Sindh University Teachers Association demanded removal of HEC head
HYDERABAD, Aug 31: The Sindh University Teachers Association on Wednesday
demanded removal of the chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Attaur
Rehman, accusing him of creating hurdles to the universities' governance and
failure to resolve nagging problems confronting the higher seats of
The demand came at a meeting of the association's general body
presided over by Dr Syed Inayatullah Shah. The meeting urged the government to
stop appointing retired army officers, retired bureaucrats and retired
professors to the posts of vice chancellors and other administrative posts in
the universities. Most of the universities in the country were being run by
retired officials, the meeting observed.
The meeting demanded that the
commission should appoint vice-chancellors from among the in-service senior
professors of the same university for one tenure only and called for the
upgradation of non-PhD professors and associate professors to grade-21 and 20,
respectively, as announced by the prime minister.
The HEC had in practice
scuttled implementation of the prime minister's announcement by putting up a
number of conditions depriving 375 non-PhD teachers from upgradation, the
The teachers pointed out that they had no facility to do
PhD at home or abroad. Besides, there were many disciplines which did not offer
any PhDs, the meeting said.
The meeting demanded appointment of
meritorious professors to grade-22 and said that the association had rejected
the Model University Ordinance two years ago.
The meeting slammed
implementation of the ordinance in Balochistan University and demanded that the
government withdraw it. The university teachers slammed what it called the
teachers' victimisation in Balochistan University by the vice
The meeting regretted delay in allotment of plots in the
Sindh University Employees Cooperative Housing Society Phase-III and demanded
that the salaries of the university's research associates should be raised from
Rs7,500 to Rs16,000.
The meeting demanded that medical allowance should
be increased from Rs1,000 to Rs3,500 a month on the pattern of other
universities of the country. Dawn
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