Punjab VCs selection process conflict
Conflict on VCs selection process
Lahore, March 28: The selection process of vice chancellors (VCs) of six public universities
of the province has become controversial following strong concerns
raised by most of the applicants.
The major point of concern
being highlighted is the revised criteria for selection of the
candidates as most of the apparently potential candidates have not been
invited for interview by the VC Search Committee.
carried a story of this correspondent on March 4, 2011, highlighting the
fact that the applicants having local qualifications were discriminated
as those having foreign degrees of graduation, master's and PhDs were
awarded extra marks.
A total of 100 marks were set for each
candidate out of which 30 marks for his/her qualifications, 30 for
experience and 40 for final interview.
Those securing maximum
marks were to be scrutinised and shortlisted for interview by the VC
Search Committee subsequently appointed as a VC of any of the six
The News revealed that out of total 30 marks fixed
for qualifications, the foreign qualified were being awarded 12 marks
for graduation, six for master's and 12 for PhD while those having local
qualifications were being awarded 8, 3, 8 marks for graduation,
master's and PhD degrees, respectively.
However later in a
meeting, the VC Search Committee revised the marks distribution fixed
for qualifications. It decided to go away with marks for graduation and
MA/MSc qualifications setting all 30 marks for PhD degree only.
According to the revised criteria, all candidates having PhD degrees,
irrespective of the facts whether they have earned the degree from
abroad or locally, have been awarded 20 marks. However 10 additional
marks were given to those who have done their PhD from top 500
universities of the world.
Many of the candidates believe that
distribution of marks is still biased and unjust as it is totally unfair
to give double benefit to the candidates having the same degree.
According to them, the phenomenon of ranking of world universities
surfaced in Pakistan in 2003. All the applicants for the slot of the
vice chancellorship have done their PhDs much earlier than 2003, when
the process of ranking of universities was not in place.
applicant, seeking anonymity, argued that the universities were ranked
on the basis of their particular disciplines, not as a whole. Giving an
example, he said University of Missouri was ranked among the top 500
university of the world on the basis of its discipline of Agriculture or
Mathematics. He questioned as to how a candidate earning a degree from
this university in social sciences discipline could be awarded 10 extra
marks, while the University of Missouri has not been ranked on the basis
of social sciences. He said among the top 500 universities none was
included from within Pakistan, while about 150 were from the US and
above 40 each from United Kingdom and Germany.
said the decision of the VC Search Committee was tantamount to giving
preference to people of privileged class particularly those trained in
the US universities.
He said through the revised criteria once
again the search committee had exposed that it allegedly wanted to
favour some "selected" individuals questioning as to why the condition
of PhD from top 500 universities was inserted. He added the post of VC
was more of administrative in nature than academic.
candidate said if the government continued favouring foreign qualified
it would demoralise the people doing PhDs from the Pakistani
It is pertinent to mention here that currently the
Punjab government is looking for regular VCs of six varsities which are:
the Government College University (GCU), Lahore, University of
Education, Lahore, University of Sargodha, Bahauddin Zakariya University
(BZU) Multan, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi and
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore.
when contacted, Punjab Higher Education Department Additional Secretary
(Academics) Chaudhry Akram who is focal person dealing in shortlisting
of candidates denied that the criteria was revised to favour some
He claimed the criteria was revised to end discrimination against those having local qualifications.
"Punjab VCs selection process With pre-selection and favouritism of few personalities in mind,the candidates are being short listed in the VCs selection process. I personally think that the search committee should only focus on real R &D production, patents, management and leadership abilities, and publications in the top ranked journals. Principally, it should not matter if the candidates are graduate from abroad or from local universities. I personally applied for one University VC slot. The selection process is so fake that the punjab govt neither acknowledged the candidate nor they sent the list of candiates to all applicants. They must first send (and disclose) the list of all applicants to every candidate in order to keep the selection process transparent. I think that selection committe should be transparent and unbiased and unfortunatley, the selection process has already become very dubious from the very begnining. They (Punjab Education department) neither receive any telephone calls nor they like to communicate by emails to candidates. One must disclose the candidate profile to all applicants whether he really deserves for this post or not ? What type of VC selection process is going on ?"
