HEC proposal on deans' appointments rejected
LAHORE, May 8(Daily Times): The Education
Department has rejected the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) proposal of
appointing faculty deans and departmental chairpersons in government
universities through a search committee saying that it is against the
Universities Act and will facilitate political influence in the management of
Punjab University registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said that the appointment of faculty deans and departmental chairpersons
through a search committee would be against the Universities Act. He said
appointments through a search committee could invite outside influence in the
affairs of universities.
Dr Khan said the appointments should remain in
the control of university VCs for better management. He said the university
syndicates were the best search committees because they consisted of senior
university officials and public representatives.
A department official
said the HEC had sought comments from the Education Department regarding the
appointments by search committees. He said the department rejected the proposal
after receiving comments from some government universities' VCs and senior
He said senior officials of various universities had said that
the Universities Act included instructions on appointment of deans and
chairpersons. The official said most VCs stated this would increase the burden
on the chancellor's office. They also said this would be against the autonomy of
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