‘UoE creating hurdles to teachers’ education’
Lahore: A number of lecturers in various subjects of the University of Education have accused the university administration of creating hurdles to their higher education. After an emergent meeting of the university’s Association of Lecturers on Sunday, a member, on condition of anonymity, said it was unfortunate and unjust that despite the issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the vice-chancellor to all the lecturers who had applied for admission to Punjab University for PhD, the university was reluctant to sanction them study leave.

“Now as we have deposited admission fee for PhD classes in the Punjab University, going to start from September 20 (today), the VC should not be reluctant,” said the lecturer, adding that the VC should follow the governmentĂ­s slogan of producing more and more PhDs and promotion of research culture in universities.

He said over six lecturers from different campuses of the university were facing the problem.

The aggrieved lecturers alleged that the VC had earlier granted leaves to the lecturers who were completing their PhD from other countries but the VC had adopted a discriminatory attitude towards the lecturers who wanted to do PhD from universities in the country.

They appealed to the Governor Punjab, who is also chancellor of university, to intervene in the matter and redress their grievance. When contacted, UE VC Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza said she had never discouraged capacity building of the faculty members, adding, however, everything should be done through proper process and procedure.

She said she could not recall as to how many lecturers had applied for the study leave to do PhD, adding however that allowing all of them would not be possible as a new session had started and the university would be need faculty members to teach the students.

Dr Mirza further said that it was also yet to be determined as to how many lecturers were eligible for the study leave, adding that the university not only facilitated but encouraged its faculty members to pursue higher education. The news

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