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Punjab University college status change notice withdrawn

LAHORE, May 28(Daily Times): Punjab University (PU) additional registrar Mustansar Javaid said on Sunday that the university had withdrawn its notification on changing the status of PU constituent colleges.

He said that the notification was withdrawn so that the university syndicate could debate on the issue before it were implemented. He said university wanted to know the opinion of all stakeholders over the issue. He called baseless the impression that the notification was withdrawn following resentment by PU faculty members.

However, university sources said the withdrawal was the outcome of strong opposition and resentment by university faculty members who had denounced the decision to give control over the PU constituent colleges to an independent board of governors.

They said the decision had caused great unrest among the faculty members of all constituent colleges and that the latter were of the opinion that the move could 'disintegrate' the university besides making education too expensive for students.

PU vice chancellor Arshad Mehmood had used his discretionary powers under Section 15(3) of the PU Act 1973 and issued a notification number D/1482/Acad, on May 14 stating that the status of PU's constituent colleges would change and they would be placed under the control of a board of governors. On Saturday the entire teaching faculty of the PU Faculty of Law met and unanimously demanded the vice chancellor withdraw the notification, calling it 'malafide and unlawful'.

PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) president Dr Mumtaz Salik also expressed the apprehension of the teaching community over the 'secret' move, alleging that the VC had abused his authority by issuing the notification. He said changing the status of the PU constituent colleges was part of the government's agenda to privatise the education sector.

Elected representatives of the faculty members of the PU syndicate wrote to the VC on Friday, urging him to withdraw the notification.
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