A FEMALE lecturer has fallen victim to the ruthless bureaucracy as soon as the Punjab government lifted the ban on transfers. A female lecturer serving on a regular basis was transferred by authorities at the Punjab Higher Education Department only to accommodate a blue-eyed male lecturer serving on a contract basis.
According to sources in the department, transfers are made only against vacant posts so that those already posted may not face any problem. They said the female lecturer was transferred only to accommodate the influential male lecturer.
Muhammad Ajmal, a Mathematics lecturer at the Government College Pattoki, Kasur District, was transferred and posted at Government MAO College in place of Shams un Nisa on July 29. The sources said the additional secretary had claimed that the matter was treated as special case on special instructions of a senior official of the Punjab government.
They said it was almost impossible to find a vacant post of lecturer in a city like Lahore as no body wanted to leave a big city. “It was perhaps the first case in many years when someone was transferred just to get a particular post vacant,” they added.
In an application filed in the office of the Higher Education secretary, lecturer Shams un Nisa maintained that her husband was a disabled person and transferring her would add to her miseries.
An official of the department seeking anonymity said the female lecturer was specially transferred from Sangla Hill to Lahore during the tenure of the PML-Q government on her request a couple of years ago when her husband got seriously injured in an accident.
It is learnt that the department high-ups had assured the lady to get her posted in a female institute ignoring the fact that she was already teaching classes where over two dozens of students were female.
It is also learnt that the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has expressed resentment over the move. “What we are witnessing is the department’s slow slide into anarchy,” remarked PPLA President Nazim Hasnain. “This has never happened before,” he claimed adding “it is strange that bosses have transferred the only female teacher from the college where dozens of girl students are enrolled”.
He claimed that “ordinary” teachers were being dragged from pillar to post while those with connections even got transferred during the period when transfers were banned. “Everything is being done in the department on the basis of likes and dislikes,” he said.
Nazim Hasnain said contrary to the chief minister’s open door policy, officers were following a ‘closed-door” policy.
Interestingly, notices are displayed on various places in the Punjab Higher Education Department reading visitors are not allowed. Someone has scribbled “Are these offices open to genies if people are not allowed to enter” next to one of the notices.
“An ordinary teacher is not even allowed to cross the so-called one-window facility,” said the PPLA president adding “only those with connections can meet the secretary and the additional secretary etc in person regarding transfers issues”. He claimed that the cases coming through one-window were not being given due preference.
Ahad Khan Cheema, the acting secretary of the Higher Education Department, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Tariq Latif, the in-charge of the one-window facility, said over 800 applications had been received so far. He said he could not tell exactly how many transfer cases had been processed or the number of applications regarding transfers.
Agreeing that transfers were made only against vacant posts, Additional Secretary (Establishment) Hamayun Maqbool Bhatti said the female lecturer would soon be posted in a girl’s college within Lahore. To a question, he said the notification regarding transfer was issued following instructions from ‘higher authorities’.
Answering yet another question, he said: “One or two cases are being processed on a daily basis and cases coming through one-window are being given due preference”.
Source: The News