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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

This article was posted on 3rd June 2016 at Dr. Msaifur Rehman's Word Press blog

This is very simple rule “if you do not plan, you actually plan to fail”. I have observed that the management is the most common knowledge that we apply in our daily lives. We consciously or sub-consciously plan and execute our routine tasks. However, we can learn and apply better planning and management tools these days. PhD is the solo target objective of PhD scholars, thus, it need better planning and management. Today’s PhD scholars will be university faculty members tomorrow. In a time of extreme and continuously increasing competition, the rules of Quality apply to your PhD studies. Two most common features of a quality PhD could be well in time and standard (a parameter of number and quality of publications) degree.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has adopted revised criteria for faculty appointment in universities. At the moment, HEC is using two parallel criteria (http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/QALI/QADivision/Documents/Engineering,%20IT,%20and%20Computing%20discplines_July_2013.pdf ); 1st one based on total years of experience and 2nd one based on post PhD experience.  Fresh PhDs can be appointed as Assistant Professors without any experience. However to be Associate Professor, one needs to possess either 10 years of total experience with 10 publications in at least HEC recognized journals or 5 years of post PhD experience. Similarly to be a Professor, one needs to possess either 15 years of total experience with 15 publications in at least HEC recognized journals or 10 years of post PhD experience.

However HEC has intended to revise its criteria from 2020 where to be an Associate Professor, one needs to possess either 10 years of total experience (out of which at least 4 years should be post PhD) with 10 publications in at least HEC recognized journals or 5 years of post PhD experience. Similarly to be a Professor, one needs to possess either 15 years of total experience (out of which at least 8 years should be post PhD) with 15 publications in at least HEC recognized journals or 10 years of post PhD experience. In this revised scenario, the pre PhD experience will become less valuable. Only those PhD scholars will get great benefit of timely vertical promotion who will finish their PhDs as early as possible. So, if you want to complete your PhD degree, you need to properly plan and execute your tasks during PhD time flow. (Read More)

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