University teachers to boycott classes against HEC policies
LAHORE, Sept 17: The Federation of All
Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) said on Sunday that
it would boycott classes for two hours in all public universities on September
19 and 26 against the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) refusal to accept its
demands. The HEC has called it 'propaganda' against the commission.
FAPUASA has been protesting against the HEC for the last two months, as the HEC
did not accept its demands as to upgrading teachers, stopping the implementation
of the Modern University Ordinance (MUO) in the Balochistan University,
discouraging the appointment of retired soldier as vice chancellors and reducing
the HEC's interference in universities' internal matters.
The HEC framed
a committee, headed by Peshawar University of Engineering and Technology (UET)
vice chancellor Imtiaz Gillani, two weeks ago to negotiate with the FAPUASA
officials for their demands. The committee's first meeting was held in Peshawar
two days ago but it could not solve the matter.
FAPUASA president Dr
Mumtaz Ahmed Salik said that FAPUASA had decided that teachers would
boycott if the HEC would not fulfill their demands. He said, "The government
will be responsible for students' academic lose."
He said that in the
meeting in Peshawar, the HEC
officials assured the FAPUASA officials that
their demands would be fulfilled.
Salik said that another meeting in this
regard would be held on Sep 21 in Islamabad at the HEC headquarter, in which HEC
executive director Dr Sohail H Naqvi would announce a decision regarding
Dr Naqvi said he would not attend the meeting.
He said the HEC committee had forwarded the report of the meeting in
Peshawar, suggesting "the FAPUASA did not want to solve its
The FAPUASA was staging 'propaganda ' against the HEC and
changing its demands day by day, he added. He denounced the FAPUASA's claim that
the MUO was against the education policies and the Universities Act.
said the FUPUSA had been demanding that non-PhD teachers should also be
Naqvi said that in the Balochistan University, the degrees of
some FAPUASA member teachers were
fake and the federation was saving their
FAPUASA secretary Dr Asmatullah said the teachers' degrees were
genuine. He said if the degrees were fake the teachers should have been
terminated. These teachers had a clash with the Balochistan University VC, who
was in favour of the MUO, he added.
Around 400 teachers in public
universities are waiting for the upgrade and their majority belongs to
engineering universities. Dr Asmatullah said in the meeting with the HEC in
January it was decided that the reaming teachers would be upgraded in a month,
but the HEC had done nothing in this regard even after eight months.
Naqvi said the HEC committee was working to upgrade the teachers. Daily Times
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