MULTAN The Bahauddin Zakariya Universitys University Teachers Forum on Friday urged the government not to make any political appointment against vice-chancellor seat and choose the most eligible person out of those proposed by the Search Committee for this office. Addressing a joint press conference here at Multan Press Club, Chairman UTF Prof Dr Akram Rana, senior vice chairman, Dr Abdul Quddoos Sohaib and others said that the professor who topped the list of eligible candidates for VC post prepared by the committee, should be appointed as the vice-chancellor without any delay. They lamented that the BZU was being run without vice-chancellor as a result of which teachers, students and workers were faced with serious problems. They feared that the financial grants would lapse if the VC was not appointed forthwith, resulting into a severe financial crisis. They warned the government not to make any political appointment, saying it would promote safarish culture and ruin the merit policy. They suggested to the government to appoint Prof. Riaz ul Haq Tariq, a Grade-22 professor, as officiating vice chancellor to run daily affairs of the varsity in case of delay in appointment of fulltime VC. He is the senior most dean and he possesses vast administrative experience, they added. They said that appointment of any controversial personality would, however, be resisted strongly. Any person having affiliation with any certain group will achieve nothing but create chaos, they warned. They said that the varsity could not afford pen-drop strike and, therefore, teachers would continue their academic and research activities. They said that they believed in positive struggle for getting accepted their demands. They further demanded of the government to boost budget for Higher Education Commission and restore BZUs frozen grants. They drew the attention of government towards stoppage of scholarship installments, asking the government to restore them. They called for increase in salaries in proportion with price hike and revision of workers scales.