Vice Chancellors of Public Universities Request Government to Release Funds

Islamabad: The Vice Chancellors’ Committee held a heated and energized debate on Tuesday to deal with the lack of funds and the situation where some universities are even running out of funds to pay salaries. Over 70 Vice Chancellors/Rectors of public sector universities from all over the country attended the meeting.

Many university employees in KPK have already begun agitation to demand their 50 and 15 per cent increase in salaries. VCs from Balochistan, KPK could barely contain their contempt for the situation that they faced and scoffed at idea of HEC’s demand to improve quality, introduce entrepreneurship and focus on relevant research.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Laghari while acknowledging the challenges faced by the universities emphasized that leadership role of vice chancellors is very critical. He advised the university heads to raise funds in addition to the Government funding.

“A university leader is expected to develop an administrative team and become a role model for faculty members, administrative staff as well as the students,” he said.

Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC stressed the need for sustaining higher education for the socio-economic uplift of the country.

He said that universities are now an integral part of the society because universities have an important role to play in building communities and economy, besides providing leadership to the country. He suggested that universities should raise funds. VCs however gave examples where many were already generating 40-50 per cent of their resources.

While stressing the significance of quality measures in universities, Dr. Naqvi asked the vice chancellors to strictly implement the quality criteria in their respective institutions including plagiarism policy, MS/PhD eligibility criteria, appointment of faculty members, etc.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellors elected Engr. Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Vice Chancellor, UET Peshawar, D. Noshad Shaikh, Vice Chancellor, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro and Dr. Mujahid Kamran as members of the VCs Committee.

The Vice Chancellors/Rectors of 72 public sector universities resolved unanimously that singling out university employees and denying them 50% salary increase last year and 15% this year is untenable, unjust and discriminatory.

The VCs asked the Government to provide additional grants to cover this shortfall before the simmering employees’ agitation turns out of control vitiating the peaceful educational environment causing irreparable loss to students and their studies.

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Aayesha Ikram
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Higher Education Commission
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