HYDERABAD: Sindh Agri­culture University (SAU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Fateh Marri has urged SAU scholars who have done their PhDs from Chinese and other universities to submit their research proposals in the fields of environment, livestock, agriculture and climate change to be forwarded to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in line with the commission’s directives.

Addressing SAU scholars here on Friday, he said the projects would be submitted for joint research under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreements. He said SAU had been selected among the universities whose scholars would conduct research.

He said that under the CPEC agreement, there were opportunities for joint research on different proposals with various Chinese universities. Opportunities were available for experts to benefit from it, which would not only improve reputation of the institution, but also change their financial situation, he said.

He said experts should prepare their research proposals within a week.

He said that as per HEC guidelines, consortia of Chinese and Pakistani universities were formed in various fields, including agriculture, livestock, environment, energy, social sciences, information technology, including the name of SAU from Sindh.

SAU scholars with PhD from Chinese, other varsities urged to oblige HEC

Dr Abdullah Arijo, academic adviser to the VC, said funds for research projects were estimated at around Rs50m while in exceptional cases, budget went up to Rs100m.

The scholars reiterated that projects would be prepared in relevant fields for the development of the university and scholars of university had a lot of potential.

Dr Qamaruddin Chachar, Dr Aijaz Ahmad Khoonharo and heads of various departments, postgraduate scholars from different departments, also spoke.

Published in Dawn, February 27th, 2021

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