LAHORE, Jan 2: The Punjab government’s Search Committee for the selection of vice chancellors in public sector universities on Monday interviewed 22 candidates for the selection of vice chancellors of the Punjab University, Lahore, and the Women University, Multan.
The PU VC slot has fallen vacant on Monday as VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran completed his four-year tenure. At least 45 candidates had applied for the post out of whom 29 were shortlisted.
It is learnt that the Search Committee interviewed 20 candidates, including incumbent VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Karakoram International University VC Prof Dr Najma Najam, National Textile University Rector Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad, former PU registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan, University of Sargodha VC Prof Dr Akram Chaudhry, former Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education chairman Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri, PU Institute of Geology director Prof Dr Nasir Ahmad and UVAS faculty of bio-sciences dean Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad.
The committee headed by LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali will interview remaining nine candidates on Tuesday (today) and finalise a panel of three candidates soon after interviews.
Later, the Higher Education Department secretary will move a summary carrying a panel of three candidates to the chief minister through the chief secretary for the final selection of the PU vice-chancellor.
Prior to PU VC slot candidates, the Search Committee interviewed two women candidates, including PU School of Biological Sciences’ Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain for VCship of yet to be established Women University, Multan. The Women University VC will also act as varsity’s project director for the establishment of the university.
It is learnt that the Punjab Higher Education Department is also planning to re-advertise the post to attract more candidates and selection of a best candidate for the slot.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Higher Education Department did not notify the Punjab University vice-chancellor for the interim period.
Sources in the HED told Dawn that the Punjab Governor/Chancellor had signed a summary that Prof Kamran should be allowed to continue as vice-chancellor till further orders.
The HED had moved a summary to the chief minister in this regard and was to be processed through the approval of the Governor/Chancellor.
In the current situation, the PU office will remain vacant on Tuesday (today) until a formal notification be issued by the HED for an interim period.Dawn.