Deans are appointed by chancellor or governor: SMIU clarifies

KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has clarified on Tuesday that SMIU being a new university has appointed no Dean so far because the Deans are appointed by Chancellor/Governor of Sindh and not by the Vice Chancellor.

SMIU while clarifying the news item appeared in a section of media about resignation of Deans has said that the Vice Chancellor had appointed some faculty members during initial days of getting university status for SMI by using his emergency power as there was no Selection Board of the university formulated at that time. The fundamental aim of these appointments on ad hoc basis was to commence academic activities without loss of time.

Subsequently, the Selection Board was constituted with the two former Judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan i.e. Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas and Justice (Retd.) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah as well as Chairman of Sindh Public Service Commission, Mr. A.W. Kazi, former Secretary of Cabinet Division and experts for each subject / discipline. The Selection Board in its meeting decided that for normal selection procedure in accordance with the SMIU Act 2011, an advertisement should be given for all the faculty positions including those filled by the Vice Chancellor on emergency basis.

Accordingly, an advertisement was floated in the national media in November 2013 inviting applications for all academic positions in all departments.

Almost all the faculty members working on adhoc basis at SMIU applied for the relevant positions as well as several candidates from outside the university.

The Selection Board of SMIU conducted interviews from 2nd to 4th January 2014 for consequent three days and selected the candidates purely on merit basis. However, two contract professors appointed by the Vice Chancellor under emergency powers chose not go through the Selection Board for their own reasons and decided to resign.

It may further point out that Dr. Fouzia Naeem Khan perhaps did not apply for the position of professor of Media Study Department at SMIU as she has not requisite qualification. She holds degree from M.A. onward to PhD in Psychology, while the requisite qualification for the professor of Media Studies is PhD in Mass Communication or Journalism or Media Studies.

Similarly, Dr Safeeullah Soomro also could not think himself eligible for the position of professor, hence he resigned.

It has also been clarified that there was no question of sending anybody on forceful leave during the notice period. Dr Safeeullah Soomro ompleted his notice period and was relieved from his charge, while Dr. Fouzia Naeem Khan herself requested in writing to waive off her notice period of one month.

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