LAHORE – Out of total 13 faculties of Punjab University, eight are being run without their permanent heads whereas the vice-chancellor has given additional charges of these posts to his close aides, it is leant.

According to the University Calendar, the VC cannot give additional charge of the deanship to anyone. However, the VC recommends three names for a post and the Chancellor selects one of them.

Sources told this scribe that out of total 13 faculties, eight did not have permanent deans while the powers had been given to irrelevant persons or junior professors. The sources said the post of dean Faculty of Law had been laying vacant since April 2009. They said the posts of deans of Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Engineering and Emerging Technology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Faculty of Oriental Learning had been fallen vacant since September 15, 2011, May 12, 2011, May 17, 2011 and April 19, 2010 respectively.

They further said the posts of deans of Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Pharmacy had been also fallen vacant for a long time and the VC did not even bother to recommend names to the Chancellor for the appointments of the above mentioned vacant posts.

The sources said: “the additional charges of many non-teaching key posts of the varsity have been given to the teachers who have soft corner for incumbent VC”. They said Hailey College of Commerce Principal Dr Liaquat Ali had been given additional charge of Controller Examinations and an Assistant Prof Javaid Sami was also working as Resident Officer-I as well. They said Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, who is a professor of Urdu Department, was serving as Additional Registrar-I.

“An Assistant Professor of PU College of Information Technology Imran Javaid is working as acting Additional Registrar-II. PU Physics Department Chairman Dr Shaukat also has an additional charge of a permanent post of Head of PU Executive Club. A professor of Bio Chemistry and Bio Technology Dr Ameen Athar, has been given additional charge of pro-vice chancellor,” the sources said.

When contacted to Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, he refused to comment on the issue, saying he was not competent authority to comment. Registrar Dr Akhtar was also not available for his version.