Punjab University procedural loopholes

'Procedural loopholes' in three PU lecturers selection
Lahore, Jan 24: The recent selection of three lecturers at Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) has some procedural loopholes, although the varsity administration claims to have done the job on merit.

A close monitoring of the whole selection process raises doubts over intensions of the varsity administration, as mystery shrouds the whole episode right from the advertisement of posts till the final selection of candidates.

It has been revealed that candidates who were short-listed to appear before the Selection Committee had received interview call letters just a day before the interview. The interview was scheduled on December 28, 2011 while most of candidates received interview letters on December 27.

Another important point to be mentioned here is related to the meeting agenda where only one post was mentioned while a total of three lecturers were selected in the meeting. Similarly, the advertisement which appeared on November 3, 2011 did not mention total number of posts to be filled at PUICS.

A candidate, Khalid Rashid, also said that his CV submitted for interview did not contain all pages, alleging some of these pages were allegedly removed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Khalid Rashid who is contract lecturer at PUICS has already submitted a complaint at Chief Minister Secretariat, alleging violation of merit in the Selection Board. However, his allegations have already been refuted by PU administration in reply to the CM Secretariat.

Another important point to be mentioned here is early summoning of the Selection Board's meeting. According to rules of procedure for meetings of the Selection Board as mentioned in the PU Calendar "Ordinarily a week's notice shall be given for a meeting which shall be circulated among members either through special messenger or by post under a certificate of posting." However in the instant case, notice for the meeting was issued on December 27, just a day before the meeting.

One of the aggrieved candidates said "We were not expecting that university like PU would call them on emergency basis for interview just hours before the interview", adding due to lack of time they could not prepare themselves well for the interview. About the CV of Khalid Rashid, a PU official claimed that he (Khalid Rashid) had submitted only a three-page document in response to the advertisement. However, when contacted, Khalid Rashid claimed that he had submitted a file comprising twenty-eight pages. When asked why the number of seats in the advertisement was not mentioned dated November 3, 2011, PU Additional Registrar-I Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir claimed that nothing was done against rules, adding it was not compulsory or binding to advertise the number of seats.

To a question that as there was one seat mentioned in the agenda of the selection board's meeting then as to why three candidates were selected, Dr Aurangzeb said if the Selection Board found more suitable candidates then it could select more. "We cannot miss suitable candidates because such candidates improve the ranking of the varsity", he added.

When asked as to posts of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor which had been lying vacant for years had not been filled and instead lecturers had been recruited by the Additional Registrar-I, claimed the selection of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor took more time. When asked about late delivery of interview letters, Dr Aurangzeb claimed that the administration had informed the candidates telephonically two days before the interview. "If I have command over a subject then I can perform well in the interview even if I was informed late", he argued.

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Dr Kamran appointed PU VC for another term
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department on Monday issued notification of appointment of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as vice-chancellor of the Punjab University.

His appointment was approved by Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa on the advice of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. This is Dr Kamran's second consecutive appointment as PU VC as his earlier four-year tenure had expired on January 2.

It is important to mention here that this time Dr Kamranís appointment date as PU VC has coincided with his birthday, i.e. January 23. Higher Education Departmentís Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir confirmed that the department had issued notification of Dr Mujahid Kamranís appointment.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, PU Syndicate members appreciated Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on appointing Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as vice-chancellor for four years.

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Students securing above 70% marks to get laptops
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, in order to encourage the brilliant students for attaining high marks in examinations, has decided to distribute over three lakh laptops among them and the directives in this regard have been issued to the concerned district governments of the Punjab.

Credible sources told this correspondent here on Monday that the Punjab chief minister in first phase has announced to distribute one lakh laptops among those students who achieved more than 70% marks in annual examinations of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education during the year 2011. As per decision of the Punjab chief minister directions have been issued to the concerned quarters including the city district governments all over the Punjab. The concerned higher officials including DCOs and the executive directors of their concerned educational directorates have been instructed to prepare lists of those students who excelled in the board exams with more than 70% marks.

As per directives of the chief minister, the related officials have instructed the heads of educational institutions to send lists of such students so that it could be submitted to the Punjab chief minister for his final approval. Work on preparing students lists has been initiated in all institutions.

The officials in the Directorate of Education, Rawalpindi district, as well as the city district government confirmed the report besides the heads of several public and private schools. The distribution of laptops would be made both to the students of private and government schools.

Similarly, political leaders like MNAs and MPAs of Rawalpindi including Hanif Abbasi, Malik Shakil Awan, Sheharyar Riaz, Chaudhry Ayaz confirmed the report. They said the Punjab governments move to distribute laptops is to promote education in and to encourage other students to achieve higher marks in their examinations.

Shakil Awan said that before this move the Punjab government has already given scholarships, cash awards to those students who achieved top positions in the Matric exams during last year. The students who achieved distinctions and scholarships were also taken to trips to different parts of the country. It is also in the programme of the present Punjab government to sent the top position-holders to abroad for attaining further studies including colleges and universities. The news

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