Islamabad-Federation of All Pakistan University Academic Staff Association called upon the prime minister to enhance PhD and MPhil allowances for the teachers of federally-chartered universities.

The FAPUASA, a forum of university teachers, demanded increase in allowances of the academic staff of federally-chartered varsities similar to those approved by Sindh government. The teachers’ body appreciated Sindh Government for enhancing PhD allowance to Rs25,000 per month.

It also urged the federal government to appoint an apolitical search committee consisting of reputed academicians for appointment of chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

In a letter addressed to the premier, the FAPUASA said that education, specifically higher education, was considered as the most influential factor for socio-economic growth.

The university teachers in the developed world are given due respect and they are amongst the best-paid professionals, being fundamental reason for their rapid growth. Keeping in view the importance of higher education, the university teachers should be paid more compared to other professionals. Yet, the teaching fraternity is a low paid, neglected community and their perks and privileges are so meagre as compared to other professions in the country, the letter stated.

It’s why countries with more resources tap academic talent from poorer countries, said President of Islamabad chapter of FAPUASA, Dr Shehzad Ashraf Chaudhry.

According to the letter, various underdeveloped countries were now fighting back to the dilemma of brain drain by offering the highly-qualified teachers lucrative pays and allowances.

To show commitment to uplift of higher education, the Sindh government enhanced PhD allowance from Rs10,000 per month to Rs25,000 per month, the letter said, adding that it was right time for the federal government to realise that the PhD-qualified teachers should be treated compatibly in the country.