Rawalpindi - The academic Council of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) has approved establishment of Institute of Geographic Information System (GIS) and also recommended special seats for the students of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The 54th meeting of the academic council was held under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad at main campus, informed varsity spokesman yesterday.

Senior faculty members, teaching heads, librarian, registrar, deans of faculties, directors of institutes and controller examination attended the meeting. While chairing the meeting, Dr Ahmad said that strong academic section plays a vital role to achieve defined goals in the domain of higher education. He said that scholarships, hostel accommodations, transport, laboratories, libraries, classrooms etc and other facilities are also increased and upgraded keeping in view the increasing number of students in wake of these new programmes.

According to details, the academic council after thorough discussions had given approval of PhD in remote sensing & GIS, MS remote sensing & GIS, BS geo-informatics under the newly established institute of GIS. Under the prime minister’s directive, in a meeting it was also decided that one seat in each faculty will be reserved for Afghan students.

Being an agricultural university, the council also approved that one agriculture course should be part of every degree programme of the university.

The Academic Council also approved amendments and additions to the courses of various academic programmes and took various decisions on the improvement of the degree programmes at the campus. The meeting also endorsed the minutes of last 53rd meeting of the academic council.

At the end, the vice-chancellor thanked all the members for their participation and the valuable contribution made by them in the meeting.