GCU teachers serving under tenure track go unpaid
Lahore, Sep 4: Teaching faculty of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore serving under Tenure Track System (TTS) has not been paid salary of the last two months.
The delay has been greatly irking the faculty members who had faced similar problem a couple of months ago when salaries for the months of January to April under the TTS were paid in May 2009. This time the teachers have been waiting for salaries of the months of July and August.
A number of GCU teachers on condition of anonymity said the "regular" delay had become a matter of great concern for them while the university administration was taking no heed of growing unrest among the teachers.
They said though TTS faculty members had been receiving pay against university grades (Basic Pay Scale) yet it was quite meagre as compared to salary package of the Tenure Track System. "Under university grades, we are paid peanuts", said one of the teachers, adding "If we have been awarded TTS, we should also be given the salaries under this system".
He further said the delay in paying salary under the Tenure Track System had become a regular feature at the GCU. He said this year salary for the months of January, February, March and April was paid in May. "Last year we faced similar problems" he said questioning "What wrong we have done?"
A number of teachers were of the view that it was only because of mismanagement on part of GCU administration that those serving under the TTS were suffering. "There is no such problem at the Punjab University", commented another teacher while adding "The Higher Education Commission releases grants on annual basis for TTS programme".
It is pertinent to mention here that under the Tenure Track System, the salary over and above the Basic Pay Scale (BPS) is paid by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and it is learnt that the amount is transferred to the universities on annual basis. Under the revised salary structure, salary of a professor on TTS is around Rs 300,000, for associate professor over Rs 200,000 and for assistant professor the salary is over Rs 150,000 per month.
When contacted, GCU Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khursheed said the HEC had yet to release terminal grants owing to which those serving on TTS were not paid the salaries. "However they are getting salary against university grades on regular basis", he said, adding "The delay in connection with TTS salary has occurred many times". He rejected the claim that the delay was because of mismanagement on part of university administration.
To a question, Mr Faisal said 48 teachers were serving the GCU on Tenure Track System. HEC executive director Dr Sohail H Naqvi was not available for comments as he is out of country these days. When contacted, HEC's Advisor on Quality Assurance (Q&A) Dr Riaz Hussain Qureshi said only 20 per cent of the recurring grants had been released so far, adding its utilisation was done by varsities as per their own priorities.
He said there were problems in some universities in connection with grants for TTS as the track system was not clear there. "The GCU might be among these universities", he said, adding "I can confirm this only after going through details". The news
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UVAS gets two new deans
Lahore: Punjab Governor and the UVAS Chancellor Salman Taseer has appointed Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha as Dean of Faculty of Animal Production and Technology and Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmed as Dean of Faculty of Bio-sciences of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore for a period of three years.
The varsity spokesman said here Thursday that Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha did his PhD in Animal Nutrition from the West Virginia University, USA, and has over 29 years of teaching, research and administration experience. While Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmed did his PhD from the University of Minnesota, USA, got Post-Doc training from Canada and has more than 33 years of teaching and research experience. Prof Pasha is an HEC approved supervisor for PhD and has supervised over 60 MPhil and PhD students, while four HEC scholars are now-a-days pursuing their PhD studies under his supervision. He has published over 40 research publications in international refereed scientific journals and presented papers in many national and international conferences.
He has won eight research grants and currently conducting three research projects sponsored by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and Higher Education Commission. He developed PC-I of the UVAS and worked as first registrar of the university, chairman, Department of Animal Nutrition and Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Business Management.
Currently he is acting Vice-Chancellor of the UVAS. He is member of Board of Studies of Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Institute of Industrial Bio-technology, GC University, Lahore. Prof Pasha is President of the Asian Buffalo Association, Member of International Buffalo Federation and Country Representative of International Goat Association, USA, Fellow of Animal Nutrition Society of India, and Member of Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition.
He has been working as consultant to GTZ (German Agency of Technical Cooperation), Livestock and Dairy Development Board, SMEDA, US Grain Council, IDRC, Canada and many private sector commercial projects in livestock and poultry sector. Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmed has also served national universities of the USA, Canada and Jordan.
He has published more than 50 research papers in the USA, UK, Germany, Canada and France. Before appointment as dean, Prof Ijaz was working as Chairman Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of the UVAS on Tenure Track System. He has also been awarded the best university teacher award and other international honours. App
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ACCA partners with OMV
Lahore: ACCA Pakistan has awarded Platinum Approved Employer Status to OMV. This award is the highest level recognition in the Approved Employer Scheme and symbolizes OMV's achievement of attaining best practice standards relating to the support of ACCA trainees and members in the workplace.
Mr Markus Turczyn, Head of Finance, OMV, commended ACCA Pakistan as their Professional Development and Training Partner and said that, "OMV will achieve new horizons of best practice standards through this partnership of professional excellence, which will develop our Finance Team to meet the challenges of Exploration & Production Accounting".
Congratulating, OMV on this occasion, Mr Arif Masud Mirza, Head of ACCA Pakistan lauded OMV's dedication towards employee retention and talent cultivation and said that this strategic partnership will indeed have a remarkable impact on their business value.
Also present at the ceremony were, Mr Syed Raza Haider – Financial Controller, Mr Naveed Akhtar – Manager JV Accounts and Mr Adeel Rahmani – HR Manager from OMV and Mr Haroon A Jan, Head of Business Development, ACCA Pakistan.
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