CM Shahbaz Sharif advises post of VC Punjab to Dr Taqi Zahid Butt

LAHORE: Look after charge of Punjab University as Vice Chancellor has been appointed to Prof. Dr Taqi Zahid Butt by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif.

A notification was carried out by the Higher Education Department suggesting that till the regular appointment of a VC in Punjab University, CM Shahbaz Sharif can vest his powers and appoint a temporary Vice Chancellor for the university.

A notification was carried out which stated that an advertisement was given in newspapers for the post of VC Punjab on 3rd and 4th November, 2015. The notification further stated that candidates have been short listed but till the time a regular Vice Chancellor has been appointed, CM Shahbaz may appoint DR. Taqi Zahid who is senior most professor of Punjab University.

In December 2015, The Lahore High Court had restrained the Higher Education Department from issuing notification of appointment of Punjab University Vice Chancellor till final decision and had seek latest reply by Dec 15.

Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Sami Uzair Khan and Wasif M Khan were the candidates for the slot of VC. The three candidates had filed the petitions and had pointed out the advertisement which was published in newspapers for appointment of VC PU.

The issue to the petitioners was that they argued that the HED was not capable body to issue such advertisement. They also added that the constituting commission and prescribing criteria for the VCs is illegal. They further stated that this commission is under the domain of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC).

It was requested by the petitioners to the court that it should declare the advertisement for the VC, criteria and also term the search committee formed by the HED as illegal and unconstitutional.

Earlier, news of scandals circulated of the VC of Punjab University that he was involved in fectitious activities which involved a colleague Shazia Qureshi.