Sindh govt directs all VCs to appoint proper registrars

LARKANA:The Universities and Boards Department, Government of Sindh, Karachi, has directed all Vice Chancellors of 25 public sector universities in the Sindh province to appoint registrars in their respective universities according to the provisions of Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Act, 2018, under which the Registrar of the university is to be appointed by the Syndicate on recommendations of the Selection Board.

A letter, signed by Kamal Ahmad, Section Officer (U), further directed them that process for the appointment of registrar in their respective university may be initiated immediately and after completion of all codal formalities within two months positively for smooth functioning of all universities in Sindh. The copy of the letter has also been sent to the Principal Secretary to the Sindh Chief Minister.

It must be mentioned here that since the establishment of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) in Larkana, no regular registrar has been posted and all those who occupied the post were favorite of the ruling class or enjoyed maximum influence.

Sources said that actual age of the candidates is 65 years, but in advertisements, the relevant authorities reduced it to 50 years thereby depriving the most competent people of their right to appointment and to pave the way for their own inexperienced hands. Sources further claimed that almost all universities had no regular registrars except very few due to which mismanagement is at its peak. Even members of teaching faculty have been posted in sheer violation of court orders to look after the charge of registrar in addition to their own duties which has been barred by the Sindh High Court, Hyderabad.

It must be mentioned here that SMBBMU authorities had also floated an advertisement for appointment of regular registrar after removal of an influential person and in May, two candidates Dr. Shabir Larik and Dr. Nasir Jamal Pathan were shortlisted. Their interviews were held before the selection board, but they were rejected for reason of near to retirement.

After that one candidate Dr. Shabir Larik has filed a petition in the Sindh High Court Circuit Court, Larkana, which is fixed for hearing on 28th August.

The senior doctors have said: “If the provincial government is serious to establish good governance and merit in educational institutions, it will have to end its political influence and interference at the very outset.” They said ‘teaching faculty is still incomplete despite passage of so many years; therefore, vacant posts be also filled on merit so that students could be imparted proper medical education in the colleges so that well qualified doctors could be produced.