University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) teachers on Monday staged a demonstration against the government’s recent decision of placing the Higher Education Commission (HEC) under the Ministry of Professional and Technical Education and non-release of funds for HEC.
The demonstration was called by the UAF Academic Staff Association.
The protesters held banners and placards and chanted slogans against the government decision of slashing HEC funds and thereby causing problems for public universities. They demanded that the government restore HEC’s status as an autonomous organisation. The protesting academic staff wore black ribbons on their arms and demanded the Centre to withdraw the orders immediately. They said the decision had brought the research work in the university to halt.
ASA President Dr Munir A Sheikh addressed the rally. He warned the government of a “stronger and bigger” protest by the staff if their demands were not met.“This also includes boycott of classes from the next week,” he said.
He said the staff association will continue protesting against the government till the funds were released.
He said due to the non-release of funds, the university would not be able to pay salaries to the staff next month. He said from the demand of Rs8 billon, the government released only Rs2 billion for the HEC.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2012.