Four universities: Court reserves verdict on VCs selection

After hearing the arguments, Justice Shahid Karim reserved the judgment in the case


Our Correspondent November 14, 2016
LHC PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court reserved its verdict on Monday in a case related to the appointment of vice-chancellors at four public-sector universities in Punjab.

The judge had earlier stayed the process for the appointment of VCs at Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, University of Sargodha and Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology, Multan.

Dr Asmatullah of Punjab University’s Zoology Department and others had challenged the process of the VCs appointment, saying the Punjab Higher Education Department had no authority to appoint the varsity heads.

The petitioners submitted the power to appoint VCs solely rested with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the court must direct the government to appoint them in accordance with the law and merit.

During a previous hearing, Advocate General of Punjab Shakilur Rehman told the court the HEC had no role in appointment of VCs at public-sector universities.

After hearing the arguments, Justice Shahid Karim reserved the judgment in the case.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2016.

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