Actions taken by acting VC put Sargodha University in unrest


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SARGODHA: The University of Sargodha (UoS) is facing unrest due to the unlawful actions taken by the temporary Vice Chancellor on additional charge.
The crisis has jeopardized the future of hundreds of teachers, staff, and students. Ad hocism prevails over almost all of the university’s major administrative positions. By chairing the Syndicate and Selections Boards, Vice Chancellor Dr. Shahid Munir violated the prescribed laws, rules, and regulations, according to the documents available to this scribe. According to the law and court rulings, the temporary VC appointed under section 12(9) can only oversee the varsity’s day-to-day operations and cannot deal with policy issues.
The hastily called Syndicate meeting was intended to acquit all university officials who have been convicted or are under investigation, including Professor Ghulam Yaseen, Professor Ilyas Tariq, and former registrar Mudassar Kamran, who face penalties under the PEEDA Act, the Anti-Corruption Act, and the National Accountability Bureau, among others.
According to the minutes of the August 26 Syndicate meeting, Mr. Ilyas Tariq was given a second chance to prove his innocence in the harassment case after the previous Syndicate on May 19 declared him ineligible for any administrative position for three years. By law, the Syndicate cannot hear him once he has been convicted. However, he may file an appeal with the Ombudsman, and only the Chancellor has the legal authority to hear this case.
Similarly, an independent investigation was conducted three times under the PEEDA Act against Prof. Ghulam Yaseen, who is also facing an anti-corruption case.