Pak research publications up by 50pc

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has witnessed an impressive 50 per cent increase in the number of research publications during the last two years, going up from 3939 to 6200 in the higher education sector of Pakistan. This has been the second highest increase worldwide.

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Scimago, the worlds leading research database, forecast that if this research trend from Pakistan continues, by 2018 Pakistan would move ahead 26 notches in world ranking, from 43 to 27, and for the first time ever, will cross Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand in Asia.

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The number of PhD faculty at public universities has also increased by almost 50 per cent, from 4,203 to 6,067 in the last two years alone.

“About 10 to 15 scholars are completing their PhDs every week and are being placed by HEC at the universities under Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs Programme (IPFP),” said the spokesman of HEC.

Currently, there are hundreds of fresh foreign PhDs currently inducted by HEC into various universities across the country.

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“Universities were important producers of knowledge and research that leads to innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, the HEC Chairperson, while commenting on this development.

He said that the HEC is encouraging research and ensuring proper utilisation of the manpower being trained in fields relevant to the socio-economic development of Pakistan.

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