ISLAMABAD Jan 13 (TNS): Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has demanded for formation of search committee headed by reputed academicians instead of politicians and government officials for appointment of new Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Vice Chancellors to ensure transparency and merit in the selection process.
Prof. Dr. Kaleemullah Barech Central President FAPUASA and Dr. Shehzad Ashraf President FAPUASA-Islamabad while talking to the delegation of Youth Council of Pakistan headed by Waqar Ali, has emphasized over federal government to ensure merit based appointments at key positions as previously non- transparent appointments in education sector have adversely affected progress of higher education in Pakistan.
This is the right time to rescue the higher education by at least appointing the higher education leadership especially chairman HEC on merit, which is possible only if the appointment is free from political intervention, they added.
Reacting over the news related to appointment of new chairperson HEC, Dr. Kaleemullah said that matter of appointment of HEC chief and role of search committee have already been challenged at Islamabad and Lahore High Court. In the light of various verdicts of Supreme Court of Pakistan, all the appointments in higher education sector especially chairperson Higher Education Commission and vice chancellors should be done through advertisement, open and transparent mechanism instead of granting extensions. There is dire need to create opportunities for dynamic personalities to lead the higher education sector both at national and provincial levels.
Being a controlling authority of federal HEC, they appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to appoint eminent academician to head search committee for appointment of Chairman HEC through open, transparent and competitive process. They said while appointing on such important posts, candidates with controversial careers should be avoided and role and composition of search committee would be vital to appoint new HE C chief in order to avoid controversies, litigation and a further destruction of Higher Education sector of Pakistan.
The search committee can play vital role for selection of competent and qualified chairman HEC, which should be formed irrespective of political interference. Otherwise, the present scenario may persist and efforts to uplift the higher education remains in vain. It was also decided to form committee comprising of reputed academicians, representatives of civil society organizations and experts on higher education sector.
This committee would monitor and review the process of key appointments in higher education sector especially HEC chairman and vice chancellors on regular basis. The committee would prepare monitor reports in this regard which would be shared with concerned stakeholders, parliamentarians and media.