The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association has expressed serious concern over appointment of several faculty members from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as heads of several committees that are to finalize the new higher education policy.
In a joint press statement, FAPUASA President Dr Mahboob Hussain, FAPUASA Punjab Chapter President Dr Hamid Mukhtar, UET Lahore Teaching Staff Association President Dr Zafar Noon, University of Agricultural Faisalabad ASA President Dr Amir Jamil, Bahauddin Zakria University ASA President Dr Abdul Sattar and others have strongly reacted to the private-sector dominated committees.
They said ignoring experienced academics serving the public sector for formation of a new higher education policy had created serious doubts. The statement said the PTI government wanted to change education system of Pakistan under a hidden agenda, adding that Punjab education minister must issue a clarification over appointment of faculty members from private sector as heads of the committees.
They academics said it was a surprise that the government did not consider any professor from 34 public sector universities eligible for becoming focal persons of these working groups. They also raised a question over the role of Punjab Higher Education Commission, saying it seemed PHEC administration was facilitating the government in changing the education system of the province per a hidden agenda.
The academics have called upon Punjab Higher Education Minister Raja Yassir Humayun and higher education secretary to reconstitute these committees by giving public servants in the academia due representation. They said that an executive body meeting of FAPUASA was being called to decide strict line of action in this regard.