Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday restrained provincial authorities from allowing vice chancellor of any university to continue or complete third tenure in violation of Sindh University Laws (Amendment) Act 2013.
The court while dismissing the petitions filed by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Vice chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan and Sindh University Vice chancellor Nazir A Mughal, who challenged the Sindh University Laws (Amendment) Act 2013, ruled that both VCs cease to hold the office with immediate effect at the end of second tenure.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar who headed a division bench of SHC announced its two separate verdicts in five petitions pertaining to the appointment of DUHS and SU Vice chancellors. One of the petitions was filed by the DUHS vice chancellor himself against new university law promulgated by the assembly that restricted third tenure of the VCs of the universities in the province.
The other two petitions against his appointment were filed by Dr Attaur Rahman and Dr Sher Shah Syed. SU VC Nazir A Mughal also approached court against the law, requesting it to strike down the law. Meanwhile, another petition was filed by Nauman Sahito, a lawyer, against his appointment.
DUHS VC said in his petition that he was appointed for a period of four years from Jan 14, 2012 and he had acquired a right so as to remain VC till Jan 14, 2016. However, he submitted that authorities were bent upon terminating his services upon the strength of the impugned law to employ a blue-eyed person in his place.
The petitioner, Prof Surgeon Dr Ataur Rehman, submitted that the according Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2013, VC who has remained the Vice Chancellor of the University for more than two terms shall, on commencement of this Act, cease to hold office.
He said that after the new law, the DUHS VC ceased to be VC of the university and no VC could serve for more than two terms.
Mughal in his petition stated that government has reduced the qualification required for the appointment on the post of VC and it was inviting applications for the post of VCs of five public universities in order to appoint a person of its own choice.
My tenure would expire on January 8, 2016, after a two-year extension by the Sindh governor but the government wanted to remove him from the post under the garb of Sindh Universities Laws Amendment Act 2013, he added.
The court directed provincial authorities to implement the Sindh University Laws (Amendment) Act 2013 across the board without any discrimination. “No person shall be allowed to continue or complete third tenure of his office of vice chancellor in any university in the province against law”, the court ruled.
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