Islamabad - Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association demanded an end to extension and ad-hoc culture in higher education sector with appointment of new Higher Education Commission chairman and vice chancellors through open, competitive and merit-based mechanism.

Talking the faculty delegations from various universities of Punjab, FAPUASA Central President Dr Kaleemullah Barech and President Dr Shehzad Ashraf said that extension, ad-hoc culture and non-merit based appointments at key positions in the higher education sector had adversely affected the progress of higher education in Pakistan, said a statement issued on Sunday.

Dr Kaleemullah said that in the light of Supreme Court orders, all appointments in higher education sector, especially those of the HEC chairman and vice chancellors should be done through an open and transparent mechanism, including advertisements, instead of granting extensions.

He said that it was high time to advertise the post of HEC chairman. There was dire need to give chance to dynamic personalities to lead the higher education sector both at national and provincial levels. As per best practices in the world, the posts in higher education sector should be advertised three months earlier before the end of tenure of the incumbent, he added.

He appealed to the prime minister to appoint the new HEC chairman through an open, transparent and competitive process. Search committees for nomination of suitable candidates for posts in the higher education sectors should be headed by reputed academicians, they added.