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Punjab Higher Education Department junior officers

Posting of juniors in Higher Edu Dept raises eyebrows
Lahore, Aug 31: Posting of junior officers against key posts at the Punjab Higher Education Department has become a heated debate among the bureaucratic circles as well as the teaching fraternity which term the process sheer favourtism.

Ahad Khan Cheema, a BPS-18 officer of the DMG Group, has been working as secretary Higher Education Department, a post meant for BPS-20 or BPS-21 officer. Similarly, Hamayun Maqbool Bhatti, a BPS-18 officer of Customs Group, has been working as Additional Secretary (Establishment), a post meant for BPS-19 officers.

Quite contrary to this, a BPS-21 officer, Nadeem Ashraf, has been serving as secretary School Department, Punjab, while former Secretary Higher Education Azhar Hussain Shamim was also a BPS-21 officer.

The stakeholders argue that favourtism extended to blue-eyed officers had been creating a strong sense of disappointment and neglect among other officers. They also believe that the engaging officers in more than one department was also a matter of great concern as it not only affected working of their respective departments but also disappointed other awaiting postings over the months.

It is important to mention here that Mr Cheema, who is presently having additional charge of the secretary Higher Education, is also Additional Secretary (Welfare) of Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD). It is also learnt that he is already looking after the workload of more than two offices.

The bureaucratic circles believe that posting of both the abovementioned officers had raised many eyebrows as one of them was believed to be favourite of the Punjab chief secretary while the other has connections in power corridors as his brother is an MPA.

It is pertinent to mention here that PCS officers have already been crying foul over the seat-sharing between DMG and PCS officers as presently more DMG officers are posted in Punjab.

Referring to a recent transfer of PCS officer Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir, a PCS officer, on condition of anonymity, said the said officer was transferred from the post of DO (R) Gujrat on the plea that he was in BPS-17 and was working against a BPS-18 post.

"Is this justified when compared with postings in the education department where a BPS-18 officer is having charge of BPS-20 post while the other of BPS-19 post," he questioned.

"This is what has been causing anxiety among the PCS officers," he said.

Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) President Nazim Hasnain said pendency rate was increasing in the department as the junior officers lacked vision. He said college teachers had been struggling for their promotions over the years while the department officers were making the issues more complex instead of providing them relief.

"You are talking about officers having additional charge but what about our Minister for Education who is also having additional charge of this important ministry," said an officer of the department.

Asking not to be named, he further said the government was still experimenting in the education sector as if it had a dearth of suitable and capable persons.

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Punjab Educational institutions reopen today
Lahore: The educational institutions of the province will reopen after summer vacation on Monday (today). Earlier, the summer vacation had to end on August 15 but the Punjab government had extended it till August 31 due to hot weather.

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HEC chairman greeted
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has congratulated former Senator Dr Javaid R Leghari on his appointment as chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

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Test for attorneys on Sept 7
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O Level examination distinction
Mahrukh of the Lahore Grammar School, Shah Jamal branch, passed the O Level examination with 6 A's and 2'Bs. The news

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