Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that the government will not interfere in the appointment of VCs and deans in public universities across Pakistan as it believed in upholding merit and transparency.
Addressing the second phase of Punjab University’s 126th Convocation at Faisal Auditorium, the governor said the government would extend all out support to universities for improving their international ranking. Besides Sarwar, the convocation was also attended by Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad Akhter, Acting Controller of Examinations Rauf Nawaz, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Additional Controller Raja Shahid Javed, syndicate and senate members, deans, professors and a large number of student and parents.
Governor Sarwar has recently been active in his role as chancellor of public universities in Punjab and has spoken his mind through his tweets. Last month, he tweeted about his dissatisfaction with the performance of public universities, announcing that post of pro-chancellor would be abolished soon.
I am not happy with the performance of public sector universities. Vice Chancellors & senior officials have been appointed on an adhoc basis & little focus is being paid to co-curricular activities/research & development. Designation of "pro-chancellor" will be abolished soon!
— Mohammad Sarwar (@ChMSarwar) October 29, 2018
On November 9th, the governor announced a commendable measure of directing universities to switch to green energy and ensure clean drinking water for students.
I have instructed all universities to switch to green energy & ensure provision of clean drinking water for students. Also we will not compromise on merit & academic ethics in universities!
— Mohammad Sarwar (@ChMSarwar) November 9, 2018
During his address at the convocation on Saturday, Sarwar said principles of merit, transparency and accountability must be followed for improving international ranking of the universities, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team considered youth as the most valuable asset of Pakistan. He said the government had high expectations from the young citizens of Pakistan, as youth was the country’s real power. Sarwar maintained that the government believed in the principle of right person for the right job.
The governor opined that equipping youth with education was the top priority of the government and advised the youth to follow the teachings of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam for progress and prosperity of our country. He said development of nations was linked with education and nations who had spent their energies on education had found respect and were leading the world. He added that power, wealth and designations that could not serve humanity were useless.
The former member of British parliament advised students to give maximum respect to their parents, saying it was their efforts that helped students achieve excellence in their studies and career. Sarwar said PU was a great institution and he was proud of being its chancellor.
PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad said that the university administration was making utmost efforts to bring PU among top 400 universities in the world. He said promotions that had been withheld for several years as well as new appointments had been made 100 percent on merit. The VC said the administration was also focusing on training of teachers and staff and curriculum was being designed on modern lines.