Professor-less Universities in Pakistan

PIDE Knowledge Brief No. 44:2021
Publication Year : 2021

GLOBALLY, UNIVERSITIES ARE ABOUT PROFESSORS ENGAGED IN RESEARCH, BUT IT IS COMMON TO THINK OF UNIVERSITIES AS MERE BUILDINGS WITHOUT PROFESSORS AND IDEAS IN PAKISTAN

Professors are serious scholars with international recognition and verifiable fresh ideas in their discipline’s discourse. In Pakistan, a professor is a graded official with several publications leading to no discourse. We value all PhDs equally and measure publications by commercial measures, not the quality of ideas or discourse. Given global connotations, ‘professorship’ denotes excellence or distinction. The rank of professor represents the highest academic grade, and someone with the highest scholarly achievements is usually promoted to the rank of professor (Leeds, 2021). The instructional effectiveness of the faculty members is one of the important drivers of students’ success (Jankowski, 2017). A teacher’s approach to teaching and learning impacts whether students’ learning occurred at a surface level or deeper (Jankowski, 2017). In Pakistan, politicians seek to please their constituency by building universities regardless of professors or quality. They focus on “brick and mortar.” HEC guidelines for a university, too, are focused on land and hardware. There is no requirement of professors or quality. Consequently, universities in Pakistan are not successful in imparting quality education and thus awarding extremely poor-quality degrees to students.

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