Key appointments in higher education sector are being made purely on merit and through transparent mechanism, Punjab Minister of Higher Education Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz has said.
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Following the anger that has gripped the academic circles after the unfortunate treatment of noted academicians at the hands of National Accountability Bureau officials over the weekend, vice chancellors of various leading universities got together on Monday to raise their unanimous voice against the incident.
HED asks PHEC to propose interview panel for another seven soon-to-fall-vacant VCs’ seats
The Punjab government has finally decided to appoint vice chancellors (VC) at three of the seven vacant posts in public universities where a permanent head of the institution was due for appointment. Following a tedious selection process that continued in fits and starts, the powers that be have finalised the names of VCs for University of Okara, University of Sahiwal and Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan.
The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has been left between a rock and a hard place with regards to appointment of vice chancellor at Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore after only five candidates applied for the position.
The oldest seat of learning in the country, Punjab University, will finally get a permanent vice chancellor after Punjab chief minister finalised Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar as the man to lead the university in the months ahead. A formal notification regarding the first permanent PU VC in almost two years is expected today after the approval of Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana, who is also the university’s chancellor.
As the six-week deadline set by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to appoint permanent vice chancellors in universities across Punjab approaches, Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) and Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) are racing against time to find suitable candidates.
The Punjab government has initiated the process of appointment of vice chancellors at public universities in the province, beginning with Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) advertising a request for applications for the vacant post of University of Sahiwal VC.
The Punjab government has made progress in the appointment process of vice chancellors at four public sector universities of the province following Supreme Court chief justice’s displeasure over universities being run without regular vice chancellors.
The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and elected members of other teachers’ bodies have flayed the government for removing PhD as the requirement for being appointed as vice chancellor in a public sector university. In a joint statement issued on Thursday, the associations announced that they would never compromise on PhD condition for VCs’ appointment and demanded the government undo the decision.
The never-ending tussle between centre and provinces over power has again come to the fore
The cold war between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and provincial educational authorities is seeing another battle, as both Punjab and Sindh provinces have directed vice chancellors of public sector universities in their jurisdiction not to attend a VCs’ conference called by HEC in Lahore.