Draft policy for research journals analyzed

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The directorate of quality enhancement, University of Peshawar held a meeting to discuss the draft policy for improving the scope of research journal` s recognition by the Higher Education Commission.

Twenty University Journals published by various departments were under discussion in the meeting, to make it in line with the HEC standards and update its category from Z to Y and Y to X. Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz chaired the meeting while Dean Faculty of Management and Information Sciences Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qayyum along with senior faculty were present.

The Faculty pinpointed necessary improvements in the Draft Policy to standardize the format. The Vice Chancellor constituted a three member committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz to formulize the necessary improvements in the draft and send it further to the concerned quarters at the HEC. Addressing the meeting the Vice Chancellor said that it is good to see so many research journals being published from this University. 

However he emphasized the need for taking all out steps to enhance the categorization of the research journals. Prof. Ayaz said that in order to incorporate quality papers within the journals, personal efforts from the faculty are required. He told the editors of journals to adopt a uniform policy for articles selection and assess it through external observers.

The VC also directed the departmental heads, whose journals are not yet being recognized by the Higher Education Commission, to improve their quality and apply for HEC recognition.