ISLAMABAD - The Academic Staff Association (ASA) of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has asked for the implementation of the BPS Incentives announced by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the faculty who did not opt for Tenure Track System (TTS). It was demanded in second meeting of the Executive Council of the ASA held the other day with Dr Qaisar Abbas Naqvi, President of the ASA in chair. The members of the association also demanded enhancement in the PhD allowance from Rs5,000 to 10,000 following the precedent of Punjab University for the PhD faculty. The Executive Council of the association also decided to hold a meeting of the Council members with the Vice Chancellor on February 16 to discuss various pending issues. The EC members expressed their dismay and resentment that the VC could not fulfil his commitment to implement the Basic Pay Scale (BPS) Incentives latest by January 31 of this year. They urged that there should be no restriction on the percentage of faculty members in a department/Institute for better incentives. Through theses incentives a BPS faculty member can get six extra salaries in a year on the basis of good performance. The meeting noted that the same formula was circulated amongst all the Syndicate members of the university for approval. Accordingly, the Council resolved that a faculty member who qualifies for the Incentive criteria must be given the benefits. Because according to the HEC letter originally issued in 2007, the BPS Incentives were meant for those who did not qualify or did not opt for TTS and the payment of the incentive should start from July 2007 when the TTS was implemented at QAU. Executive Council passed a resolution unanimously condemning the article "Who greed ruins academia" written by Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy in the daily newspaper "Dawn" on the non-implementation of GRE test at the university. Most of the members were of the opinion that Dr. Pervez should respect the decision taken by Academic Council democratically and should avoid writing such type of articles in the newspapers. University PRO should get a rejoinder published in the newspaper as well in this regard, added the House. Executive Council deplored the delay in holding the Selection Board for recruitment and resolved that agenda of the Selection Board be issued latest by February14 as the ban on government jobs has been lifted. It was also decided that the VC should be solicited to stick to his schedule to hold the Selection Board on February 21 and in no case it should be further delayed. The Treasurer of ASA raised the issue of expected changes in the administrative posts by VC. After discussing the issue at length, the house unanimously resolved that only those heads of the administrative committees/cells be changed whose performance was not up to the mark. It was also decided that no change should be made under pressure or on the advice of non-elected faculty members. The members also expressed deep dissatisfaction on the performance of In Charge Networking Cell as most of the computers at the university are out of order or affected by virus although the university has spent huge amount on the purchase of anti-virus software. The members said that the head of Networking Cell should be either from IT, Electronics or Computer Sciences. EC also urged that any change in the administrative heads should be made after consultation with ASA Office-Bearers. A three-member committee was constituted comprising Dr Idrees (co-ordinator), Dr Safeer and Dr. Sajid to pursue the better medical facilities for all faculty members. Day Care Centre should be made operational on immediate basis. EC urged that two employees should be appointed by VC soon for quick and smooth opening and functioning of the Day Care Centre. The house also offered Fateha for the departed souls of Dr Qari Naseer Ahmad of Math department and Dr A. H. Dani, Professor Emeritus, QAU, and an Archeologist of international repute.