Lahore: Vice Chancellors of the universities of the province called on the Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Model Town today. Amendment in Universities’ Act, powers regarding recruitment on contract by Vice Chancellors in special circumstances, appointment of Vice Chancellors, their salaries and other matters relating to universities were discussed in detail during the meeting. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Provincial Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Law, Higher Education and Health Departments, educationist Sartaj Aziz and intellectual Ata ul Haq Qasmi were present on the occasion.
Talking on the occasion, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that universities are playing an important role for promotion of science and technology and equipping the young generation with higher education. He said that Vice Chancellors, Professors, Assistant Professors and teachers are very respectable for us who are providing knowledge to young generation. He said that universities should play an important role for promoting research and providing modern knowledge. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government has promoted merit in the province and merit policy is being implemented strictly. He said that autonomous status of universities is essential for the promotion of education and in the interest of students, however, there should be an effective check and balance system for checking misuse of powers.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while constituting a committee headed by Senator Ishaq Dar said that this committee should present comprehensive recommendations relating to matter of universities within next two weeks. This committee will comprise Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, educationist Dr. Zafar Qureshi, secretaries law, health, higher education, Advocate General Punjab, Vice Chancellors Engineering University, Punjab University, Agriculture University Faisalabad, Lahore College for Women University and Fatima Jinnah University. He said that meeting with the Vice Chancellors of the university is aimed at knowing the problems of the universities and getting guidance from them for taking steps for their resolution.
Vice Chancellors of the universities paid tributes to the Chief Minister for the steps taken for the promotion of education. Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University said that the steps taken by Shahbaz Sharif for improvement of education sector and development of women are unprecedented. Vice Chancellor of Punjab University Dr. Mujahid Kamran said that the Chief Minister Punjab has always respected the Vice Chancellors and teachers for which they are thankful to him. He said that the performance of the universities is improving day by day. Vice Chancellors also congratulated the Chief Minister on the success of PML-N in the bye-elections