PU teachers divided over VC’s appointment

LAHORE:05 June:Punjab University’s academics are divided over the appointment of a new vice-chancellor at the university, which is expected to be announced by the Punjab chief minister in the upcoming weeks. One group of teachers is demanding that former vice chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran should be reappointed, while another is demanding that Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir be made the permanent VC. In a joint press statement issued on Saturday, PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) Treasurer Dr Azhar Naeem, executive members Naeemullah Khan and Dr Ayub Afridi, and members of the PU Senate including Dr Kamran Abid, Dr Abdul Qayyum, and others insisted that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should appoint Dr Mujahid Kamran as vice-chancellor to restore order and academic culture on campus since he has vast administrative experience and tops the list of three candidates. Punjab University restricts media coverage after clash They said that after the appointment of Dr Nasir, university affairs had run amok because of administrative failures. They added that the university had stopped progressing academically because of poor policies and practices adopted by Dr Nasir. Dr Nasir had withdrawn several “unwise and illegal office orders” in five months, which was unprecedented in 135 years of history of the university, after facing strong criticism and even protests, they said. They added that Dr Nasir was not capable of running Punjab University and the administration of Pakistan’s oldest seat of learning must be handed over to a person with greater administrative experience. The corrupt mafia in the ranks of teachers was against the appointment of Dr Kamran, who is the top choice on merit, they said, adding that the chief minister must appoint a competent person as a VC. They said that teachers, employees and students witnessed a peaceful atmosphere under the leadership of Dr Kamran. For the first time in the history of Pakistan’s oldest seat of higher learning, teachers, students and employees had witnessed closure of varsity gates because of security situations, they said, adding that because of the sorry state of affairs, three registrars, three additional registrars and three resident officers had been replaced so far in just four months because of the VC’s lack of understanding of university affairs.Express turbuni.

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