Interference in varsities' affairs slammed
LAHORE, Aug 17: The Federation of All-Pakistan Universities Academic
Staff Association's (FAPUASA) general body has taken exception to, what it
called, undue and unwarranted interference by governors or chancellors,
provincial governments and Higher Education Commission (HEC) officials beyond
their jurisdiction in day-to-day affairs of universities
body, which met at the Punjab University with its president Dr Mumtaz Salik in
the chair on Thursday, said undue interference by government officials had
affected the honour of the faculty and autonomy of universities.
meeting will continue for two days.
The participants said the University
Act had ensured enough autonomy to these institutions so that education and
research went on un-interrupted. But the HEC had been trying to change the
structure of public universities and taking control of the decision-making
processes through implementation of the Model University Ordinance
They said all public universities in the country had rejected the
MUO. Now, they said, the HEC was trying to implement the so-called MUO through
chancellors in their provinces.
The FAPUASA said the implementation of
the MUO in the Balochistan University by the Balochistan governor, while the
provincial assembly was in session, exposed the motives of the
The FAPUASA also stated that the Punjab governor's recent
directive had asked universities to construct new academic and residential
blocks in public universities after seeking permission of the chancellor. The
directive also required that the university teachers should not have separate
offices but in log cabins in larger halls.
Through the directive, the
general body said, the governor was trying to take control of administrative
affairs of universities.
Besides, it said, the same directive sought
abolition of the seats reserved for the wards of the university employees, while
those reserved for serving military personnel and their children had not been
The FAPUASA general body unanimously resolved that
marginalising the statutory bodies tantamount to excluding the stakeholders from
the matter of governance, which was bad omen for the growth and development of
higher education in Pakistan.
PU VC: Punjab University vice-chancellor
Arshad Mahmood on Thursday resumed his charge after over two-month ex-Pakistan
leave beginning from June 9.
The PU faculty members and officials met the
VC at his office.
WORKSHOP: The PU's mycology and plant pathology
department will organise a six-day training workshop on "Identification and
conservation of micromycetes" from Aug 20.
VC Arshad Mehmood will preside
over the inaugural session of the workshop, which has been sponsored by Life
Sciences wing of the Higher Education Commission for young college and
university teachers and researchers.
MIT: The PU has declared the
results of Master of Information Technology (MIT) second year, first annual
examination for 2007.
TEAM RETURNS: A five-member students
delegation of the Punjab Group of Colleges and Resource Academia has returned
after attending the second annual "Women2Women" conference in Boston,
The delegation, comprising Javeria Maqbool of PCBA, Falak Zia of
PCC, Fatima Fayyaz, Sarah Moin Durrani and Marva Khan from Resource Academia,
led by faculty member Andaleeb Nadeem, had participated in the conference, which
was attended by over 60 women from around the world.
During the five-day
conference, the delegates attended different panel discussions with notable
women from various fields such as state policy makers, judges, local
businesswomen and students at the Kennedy School of Government.
seminars included a workshop on negotiation skills at the Harvard Law School and
a visit to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where a dialogue with
leading American media women was held. Dawn