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Lahore: 17th March, 2017, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Lahore has established Research Promotion Fund to develop research culture in the University. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar told that seed money of Rupees 10 million has been allocated for this purpose and the annual grant (recurring) released by Federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) will be made part of this fund. Finance and Planning Committee, in her meeting, approved the establishment of this fund. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar said that Research Promotion Fund will be used for research projects, conferences, workshops, seminars, travel grant, printing of research journals, publication fee and incentive for research publications.

Vice Chancellor added that research grant/ incentive committee,under her chair, will allocate funds for different purposes on case to case basis. Director Research has prepared TORs for smooth running of the fund.

VC told that university has reduced fee at PhD level that will also support research culture in Varsity and would attract more and more students to become research scholars. She directed director research to immediately issue research grant for existing research scholars of LCWU.

VC said that with the support of faculty, she would strive hard to bring LCWU among top 500 universities of the world while her emphasis will be on the academic excellence and research advancement.

Dr. Kausar said that Punjab government has given a comprehensive roadmap to the public sector universities to help raising their overall institutional standards according to universal requirements. Developing research standard will help Pakistan to develop knowledge-economy and produce various new economic-opportunities to alleviate poverty at the grassroots.

She said that faculty should also strive to transcend traditional disciplinary limitations in pursuit of intellectual fusion and develop a supportive culture of academic enterprise and knowledge-entrepreneurship. LCWU must also be prepared to deliver higher education and promote creative thinking in students.

VC emphasized to work creatively and help transform students to emerge as even greater forces of societal transformation. Dr. Kausar added that the university education is a critical component of human development world-wide. An educated populace is vital in today's world of 21st century, with the convergent impacts of globalization, the increasing importance of knowledge as a main driver of growth and the information and communication revolution.