UHS pro vice-chancellor job | HEC chief
UHS murders rules for the blue-eyed on top slot
Lahore, Feb 22: The administration of University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, has gone
an extra length to secure posting of the pro vice-chancellor of the
varsity for a 'blue-eyed boy' by bypassing the rules and regulations,
the documents available revealed.
administration left no stone unturned to bring a favourite, Dr Junaid
Sarfraz Khan, former controller examinations, as first Pro-Vice
Chancellor of UHS, after elevating him as Professor of Medical Education
without fulfilling the criteria of qualification and experience, just
to bring him in contention for appointment to the coveted post.
per UHS Service Statutes 2005, the recruitment criteria for the post of
a professor requires candidate to be a "PhD in the relevant field with
15 years teaching/research experience in a recognised college/university
with eight research papers published in indexed journals".
is learnt that Dr Junaid Sarfraz didn't possess the PhD qualification
in the relevant field as well as requisite teaching experience of 15
years as prescribed under UHS Service Statutes 2005 at the time of his
appointment as a professor. It is revealed that he had completed his PhD
in Medical Education from UHS on November 11, 2013, more than two years
after becoming Professor of Medical Education at the varsity. He had
qualified his MBBS from Allama Iqbal Medical College in 1996-97 and was
appointed as Professor of Medical Education on 25-10-2011, which implies
that he didn't fulfill the criteria of possessing the requisite
teaching experience of 15 years to become a professor, especially when
he had served as full time controller examinations at UHS for nearly
seven years from 2007 till 2013.
Earlier, Punjab Law
Department, in response to a summary vis-à-vis the then Controller
Examinations Dr Junaid Sarfraz's appointment as Pro-VC under Section 14
of UHS (Amendment) Act 2009, dated 06-09-2011, turned down the proposal
on the basis of not fulfilling the criteria of possessing requisite
qualifications and experience to be appointed as Pro-VC, and censured
varsity administration for advertising the post without the lawful
authority as it was neither prescribed through an amendment of the law
nor was it approved by the Chancellor in terms of Section 34 of the
Ordinance. The Secretary Law also objected to his credentials as he
didn't possess the requisite teaching experience in any medical college
After Law Department's snub, the UHS Vice
Chancellor, on recommendation of Selection Committee and approval by the
Board of Governors Committee, appointed Dr Junaid Sarfraz as Professor
of Medical Education on 25-10-2011 for a period of one year.
the UHS administration issued an office order, which says, "The Board
of Governors has approved the extension in contract appointment of Prof
Dr Junaid Sarfraz, Professor of Medical Education, for a period of one
year w.e.f. 25-10-2012." Here, the UHS administration committed another
blatant anomaly as it issued an office order, dated September 27, 2012,
claiming that Board of Governors had allowed one year extension in his
contract, whereas BoG of UHS didn't exist during that period at all, as
last BoG body had expired on July 12, 2012 and constitution of new body
of BoG was notified on November 8, 2012, for a period of three years.
is worth mentioning that Dr Junaid Sarfraz's summary for appointment as
Pro-VC was thrice rejected. First, it was rejected by Law Department on
06-09-2011 for lacking in requisite qualification and experience, then
it was rejected second time on March 10, 2012, when he was one amongst
three professors, including two others from UHS constituent Gujranwala
Medical College, Gujranwala, i.e. Prof Dr Attiya Mubarak, Professor of
Anatomy and Principal GMC, and Prof Dr Naveed Iqbal Ansari, Professor of
Pharmacology at GMC. The UHS summary, moved in December 2012, to
appoint Dr Junaid Sarfraz as Pro-VC was rejected for third time when he
was amongst three professors, including Prof I.A. Naveed, Head of
Department of Medical Education, and Prof Abdul Hannan Nagi, Professor
of Pathology at UHS. However, the UHS administration, finally, managed
to secure appointment for its man as first Pro-VC of UHS on November 5,
2013, as Punjab Health Department issued a notification in which Punjab
Governor /Chancellor passed the orders of appointment of Prof Dr Junaid
Sarfraz Khan, Professor of Medical Education, as Pro-Vice Chancellor of
University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, for a period of four years
under Section 14(1) of UHS Ordinance 2002.
notification was in contravention to the UHS (Amendment) Act 2012 that
recommended Pro-VC's appointment for a period of three years.
Punjab Health Department, through a fresh order dated February 14,
2014, substituted the earlier notification, dated November 5, 2013,
bearing same number and date, in order to rectify the error of
appointment for a term of four years with revised term of three years
Section 14(1) of UHS Ordinance 2002. Punjab Health Department has failed
to completely rectify the error even in the revised notification as it
had made the posting under UHS Ordinance 2002, while completely ignoring
the UHS (Amendment) Act 2012 that recommended Pro-VC's appointment for a
period of three years. The notification presents a real comedy of
errors as appointment of Pro-VC for tenure of four years relates to the
Section 14(3) of UHS Ordinance 2002, whereas Section 14(1), which
recommends Pro-VC's appointment for a period of three years, pertains to
the UHS (Amendment) Act 2012.
