SAHIWAL: Up to 76 male assistant professors (APs) have long been waiting for their promotion since 2016. Their 425 colleagues from the 2010-11 badge were promoted to grade 19. The pendency is due to lack of work by the Higher Education Department and the Service and General Administration Department (S&GAD).

A S&GAD source told Dawn the promotion of 76 cases would be done by the end of the month. Not only promotions are being delayed, 800 AP posts have also been lying vacant for years.

Dawn learnt the ‘clearance report’ of 76 APs issued by the director general of the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has lapsed twice in the past three years. It is being said if S&GAD and additional chief secretary (ACS) offices fail to hold the Provincial Selection Board (PSB-II) till Feb 28, it will be the third lapse of the ACE clearance report which may result in delay of promotion for another year.

Sources in the HED office told Dawn the case of 76 APs promotions was dispatched to the S&GAD on Jan 10. The badge of 76 PAs was promoted to APs (Grade 18) through the Departmental Promotion Committee on July 7, 2010. Later in 2016, the same badge’s promotion case from AP to associate professor (Grade 19) with the ACR of year 2016 was submitted for PSB-II in March 2017. The promotion cases of seniority No 1250 to 1292 were left out because of some discrepancies.

Nasir Jappa, one of the affectees, told Dawn these cases were left out because of some technical negligence on part of the divisional directorate and the DPI Colleges, Punjab. The discrepancies were removed and cases were moved in January 2018 along with the 2017 ACRs and ACE clearance reports.

At that time, the HED decided that only such teachers would be promoted who would attain departmental promotion link training. The badge of 2010-11 college teachers whose colleagues were promoted to Grade 19 in 2017 without promotion link training were also asked to get training for promotion in 2019. They completed training and again their promotion cases were submitted with 2018 ACRs along with ACE clearance certificates.

The S&GAD, however, again raised objections to those cases. Last year, Covid -19 delayed promotions.

Chaudhry Arshad, an English teacher, said in case February passed without any development, a new ACE clearance report along with ACR of 2020 would have to be arranged.

A source at the S&GAD told Dawn the department had planned to hold a pre-PSB-II in the last week of February but now it planned to hold PSB-I which would delay the 76 promotion cases. The additional chief Secretary office told

Dawn that no pendency of promotion cases was on their end, and the moment the office received cases from the S&GAD, they would send it to the PSB-II.

Published in Dawn, February 21st, 2021

Opinion

Trouble in Camelot
Updated 06 May 2021

Trouble in Camelot

The electorate knows better than to swallow the government’s rhetoric.
Time to wake up
Updated 05 May 2021

Time to wake up

The criticism reflects our failure to counter rising religious intolerance and bigotry, and also exposes a diplomatic debacle.

Editorial

Proceed with caution
Updated 06 May 2021

Proceed with caution

The slightest loosening of SOP protocols could send us hurling in the direction where India finds itself today.
06 May 2021

IPP dues

THE ECC decision to pay the first tranche of outstanding dues of one set of IPPs, and further delay the payments of...
06 May 2021

Violence against doctors

HEALTHCARE workers and doctors’ associations in two major hospitals of KP are adamant that the KP Healthcare...
05 May 2021

Path of growth

FINANCE MINISTER Shaukat Tarin finally specified the future direction that the country’s economic policy will take...
05 May 2021

Human rights 2020

THE human rights situation in Pakistan, almost predictably bleak every year, was deeply impacted in 2020 by an...
Unreasonable behaviour
Updated 05 May 2021

Unreasonable behaviour

Usman Buzdar should reprimand Dr Awan for her coarse behaviour and make sure she tenders a public apology.