KP Govt. suggests to bring universities under Provincial Services Rules

Once the 2020 bill is approved, a VC would be appointed for 4 years, and the retirement age of VCs will be fixed at 61 years.

A new bill has been drafted by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to reduce the autonomy of universities. The amendment bill is yet to be presented in the Provincial Assembly.

Titled the KP Universities Amendment Bill 2020, the bill suggests bringing the syndicates of universities under the Provincial Services Rules, practically putting an end to their autonomy, and lowering the eligibility criteria for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors (VCs).

The bill further suggested a Masters degree holder with 17 years of teaching experience to be eligible for a VC appointment.
Under the current criteria, a VC must have a Ph. D. and 15 publications to their name and have 17 years of teaching experience.

Once the 2020 bill is approved, a VC would be appointed for 4 years, and the retirement age of VCs will be fixed at 61 years.

Previously, the PTI government had passed the University Act Amendment Bill 2016, limiting the tenure of a VC to 3 years while fixing the retirement age at 65.

Furthermore, the 2020 bill has suggested abolishing the post of Pro-VC. The 2016 bill had notified the post of Pro-VC tasked with managing the university’s affairs in the absence of a VC.
Now, the KP governor, the Chancellor of all public universities, has been conferred with the authority to appoint Acting VCs from the universities’ existing administrations.

Moreover, the KP governor is entitled to appoint bureaucrats from the Provincial Administrative Service (PAS) and the Provincial Management Service (PMS) as the Acting VCs of universities all over the province.

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