LAHORE: Introduction of uniform merit-based admission policy, transparent selection of teaching and non-teaching staff, resulted in elimination of nepotism and favouritism in the University of the Punjab (PU).
These views were expressed by VC PU,Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in an exclusive interview with APP on Sunday.
He said a high level 30 members admission committee comprising all Deans,Chairmen,Directors,Professors and Principals of constituent colleges has been re-constituted to fully ensure 30,000 admissions on merit in morning, afternoon and evening sessions.
In case of violation, Chairman of the concerned teaching department will be placed under suspension besides initiating disciplinary proceedings, he added.
He quotted his personal exmple regarding supremacy of merit that during his first tenure as VC even his son Mustafa Kamran could not get admission in PU on merit and now he is studing in a private university, which he added speaks of merit.
Mujahid Kamran said that soon after taking over as the VC six years ago, entire admission and selection had been absolutely on the merit.
Explaining the salient features of the teachers selectioncriteria, he said 50 percent marks have been allocated for academic achievements, research, publications and academic experience etc of the candidates.
The remaining 50 percent marks are given for interviews, with 20 marks for subjectspecialisation, 15 for oral communication skills, 10 for job aptitude and 5 for personality, he added.
The VC said the above criteria also helps candidates to assess their own suitability, apart from their performance in the interview, while they must secure at least 60 percent aggregate marks for selection. Special care is taken in the selection of subject specialists for selection board to ensure the merit, he added.
“The record number of selection board meetings convened during the period under review, is the maximum since the establishment of varsity in Oct 14.1882″, he said.
Mujahid Kamran said that by the grace of The Almighty, not a single complaint had been lodged so far by any candidate, for admission or selection, as only merit has been the norm.
The VC said that university teachers have authored a record number of books on different topics besides contributing research articles to national and international journals.
About discipline, he categorically said that “no body will be allowed to disrupt the peaceful academic atmosphere of the varsity as 99.99 per cent students and teachers desired strict implementation of discipline in all faculties.