Rawalpindi:Dr. Samina Amin Qadir assumed charge as vice-chancellor of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) last week. She is not new to the university as she has been associated with it since 2000 when she was deputed as an associate professor. Since then, she has been planning, designing and teaching courses in the departments of English, Education and Communication Studies. In 2005, she was given an additional charge of the registrar’s office.
Earlier, Dr. Samina Amin Qadir was a lecturer in the Department of English at the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, from 1978 to 1983. Then she went to Bahauddin Zakaria University in Multan as a lecturer.
Her academic qualifications include a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University, England; M.Ed in TEFL from University of Wales College of Cardiff, Wales, UK; Masters in English Literature from University of Punjab and Bachelors in Arts from University of Punjab.
Talking to journalists here on Wednesday, the vice-chancellor said that the major issue faced by the university is lack of hostel facility. The university has only one hostel in which only 70 students are residing. The other 12 private hostels are obtained on rent by the university in which at least 800 girls are residing. “This year, the university has a plan to build a hostel on its premises for 350 students and faculty members hailing from far-flung areas,” she said.
Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said that instead of building new departments “we are currently focusing on developing and consolidating the existing departments”. The focus would be on multiple degrees in the same subject. “Our existing state-of-the-art laboratories could help students in acquiring master’s degrees in other science related subjects in near future. “We need to update the existing departments instead of going for the new ones in haste. The university plans to start more M.Phil programmes in near future,” she said.
The vice chancellor said that development work on the new campus at Chakri would start soon as the plan has been finalised and the boundary walls have been built. “We are just waiting for the funding from the Punjab government,” she said.
The vice-chancellor was of the opinion that in the upcoming rating of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) the ranking of the FJWU would improve “because 28 of our faculty members who had gone abroad for their PhDs would come back”.
She said that the university is providing a daycare facility where 23 kids are being taken care of. In addition to this, healthcare is also provided to students in the university where nurses and doctors are present.The news.