NED teachers, VC at odds over policies
KARACHI, June 18(Dawn): There is a widespread sense of discontent among the teaching
cadres of the NED University of Engineering and Technology. Teachers seem locked
in a bitter tussle with the administration, as they feel unnecessarily strapped
by certain policies imposed by high-ups.
Sources in the institution
maintain that some teachers have been victimised on the basis of unsubstantiated
complaints, lodged through anonymous e-mails. The validity of these complaints,
sources believe, has neither been ascertained nor investigated.
to some, the university's new bureaucratic environment has fuelled much
apprehension amongst both teachers and students. When asked to comment on their
disturbing circumstances, the teachers refused to say anything on record and
expressed fear towards the Vice Chancellor, Engr. Abul Kalam.
teachers have been transferred to other campuses without any reason," claimed a
source, adding that the notification from the administration merely mentioned
the complaints against the teachers received through anonymous
"Apart from that, rules such as making a minimum of 54 classes
of a batch per year compulsory even if the course has been completed are simply
beyond comprehension," remarks an angry professor.
Some of the other
rules include mandatory hours. Teachers have to stay on the campus from 8.30 in
the morning to 3.30 in the afternoon with instructions to clock in and clock
Lecturers believe that this makes them easy prey to partiality. They
say that if they are late on occasion, the heads of the departments can turn the
timesheets against them. Moreover, they also assert that the university's policy
of not awarding a 'zero' to any student even in the event of a no-show is
nothing short of absurd.
"If anyone dares to complain about the
university's policies, he may either lose his job or be transferred elsewhere,"
says a lecturer.
Although all teachers agree that initially, the vice
chancellor had taken some brilliant steps towards improving the standards of
education and had proved to be the right man for the job, they regret that over
a period of time misunderstandings have cropped up between the VC and the
teaching corps. They hold 'some people close to him' responsible for the
"We are highly concerned about the university's ranking, which
has gone down in recent years," say students who are 'customers' in the
university's policy papers. "When we look at other universities, we feel that
our university is following a course which is fairly outdated."
the man at the helm of the affairs dismisses these contentions as 'scandalous
allegations'. "The teachers who have been transferred are more interested in
politics than teaching," he maintains, pointing out that a proper investigation
is carried out before anyone is subjected to such action."
the marking system, he says, "We pick the best students from the rest and feel
that they do not deserve a zero in any case."
The VC also vehemently
defends the time monitoring procedures. "When the university pays the teachers,
it has the right to ensure their presence on the campus till all the classes are
over. Why should there be any confusion about that?" He believes that it is
highly unlikely for teachers to complete such an intensive course before the
Given the rigid stance on either side, this controversy
is unlikely to go beyond a stalemate for a while. However, the administration,
despite all its reasons, has to address the concerns of both students and
teachers to prevent a decline coming to the standards of this old and recognised
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