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No political interference in appointment of VCs: Ch Sarw

LAHORE: (PR) Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar has said that government has adopted the policy of “right person for the right job” and there will be no political interference in appointment and transfer of Vice Chancellors and Deans of Public Sector Universities. The government fully believes in merit and institutional transparency. He reiterated that principles of merit, transparency and accountability must be adopted in order to improve the international ranking of universities in the country.
He was talking to a delegation of senior management of renowned UK based Universities headed by Dr. Joanna Newman MBE, Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. On this occasion, Ms. Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director British Council Pakistan and Officers of Higher Education Commission were also present.
Governor Punjab said that government of Pakistan is committed to invest in youth which is the most valuable asset and is looking forward to sustain the progress with the support of its local and international partners. He said that more than 150 Pakistani Universities are actively engaged with programmes introduced by the Higher Education Commission and the British Council. He said the numerous higher education and leadership development opportunities as well as launch of three scholarship schemes for students; faculty and management of universities have been launched. He said partnership with the UK has significantly facilitated the higher education in Pakistan and Pak-UK education gateway will also play an equally important role in it.
Governor said that unfortunately 22 million children are out of schools. They are working in factories, shops and homes and a policy is being formulated to bring them back to schools for studies. He said public universities are being converted to solar energy from electricity to fulfill their energy needs and to save money and environment. He said water filtration plants are also being installed at university campuses for provision of clean drinking water to the students adding that rain-water would also be preserved for agricultural and other sectors.

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