The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has authorised institutions to determine all Tenure Track System (TTS) matters, including initial appointment, tenure, and promotion, through their statutory bodies, as a step toward expanding university autonomy.
According to information, the HEC has published a notification stating its decision to eliminate the endorsement requirement in favour of a self-governed decision-making mechanism in order to speed up the resolution of TTS cases and empower university statutory institutions and processes.
All universities will now be required to produce a written certification signed by the registrar attesting to the fact that the decision was made strictly in compliance with the norms and regulations. HEC will accept university judgments based on this announcement without subjecting them to additional bureaucratic delays.
To enhance university statutory bodies, HEC has said that its representatives in these bodies will be held responsible for presenting regulatory requirements and advising on all associated concerns in order to ensure the preservation of all faculty members’ rights.
The statutory body will give the aggrieved person with an opportunity to be heard if they have a grievance against the university’s TTS-related decision. Finally, the person who has been wronged will have the opportunity to appeal to a grievance commission that HEC will set up for this reason.
The message expressly states that if the regulations are broken, the university’s decision may be overturned. Furthermore, a university’s repeated infractions or submission of fraudulent or misleading disclosures may result in additional penalties, including expulsion from the TTS programme.