, which includes all their expenses, including admission fee, stipend, book allowance, medical, travelling cost and settlement allowances etc. However, the PhD scholars would complete their two-year coursework at GCU Lahore, where foreign faculty would also be invited for conducting workshops under the programme. According to the accord, the PHEC would initially provide six scholarships worth Rs28.92 million for the year 2017-18 for the launching of a pilot Split PhD Scholarship Programme in the fields Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. The GCU Lahore would advertise the Split PhD Programme and would process all the admissions. However, a Joint Selection Committee comprising representatives of GCU Lahore and PHEC will shortlist the candidates based on the approved criteria. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nizamuddin said the Split PhD programme aimed to maximise opportunities for higher learning and research for the teachers of public sector higher education institutions. “We are determined to enhance the capacity of the faculty of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by offering them an international exposure and funding their studies at top-ranked international partner universities,” said the chairperson. Prof Nizam said PHEC intended to scale up the programme with GCU next year and was also planning to extend it to other universities of Punjab in next phase to meet the shortage of qualified PhD faculty especially in the fields of social sciences and arts in the colleges and universities of Punjab. Vice-Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said the International Split PhD Scholarship Programme would help to refine the research culture at local universities. “The faculty members would get an opportunity to study at top-ranked universities and would be engaged in research activities with foreign and local experts,” said the vice-chancellor. He said that GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran and PHEC DG (Quality Assurance) Muhammad Anees Sadozai are appointed as the focal persons to ensure the smooth and timely implementation of the programme. GCU Academic Planning and External Links Director Ms Fouzia Shahin said the eligibility criteria for the scholarship had been defined in the MoU, according to which applicant must be less than 45 years of age and regular faculty member of any higher education institution in Punjab having minimum 3.0 CGPA in MS/MPhil Degree Programme.Daily Times.

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