The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has taken the decision to revise the two parallel faculty service structures prevalent in the universities for finding a solution for the adoption of a uniform system in the educational institutions.
Presently the two kinds of faculty service structures present include the Basic Pay Scale (BPS) and the Tenure Track System (TTS).
The TTS structure which is taken to be as the one based on performance was introduced 12 years back by the HEC for motivating scholars towards research via the introduction of higher incentives.
But, the experts told local media that the system remained unsuccessful in attaining the targets and a greater number of scholars failed to meet the criterion of the international performance-based system in the universities. The experts further revealed that in the span of 12 years only ten per cent of the faculty members were successful to attain the TTS.
The HEC has now established a committee for revising the service structures of both the systems.
As per a letter issued, the committee would be reviewing the service structure of TTS and BPS faculty and would recognize and then make comparisons between the strengths and weaknesses of each of the two system for knowing which one is more effective in establishing quality in learning and research.
The committee would also be revising the performance evaluation system for the TTS and the BPS faculty members and would also propose suggestions for the improvement of the systems.
The committee has been instructed to submit the report within 60 days’ time.
The thirteen members committee includes:
- Convener Prof. Dr Raheel Qamar—Acting Rector, Comsats university
- Prof. Dr Farooq Bazai—Vice-Chancellor (VC), Baluchistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta
- Prof. Dr Muhammad Asif Khan—VC, University of Peshawar,
- Prof. Dr Sarosh Hashmi Lodhi—VC, NED UET Karachi,
- Prof. Dr Tasawar Hayat—Chairman Department of Mathematics, QAU
- Prof. Dr Abdus Salam—University of Punjab
- Prof. Dr Zahid Anwar—University of Peshawar,
- The representative of the establishment division,
- the representative of the ministry of finance,
- Dr Faisal Bari—Lums,
- Dr Mehboob Hussain—President Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA),
- Musharaf Zaidi—CEO Tabadlab, and
- Muhammad Ismail—consultant Quality Assurance Division (QAD) HEC, as secretary of the committee.
Dr Mehboob Hussain who is also a committee member said that only ten per cent of the universities are working on TTS since it has been introduced and a number of problems have been reported since then.
He informed that significant incentives were launched for the faculty members of TTS, however, now even the scholars on BPS are doing research work and so the two structures are clashing with each other.
He assured that the committee would look into a firm opinion for the adoption of a uniform system and incentives would be given to the scholars once the evaluation is done, not before it.
He highlighted that the scholars on BPS are having issues as despite their research work and experience they are not getting promotions.
He added that the performance of scholars on BPS is ignored, while the TTS researchers have got no service records.
The TTS was not as per the real situation of the country where there are fewer research facilities for the PhDs in the universities.
Atta-ur-Rehman—the former chairman of HEC and also the one who launched TTS said that the system was introduced for motivating scholars to do research and the idea was to gradually phase out the BPS, however, universities failed to implement the system properly and hence the two systems are running parallel.
He also informed that at the time of launch TTS was giving thirty per cent more to the scholars but presently the difference between BPS and TTS is stuck at twenty-five per cent.