Appointment of GCU registrar delayed
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department is delaying the appointment of Government College University registrar, as Administrative Secretary Haseeb Athar has not sent recommendations of a search committee to the chief minister even after passage of more than three months.
The three-member search committee consisting of former GCU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab, GCU professor emeritus Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh and University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz had recommended incumbent registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid’s appointment as registrar on a regular basis.
GCU acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq reportedly told the higher education department last week that a case for the appointment of GCU registrar was sent to the department on Jan 11 this year but it did not respond.
The higher education department was supposed to send committee’s recommendations to the chief minister through a summary for consequent recommendation of the chief minister and orders by the Punjab governor/chancellor.
Sources in the higher education department said Athar was sitting on committee’s recommendations.
Higher education department officials said Khurshid was appointed GCU registrar for three years and his term completed on Oct 11. When Khurshid’s tenure was inching toward its end, former vice-chancellor Prof Aftab sent the case for his permanent appointment on Sept 15. However, the education department told the GCU that as per advice of the Regulation Wing of the S&GAD, contract period of Khurshid could not be treated as probation with retrospective effect and advised it that it should advertise the post and select a registrar through a formal search committee. The GCU formed the three-member search committee, which short-listed candidates for the post and interviewed them. Later, the committee sent its recommendation through the GCU Syndicate to the higher education department for further action.
Khurshid’s six-month look after charge expired on April 12. Sources say the higher education department did not even move a summary to the governor/chancellor for GCU Registrar office’s look after charge to Khurshid in October last year.
Khurshid was allowed to look after the office of the registrar under Section 13(3) of the GCU Lahore Ordinance 2002 till further orders. As per GCU ordinance, it is mandatory that the action taken under Section 13(3) in an emergency should be reported to governor/chancellor, the competent authority. The university sent the case to the governor in October for his ascent and he reportedly forwarded the case to the higher education department within two weeks, asking it to examine the case and submit a summary to Governor’s Secretariat for orders. However, the higher education department reportedly did not respond to Governor’s Secretariat as well.
Athar was not available for his comment. Dawn