LAHORE Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that we can help lift our varsitys position in global rankings by setting targets for 1500 faculty members besides launching an organised PhD programmes in the university. But this would require huge additional funding which will have to be generated right from today. He expressed these views in a letter addressed to all national universities heads here on Sunday. He also invited proposals from faculty members on the subject at the earliest. PU vice chancellor also called upon faculty members to set targets for future direction of the universities and persistently strive for their attainment by putting their heads together and joining hands as a single fraternity in order to lift this institution of higher learning to an enviable pedestal and for saving future of 185 million inhabitants of the country in coming decades. The VC stressed the need that if the Punjab University fails, Pakistan is bound to fail but if PU takes off, Pakistan is bound to take off as well. Continuity and ownership of developmental activities can only be ensured for the country if targets are set after consultation with academic community. Thus we have a huge responsibility on our shoulders which we are duty-bound to meet with fullest energy, genuine spirit and commitment, he added. Dr Kamran said the present administration has paid special attention to PhD and faculty development programmes so that the entire faculty possesses PhD degrees for training young graduates in the art of research to promote creation of new knowledge which can truly be termed as the backbone of any varsity. There are currently 30,000 students at PU with 896 regular and contractual faculty members, out of which only 298 are PhDs. As against this, the Manchester University with a student body of 35000, has 3900 faculty members and a PhD population close of 5800.