Monday, June 18, 2018

Research Productivity Awards - 2016

217 Faculty members received Research Productivity Awards worth of Rs. 3.57 Million

A graceful ceremony for the distribution of Research Productivity Awards was held at campus on 13 April for the research contributions made by the faculty of Lahore campus during year 2016. A total of 217 faculty members received the awards. The awards were distributed by the Honourable Rector CUI , Professor Dr. Raheel Qamar, Tamgha-e- Imtiaz.

Professor Dr. Qaisar Abbas, Director of Lahore campus, Professor Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Farooqui, Head of Academics and Research, and Professor Dr. Asad Hussain, Dean of Faculty of Information Technology were also present at the occasion. Beside senior management and academic leaders of the Institute a large number faculty members and guests attended the ceremony. A total of Rs. 3,568,000 were awarded to 217 researchers of Lahore campus

Working in a higher education academic institution, we all know that we live in a “Research or perish” world for multiple reasons. First, it is a survival tool for academics in a higher education institute. Secondly, research productivity is the main ingredient to gauge the ranking of a higher education institution. Thirdly and most importantly, research plays an important role in bringing about substantial sustainable developmental changes in societies through influencing and guiding policy making. Providing a research oriented culture to its employees has always been a priority of COMSATS University Islamabad and we are constantly endeavoring to improve it even further. CUI Lahore is making a lot of efforts in providing a research conducive environment to its faculty for healthy and productive research practices on campus. To meet the recent challenges of global research networking and collaboration, HEC is explicitly playing a key role in boosting the research culture in Pakistan by streamlining their processes and providing necessary funds under various research programs. Funding and facilitation provided by HEC and the ORIC office of CUI are highly acknowledged and appreciated.

By the grace of Almighty Allah, the motivation of our visionary leadership and untiring efforts of our faculty and staff, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore campus has displayed a remarkable achievement in research by producing more than 2400 research publications during the period between 2011 and 2017. Not only this, CUI Lahore campus fraternity has been able to win 87 funded projects worth of 183 Million rupees.

Lahore campus has outstanding researchers in almost every department and research contributions are coming from all corners. In the year 2016,the Department of Physics produced 154 research papers followed by 134 papers published by IRCBM and 115 papers by the Department of Mathematics. Similarly Chemical Engineering contributed 76 research papers , Computer Science published 31 papers, Electrical Engineering produced 25 papers, Management Sciences published 24 papers, Energy Research Centre published 12 papers, Department of Statistics published 8 research papers, and last but not the least, the Humanities department published 4 papers. Moreover, the faculty of Lahore campus have been able to register a number of patents which include four patents of IRCBM granted, another eight are already filed and 2 are in process. Similarly two patents have been granted to the Chemistry department whereas four have been filed that are expected to be granted this year. Physics department has also submitted one patent which is in the process of evaluation

In addition, the newly established Centre of Islamic Finance has started publishing COMSATS Journal of Islamic Finance of which four issues have been published so far. From the platform of this Center, a text book of Islamic Finance has also been published. Similarly, a number of research oriented events have also been organized at Lahore campus that include International Conferences in Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Management Sciences, Islamic Finance and Peace, Violence and Conflict Resolution to name a few. Faculty members regularly participate in research events outside the Institute regularly and present their research findings in national and International forums. A good number of faculty members are routinely invited by other institutions as Key Note speakers. The most satisfying aspect of Lahore campus is that the faculty is always aiming high. With the opening of Pharmacy, Chemistry and Media Studies departments it is anticipated that in the coming years Lahore campus of CUI will be able to contribute more than any other University in Pakistan. IN SHA ALLAH

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