Appointments of VCs: ‘Finalisation of search committee around the

LAHORE:03 December:The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) is scrutinising proposed committee members for the search committee which will vet potential candidates for vice chancellors in eight universities. The committee is to be finalised within a few days. A total of 12 names for the VC search committee had been recommended by the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) earlier in November and three to five members would constitute each of the search committee. “The HED is in the process of contacting each of the recommended members and a final list of names is expected to be compiled within a few days,” revealed an official privy to the matter. The universities include Punjab University Lahore, Women University Multan, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, University of Home Economics Lahore, University of Sahiwal, University of Jhang and University of Okara, while the search committee for Information Technology University (ITU) would be established after the approval of the governor. The recommended names for Punjab University include Sartaj Aziz, Dr Amir Muhammad, Lt General (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Prof Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Dr Nadeemul Haq, Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh and Prof Saleema Hashmi. The recommended names for Women University Multan are Lt General (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Faizul Hassan, Prof Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Dr Munawar S Mirza, Dr Khalid Aftab, Prof Saleema Hashmi, Prof Sajida Haider Vandal and Dr Mira Phailbus. For the Ghazi University, Justice (retd) Amir Raza, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Faiz ul Hassan, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Muhammad Nawaz, Dr Riazul Hassan Qureshi, Dr Khalid Aftab, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi and Dr Kamran Asdar Ali had been recommended. For the University of Home Economics, the names include Dr Amir Muhammad, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Riazul Hassan Qureshi, Dr Muhammad Nawaz, Dr Mira Phailbus, Prof Saleema Hashmi and Prof Sajida Haider Vandal. Names for the University of Sahiwal include Syed Babar Ali, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Prof Dr Faiz ul Hassan, Prof Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Riazul Hassan Qureshi, Dr Khaleequeur Rehman, Dr M Ashraf, Dr Fateh Muhammad Malik, and Prof Saleema Hashmi. For the University of Jhang names include Dr Amir Muhammad, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Dr Kamran Asdar Ali, Dr SM Junaid Zaidi, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Dr Muhammad Abbas Chaudhry. For the University of Okara, the recommended names include Syed Babar Ali, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Amir Muhammad, Dr Khalid Mehmood Khan, Dr Nadeemul Haque, Dr Syed Muhammad Awais, and Prof Sajida Haider Vandal. Recommended names for ITU include Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, PHEC Chairperson Dr Nizamuddin, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram and Javed Ghani. When contacted, HED Secretary Nabeel Awan said that names for the search committee would be finalised within a few days. Earlier, the HED had revised the minimum requirements for vice chancellors to be appointed in eight universities of the province and issued a notification to this effect. The criteria also included the new rules for the search committee. The committee had been tasked to examine the validity of research articles and other publications of candidates and was also given the authority to appoint a Technical Review Committee from the PHEC.Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2017.

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