Merit based appointments in federal varsities demanded

The Working Group on Higher Education Reforms reacting over the longstanding issue of adhocism and no-merit based appointments at top slots in federally chartered universities and victimization of the faculty, has demanded immediate appointment of Vice Chancellors in Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Rectors in Comsats and International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).
They also demanded an end to victimization of faculty especially the whistle-blowers by the autocratic administration of the varsities.
The Working Group comprising of senior academicians, higher education experts and elected office bearers of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) during a meeting held at QAU Islamabad, expressed their dismay over the adhocism and demanded to form a search committee comprising of eminent scholars with clean background.
They recommended that the search process should be open and transparent, where the credentials and marking of each candidate must be made public by placing those on website, the previously adopted closed and secret process resulted in appointments of incompetent and illegal persons at top slot in higher education sector. They demanded a fair and unbiased audit of all previous VCs appointments. They also demanded to advertise the vacant positions well before the end of tenures. The interim setup should perform only day to day affairs.—INP

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