The appointment of VCs is a matter of grave concern. We have been facing great obscurity in the Universities owing to the amateurish attitude of the VCs with their unconvinced characters either they were from civil or military bureaucracies or from academics. The credibility and standard of the search committee for the selection of prospective VCs for the public universities is also in question? The professor VC in last nine years ruined the merit and transparency relentlessly. He politicized the University as much that the incumbent VC have been doing his best to depoliticize the University but facing resistance. The government may consider the following for upholding transparency and merit:
1- No age limit
2- Must be a researcher who has any contribution in research, for example he has given any new discovery, invention, theory, law, term or any specific terms or words that are considered of a value among academicians. (Not necessarily PhD)
3- Must give presentation before the whole faculty and answer the questions of the faculty in an open forum.
4- The majority faculty vote will be considered for the appointment of the VC.
5- Wisdom is required for running a University not administrative experience.
Restrictions and Responsibilities
1- A VC must be accountable to the executive body of four pro-vice chancellors for his actions
2- The VC or the Pro-VCs won’t have the authority to make appointments of the associate professors and Professors. Any faculty member who has PhD with required teaching experience and required number of publications must be evaluated by the external referees. Universities are institutions for advance studies and the leadership of the Universities must be appointed through a rigorous but transparent method.
RANA EIJAZ AHMAD,
Lahore, November 12.