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Ad hocism rules Punjab Technical Board
« on: May 03, 2010, 09:58:23 AM »
Ad hocism rules Punjab Technical Board

LAHORE:ADHOCISM seems to rule the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) as none of the top slots is currently held by regular incumbents.

The posts including those of Chairman, Secretary and Controller of Examinations are all being “looked after” by officials on additional charge exposing government’s “commitment” to promote technical education and vocational training in the province.

Chief Operating Officer of the Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) has been holding additional charge of Chairman PBTE since February 2010 while earlier the same post was looked after for almost a year on additional charge basis.

The post of PBTE Secretary is being held by the board’s senior research officer while the post of Controller of Examination is also being held by the board’s Deputy Controller of Examination on additional charge. Besides this the post of board’s Audit Officer is also being managed on additional charge.

It is pertinent to mention here that PBTE is the only board holding and conducting all final examinations pertaining to technical, commercial and vocational education below degree level in Punjab.

Moreover, the recent decision of the Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) management to abolish posting of its employees on key slots of PBTE on deputation has raised concern among the stakeholders.

Recently the Tevta authorities decided that the posts of Chairman, Secretary and Controller of the PBTE would be advertised and appointments against these posts would be made on contract mode only. “There will be an open competition”, said a senior official adding “Only the best individuals would be appointed against these top slots to achieve desire results.”

He added since PBTE was an examining body; it had been decided to appoint neutral individuals against top slots. There had been alleged incidents of favouritism, the official said adding the fresh move would help in ending such practices.

However, the Tevta employees believe the move is an effort to deprive them of their right. They argue the boards dealing in general education welcome only teachers of schools and colleges to serve on key posts on deputation. “Why the same policy cannot continue in the technical education board?” they question.

When contacted Chairman Tevta Saeed Ahmad Alvi said the posting of PBTE Chairman delayed for sometime as one of the applicants had filed a writ petition.

“The matter is solved now”, he said adding “The candidate for this slot will be finalized in almost two weeks time.” He further said the posts of Secretary and Controller would also be advertised soon.

Talking about ending appointments through deputation on key slots, Chairman Tevta said the decision was taken after due deliberations. “There has been an unhealthy competition for these slots”, he said adding it was also unfortunate that the candidates aspiring for such posts usually tried to use connections for appointments on administrative posts. Mr Alvi further said the posts would now be advertised and filled through a competition. He added Tevta employees would also be allowed to compete.—halid KhattakThe news