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Pakistan: FAPUASA protest may disrupt teaching in 20 universities

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The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) on Sunday announced to stop teaching process in 20 public sector universities to condemn the decision in which Sindh CM’s Secretariat published an advertisement, inviting applications for filling the main posts, violating the process of the authority of the syndicates of the universities.

It is pertinent to mention that the Sindh Assembly had passed a resolution in 2013 to amend the Sindh University Act and shifted the powers of appointing university registrar, controller and finance director to the CM’s Secretariat from the syndicates.

According to a communiqué received here, FAPUASA opposed the move and the provincial minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro and others demanded the organization to look into the matter. However, the CM’s secretariat invited applications to fill major posts in the Sindh University, which has irked the FAPUASA.

They condemned the decision and demanded to ensure the syndicate power instantly to run the universities’ affairs smoothly, otherwise they would continue the protest. In this regard, FAPUASA leaders will address press conferences to motivate their members and continue their protest till getting the decision back.

Presently, semester examinations are going on in the universities and it may affect the time of the students. The leaders of the teachers’ union believe that such decisions may cause political interventions and ultimately hinder the process of teaching in universities. (The News)

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