The UHS obsession with Dr
Junaid Sarfraz was beyond comprehension when his allegiance to the
university remained 'doubtful' as he had allegedly been serving at Nawaz
Sharif Medical College, University of Gujrat, while serving as
controller examinations at UHS simultaneously. Besides, during his
tenure as controller examinations, he had also been allegedly serving on
a lucrative post in a foreign university in Saudi Arabia, while on
leave from the UHS, Lahore.
Dr Junaid Sarfraz was
appointed Pro-VC on November 5, 2013 in absentia as he was on
ex-Pakistan leave from university w.e.f. October 29, 2013 and assumed
the charge of his office on December 26, 2013. According to official
sources, he had allegedly been serving in a foreign medical university
in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This allegation was reinforced by the fact that
he had again proceeded on one-month ex-Pakistan leave only four days
later from 30-12-2013 to 28-01-2014 on the pretext of performing
'Umrah'. However, he didn't join his office even after the end of his
leave period, but joined the university again on February 10, 2014.
Dr Junaid Sarfraz had proceeded on one month leave from 01-11-2012 to
30-11-2012 and then requested extension in leave from 01-12-2012 to
15-12-2012, but even then he didn't join his duties after expiry of his
leave period of one-and-a-half-month. It was believed that he had joined
Nawaz Sharif Medical College, University of Gujrat, and he was
allegedly drawing salary from both institutions simultaneously.
Therefore, when he requested for issuance of experience certificate
after lapse of over two months, including absence without leave, the UHS
administration, in its response dated 08-01-2013, refused to oblige
without seeking NOC from various departments of UHS as it had learnt
that he had joined "some other institution".
Health Department, in response to a UHS summary for award of MP-II Scale
to the then Controller Examinations Dr Junaid Sarfraz, dated December
20, 2012, demanded details of his credentials and mode of appointment to
support his candidature for promotion in grade-22. However, the UHS
administration didn't pursue the matter any further.
The UHS has also not notified the seniority list of professors as prescribed under Service Statutes 2005.
it is learnt that some important posts, including Treasurer and
Librarian were lying vacant at the UHS. The post of Treasurer has been
lying vacant since the departure of a deputationist Sajid Ali Nadeem,
who was also given an extension in his deputation in violation of rules
and regulations. Besides, the UHS has also failed to appoint a full time
officer to the post of Registrar, as Dr Asad Zaheer, Head of P&D,
is holding additional charge of Registrar. Besides, Dr Saqib Mahmood,
Assistant Professor and head of Allied Health Department, is holding
additional charge of the post of Controller Examinations.
contacted, UHS Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan refused
to comment and referred to Director Media & Publications for
comments in this regard.
The UHS Vice Chancellor, Maj-Gen (r) Prof Muhammad Aslam also didn't respond to the call in this regard.
However, UHS spokesman Muhammad Atif said that Punjab
government had appointed Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan as Pro-VC on merit
in a transparent manner, claiming that he had fulfilled requisite
qualifications and experience for appointment on both posts of Professor
of Medical Education and Pro-Vice Chancellor.
about the allegations against Dr Junaid Sarfraz of doing job in Saudi
Arabia, he said these were all rumours. However, he expressed his
ignorance about the allegation against him of simultaneously working in
University of Gujrat. Regarding his act of going on leave on a frequent
basis, he said his leave period had ended and he had resumed his office.
asked about the various vacant posts in the absence of full time
incumbents, he said the UHS had already initiated the process to fill
the posts in a transparent manner. However, he said that, as a temporary
arrangement, additional charge of all vacant posts had been given to
relevant officers to run the affairs of the university.
contacted, Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar said the Punjab
government had appointed Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz after following due
procedure. However, he said that the Health Department had rectified the
human error in its earlier notification of his posting.
response to a question about his eligibility to be appointed as Pro-VC,
he said that PMDC had given him equivalence certificate. However, when
asked about him to have been lacking in qualification and experience to
become a Professor under UHS Statutes 2005, he said that he would check
this anomaly and take the decision accordingly.
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Lahore: University of Education, Lahore, has awarded a PhD to Muhammad Nasrullah Virk in political science.
Nasrullah Virk, chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (BISE), Lahore, completed his PhD under the supervision of
noted lawyer Dr Khalid Ranjha.
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Appoint HEC chief with science background
Lahore: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association
(FAPUASA) president has called upon the government of Pakistan to
appoint new chairperson of Higher Education Commission (HEC) having
science education background. In a press statement issued here on
Saturday, the FAPUASA president urged the government to appoint a
personality as chairperson of the HEC whose educational background was
associated with any subject of science.
