Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has rejected the controversial Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and announced to protest against the bill.
KUTS Vice President, Prof Shah Ali-ul-Qadar, said that they discussed the new law in a general body meeting. KUTS unanimously rejected the new law and decided to protest against the new bill.
“KUTS will stage a demonstration against the bill on Monday, March 19 at Arts lobby Karachi University. Future course of action will be decided in the next general body meeting which will be held on Thursday, March 22.” Qadar said.
KUTS said that this bill will destroy the higher education in the province and universities will come under the control of bureaucrats and not professors. The new law also attacks on the rightful appointment of a vice chancellor.
Earlier, Federation of All Pakistan Universities Staff Association (FAPUASA), Sindh chapter and NED University, the teachers’ body rejected the provincial government’s control over the admission policies and reiterated that it is a legitimate right of the academic councils of respective universities.
President of FAPUASA Sindh Professor, Dr Naimat Ullah Laghari, said that in the new law, the provincial assembly has introduced a clause according to which a non-professor, termed “good administrator”, can become a Vice-Chancellor of any university of Sindh.
“The new Act will destroy higher education in the province. Where in the world or even in other provincial governments are the admission policies controlled like this? It is a unanimous decision that Sindh government should restore changes and the right to frame admission policies to academic councils,” Dr Laghari added.
Laghari said such clause is against the basic structure and hierarchy of universities. He said that the clause is not in accordance with the necessities of academia. VC, as head of the university, chairs all the meetings of statutory bodies including BASR.
FAPUASA also rejected the inclusion of any person from Sindh government other than the ones already involved in the selection boards.
Student bodies such as Islami Jamiat Talba and APMSO also announced to reject the universities bill and became a part of the protests.