Govt fails to amend Universities Act despite promise

KARACHI:,,, Sindh government has yet to take any solid step for amending Sindh University Act 2013, even after passage of three weeks of agreement between the provincial government and Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) in this regard.

In the last week of May 2014, Sindh government had published an advertisement for the appointment of Directors Finance, Controllers of Examination and Registrars in 25 universities of the province, while on this advertisement, FAPUASA has started agitation and suspended all educational activities in universities across Sindh.

Sindh University Act 2013 is allowing provincial government to make appointment on these posts while FAPUASA is of the opinion that appointments on these vacancies by Sindh government is an intervention in the varsities autonomy that is why the Act should be amended in the light of 10 points presented by it.

On May 29, after FAPUASA marched toward Chief Minister House, an agreement between the two parties was signed. Under the agreement, Sindh government had withdrawn the advertisement while FAPUASA had called off its strike.

Under the agreement, the government had also assured FAPUASA that it would amend the Act as per 10 points of FAPUASA immediately but so far nothing has been done in this regard.

When contacted, General Secretary Karachi University Teachers Society, Muhammad Muiz Khan, said that FAPUASA representatives were in contact with the government officials but they were busy in budget related issues and soon after getting free from it, steps would be taken for amending the Act.

He said that FAPUASA was hopeful that government would fulfill its promise but if it did not do so, it could go on strike again.

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