UAF promotes 17 teachers against rules
FAISALABAD, July 11: The syndicate of University of Agriculture on
Tuesday promoted 17 associate professors (as professors) by superseding
most-senior faculty members, it is learnt.
The promotion issue was the
main item of the meeting chaired by vice-chancellor Dr Bashir
Sources privy to the meeting said Biradrism (having deep roots in
this institution) was reflected again on Tuesday when the administration
dominated by a certain clan selected like-minded faculty members in violation of
rules and regulations.
Some of the syndicate members said the move would
shock senior teachers but their concerns were ignored.
The criterion set
by the administration for promotion was 15 years experience and a minimum of 12
publications printed in journals of repute.
Despite having the required
qualification, 17 associate professors serving in different departments were not
considered for promotion.
The ignored faculty members are: Dr Sohail
Ahmed, Dr Manzoor Sahi, Dr Mohammad Jalal and Dr Mohammad Afzal of Entomology,
Dr Iqbal Mustafa from Livestock, Dr Safdar, Dr Pervaiz from Animal Breeding and
Genetics department, Dr Maqbool Ahmed Dogar and Dr Ijaz Ahmed from Animal
Reproduction, Dr Irshad Ahmed and Dr Sajjad Ahmed of Veterinary Microbiology, Dr
Khalil Ahmed from Chemistry, Dr Masood Akhtar from Veterinary Parasitology, Dr
Manzoor Ahmed from Farm Machinery and Power, Dr Khalid from Soil and
Environmental Sciences, Dr Ahsan Khaliq from Plant Breeding and Genetics
department and Dr Nazir Javeed from Plant Pathology.
They have been
serving in the university for last 20 years and have required numbers of
publications against their names.
Seven like-minded were promoted on
regular and 10 on temporary seats.
Those promoted against regular seats
are: Dr Mohammad Aslam from Plant Pathology, Dr Anas Sarwar Qureshi from
Veterinary Entomology, Dr Abdul Wahid and Dr Mumtaz Hussain from Botany, Dr
Tahira Iqbal and Dr Asghar Bajwa from Chemistry and Dr Mohammad Iqbal from DG
Those promoted against temporary seats are: Dr Javed from
Institute of Soil Sciences, Dr Hafiz Ahmed and Dr Asif from Plant Breeding, Dr
Aman and Dr Faqir from Horticulture department, Dr Shehzad from Crop Physiology,
Dr Nisar Ahmed from Parasitology, Dr Tariq Javeed from Veterinary Pathology, Dr
Allah Bux from Irrigation and Dr Faizan from Structural Environmental
Sources said many teachers had approached the governor/
chancellor, seeking his intervention on the issue of criteria. The governor
ordered a probe into the matter and asked the Punjab agriculture secretary to
submit a report.
The inquiry officer, sources said, had declared that the
criteria was against the Higher Education Commission rules.
administration, however, did not pay any heed. Additional secretary
(agriculture) Mussawar Naqvi who was also present in Tuesday's meeting
reportedly drew the syndicate attention towards the findings of the agriculture
secretary and said the report was still pending with the chancellor, but the
administration approved the promotions. A writ petition has also been filed with
the LHC. The UAF administration decided the matter taking the advantage of court