LAHORE: A delegation of the elected representatives of Punjab University Lahore, in continuation of the ongoing dialogue with the highest officials/ decision makers, held a meeting with Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, the Chairman Higher Education Commission, in Islamabad on September 21, 2022.
The delegation comprised of the elected members PU Syndicate Dr. Asghar Iqbal, Dr. Muhammad Islam, Secretary PUASA Dr. Amjad Magsi and Prof Dr. Muhammad Nasir. The delegation raised the major concerns of the teaching community related to HEC.
Diuring the meeting following agenda items were discussed at length:
1- New/ Rational Service Structure for the teachers of the public sector universities, including both BPS & TTS.
A comprehensive draft was presented by the elected representatives to the Chairman in this regard.
2- Simplification of the evaluation process for the promotion/ selection of the University teachers to the next grades.
3- Financial/ administrative problems being faced by the centres at the universities in general and PU in particular.
4- Reservations of universities’ teachers on HEC’s policy regarding research journals.
5- Issues related to the evaluation of PhD dissertations.
The Chairman HEC responded positively and assured to resolve the issues at the earliest and a breakthrough is expected soon. He appreciated the concrete proposals presented by the delegation regarding the service structure and agreed to include those in the final draft under consideration by the HEC.
He stressed maintaining quality and good governance in the Universities and showed concerns over the unnecessary expansion causing the deep financial crisis in the Universities.