A delegation of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Punjab Chapter, Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) and ASA GCU called on Dr Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission.

The delegation (Dr. Ahtisham Ali, Dr. Amjad Abbas Magsi, Dr. Muhammad Islam, Dr Hafiz Muhammad Tahir) had a detailed discussion, with the Chairman, about the need to take immediate steps in order to improve the quality of Higher Education in the country as well as to bring in uniformity of standards for faculty promotions across the country. The delegation also emphasised the redressal of service/promotion and remuneration related issues of faculty members working in both BPS and TTS streams. The delegation argued that job satisfaction among faculty members can lead to the growth of our HEIs and improved teaching and research outputs.

The delegation presented the draft of recommendations/ amendments about the proposed Promotion Policy for BPS faculty members, which were prepared by Dr. Muhammad Islam, Convenor Service Structure Working Group, PUASA. During the discussion, the Chairman agreed to the salient points of the draft including the request of including a service structure path for non-PhD faculty members.

The possibility and need of making “teaching” an important component of faculty evaluation for promotion and rewards/incentives were analysed and agreed upon.

Similarly, the start of TTS appointment from the date of DTRC was also discussed at length and the worthy Chairman ensured to play his role in bringing more clarity to TTS statutes e.g endorsement in addition the issue of Post- PhD experience in faculty appointments was also discussed in detail.

The Chairman, HEC underscored that faculty should focus on the quality and impact of research contributing to socio-economic uplift of the country and avoid number race in terms of publications.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chairman for his commitment to resolving faculty and higher education issues in the country.

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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