islamabad - The faculty of Quaid-i-Azam University on Thursday held a protest march in campus once again demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr. Javed Ashraf accusing him of carrying out discriminatory policies against the teaching staff.

Protestors held placards and marched peacefully through the administration block demanding the resignation of the Vice-chancellor.

The teaching faculty expressed concerns over the nepotistic and botched policies of VC Dr. Ashraf declaring him responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in the campus.

Teachers said that QAU is facing myriad issues including governance, law and order and short-term policies of the current administration of Dr. Ashraf.  Protestors also highlighted the gross negligence over issues such as land encroachment.

“All this mess is causing an upheaval in the ranks of faculty which will continue to boycott academic activities if the current strategy of peaceful protest remains counterproductive,” said President Academic Staff Association (ASA) Dr. Aqeel Abbas.

He said that university is performing outstandingly in its research programs due to the teaching faculty’s contribution but the situation is terrible on the management side.

ASA like last year has once again passed a unanimous resolution demanding immediate resignation of the VC, he added.

ASA president said that out of 26 research programs, Higher Education Commission has directed to close 10 programs and if the current situation prevails all programs will be closed.

He said that the student, teacher ratio was also not maintained during new admissions which will impact the academic performance of the university.

Dr. Gulrez talking to The Nation said that a delegation of teaching staff had also met with the Pro-Chancellor of the university Federal Minister for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman to take measures for the removal of VC.

He said that the current VC failed to solve all issues of the university on administrative level.

“Nothing is result oriented in the campus until the demand is made with violence, because the peaceful protests fail to yield an outcome,” said Dr. Gulrez.  Teachers across all the departments attended the protest and vowed to continue the peaceful demonstration for a week.

Faculty also accused VC interfering into the academic affairs of the departments hence curtailing academic freedom.

The faculty is adamant on its stance of VC’s resignation and finds no other solution to prevent further academic loss.