Ammar Sheikh


The interviews for the long-delayed appointments for the vacant posts of vice chancellors of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore and UET Taxila will begin today (Thursday). Per Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) sources, a total of 40 candidates will appear for interviews for VCs of UET Lahore and Taxila.

A specialized search committee has been constituted for the interviews at engineering universities of the province. The post of the vice chancellor of UET Lahore became vacant on December 17, 2018 after the four-year tenure of Dr Fazal Ahmed Khalid ended. Dr Aziz Akbar Khan has been performing duties as the acting vice chancellor at the UET Lahore ever since. On the other hand, the post of UET Taxila VC fell vacant when Dr Niaz Ahmed was appointed as vice chancellor at the University of the Punjab. He was later given the additional charge of UET Taxila until a permanent vice chancellor was appointed.

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The search committee that will conduct the interview includes Government College University (GCU) Lahore former vice chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab as convener, while its members include Popular Works Pvt Ltd CEO Mian Misbahur Rehman, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) Professor Dr Anwar Khurshid, HED secretary and Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) chairperson as members.

It should, however, be noted that the post of PHEC chairperson has been lying vacant for months and the additional charge for the post to the HED secretary has also expired last month.

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Additionally, the Punjab government has, once again, transferred the HED secretary. The new secretary Dr Raheal Ahmad Siddiqui is expected to take charge today (Thursday).

Meanwhile, the search committee constituted for the appointment of vice chancellors at various women universities of the province completed the interview process and forwarded three names each to the chief minister. Despite the progress, the Punjab chief minister has not made any appointment at the Women University Multan, Women University Sialkot, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Government College Women University Faisalabad.

Whereas, for third category, general universities, the interviews are yet to be conducted.

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