Karachi: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association’ (FAPUASA) President Naimatullah Laghari and Sindh chapter President Prof Dr Ayaz Ali Kerio on Monday issued two-week ultimatum to the Sindh government to withdraw its decision of directly appointing registrars and controllers of examinations in government-run universities of Sindh, bypassing the varsity rules and regulation.
The warning of FAPUASA came after publication of an advertisement in the newspapers regarding appointment on the posts of registrar and controller of examination by the Sindh government at all public sector universities of the province3.
In this regard an emergency meeting of FAPUASA was held at University of Karachi on Monday. It was also attended by presidents and general secretaries of Teachers’ Associations of all universities including University of Karachi, NED University of Engineering and Technology, University of Sindh, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, University of Agriculture and Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur.
Talking to PPI, Dr Ayaz said the most important posts after the post of Vice Chancellor, the Registrar and Controller of Examination, should be filled with the consent of autonomous body of varsity syndicate as per the universities’ rules and regulations.
He said the Sindh government disappointed them once again as the same advertisement was published last year too which was withdrawn later after the protest of FAPUASA, and Sindh government signed an agreement with them for not filling these posts on political basis.
It was decided in a meeting to observe a ‘black day’ in all Sindh universities on August 5, 2015 and suspend academic activities against the Sindh government’s decision which is violating the autonomy of universities.
NED Teachers Association (NETA) president Dr Usman Ali Shah told PPI that this act will sabotage the autonomy of Sindh universities and affect the quality of higher education.
It was resolved that NETA will join hand with FAPUASA to safeguard the autonomy of Sindh Universities. He said this advertisement is against the past commitment of the government to revise the university act in accordance with recommendations of FAPUASA.
Dr Naimatullah has summoned another meeting on August 12, 2015 which will be attended by FAPUASA and associations of universities in Sindh for chalking out future strategy to tackle this issue.
FAPUASA demanded the Sindh government to withdraw the advertisement and initiate dialogue with them.