Peshawar University 'ignores syndicate's recommendations'
PESHAWAR, Sept 3: The Peshawar University administration has been
ignoring the recommendations of the syndicate regarding appointments on key
posts, sources said.
"As a rule, the administration is bound to seek the
approval of the syndicate in the appointments on important posts, but the former
employs people on such posts without considering the latter's recommendations,"
According to them, the appointments of registrar,
controller of examinations, chief proctor, provost and administrative officers
had not been approved by the university syndicate. They said that it was
obligatory upon the syndicate to approve the appointment of registrar by the
vice-chancellor, because it was his (VC)'s discretion. But the other
recruitments required the syndicate's approval, which was not
They said that the university administration was adamant to fill
the post of the principal of the Islamia Collegiate School, a constituent of the
Peshawar University, in line with the rules framed by the syndicate. It remained
unfilled despite the passage of six months.
The principal of the school
retired on July 31, 2006, but he was given an extension until January 31, 2007
in violation of rules. "This had happened for the first time in the university's
history that a person had been given extension attaining superannuation,"
sources said. He had been appointed principal in clear violation of university
rules, which doesn't allow a person to hold such a post with third division in
As a rule approved by the syndicate in 2000, all departments and
constituent schools and colleges of the University of Peshawar, were required to
appoint chairpersons and principals among the three senior-most persons for
three years on rotational basis.
The University Model School, another
constituent of the university, had already set the precedent by appointing a
senior teacher as a principal according to the rotation process. So, is true for
more than 40 departments and five colleges of the University of
Sources said that the rules were framed by the syndicate after
the appointment of the principal of the University Public School (UPS) in 1992
through interview. Before that it was routine at the university that senior-most
persons among the teachers were awarded the slot of principal for three years on
"The appointment in the UPS was challenged in the court
by some teachers but the case was not pursued properly," sources said, adding
after that the syndicate framed rules for such appointments. Dawn