Sindh abolished PhD requirement for appointing VCs

Vice Chancellors (VCs) of Sindh Universities are being considered for significant changes by the government. Possibly, Sindh government will abolish the requirement of a PhD degree and 15 research papers for vice chancellors’ appointments in the province’s universities. Sindh is also considering lowering the age limit for VCs from 65 to 62.

Furthermore, civil servants, college teachers, officers of grade 17 or above of private or public institutions may also apply for the position of vice chancellor. It would be necessary for them to have 20 years of experience, including 10 years of administrative experience.

As a result, the age limit for the position of vice chancellor may also be reduced from 65 years to 62 years. A summary of the process of appointing vice chancellors has been sent to the chief minister of the province by Universities & Boards Secretary Mureed Rahimoon.

Vice Chancellors of Sindh Universities

Last year’s Dawood Engineering University search committee sent Dr Aslam Aqeeli’s name first, while Dr Anila Atta-ur-Rehman’s was sent six months ago for the Sukkur Women University. Two VCs have yet to be appointed, and their summary is awaiting approval.

Rahimoon has asked the CM for permission to advertise the post of Larkana Medical University Vice Chancellor Dr Anila, who has been reinstated by a court after being suspended by the secretariat on the basis of a mistaken medical report.

Six universities were requested to advertise for the appointment of VCs in the summary: Mehran Engineering University, Liaquat Medical University, Skill Development University Khairpur, IBA Sukkur, Shaheed Allah Buksh University of Arts & Design, and Aror University Sukkur.

For the first time in Sindh history, if CM approves this summary, the names of Vice Chancellors of Dawood Engineering University and Sukkur Women University selected on merit will be rejected. Vice chancellors will be able to be selected without PhDs or research papers, paving the way for bureaucrats to become Vice Chancellors instead of academics.

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