Selected lecturers waiting for appointment
19 July, 2012
In August 2011, the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) advertised in the national newspapers saying that 2506 lectures (1456 males and 1050 females) will be selected for different subjects. The Higher Education Department Punjab (HED) was in hurry to fulfil the vacancies, so it asked the PPSC to complete the selection process in as precise duration as possible. Keeping in view the HED demand, the PPSC got online applications and unlike the past practice, no test preparation time was given to the candidates and they were directed to download their test call letters from the commission's website. The MCQs-based tests were held during September and October 2011 and after announcement of the results, interviews were conducted during December 2011 and January 2012.
The PPSC announced the results and sent its recommendations to the HED, which asked the selected-lecturers to submit their consent letters regarding joining/posting. It has been four months that the HED received all the consent letters, but hundreds of young selected-lecturers are still waiting for their appointments. A large number of these selected teachers belong to the rural areas of Punjab and many of them are jobless. On the other hand, a number of selected-lecturers left their jobs after submitting their consent letters, as they were confident that they were going to be posted soon. These youth were hoping that by going through the lengthy and tough process of selection, they would soon start their career in the education sector. But their hopes proved dreams as the babus who are at the helm of affairs in the HED are delaying the process for as long as they can.
Although Dr Ijaz Munir, the HED Secretary, once assured that the joining/posting process would be completed during the financial year 2011-12, but time proved that it was just a statement to satisfy the scribes. The CM Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, who calls himself Khadim-e-Aala and shows his concern for almost every matter, has never paid any attention to this crucial issue.