Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of several public sector universities of Punjab have raised serious reservations over the Public Sector Universities (Amendment) Act 2020 drafted by the Punjab government.
The VCs have claimed that the proposed amendment will open the door for the appointment of retired judges and bureaucrats as heads of syndicates of the public universities.
Taking to Twitter, VC Punjab University (PU), Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, said that the move will deprive public sector universities of their autonomy.
Similar policies have destroyed public institutions like public schools, colleges, hospitals, and transport. It shall not be repeated in public universities. Kindly respect and trust your teachers.
Destroying policy of public institutions like public schools,public colleges,public hospitals, public transport etc shall not be repeated in public universities. Kindly respect & trust your teachers.
— Niaz Ahmad Akhtar (@DrNiazAhmadSI) June 22, 2020
Academic Staff Association (ASA) of GC University (GCU) Lahore, has declared the proposed bill as an anti-education policy of HEC.
VC GC University Lahore, Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, voiced ideas similar to VC PU.
Should a vice-chancellor act as “deputy Secretary” of Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab? Can someone show me one good university in the world that runs well under the command of the government?
Should a Vice Chancellor act as ‘deputy Secretary’ of @PunjabHed
Can someone show me one good university in the world that runs well under the command of the government?
Autonomy and provision of resources should become the basis of the growth and quality of higher education! pic.twitter.com/oe4T9d6Zg7
— Asghar Zaidi (@zaidia) June 21, 2020
President ASA-GCU, Dr. Atif Shahbaz, and General Secretary, Dr. Ahtisham Ali, have said that the association will lead protests against Punjab government, should it proceed with the Public Sector Universities (Amendment) Act 2020.
Last week, the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) had threatened to boycott the process of online education in all public sector universities countrywide from 30 June.
FAPUASA claimed that Public Sector Universities (Amendment) Act 2020 will undermine the autonomy of the universities. The association had also announced to put up strong resistance to any politically motivated act of the Punjab government.