Amid a ban on fresh recruitment, clouds of uncertainty are looming on the horizon for contractual professors in many universities.
Fresh PhD graduates hired under the interim programme could all be affected as their contracts have now started expiring.
In the meantime, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has decided to retain the services of 13 such PhD scholars for six months after their one-year contract recently expired.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) engages fresh PhD scholars on a one-year contract before they are formally accommodated at different universities across the country.
However, a government ban on new hiring which has been in place since July last year has put the HEC and universities in an awkward position as the contracts of most such PhD scholars have expired or are about to expire.
Source: The Express Tribune.