VCs selection & foreign qualified applicants
Govt 'favours' foreign degrees in VCs selection
Lahore, Mar 04: The Punjab government is blatantly discriminating against local academic programmes by
'preferring' foreign qualified applicants over those having local degrees in the
ongoing selection process for vice-chancellors for six public universities of
It is reliably learnt that, in the ongoing scrutiny
process, the applicants having foreign degrees of graduation, masters and PhDs
are being awarded extra marks unlike those in possession of local
As per the marks distribution, a total of 100 marks have been
set. Those securing maximum marks will be scrutinized and short listed for
interview by the VC Search Committee, which would subsequently lead to their
appointment as a VCs of the universities.
Currently, the Punjab
government is looking for regular VCs of six varsities ˝ including 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.
According to the breakup, 30 marks have been
set for qualification, 30 for experience and 40 for interview.
privy to the development informed that out of total 30 marks for fixed
for qualification, the foreign qualified are being awarded 12 marks for
graduation, 6 for masters and 12 for PhDs while those having local
qualifications are being awarded 8, 3, 8 marks for graduation, masters and PhD
The very marks reserved for qualification are
being questioned by the applicants who also term the same as open discrimination
against local degree holders.
It is quite obvious that under the
prevailing mark scheme an applicant having foreign degrees would get 30 out of
total 30 marks while the applicant with local degrees would get only 19 marks.
The difference of 11 marks owing to qualification will certainly have a
significant impact on the entire scrutiny and short-listing of the
The stakeholders, especially applicants, have also questioned
as to what the logic is behind giving more marks to graduation degree than
Similarly another point of concern is related to marks
reserved for experience of the applicants. The experience marks have been
further divided into administrative and teaching, 15 marks each. An applicant
with one to five years of experience is being awarded three marks while those
with five to seven years experience are given six marks. The applicants question
as to how one having a yearÝs experience in teaching and administrative capacity
could be equal to one having five years experience.
It is pertinent to
mention that those scrutinized on the basis of qualification and experience will
be called for interview by the VCs Search Committee.
ýThis is sheer
discriminationţ, commented an applicant, saying, ýThe government should
recognize and support indigenous academic programmes.ţ He was of the view the
government always claimed to promote indigenous programmes, however practically
the same were being discouraged through such moves.
also seeking anonymity, said he and many other applicants were clueless as to
why graduation degree carried more marks than the masters. 'This is illogical',
he went on to say, urging the authorities concerned to revisit the criteria.
We could not reach Higher Education secretary Haseeb Athar despite
repeated attempts on his cell phone.
Additional Secretary (Academic)
Chaudhry Akram confirmed the marks distribution and said the similar criterion
was being followed over the years. However, he admitted that concern of the
applicants was genuine.
Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja
ur Rehman said he was unaware of the criterion being followed, adding he would
seek a report from the Higher Education secretary in this regard. The news
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UoE students block road for love of teacher
Lahore: A good number of male and female students of University of Education
remained on roads for hours and staged a sit-in in front of Punjab Governor
House on Thursday in favor of their teacher Professor Dr. Muhammad
Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha who was terminated by University Vice Chancellor Mrs.
Farhat Saleem on January 17, 2011. Angry protestors chanted slogans against VC
and demanded the immediate restoration of their teacher Dr. Anwar.
worth mentioning here that Mrs Pasah who was also terminated on same day has
been reinstated. Office bearers of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of University
claimed that police also resorted to baton charge but no injury was reported.
The students remained five to six hours on The Mall and staged a sit-in in front
of governor house in the meanwhile Governor Punjab, Latif Khosa invited the
students for negotiations. The governor told them that he has sent the summary
to Chief Minister Punjab for further action and they (students) should contact
Chief Minister House for any development.
The students then moved to GOR
7-Club and remained present before Chief Minister Complaint Cell but no body
listened to them.
A student Waqas said that (today) it is 46th day of the
termination of their honorable teacher and they were facing loss of education
but Punjab government was unmoved.
"Here mater of petroleum products prices
gain attention of rulers and these prices are settled down within no time, loss
of education has no importance with rulers".
He said, "Our classes are not being taken for the last one and half month and
six to seven hundreds students are being effected whose annual exams are
approaching". A female students said that it is irony of fate that the Acting
Vice Chancellor Mrs. Farhat Saleem terminated the services Dr. Muhammad
Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha and Dr. Shaheen Pasha without specifying any solid reason.
The Acting Vice Chancellor was asked by a number of sources about the reason but
she was unable to give a justification for the termination.
