Govt short-lists names for 4 VCs
KARACHI, Nov 01, 2007: The Sindh Governor's Standing Search Committee short-listed
candidates from 110 applications for the posts of four vice chancellors for the
province's public sector universities in a meeting earlier in the week.
The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association
expressed concern that retired professors and army personnel would be appointed.
"When the governor advertised for the posts of VCs last month, we raised our
concerns with the HEC chairman," the association's Dr Inayatullah Shah said.
Shah added that the only vice chancellor working in
accordance with regulations was the VC of Kairpur University and that VCs of the
other nine public sector universities are retired but still hold crucial
positions or do not match the required criteria for the job.
that services rules clearly state that a person must hold a Ph.D and must be
in-service. "By appointing retired or people with less than a Ph.D. there is a
violation of the law and candidates on the seniority list suffer a lot," he
Last month, the governor advertised for the posts of four vice
chancellors of Sindh's public sector universities in all the national dailies
and these advertisements were placed for the VCs of the University of Karachi
(VC Dr Pirzada Qasim), Quaid-e-Awam University Nawabshah (VC Anwar Junejo), The
Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam (VC Dr Bashir Sheikh) and the Dow
University of Health Sciences (VC Dr Masood Hameed).
rushed to apply for the posts. Most were either retired or ineligible
according. "A search committee received more than 30 applications on average
from each university," a search committee member said on condition of anonymity.
He added that majority of these candidates were former VCs and retired
"In Balochistan University retired army personnel are
appointed VCs and we fear that the same practice would be repeated in public
sector universities of Sindh, as has been happening in the past in Sindh," Shah
said, adding, if that were to happen again that his organization would consider
taking action. Daily Times