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Punjab university syndicate to debate TTS for approval

LAHORE, Oct 27: The Punjab University is all set to adopt the much debated Tenure Track System (TTS) for its faculty members as the case is being tabled for adoption in the varsity's syndicate meeting scheduled to be held in the second week of November, it was learnt on Friday.

Sources at PU said a modified version of the TTS would be tabled in the syndicate meeting for adoption since the earlier version of the system forwarded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) was rejected by the varsity's teachers on the plea that it did not provide job security. The Tenure Track System is a performance based service structure for university teachers in order to promote research culture among them while offering them handsome salary packages.

Sources added the system was introduced to encourage faculty members to spare more time for research instead of keeping themselves busy in teaching during different shifts to earn extra money.

However, TTS had to face great resistance from university teachers especially from PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) due to condition of a specific tenure for faculty members based on performance in terms of research and publication of research papers.

The HEC had also modified the TTS for the PU to adopt and the case was presented to the varsity Syndicate for deliberations several times but was either withdrawn or deferred owing to teachers protest against it. In this regard, a PU official on plea of anonymity claimed that the new modified version of TTS provide job security besides lucrative salary package. He said if a faculty member looses his services under TTS because of not fulfilling its requirements, he/she could continue to serve the varsity under university rules. Reportedly, under the TTS, a faculty member would be on probation for a period of six years during the initial period of appointment and his/her services would be confirmed only after two thorough external reviews of his/her research and teaching achievements after the third and sixth year by a committee of eminent foreign experts. It is worth mentioning here that the HEC had recently revised the salary structure for faculty members under TTS. When contacted, HEC executive director Dr Suhail H Naqvi said that under the revised salary structure, salary of a professor on TTS would be increased up to Rs 330,000, an associate professorís to Rs 250,000 and an assistant professorís to Rs 180,000 per month. He said it was strange why PU was not benefiting from this wonderful programme.

Talking to us, PUASA president Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Salik, who is also president of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), said the ASA and the federation would not resist TTS this time since major demands of faculty members had been accepted for adoption of TTS.

PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan while confirming that adoption of TTS would be tabled in the varsityís syndicate meeting scheduled for November, said more than 200 PU faculty members qualified for the TTS. He added a large number of university professors had expressed their willingness to adopt TTS this time adding at present only six to seven teachers were serving the university under TTS from the PU School of Biological Sciences (SBS). The News

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