LAHORE:11March: The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has started the process of hiring lecturers for public colleges in the province and has initiated appointments and postings for the purpose. The HED has so far made appointments and postings of around 519 male and female lecturers against vacant posts in government-run colleges of the province. These belong to subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, botany, zoology, physics, Islamiyat, Urdu and biology. Out of the total, appointments of 206 lecturers have been made in different colleges in the province. The HED has notified the appointments and has told the appointees to assume their duties within 15 days of receiving the notification. Of these, 90 are male lecturers of Physics and Islamiyat, whereas 116 are female lecturers of Urdu, Islamiyat and biology. The HED has also directed the lectures recommended by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to report on March 15 and 16 for their postings. These include 217 male lecturers of mathematics, chemistry, botany and zoology, as well as 96 female lecturers of zoology and botany. The HED has asked the male lecturers to report on March 15, whereas female lecturers have been told to report on March 16 at the Government Degree College for Woman Islampura Lahore. Beyond jurisdiction? Punjab govt bars VCs from attending HEC moot When contacted, an official of the HED said that the appointments would be made for each subject as the PPSC makes recommendations for each of the subject. He said that the appointments were made in light of the shortage of lecturers in government colleges of the province. “The department wants to make appointments as soon as possible.” Posts of lecturers have been vacant for years and the issue has also been taken up at the Punjab Assembly by lawmakers. In late 2017, lawmakers of the treasury benches criticised the government for not filling hundreds of vacant posts of lecturers in different colleges of the province. Parliamentary Secretary Higher Education Mehwish Sultana told the House that the government had hired College Teaching Interns (CTIs) in college where appointments of lecturers had not been made. The HED had initiated the CTI programme in October of 2017 for colleges in the province on the basis of the reported shortage of lecturers by every college of the province. Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2018.