LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared the appointments of vice-chancellors at four universities in Punjab as unlawful, ARY News reported on Thursday.
The verdict in the petition was announced by Justice Shahid Kareem of Lahore High Court.
The petitions, filed by Mansoor Sarwar and Aurangzaib Alamgir, had stated that before appointing a vice-chancellor consultation with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is compulsory.
It was also mentioned that it is the responsibility of HEC to set the guidelines for universities and form search committees for the appointment.
The petitioners had pleaded to the court to outlaw the appointments as they were made in contrary to the merit and favorite persons were appointed on the position.
The judge, in its verdict, declared the appointments of vice chancellors of Punjab University, University of Sargodha, Nawaz Sharif Engineering University Multan and Lahore College for Women University as unlawful.
The bench ordered the HEC to elevate the senior most professors as interim vice chancellors of the four universities within seven days and to appoint regular vice chancellors within a month on merit in a transparent manner.