ISLAMABAD: Even though two large varsities in the country have seen the names of their new heads announced, these officials have yet to actually take over their new posts.
President Arif Alvi had last month announced the names of Dr Muhammad Ali Shah and Dr Ziaul Qayyum as the vice chancellors of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Islamabad respectively.
The notifications for the appointments were issued on October 26. However, they have yet to take over their roles since both have yet to secure the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Punjab government.
Before his new assignment, Dr Shah was working as the vice chancellor of the Government College University in Faisalabad while Dr Qayyum was posted as the vice chancellor of the Gujrat University.
Sources say that both VCs have failed to obtain the requisite NOC from the Punjab governor thus far, delaying the proceedings.
When contacted in this regard, an officer at the AIOU said that they were in touch with Dr Qayyum and hoped that he will join the varsity from Monday, November 5.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 5th, 2018.
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