Governor halts selection process: UHS VC's slot
LAHORE, Aug 14: On the intervention of Governor Khalid Maqbool, the
process for the selection of new vice-chancellor of the University of Health
Sciences (UHS) has been halted for non-availability of a 'suitable
The four-year contract period of the incumbent Prof Dr Malik
Husain Mubashar had expired in April last.
Sources said on Monday
that a recently-appointed federal law officer had approached Chief Minister
Pervaiz Elahi for the selection of his brother against the post. Subsequently,
on chief minister's direction the provincial health department short-listed Prof
Javed Akram and Prof Atif Kazmi of the King Edward Medical University and KEMU
pro vice-chancellor Prof Muhammad Awais for the office.
sources said the matter came into the knowledge of the governor who asked the
chief minister secretariat not to consider any of the aforementioned professors
as they did not fulfill the criterion for the coveted post.
categorically conveyed to the CM secretariat that only a person of international
stature could replace Mr Husain who would continue till the availability of such
a professional, the sources added.
A senior doctor is of the view that
extension in service of some of the existing heads of the institutions has been
granted for their `sheer competence' while the others manage to get their
service period extended through connections at `right' places.
Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has been demanding that the government must
stop granting extensions as the practice hampers appointment of eligible people
against coveted posts.
The association has already conveyed its concern
in a letter addressed to the provincial chief minister and governor over the
re-employment of KEMU vice-chancellor Prof Mumtaz Hasan, Allama Iqbal Medical
College principal Prof Sibtul Hasnain and Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim
Yar Khan,chief executive Prof Eice Muhammad.
The letter says: "The
re-employment not only jeopardises the social justice but also denies promotions
to those waiting in the long queue." Dawn