|Chancellor||Governor of the Punjab|
|Location||Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan|
Ghazi University (Urdu: غازی یونیورسٹی) is a university in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan. Ghazi University was established at Dera Ghazi Khan in 2012 on the initiative of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
In 1998, with the vision to improve the academic facilities in remote areas of Punjab, the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad opened its Sub-Campus "College of Agriculture" at DG Khan. Later in 2004, following the same principle the BZU also established its Sub-Campus at DG Khan. However, after long run efforts of the campuses and district administration, on July 11, 2014 the College of Agriculture DG Khan, BZU Sub-campus, Postgraduate Degree College and Ghazi Medical College were given the status of Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan.
The university has an administration office at College of Agriculture D G Khan, near the airport.Vice Chancellor Commissioner of D. G. Khan has given additional charge of Ghazi University V.C since 11.06.2014 and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (Principal College of Agriculture D. G Khan) has been appointed as Project Director. The Vice Chancellor has appointed Prof. Dr. Najeeb Haider Malghani (Principal Post Graduate College D. G Khan) as Registrar and Mr. Nadeem Iqbal Ahmadani (Lecturer BZU D. G Khan Campus) as Treasurer of the University. The Punjab government has ordered reconstitution of four educational institutes of Dera Ghazi Khan, including Bahauddin Zakariya University sub-campus as Ghazi University DG Khan.
The employees of these institutions have also been absorbed in the new university.
According to a Punjab government letter (No19-1/2011) issued on June 19, the Government Postgraduate College for Boys, College of Agriculture, DG Khan Campus of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, BZU DG Khan’s sub-campus and Ghazi Khan Medical College have been reconstituted in accordance with the Ghazi University Act 2012.
“The property owned or possessed and all rights and all interests held or enjoyed and all liabilities subsisting against government postgraduate college for boys, college of agriculture, BZU sub-campus and Ghazi Medical College subject to provisions of University of Health Sciences Ordinance 2002 (Ordinance LVII of 2002) shall stand transferred to the university,” the Article 3(6) of the Ghazi University Act said.
The Article 3(7) of the Act states that all employees, regular or on contract based, serving in these four institutions shall stand absorbed in the service of the university, except those who are working in such colleges or sub-campuses on deputation with or without deputation allowance.
Ghazi University Registrar Dr Najeeb Haidar said all the four institutions were reconstituted when the Act was passed by the provincial assembly in 2012.
He said the university was made functional on June 11, 2014, when the Vice Chancellor Islamia University Bahawalpur Dr Muhammad Mukhtar took over the acting charge of the Ghazi University’s vice chancellor.He said so far the new varsity had more than 7,000 students who were already enrolled with these four institutions.
“The number of faculty members was over 200, out of which about 40 are PhD and more than 50 are M.Phil” he said.
He said besides continuing the existing programmes, the university would also initiate new ones.
Dr Haider said the feasibility report regarding introduction of PhD and M.Phil classes was being prepared on the direction of the vice chancellor.
The following functional institutions have been absorbed in the Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan:
- College of Agriculture, DG Khan Sub-Campus University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
- Bahauddin Zakariya University's sub-campus D.G.Khan
- Government Postgraduate College, Dera Ghazi Khan
To orient students with professional knowledge internships are arranged for them. Programs that are being conducted are MBA, BBA (morning and evening), MBA Executive, MBA-IT, MCS, MSc Economics and MA English. Recently the campus added a new program of MSc Sociology. Programs like BS(CS), BS(IT), MIT and MCS (evening) are inplans. Along with new programs, the university is thinking about starting new departments like Biotechnology, Statistics, Environmental Studies, Mass Communication and Performing Arts.
The goal of the Ghazi University has always been to produce quality rather than quantity. The focus has always been to develop close liaison with the industry. For this, regular industrial visits have been arranged and this will continue. Eminent speakers who are regional and national business leaders are invited for regular seminars.
The university is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer lab. The lab includes the facility of HEC Digital library. Soon a new computer lab with latest machines will be established with high speed DSL. The university in the near future will be operating on Wi-Fi technology. Moreover, videoconferencing will be available to the students.
The library includes of Ghazi University D.G.Khan all reference books of the courses that are being conducted as well as other books. Up-gradation of the library is in process. Students will be provided with the latest edition of well-reputed journals.
A unique joint degree program with international universities is under consideration. This would greatly improve the academic as well as the communication skills of the students.
- University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
- Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
- Ghazi Khan Medical College
- "Punjab Assembly: Ghazi University Bill among eight passed". The Express Tribune. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
- GoP. 2014. Merging notification