Directorate of Academics

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan is striving for excellence in academics at the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Pakistan through development, review, and monitoring of academic curricula & policies in line with International best practices, and market needs.

Directorate of Academics at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur has been established with the objective to collaborate with the academic departments for development of curricula in line with international best practices, market needs, and requirements of accreditation bodies for different degree programs, and to ensure their effective implementation at the University level. The office also provides guidelines for review of curricula, and the dissemination of directions of the competent authority, academic council, and the syndicate for enforcement of highest academic standards for excellence in teaching and learning.

The directoratealso mandates to ensureimplementation of academic regulations and policies, development and execution of academic calendar through proper monitoring system, review and update of academic programs, start of new programs in anticipation of emerging needs and preparation of future forecasts. The office coordinates with teaching departments for review and update of infrastructure including laboratories and classrooms, planning and execution of trainings for faculty, and internships / teaching assistantships for PhD scholars to ensure quality teaching and research reflecting the highest international educational and research standards matching with the world’s best universities.

VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES

MISSION

Develop, review and monitor academic curricula & policies in line with international best practices, market needs and requirements of accreditation bodies and ensure their effective implementation.

VISION

To develop the Directorate of Academics into a dynamic academic management office for ensuring the highest academic standards of excellence in teaching and learning.

OBJECTIVE

To collaborate with the academic departments for development, review, and monitoring of academic curricula & policies in line with International best practices, market needs, and requirements of accreditation bodies for different degree programs, and to ensure their effective implementation at the University level.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIRECTORATE OF ACADEMICS

The directorate of Academics mandates to perform following functions:

  1. Coordination with teaching departments in all academic matters including board of studies for the development and revision of curricula, review and update of scheme of studies, uniformity in course codes, and implementation of rules & regulations and directives of the competent authority, and higher bodies.
  2. Framing and update of semester rules and regulations for the University according to requirements.
  3. Semester planning and development of University academic calendar, and to ensure the harmony in the admissions, and examination schedules.
  4. Coordination with all stakeholders for planning & implementation of admission process.
  5. Development and maintenance of students’ enrolment management system.
  6. Issuance of student registration number and provision of data for student ID cards.
  7. Timetable management and ensuring of classes and academic internships.

  8. Planning and implementation of teaching aids i.e. utilization of faculty offices, labs and lecture rooms / lecture theatres

  9. Development of new programs according to market needs& incorporation of new courses in the syllabi according to University requirements (Annexure 1) in collaboration with teaching departments.
  10. Addition of general education & University required courses according to modern needs / instructions of the Government in the curriculum.
  11. To keep liaison with Government bodies such as HEC, PHEC, and other departments for implementation of academic policies regarding curriculum development, standards of education, enrolment issues, and admission process, etc.
  12. Coordination in Faculty Development Programs of the University and ensuring faculty trainings.
  13. To facilitate the prospectus / Admission committee and Public Relations Office in publication of University prospectus, and annual reports.
  14. Preparation of statistical reports regarding student/teacher ratio, creation of harmony among teaching departments for deployment of services of teaching staff, uniformity in courses offered, and selection of visiting / part time faculty in case of deficiency as per demands of teaching departments.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE – THE ORGANOGRAM
DIRECTOR – ACADEMICS
DR. MAQSHOOF AHMAD

Dr. Maqshoof Ahmad obtained his PhD degree in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Post-Doctoral Research training was received from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany.

Dr. Maqshoof is young Scientist who enjoys excellent reputationamong his fellow scientists at National and International level due to his novel research achievements.He is working as Associate Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry in the Department of Soil Science, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. As Soil Microbiologist, his major focus is on development of biofertilizers for improving crop growth under changing climate. The major research areas are plant growth promoting bacteria, endophytic bacteria as biopesticides, biological nitrogen fixation, study of microbial community structure and diversity, harnessing soil-plant-microbe interactions for improving crop yields, and bioremediation of contaminated soils for sustainable agriculture and environment.

Regarding research, he has established Soil Microbiology and Biotechnology Laboratory at Department of Soil Science, IUB, through competitive grant from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and won nine (09) research projects of worth more than PKR 27 million, as PI, Co-PI and collaborating scientist funded by National and International organizations including Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI), USA, BMZ, Germany, and EFS-UAF. He has published more than seventy research papers with cumulative impact factor of more than 75 and over 1500 citations, and eleven book chapters. He delivered several orals talks in International/National Conferences. He has also visited Germany, Austria, Turkey and Thailand for research purpose.

Dr. Ahmad is recipient of Research Productivity Award from Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST), Government of Pakistan. Two PhD scholars and 09 M.Sc. (Hons.) Soil Science students have successfully completed their degrees under his supervision and research of five PhD scholars is in progress. He is also life & executive member of the Soil Science Society of Pakistan, and regular member of American Society of Microbiology. He is editor of Microbiology Journal. Earlier, he has also served as Manager, Research Operations and Development, ORIC-IUB, and has experience to work in different capacities at department level as Member Departmental Admission Committee, Secretary (member) Departmental Research Committee, Incharge Examination of the Department, Member Board of Faculty in Science, QEC representative in the Department, Member Departmental Purchase Committee, Incharge Time Table & Library Incharge.