ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Friday emphasised the need for provincial empowerment and effective role for promotion of higher education in the country in the light of 18th Constitutional Amendment.  The Chairman Senate said this in a meeting held with a delegation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) led by Professor Dr. Kaleem Ullah Bareach at the Parliament House Islamabad.

The delegation briefed and presented the problems being faced by university faculty in higher education sector universities due to unilateral policies and attitude of federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) especially after 18th Constitutional Amendment.

The delegation also shared the unanimous resolution of All Pakistan University Teachers Convention which resolved implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment in higher education sector in true letter and spirit through confining role of Federal HEC.

The delegation also discussed immediate restoration of the student unions and their representation in all statutory bodies of public sector universities along with elected representatives of university faculty, extending retirement age for university teachers from 60 to 65  and restoration of tax rebate up to 75 per cent for universities faculty/researchers.The Chairman Senate lamented over unnecessary delay in transfer of financial resources and administrative powers to the provincial governments in higher education sector.–STAFF REPORTER

He said that the Implementation Commission after through deliberations decided that a separate account would be operated by each provincial government for transfer of funds to the universities. He called for transparent and merit-based appointments in higher education sector especially vice chancellors through a search committee against specific tenure.

He appreciated the contribution of FAPUASA for promotion of higher education in Pakistan and greeted them over successful convention of university faculty. He assured the delegation for his support and cooperation for resolving the issues being faced by university faculty.  The delegation was comprised Prof. Fareed Khan Achakzai, Prof. Qasim Kasi and Prof. Taleem Badasha Khattak