While taking seriously the professors, Governor Makes Three Major Education Appointments through foreign referees of the “candidate’s own choice”, Punjab Governor Baligh Ur Rehman. Who is also chancellor of the province’s public sector universities, has announced to reform of the current system of appointments with an excessive reliance on referees’ opinions.
The governor/chancellor stated during a ceremony at a nearby hotel that he had learned that names were also taken from the candidates to choose the foreign referees. Which suggests a serious conflict of interest.
Mr. Rehman also mentioned a recent meeting that was attended by the Principal Secretary of the Governor’s House. The Chairperson of the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), the Secretary of the Higher Education Department (HED), and others. He claimed that during the discussion. It addressed how to increase transparency in the hiring process.
“I find some incidents to be quite tragic. There is bias in favor of internal candidates, so now is a good moment to consider your options. There is a significant conflict of interest when the candidates themselves are invited to choose their (foreign) referee. It shouldn’t be this way. The governor stated, “We are attempting to implement a framework to make this process public.
It is interesting that Dr. Shabbir Sarwar, an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies at Punjab University (PU), has issued a letter to the governor/chancellor criticizing the recent enrolment of three professors to the institution through “referees of their choice”.
It is a blatant conflict of interest, he claimed. Invoking the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan as an example. He claimed that HEC does not grant a candidate even a six-month overseas scholarship in cases where the foreign reviewer is also that candidate’s local supervisor.