A VIGOROUS campaign is going on at Punjab University for the varsity’s senate elections scheduled to be held on July 6.
Two groups of teachers at Punjab University (PU), including Academic Alliance and Teachers Front, have fielded their candidates for 15 reserved seats of the senate.
Academic Group and Academic Forum, known for their anti-administration stance, have jointly fielded their candidates under the Academic Alliance to contest against the candidates of Teachers Front, known as a pro-administration group.
The senate elections are being termed significant, as two members of the PU syndicate will be elected among the members of the senate.
A number of PU teachers are quite critical of the present administration led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran for not ensuring two meetings of the senate per year as per requirement of the varsity calendar.
According to them Senate is supreme statutory body of the university responsible for enactment of the varsity’s rules and regulations, formulating statutes and formally approving annual budget of the university.
A faculty member, who wished to remain anonymous, said over the past many years not a single meeting of the senate was held which had raised a serious concern among the varsity’s teachers. He further said since then no teacher was representing the PU syndicate through the senate.
“It is for the said reason that elections are of paramount importance for us”, he commented.
It is learnt that recently a controversy had erupted over Principal of PU College of Information Technology (PUCIT) Dr Mansoor Sarwar’s right to vote, as many faculty members objected that since he (Dr Mansoor) was not selected as a Professor, therefore, he was ineligible to cast a vote.
However, a PU official claimed that Dr Mansoor Sarwar was selected both as Professor and Principal of PUCIT by PU Selection Board but he joined as the principal. He further said in order to avoid any controversy with regard to the right to vote, Dr Mansoor voluntarily gave up his right to vote by saying that he would not vote.
It is pertinent to mention here that the final list of candidates for senate’s seats reserved for teachers will be displayed on July 4 (today).
The polling for 15 seats of senate reserved for the university teachers will be held at the Waheed Shaheed Hall, PU Institute of Education and Research (IER), from 9:00am to 4:30pm with a break from 1:00pm to 2:30pm on July 6.