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Date of this Version

Summer 8-9-2021

Abstract

Worldwide, faculty members mostly use EIS for teaching, learning, research, and professional development. Though, evidence is lacking to address the EIS preferences among the academicians of private sector universities in the study context. To fill this gap, using a convenient sample technique, a survey was conducted, and a structured questionnaire was used as a data collection tool from 630 permanent faculty members of private sector universities at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A total of 360 questionnaires were administrated, and 250 useable responses were received with a response rate of 69.44%. The major findings revealed that 38% of respondents were lecturers followed by 32% Assistant Professor, about half 48% of the respondents were in the age group of 46 years or above. More than 19 research articles were published by 46.04 % of faculty in national and international journals. Most (48.26%) of the lecturer used EIS, followed by Associate Professors, while most (95%) of them preferred e-journals for different academic needs. The EIS has placed itself at the top priority in academia and impacted academics in terms of keep pace with research and improvement in teaching and learning. This study recommends improving access to the internet, development of indigenous electronic resources, access to international databases, research journals to cope with the challenges of EIS requirement and uses of faculty members. This study suggested HEC, and university higher authorities to allocate sufficient funds for subscribing international electronic resources/e-database and other EIS. Further research with a broader scope would provide additional information about this significant research area.

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