LAHORE - Controversy over the appointment of vice chancellor, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, has deepened with the contradiction from the Governors House that it did not issue any notification regarding the appointment of caretaker VC for a period of six months ahead of the retirement of present VC Gen (r) Mohammad Akram on completion of his third tenure on February 28. Governors House spokesman Asim Rizwan said a fake handout was issued on a letter pad of Governors House on Monday. He, however, warned to beware of fake e-mails and fax by anonymous users using the name of Governors House. Governor Salman Taseer has directed the inspector general Punjab to take stern action against the user of fake e-mail sent to the media in the name of Governors House. The sources in the Secretary Higher Education office also denied appointment of any vice chancellor. It is however, no denying the fact that Gen Akram completed 12 years in office and he has also crossed the age limit of 65 years prescribed for the post and is likely to be succeeded by another VC. The Search Committee responsible for the appointment of VC was perhaps indifferent on the issue and there was no visible move to search a new VC through advertisement and the subsequent process of interviews. The sources said a draft advertisement had been finalised and was about to release in the press when a fake notification was issued using the name of Governors House. If however, a VC had to be appointed pending a permanent VC through search committee, the senior most professor of the university had to be nominated. Dr Prof Yousaf Awan who was named in the 'notification stands at No 23 in the seniority list, while 22 academicians were senior to him. There was a resentment among the senior faculty members in the UET for violation of merit and seniority, if the notification issued from the Governors House was true. Anyhow, a decision has to be made within the next two days as Gen Akram who was still holding the charge of the VC has to quit on Feb 28, if not granted another tenure. It is stated that Dr Awan is stated to have links in the ruling PPP. On the other hand, Gen Akram was appointed as VC in the previous tenure of Chief Minister, Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in 1998. He not only maintained peace in the campus but developed the university by opening new sub campuses at Faisalabad and Kala Shah Kaku, increased the number of seats to 9,000 at 23 disciplines as compared to nine before his take over. The controversy has deepened as to why the Search Committee failed to nominate an adhoc VC well ahead of the completion of the tenure of the present VC. It is reported that the Search Committee proposals for the VC of UET Faisalabad and Bahawalpur were turned down at the Chancellor office, but it slept on the issue of UET Lahore. The sources in the university said UET is vulnerable to unrest due to vacuum likely to be created in the appointment of new VC. The students group like MSF, PSF, IJT could also become active who are vying for control over the hostels. The upcoming by-election in NA-123 could also boil up the situation with the student factions trying to win the political support of mainstream parties for their activism. Meanwhile a university spokesman Mohammad Irfan said today the UET has four campuses at Faisalabad KSK Campus, Lahore Bypass Road, Rachna College Gujranwala and the Main Campus at Lahore. A new Institute of Business Management (IBM) has been established recently, which will impart quality education in the field of executive MBA. The current enrolment of UET is above 9,000 students studying in 22 different disciplines. The number of postgraduate students has been increased to 1,500 whereas around 150 students are enrolled in the PhD programme of the university. There are eight technical colleges affiliated with UET at undergraduate level. The main campus at Lahore offers graduate, postgraduate and PhD level degrees in eighteen disciplines.