QAU VC, ASA meet face to face, exchange beards
ISLAMABAD: The Academic Staff Association (ASA) and the Vice-Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, confronted and blamed each other on issues facing the main university of the country is facing.
The ASA alleged that the QAU VC was seeking to step down a year before the end of its term, through its application for the post of VC at three regional public sector universities in the Punjab.
“QAU is a difficult university to run, with a strong faculty and students coming from all parts of the country due to quota admission. Also in 2020, the incumbent VC attempted to leave QAU and seek employment in the provincial higher education sector.
But he was refused the NOC by the Federal Ministry of Higher Education and Vocational Training, and asked him to complete the remaining mandate at QAU, ”indicates the leaflet published Tuesday by a panel of the faculty contesting the elections of the Academic Staff Association (ASA).
In a WhatsApp message, the QAU VC said, “If they refuse the NOC, how can I leave. It is their political facial expressions that they want us to use for their elections.
He added that they should come up with something concrete that they don’t have as they are still supporters of the disruptive politics and known for their lies.
They said no substantive reform of any part of the QAU’s configuration had been considered, let alone adopted, in the past three years. ASA should work proactively to address the current academic crisis.
They alleged that earlier this month the Standing Senate Committee on Federal Education and Training also expressed disappointment at the severe decline in academic standards at QAU and 31 other public sector universities, according to the Commission. of higher education. Of particular concern is the recent report by an international agency, Retraction Watch, on several cases of plagiarism in journal articles, including at QAU.
They said the outgoing vice-chancellor is on watch for his own confession to the encroachment of 700 acres of university land before the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Federal Education and Vocational Training and on the open sale of drugs on campus huts made in front of the Senate. Standing Committee on Narcotics Control, as the QAU administration did nothing to enforce the 2017 Supreme Court decision to seek the help of the Capital Development Authority to free previously seized land from illegal invaders.
The VC QAU shared a long list of their three years of performance and said the Student Affairs Branch; Directorate of Academics; Property management; A vocational guidance and placement office and a business incubation center were set up over the three years.
“QAU ranked first in Pakistan by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, the university also significantly improved the QS ranking from 454th to 378th by QS World University Ranking 2022,” he added.
He added that recently another prestigious ranking agency, the Times World University Ranking, placed QAU among the top 100 universities in Asia, in addition to solving long-standing accreditation issues for the Department of Law and Pharmacy programs. .
He said that the PSDP projects of RS. 2,074,170 million were initiated, including university blocks, hostels and research labs, in addition to the distribution of scholarships worth Rs. 232.8 million among students in fiscal year 2020-21 .