FAPUASA to resist any plan to give extension to VCs
Wajeeh Ul Hassan
PESHAWAR: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, Tuesday vowed to resist any step on the part of the provincial government to give extension to the vice-chancellors (VCs) of various public-sector universities in the province.
FAPUASA also demanded the incumbent government to made fresh appointments on the already advertised posts of VCs so that the universities could better cope up with the ongoing financial crisis and the precious time of students could be saved.
While talking to The Frontier Post here, FAPUASA’s KP chapter president Dr Sartaj Alam Khan went against any extension to the VCs and considered it violation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities Acts 2012 (amended in 2016).
“Section 12(6) of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities Act 2013 states, “the tenure of three years may be extended once for another such term on the basis of performance to be evaluated by Government against the key performance indicators to be set up by Government” he said and added that though the section was incorporated into the law governing universities in 2016, the HED has yet to make KPIs to evaluate the VC’s performance on the completion of three years tenure.
Dr Sartaj Alam Khan pledged that FAPUASA would resist nepotism in the appointment of VCs.
He maintained that the Women University Mardan Vice-chancellor Dr Ghazala Yaseem is the spouse of principal secretary to the governor Nizamuddin Khan which is probably why the said official is applying every tooth and nail to secure extension for his wife.
He added further that the government should either have removed the principal secretary to the governor or his wife Dr Ghazala Yasmeen from the post of VC Women University Mardan as it involves conflict of interest.
Dr Sartaj Alam Khan also urged the provincial government to roll back its plan of giving extension to the VCs and instead made fresh appointments on the already advertised posts adding that in the meantime demanded full powers for the pro-VCs as a interim arrangements and till the appointments of regular VCs.
He threatened that FAPUASA would start robust protest demonstration if their demands were not met.