Petition seeking DUHS VC removal: SHC issues notices to top officials

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued a notice to health secretary, secretary establishment division Islamabad and registrar of Dow University of Health Sciences on a petition seeking removal of DUHS vice chancellor.

A division bench of SHC, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, also issued the notice to advocate general Sindh and deputy attorney general. The petitioner, Prof Surgeon Dr Ataur Rehman submitted that the Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2013 was legislated on Aug 28, 2013 and according to section 10 (5) of the said statute section 12 (1) of the Dow Universities of Health Sciences Act, 2004 has been amended with the following provision: “Provided that the Vice Chancellor who has remained the Vice Chancellor of the University for more than two terms shall, on commencement of this Act, cease to hold office.”

He said that he was appointed VC of the DUHS in 2004 and he was reappointed in 2008. He said that on the expiry of his term in office in 2012, the petitioner applied in response to an advertisement and appeared before a search committee that recommended him. As a consequence, the governor once again appointed him for third time as VC.

The petitioner submitted that the Dow varsity vice chancellor (VC) had ceased to be vice chancellor by virtue of the Sindh Universities Law (Amendment) Act that said no VC could serve for more than two terms.

He asked the court to declare the holding of the vice chancellor’s office by Dr Masood Hameed unlawful and direct the government to appoint a new VC in accordance with the law.

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