Governor’s Decision On PU Dean’s Reverted
LAHORE: Governor’s decision to appoint two Punjab University faculty deans was reverted just two days after a formal notification, as the chief minister objected and termed the appointments unlawful, which were reportedly made while keeping him in the dark.
The Punjab University administration had reportedly sent a summary for the appointment of deans of faculties of the pharmacy and the oriental learning. Governor Salmaan Taseer approved the appointment of Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad as dean of pharmacy faculty and Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen as dean of Oriental Learning faculty.
The PU administration, consequently, issued a notification actualising the governor’s orders and put up pictures of the two teachers as respective faculty deans on its website www.pu.edu.pk. Though the notification has been withdrawn, the website still regarded them as deans till the filing of this report late on Wednesday night.
It is learnt that as soon as the PU administration issued the notification for deans’ appointment and communicated to all concerned, the Punjab higher education department on behalf of the chief minister objected to the decision referring it as unconstitutional and unlawful.
The higher education department in its letter to the university stated that the deans’ appointment had been made without consulting the chief minister, which was against the spirit of law. The department stated that any summary regarding deans’ appointment should have been routed through the higher education department, the chief minister and then to the governor’s office. It was stated that the governor was bound to take an advice from the chief minister in this case.
Consequently, the PU cancelled its notification regarding deans’ appointment and had now again sent a panel of three senior professors each from both pharmacy and Oriental Learning faculties to the higher education department through proper channel.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the higher education department had also taken PU’s action of sending summary to the governor directly as a bid to keep the department and the chief minister in the dark.
It is learnt that the higher education department was planning to take up this issue on the agenda of the Higher Education Council and direct universities to observe proper channels.