Over a thousand Pakistani PhDs have been placed in public and private sector universities across the country as assistant professors under the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) interim placement of fresh PhDs programme (IPFP).
The 1,041 new professors hold doctorates in a diverse range of speciality areas, including water resource management, biotechnology, food engineering, animal nutrition, biochemistry, nanochemistry and nanocatalysis, plasma physics, supply chain management, water resource engineering, cell biology, civil & environmental engineering, fish molecular biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, high energy physics, biomedical textiles, leadership, culture & social preferences, geophysics, mathematics, computer sciences, business education, social sciences, humanities, environmental sciences and biomedical textiles.
These scholars have been employed for a period of one year with a salary package of Rs104,000 per month. According to the HEC statement, the PhDs may be hired on a permanent basis after the completion of their tenure through the normal selection process of the host institution. The HEC will also offer these scholars a startup research grant of Rs0.5 million upon joining the host institutions. So far, the IPFP programme has processed around 1,416 applications while 233 applicants are at different stages of placement.
IPFP provides to all Pakistani fresh PhD graduates an opportunity to be placed as assistant professors for up to one year, said an official. Qualified applicants are placed in universities to offer them a fair chance of absorption on permanent posts through the normal selection process within the one year contract period, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2012.