Peshawar University admin accused of abusing powers
PESHAWAR, June 11(Dawn): The Peshawar University administration is taking
important decisions without the approval of the university syndicate, informed
sources said on Sunday.
"The administration is using Section-13(3)
of the University of Peshawar Act 1974 to take vital decisions unilaterally,"
they said. According to them, meetings of the syndicate were delayed to pave way
for the use of this section by the vice-chancellor.
They said that
decisions of appointing an engineer as member of the finance and planning
committee and chairmen of departments of Islamiat and environmental sciences had
been taken without getting approval from the syndicate.
nomination for the membership of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and
membership of board of governors of the National Centre of Excellence in
Physical Chemistry were a few instances that undermined the authority of the
Rules of Business of the Act make it mandatory for
the university administration to hold meetings of the syndicate once in three
months and its agenda be circulated by the secretary (Registrar) to all members
one week before the meeting.
The last meeting of the syndicate took place
on December 27, 2006, while the next is scheduled for June 11 instead of March
The present VC took charge of his assignment in January 2006 and
convened the first meeting of the syndicate in June 2006 and the second in
Though the rules of business make it obligatory on the
registrar to circulate the agenda seven days before the meeting to enable
members to study it thoroughly, the agenda, comprising 500 pages and other
related working papers, for the June 11 meeting was circulated among members on
June 7, giving them just four days to go through the voluminous agenda and other
"This is a ploy used by the university administration to give
little time to the syndicate members to go through the agenda properly," the
"Furthermore, the administration often tampered with
minutes of meetings and their observations about vital decisions, such as
approval of courses and budget, establishment of new departments, transfers of
employees, appointment of chairpersons of departments and formation and
regulations," the sources claimed.
They said that though the
Section-13(3) of the University Act authorised the VC to take vital and urgent
decisions and later get them approved from the syndicate, the section was
massively used, depriving the syndicate members of their right of
They said there were six dissenting members representing
professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers.
rest of the members included one nominee each of the Chief Justice of the
Peshawar High Court, the Higher Education Commission and the Speaker of the NWFP
Assembly, affiliated colleges, secretaries of the finance, education and
establishment departments and one senior dean of the Peshawar
The administration also nominates one member of the syndicate
from private colleges in violation of the rules of business. Other members
included a prominent woman and a technocrat, who usually support decisions taken
by the vice-chancellor.
The sources said that most of the members,
because of being outsiders, did not know about the varsity's academic situation
and approve the decisions of the VC taken under Section-13 (3) of the Act. Such
a combination, they said, had placed elected members of the syndicate in a very
weak position because any controversial matter in the syndicate was finally
resolved through voting by all members, and the VC's decisions got majority
votes because of this state of affairs.
"The VC, being the chairman of
the syndicate, has an edge over others because most members of the syndicate are
his nominees who never oppose his decisions," the sources said.
process, important decisions are made and executed without syndicate's approval
and that has deteriorated academic standard," complained a senior
When contacted, the Vice Chancellor of the Peshawar
Mr Haroon Rasheed, described charges levelled by some members
of the PU syndicate as "totally fabricated and wrong."
He said that
meetings of the syndicate were "regularly held according to rules of business of
the university act."
In reply to a question about the use of authority
granted by Section-13(3) of the University of Peshawar Act, 1974, he said he
used this clause of the act in order to resolve what he called some urgent and
emergency matters, but hastened to add that he got these approved from the
syndicate members afterwards.
He also rejected the charge about notice of
the agenda, claiming it was circulated among the members seven days prior to