Islamabad-Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association has demanded for formation of a search committee headed by reputed academicians instead of politicians and government officials for appointment of new Chairman Higher Education Commission and Vice Chancellors to ensure transparency and merit in  the selection process. 

Prof. Dr. Kaleemullah Barech Central President FAPUASA and Dr. Shehzad Ashraf President FAPUASA-Islamabad  while talking to the delegation of Youth Council of Pakistan headed by  Waqar Ali, has requested the federal government to ensure merit based appointments at key positions. He said that non-transparent appointments in the education sector in the past have adversely affected progress of higher education in Pakistan.   This is the right time to rescue the higher education by appointing the higher education leadership on merit, which is possible only if the appointment is free from political intervention, they added. 

 Reacting to the news, Dr. Kaleemullah said that the appointment of HEC chief and the role of search committee have already been challenged at Islamabad and Lahore High Court. 

In light of various verdicts of Supreme Court of Pakistan, all the appointments in higher education sector especially chairperson Higher Education Commission and vice chancellors should be done through advertisement, open and transparent mechanism instead of granting extensions.

There is dire need to create opportunities for dynamic personalities to lead the higher education sector both at national and provincial levels. 

 They stressed that while appointing on such important posts, candidates with controversial careers should be avoided.