ISLAMABAD - Resolving that singling out university employees and denying them 50 per cent salary increase last year and 15 per cent this year is untenable, unjust and discriminatory, the Vice Chancellors/Rectors of 72 public sector universities have sought additional grants to cover this shortfall. The VCs at a press conference Tuesday asked the government to provide additional grants to cover this shortfall before the simmering employees agitation turns out of control vitiating the peaceful educational environment causing irreparable loss to students and their studies. Earlier, the Vice Chancellors Committee held a heated and energized debate to deal with the lack of funds and the situation where some universities are even running out of funds to pay salaries. Over 70 Vice Chancellors/Rectors of public sector universities from all over the country attended the meeting. Addressing the press conference, UET Peshawar VC Imtiaz Hussain Gilani said university employees should be considered as all other government employees and their salaries should be increased like all other government employees. Many university employees in KPK have already begun agitation to demand their 50 and 15 per cent increase in salaries. VCs from Balochistan, KPK could barely contain their contempt for the situation that they faced and scoffed at idea of Higher Education Commissions (HEC) demand to improve quality, introduce entrepreneurship and focus on relevant research. Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro VC Dr. Noshad Sheikh said it has been decided in the meeting that the fee of the students of flood affected areas would be completely waived off. Thus, the VCs have demand of the government to release funds not only to rehabilitate the flood affected educational institution but also to waive off the fee of the students. University of Punjab VC Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran opined that fee increase was not the solution of the problem as it will increase the financial burden of the students and still the universities would not be in a position meet their expenses. Speaking on the occasion HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari advised the university heads to raise funds in addition to the government funding. A university leader is expected to develop an administrative team and become a role model for faculty members, administrative staff as well as the students, he said. Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC stressed the need for sustaining higher education for the socio-economic uplift of the country.