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June 18, 2020

Teachers protest against Universities Amendment Act

Lahore

June 18, 2020

LAHORE:A large number of teachers, officers and employees of different public sector universities staged a protest at Punjab University against the proposed Public Sector Universities Amendment Act. The protest was led by President PU Academic Staff Association, Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry.

Earlier, speaking at a press conference, Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry and others said they wouldn’t compromise on the autonomy of the universities. They said the teachers of all the universities of the province were disturbed by the draft circulated on media as well social media with the title of “Punjab Public Sector Universities Amendment Act 2020”. It had been verified, they said, through reliable sources that the proposed act was meant to abolish the autonomy and freedom of the universities. The proposed appointment of retired bureaucrats and judges as “Chairman Syndicate“ depriving the VCs of their legal rights would open a door for a number of complications in the administrative structure of the universities and, thus, extremely endanger the teachers’ rights, they observed. Dr Mumtaz Anwar said it was unfortunate that a conspiracy was hatched with the connivance of politicians and bureaucrats to sabotage the intellectual, academic and research freedom of the universities.

Apprising the Punjab Governor, the Chancellor of the public sector universities, of the latest developments, we had written him a letter and requested him for a meeting with the stakeholders. We hope that the chancellor would take appropriate steps in this regard, he said.