Saleem had the fear that Dr. Pasha will invoke the students to go on a strike in
order to get him selected as the Vice Chancellor so she terminated his services
well before time, a students protested. Dr. Shaheen Pasha was a permanent employ
and was serving in the Division of Education. She was not given a warning in
form of a show cause notice neither was she called for an inquiry. Both the
terminations were unlawful and illegal as per rules and regulations, a student
said while shouting.
Dr. Muhammad Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha has earned M. Sc. in
Physics with distinction (Gold Medal) from Islamia University Bahawalpur in 1981
and a Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from University of Southampton, UK in
1996. He was working as Professor of Computer Science and Director, Division of
Science & Technology at University of Education, Lahore. The nation
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Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) students have won the team trophy in the All Pakistan Qiraat, Naat, Urdu
and Punjabi Debate Contests held at the Government College, Township, Lahore,
from February 28 to March 2. According to a press statement, from the PU,
Muhammad Tayyat Bin Ibn-e-Ali, Asif Munir, Waseem Afzal Kahloon, Tayyab Hussain,
Syed Israr-ul-Hassan and Wahab Ahmad participated in the
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof
Dr Mujahid Kamran, in anticipation of the approval of the Syndicate, has
appointed Hailey College of Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaquat Ali as Controller
Examinations till further orders with immediate effect, said a press release
issued on Thursday.
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PU syndicate elections demanded
Lahore: Punjab UniversityÝs Academic Staff Association (ASA) has demanded that the elections of
the varsity's Senate and Academic Council also be announced in line with the
schedule of elections of Syndicate.
In a press statement, PU ASA
President Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar and Secretary Iftikhar Tarar said so far the
failure to announce the said elections of very important bodies of the
university was beyond understanding.
PU ASA has also appealed to the
teaching community of the university to show solidarity and unity in the larger
interest of the university as it had displayed in elections of ASA and
recognised the alleged anti-teacher elements.
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UHS approves theses
Lahore: The 52nd meeting of the Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health
Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Prof Malik H
Mubbashar in the chair.
According to a press release, the board approved
the thesis reports of students of MPhil haematology, microbiology, pharmacology
The following synopses were considered for registration
of students in various postgraduate courses: "Protective effect of Phoenix
dactylifera 'Date Palm' pit powder on nicotine induced spermatotoxicity in adult
albino mice" by Dr Kanwal Ashal Pal for MPhil Anatomy, "Reference ranges of
trace elements (Fe, Zn & Cu) in adult population (20 - 29 years) of Lahore"
by Dr Warda Hussain for MPhil Chemical Pathology, "Types and sub types of vWD in
local patients" by Dr Ammad Hassan Fida for MPhil Haematology, "JAK2 V617F
mutation in recurrent fetal loss" by Dr Romana Irshad for MPhil Haematology,
"Levels of autoantibodies in healthy females and males" by Dr Sarah Ashraf for
MPhil Immunology, "Enumeration of natural killer cells in diabetes mellitus
patients treated with insulin and with oral hypoglycemic agents" by Dr Rabia
Tufail for MPhil Immunology, "Determination of IL - 2, IL - 10 levels in
full-term and pre-term umbilical cord blood" by Dr Zarghoona Jafar for MPhil
Immunology, "Effect of pioglitazone on lipid profile of non-diabetic
hyperlipidemic rats" by Dr Mazhar Hussain for MPhil Pharmacology, "Effect of
thymoquinone on calcium oxalate kidney stones in rats" by Dr Shabir Hussain for
MPhil Pharmacology, "Serum adiponectin levels in normoweight and
overweight/obese patients of polycystic ovarian syndrome" by Dr Farhat Aslam for
MPhil Physiology, "Bone health and nutritional status in 5 - 11 years old
children with intellectual disability" by Dr Mohsin Ali Cheema for MPhil
Physiology, "Serum progesterone and estrogen levels in second hand tobacco smoke
exposed women having first trimester spontaneous abortions" by Dr Attiqa Khalid
for MPhil Physiology, "Diagnostic accuracy of C - Reactive protein levels in the
detection of acute appendicitis" by Dr Baber Usman for MS General Surgery,
"Outcome of burrhole evacuation of chronic subdural hematomas based on Glasgow
coma scale" by Dr Salman Yunas for MS Neurosurgery, "Complete acromioclavicular
joint dislocation: comparison of acromioclavicular joint K wire fixation with
and without multistrand 'Vicryl' band augmentation on coracoclavicular ligament"
by Dr Sayed Farooq Jalal for MS Orthopaedic Surgery. The news
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