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BISE official arrested for bribery
Lahore: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Friday arrested an employee of
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on the
charges of taking bribe.
According to sources, the ACE
arrested a BISE Assistant Ayaz Khan for receiving bribe from different
people on the assurance of arranging them admission in medical colleges
from the Punjab governor's quota.
Sources say ACE Lahore
Region Director Sheikh Khalid had received a complaint from Muhammad
Farooq who stated that the accused demanded Rs 0.7 million for arranging
him admission in a medical college. The director ordered an inquiry
into the matter which found the accused guilty. Subsequently, the ACE
registered a case against Ayaz and arrested him. Further investigation
Police in search of extortionist: Police
have started conducting raids to arrest an extortionist who allegedly
demanded Rs 5 million from a trader and threatened to kill him over his
Nadeem Sheikh, a trader from Gulberg, informed
the police about the matter after which a case was registered against
the accused indentified as Shehansha. Nadeem appealed the Punjab Police
chief for justice and immediate arrest of the extortionist. In response,
the IGP assured him of necessary action.
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Punjab Examination Commission fails to perform
Lahore: The Punjab government seriously needs to rethink as to how it can assess learning
achievements of grade-V and grade-VIII students as over the years the
body tasked to perform this sensitive job, the Punjab Examination
Commission, has seemingly failed to do the same.
failure is evident in the shape of reports regarding leakage of question
papers, poor arrangements for the conduct of examinations as well as
concerns expressed by teachers and students about the results, over the
On the other hand, so far no tangible benefits
have come to the surface on the basis of assessing learning outcomes of
the students whatsoever by the government, exposing flaws in planning
and subsequent implementation on part of those at the helm. Ever since
its inception in 2006, the history of Punjab Examination Commission
(PEC) is dotted with controversies. In 2007, the then government had to
cancel the PEC examinations and promote students to next grades without
any examination as the teachers boycotted the exams as part of their
protest against the government. Besides this, almost every year there
had been reports of poor invigilation in the PEC exams as well as
rampant cheating and inadequate facilities provided to the candidates at
the examination centres. One wonders what assessment could be made on
the basis of such an exam!
The PEC exams are held on
uniform basis across the province in which over one million candidates,
each for grade-V and grade-VIII, appear on the annual basis.
Interestingly, for this massive exercise, the PEC has a "core team"
comprising just four individuals, including its chief executive officer.
With no physical presence even at the divisional level and with no
field staff and logistics and no examination centre of its own, PEC
handles this sensitive activity through the EDOs Education in the
The stakeholders argue that the government
after establishing the PEC totally ignored the same and never thought of
structural reforms it needed to make this body effective to achieve the
desired results and apply the same afterwards to contribute towards
quality education. Another point of concern is that the PEC gets the
question papers printed from private printers, which is enough to
understand the kind of risk attached with regard to the leakage of the
papers. Few years back, the incumbent Punjab government aggressively
took up the issue of guess papers in a bid to eliminate "unfair means"
(booti mafia). However, even today this business is going on unchecked
in Pakistan's largest stationery market Urdu Bazaar here.
only change is that the printers no more use the word guess papers and
instead have coined the term "Papers Book". These "Papers Books" are
sold like hotcakes ahead of examination and those famous for their
"guess" make millions in just few days. The stakeholders have urged the
government to investigate this important aspect as well in the ongoing
investigation with regard to the recent leakage of grade-8 question
paper which the PEC had to cancel. Undoubtedly, maintaining secrecy and
transparency are the keys to hold successful examinations and when these
very basic principles are challenged the whole exercise seems a total
sham and nothing else. The news
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PMC dental section recognised
Faisalabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental
Council has finally recognised the dental section of the Punjab Medical
College (PMC) six years after its inception.
Students had been trying their level best to get the section
accredited as a number of their seniors had passed out of the college
but could not serve anywhere.
They had also staged protest demonstrations and raised their voice by holding press conferences over the issue.
Submitting a letter to the Ministry of National Health Services, the
PMDC had mentioned on Feb 17 that the council considered the
comprehensive inspection report of the dental section conducted on Nov
"The council decided to approve the recommendations of the Executive
Committee meeting and decided that dental section, PMC, will be approved
for 50 students per year for new admissions in 2013-14."
The PMDC decided that the graduates who have passed out of dental
section by Dec 12, 2013 will have to pay Rs50,000 per student to get
registration otherwise these graduates will have to undergo PM&DC
The ministry has been requested by the PMDC to issue notification of recognition of the section. Dawn
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Grade 8 paper
Lahore: Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) has announced that the grade 8 paper of
mathematics which was cancelled last week will now be held on February
22. PEC operation Manager Afshan Zafar said the paper will be held at
the same examination centres under the same roll number slips issued to
the candidates. The news
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