KARACHI - Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has called a meeting against the amendment in Sindh Universities Laws bill signed by the acting Sindh governor here on Wednesday.    

The highly controversial bill had signed by acting Sindh Governor Agha Siraj Durrani.

The Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Bill 2013 is being considered as an attempt to jolt the universities structure. FAPUASA has called an urgent meeting scheduled to be held at NED University on Thursday.

Karachi University Teachers Association president Dr Mutahir while talking to The Nation said teachers would not compromise over the autonomy of the universities. He said the legislation would sabotage the universities’ educational standard and will not allow changing the educational institutions into the bureaucratic entity.

The new legislation would empower the Chief Minister and give the CM authority to appoint the Vice Chancellors of the public sector universities in the province, Chief Accountant, Registrar, controller and other main slots.

The recently amended bill authorised the CM to determine the admission policy, specifically for three Karachi-based universities.

Currently the universities are answerable to three authorities, including Higher Education Commission for financial assistance, Chancellor Secretariat headed by Governor Sindh and third the government of Sindh.

The amendment against the consecutive third term for VCs also removed the two vice chancellors, including Mehran University of Engineering and Technology VC Qadeer Rajput and Dow University of Health Sciences VC Professor Masood Hameed. Both of them were serving as VC for their third time.

Earlier, teachers of Karachi University, including the KU teacher’s society have rejected the bill and showed serious reservations. They termed it a severe blow on the academic and administrative independence of the universities of the province. Karachi teacher’s society in their past meetings has stated that academic freedom would be sabotaged as the universities have the rights to formulate their admission policies, evolve curricula and courses of studies without external interferences.

Karachi University Old Boys Association after their emergency meeting came out with amendments. It said the bill will damage the independence of the universities in the province.