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Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Saturday announced
the results of various examinations. These exams include BSc Electrical
Engineering, Semester System, Session 2006-2010, BSc Metallurgy &
Materials Engineering, Semester System, Session 2006-2010, BCS (Hons),
Afternoon, Semester System, Session 2006-2010, BCS (Hons), Morning,
Semester System, Session 2006-2010 and BSc (Hons) Space Science
(Four-Year Programme), Semester System, Session 2006-2010. The news
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PU sports gala
Lahore: Punjab University Department of Gender Studies is organising a
sports gala on Monday (today) which will be inaugurated at 9:30am and
will continue till 3:30pm.
Sports Director Zafar Rasheed and Shamsa will be chief guest for both categories of male and female.
week at PU: Punjab University Institute of Communication Studies is
organising student week which will be inaugurated by Director Dr Ahsan
Akhter Naz on Monday (today).
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran will preside over a "Mehfil-e-Mushaira" on March 29 in which
renowned comic poet Anwar Masood will be guest of honour. The nation
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PU IBIT organises spring festival
Lahore: Punjab University's Institute of Business and Information Technology (IBIT) on Saturday organised a
colourful spring festival at the institute ground.
The students put
up various stalls, which were highly appreciated by PU Vice Chancellor
Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran, IBIT Director Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Resident
Officer 1 Javed Sami and other faculty members on their visit to the
gala. The participants were captivated by the performances of the
students. A "ride and play" game, in which a dump trolley carried some
students and took a round of the ground, was lauded by the attendants.
group of students presented "cave men's story", dressed oddly and spoke
with unusual voices. Some students took out a bicycle rally in support
of the Pakistani cricket team. An IBTI "police station" was also
established where Dr Mujahid Kamran was interrogated in his promotion of
research culture in the varsity thus prompting students to stick to
libraries. Punjabi culture was also reflected with activities like
"Punjabi Nukar" and "Punjabi Panja". Food stalls were also put up,
serving traditional Punjabi food. Daily times
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Public schools campaign for new admissions on what basis?
Lahore: Once again the academic session is all set to commence from April. The
private sector, as usual, carried out extensive admission campaign
through banners, hoardings and even cable networks, highlighting its
commitment to the cause of education. The good thing is that this time,
the public sector schools are also seen actively campaigning for
admissions. Besides the Universal Primary Education (UPE) campaign,
almost every government is displaying a banner urging people to send
their children to the school. However, it has almost become an
unfortunate reality that public schools are no more a choice of people,
especially those who can afford. The situation is quite alarming as the
government schools now offer totally free education, including free
The areas, especially rural areas, where the number of
those who live below the poverty line is big, people have no choice
except to bank on the government schools only.
of public schools is certainly not something which took place abruptly
and similarly the overhaul cannot be expected at once. However, the
required political commitment is nowhere in sight, hence the public
schooling is continuously deteriorating as ever. This lack of commitment
is also absent when we talk about regulating the affairs of private
schools. This has led to their unbridled working while issues related to
quality education also surface every now and then. The mushroom growth
of academy and tuition centres culture is certainly linked to this
absence of commitment on the part of those at the helm. The Punjab
government frequently faces criticism for its Danish School System as
there is general perception that instead of going for developing some
select schools, the government should develop a good system of
At public schools, quality education remains the
biggest challenge as unfortunately the level of commitment expected from
teachers is also often criticised but they have their problems too.
They criticise the government for assigning them extra duties for
different types of surveys, elections and polio vaccination, so on and
On the other hand, private schools are better
controlled, administratively, and the teachers are held accountable on a
regular basis. But again despite their 'superiority' in terms of
academic output over government schools, private schools are becoming a
nuisance for many people.
The mandatory purchase of stationery
items, uniforms; unexpected collection of dues in the name of different
types of funds and above all, the governmentís inability to cap fee
structure of private schools are some of the major concerns of the
masses. It is also generally argued that since big names in private
schools are owned by politicians, every government fails to implement
any of its announcements regarding introduction of an independent
regulatory authority for these schools. The incumbent Punjab government,
led by education-friendly Shahbaz Sharif, had also claimed some three
years back to introduce a regulatory body on private schools but since
then, it has proved a mere slogan and nothing else.
