LAHORE: The government will appoint acting vice chancellors (VCs) at four universities in the province, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Requesting anonymity, an official of the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) said that the decision to appoint acting VCs had been taken at a high-level meeting of the department. “Dr Hassan Amir Shah will be appointed as the acting VC of Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Dr Tahir Amin will be the acting Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan VC, Dr Rauf-i-Azam the acting VC of University of Education (UoE) and Dr Sara Shahid will be the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) acting VC. However, an acting VC has not been finalised for the University of Sargodha (UoS) so far,” he said.
The posts of 10 public sector universities VCs were advertised in April. However, no appointment has been made so far.
The universities are: GCU Lahore, UoE, LCWU, UoS, BZU Multan, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi, Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur, The Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Information Technology Multan and KhawajaFareed University of Engineering and Information Technology Rahim Yar Khan.
The tenure of LCWU VC Dr Sabiha Mansoor, FJWU Rawalpindi VC Dr Samina Amin Qadir expired on July 13. The tenures of GCU VC Dr Khaleequr Rahman, UoE VC Dr Faizul Hassan and BZU VC Dr Syed Khawaja Alqamahad expired on July 22.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Nizamuddin said the authority had asked for the names of senior faculty members from the universities for their possible appointment as acting VCs.“A summary in this regard had been sent to the chief minister,” he said.
Talking to The Express Tribune, the UoE public relations officer said that the university had not yet received any notification for the appointment of an acting vice chancellor.
The GCU spokesperson said that the university was also awaiting an official notification in this regard.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2015.