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     Education in distress: The Gloomy picture of Pakistan’s higher education

 

Lahore High Court ordered the Punjab government to hire permanent vice chancellors in four public-sector varsities in the province. The court felt there was no room in the law for appointing acting vice chancellors for an indefinite period. When it comes to management of tertiary institutions in Pakistan, there is much that needs improvement. Suffice it to say, those in senior administrative posts at universities must be selected on merit, should be free to run their institutions as per the law without political or bureaucratic meddling, and have stellar academic records. Unfortunately, in some major public higher educational institutions, individuals have been appointed whose credentials have been questioned; some have been accused of plagiarism. On the other hand Karachi University has been in lime light for all the wrong reasons. The construction of new library has become a bone of contention.  Aesthetic destruction aside, the construction of the new library means uprooting the cherry trees that dot the previously unspoiled landscape. Karachi University has started this work without obtaining approval from the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency or explaining why it moved the original proposed location of the library. Teachers at the university have criticised the construction and want the library either to be incorporated within the Mahmud Husain Library or else moved back to the professional development centre. That their complaints have gone unheeded shows that the voices of the donors and patrons who provide funding for these new ventures – and who usually want their names on new buildings – take precedence over environmental considerations. A public university like Karachi University has a duty to always put civic concerns first. It has not done so in this case and clearly needs to heed the complaints of those who want to benefit from the new library but without losing an important part of Karachi University.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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