"silly" argument which surfaces quite often in this regard is that the
governments (successive) do not want to improve public schooling at all
as by doing so interest of politicians who own big chains of schools is
mostly likely to be hurt!. The news
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GCU to celebrate 60 years of Pak-China friendship
Lahore: The Government College University
(GCU) Lahore is going to celebrate 60 years of Pak-China friendship
today (Monday) in collaboration with the government of Punjab. Chinese
Ambassador to Pakistan, Liu Jian, would be the chief guest while the
provincial ministers, parliamentarians and government officials would
also be present at the celebration.
The university has organised a
special ceremony on the topic of "Pak-China Friendship – Past, Present
and Future," which would be addressed by the Chinese ambassador,
Pak-China Bureau CEO, Zafaruddin Mahmood, provincial Minister Chaudhry
Ghafoor, GCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Ikramul Haq, and
international relations experts, including Professor Hassan Askari and
Professor Anwar Mahmood Khan. Daily times
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Fake teachers' appointment referred to ACE
Lahore: The Chief Minister's Secretariat has referred the case of fake appointment of 15
PTC teachers to the Anti-Corruption Establishment for necessary action.
Complainant Amjad Ali had submitted an application to the chief
minister regarding the fake recruitment of 15 PTC teachers in various
schools of Lahore division. The complainant stated that fake
appointments of PTC teachers were made from 1979 to 1997 due to which a
loss of over Rs25 million was inflicted to the national exchequer.
alleged that many inquiries were conducted by various teams of the
Education Department but proper action was not taken due to influence by
trade unionists who had also obtained jobs as PTC teachers on fake
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Annual sports of UVAS concludes
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences (UVAS) organized its eighth annual sports at the university's
main ground which concluded here on Saturday.
annual sports began with a grand march past which was attended by
hundreds of students, university faculty members and alumni.
sports featured various events, including horse dancing, musical chair
(guests and staff), a tug of war (UVAS students Vs CVAS, Jhang
students), chatti race, high jump, 800 meter race (boys), 200 meter race
(boys), 100 meter race (girls), 4 X 400 meter relay race (boys),
javelin throw (boys and girls), 400 meter race (boys), shot-put (girls
and boys), staff children race, discuss throw (boys and girls), three
leg race (girls), martial arts and gymnastic.
UVAS director sports Rana Muhammad Amjad said that all varsity campuses and departments took part in the annual sports.
Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said that healthy nation could play a vital role
in strengthening country's status in the comity of nations.
He said healthy persons were better placed to generate ideas and implement them in a better manner.
Pakistan hockey team captain and Olympian Dr Tariq Aziz said it was the
need of the hour that students should participate in co-curricular
activities along with studies. He said games helped persons to grow
physically and mentally and enable them to meet the modern world
Livestock additional secretary Khalid Awais Ranjha
distributed prizes among position holders in various sports events. The
DVM fourth semester students bagged maximum prizes. app
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Pakistan 3rd largest milk producing country: UVAS VC
Lahore: Pakistan has become the third largest milk producing
country and the production can be increased further by 50 per cent with
proper management of animals and disease control, said University of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof.Dr.Muhammad Nawaz in an
exclusive interview with APP here on Sunday.
He said, "We are
striving to produce human resource to ensure food security and safety
for health and better income of stakholders". He said that problems of
livestock production were related to health, genetics, nutrition and
marketing. "Young professionals should be capable of improving
production and yield through better management of nutrition and disease
"Competence of graduates in technologies, value
addition in milk, meat and fish, wool, skin, hides and casings will
facilitate equitable development of rural and urban livestock as well."
He explained that 21 million low milk producing cattle and buffaloes
should be preferably slaughtered to export meat and earn substantial
To a question on enhancement of meat production, he
said that 4.2 million ton meat was available if we replaced low
potential animals with best genetic animals. He added that one third of
fodder and water was being wasted due to such animals.
another query, Prof Dr Nawaz said that Pakistan could save $6 billion
annually which were being used on the import of poultry vaccines by
manufacturing biotechnology products. "The University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences (UVAS) has the potential to produce all types of
livestock vaccines to save precious foreign exchange," he added.
At present, he said, only 10 percent vaccines are produced in the country while the rest are imported from abroad.
UVAS not only can help save foreign exchange but also earn it through
the export of all types of vaccine. Regarding research work, he said
that the UVAS had developed research collaboration and signed 24 MoUs
with many national and international institutions to upgrade the
standard of education.
He said that they were facing resource
constraints otherwise the university had the potential to perform
miracles in the field of livestock and animal sciences. The nation
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