Teachers warn of protest

LAHORE :04 january: The universities' teachers in Punjab have warned the government of a movement against new criteria for appointment of vice-chancellors (VCs) at public sector universities of the province. In their joint press statement, Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Punjab Chapter President Prof Dr Javed Ahmed, central Vice-President Dr Shoaib, University of Engineering and Technology Teaching Staff Association President Dr Sohail Aftab, PU Academic Staff Association office-bearers Dr Azhar Naeem, syndicate members Prof Dr Sajid Rashid and Mahboob Hussain, senate members Dr Zaid Mahmood, Dr Kamran Abid, Dr Abdul Qayyum Chaudhry and others have rejected the new eligibility standards for appointment of VCs. The teachers observed that the condition of PhD must be mandatory for the candidates rather than giving it preference. They said the government never gave any development or research project of worth Rs 100 million to any teacher so teachers would not get points in this section in the overall marks to qualify for interview. They said the new eligibility criteria had been approved with mala fide intentions to open ways for appointment of bureaucrats as VCs of public sector universities. They said the university teachers would make all efforts to foil this "conspiracy" because it would disastrously affect the universities’ growing academic and research culture. They said none of the elected representatives of the teacher community had been taken into confidence before the approval of such regrettable criteria.The news.

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