islamabad - The parliamentarians and elected representatives of the university faculty urged the government to bring academic reforms by implementing the 18th Constitutional Amendment in higher education sector.

It was resolved during all Pakistan University Teachers Convention on academic & administrative Reforms in Universities organised by Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Islamabad chapter at National Library Auditorium Islamabad.

The convention was attended by parliamentarians, elected representatives of university faculty from all over country and representatives of civil society. The themes of the convention included academic Freedom, university autonomy, 18th amendment & higher education and Public Interest. The convention was presided over by Senator Usman Kakar, Chairman Senate functional committee on less developed areas while Senator Javed Abbasi, Senator Dr Jehanzeib Jamaldini, senior anchor person Rehman Azahar, President FAPUASA Prof Dr Kaleemullah Bareach, Secretary General FAPUASA Dr Shakeel Farooqui, President FAPUASA Islamabad Chapter Dr Shehzad Ashraf Ch President FAPUASA Balochistan Fareed Achakzai, President FAPUASA Sindh Dr Nimatullah Laghari, President FAPUASA KPK Dr Hamyun Khan, Dr Zubair and Dr Abul Jaleel.

The speakers demanded that like other academically advanced countries and professions in Pakistan (judiciary), the retirement age for university teachers should be extended from 60 to 65 years due to the shortage of experienced senior faculty/PhD Supervisors etc. in Pakistan. Following best global practices and as per previously implemented decision, Tax rebate up to 75 percent should be restored immediately for universities faculty and researchers.

Criticizing unilateral biased policies of federal Higher Education Commission, the elected faculty representatives lamented over ignoring the university faculty in all the decision making and formulation of policies in higher education sector.

They said that as a result of failure on part of policies of federal HEC, Pakistan‘s higher education sector has been further declined even in comparison with other neighbouring countries.

Speakers also condemned the unconstitutional and undemocratic treatment with teachers by administration of International Islamic University and demanded that like other public universities teachers of IIU should also be given representation in its decision making forums like the board of governors, academic council and board of trustees.