Islamabad:The Academic Staff Association (ASA) of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has expressed concern over bypassing of senior faculty members like deans while appointing heads of committees.
According to minutes of a recent executive committee meeting of the ASA, the members observed that a dean used to chair the meetings of departmental promotion committee and house allotment committee but now the practice had been discontinued and administrative officials like registrar had been made heads of such committees.
The executive members said that faculty’s input is very important for promotion of technical and administrative staff and had been the practice for many decades at QAU where a dean used to head most of the committees. Members of EC demanded that the administration should notify the committees with dean(s) as their heads.
ASA President Dr Afzal Bhatti informed the house that the ASA office-bearers had held a meeting with the vice chancellor to express faculty concerns regarding delay in processing the cases for the posts of associate professor and professor and failure of the administration to place the cases of some faculty members before the selection board.
The VC assured at that time that such discrepancies will not occur in the selection bard and cases of all the faculty members whose reports had been received in the registrar office will be included. The committee also wanted that a copy of the reports should be sent to the concerned chairperson, dean and the vice-chancellor also to ensure transparency and punctuality.
The committee also discussed the decision of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) seeking implementation of Supreme Court’s verdict to remove all contractual appointments of retired personnel in the universities. The federation had announced to start protest campaign against the appointment of superannuated vice-chancellors, deans, directors, chairpersons and professors if they were not removed within a month.
The QAU ASA decided to first go through the SC verdict and deferred the matter till the next meeting. The EC also created two subcommittees to expedite the progress in phase-2 of the QAU Staff Housing Scheme.The news