Sahiwal University did not grant admission to any BS or master student this year.
It has been reported that the University of Sahiwal (US) was not able to enroll any student in its four-year BS or master’s program in any of the disciplines due to numerous issues.
According to the sources, the major reasons for not granting admissions to the students were:
- The absence of a permanent VC, examination controller and senior faculty.
- Lack of funds
- A dysfunctional syndicate
- Absence of a separate account head
- Administrative separation from Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU).
- An alleged corruption scam
- NOC not recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
The university was established on June 10, 2015, on the basis of the Provincial Government Act. Originally it was affiliated to BZU and was considered a sub-campus of BZU. Later, it was developed into an independent university based on more than 70 acres of land.
According to a senior faculty member, the main purpose of the university was to enhance opportunities for acquiring a higher education for students in Sahiwal division. But a lack of funds from the provincial government hindered the university to achieve that goal.
Moreover, an independent account head at the Accountant General Punjab’s office has also not been appointed yet.
A faculty member reported that more than 2,000 students were granted admissions in various disciplines when it was part of BZU, but after its independence, the number of students dropped significantly.
“This year not a single admission was made in any of the eight programs offered at graduation and master level,” he said.
A staff member disclosed that more than 800-900 students were granted admission last year, but considering the financial status of the varsity, no student was enrolled this year. The local administration was seeking a budget of Rs. 1,277 million, but their demand was turned down.
Sources suggest that the Campus Director wrote a letter to HEC, requesting for issuance of provisional NOC to the university, only for enrolling students for the current session. He didn’t receive a response from the commission.
The local educationists, students, and parents also look forward to the betterment of the situation.