PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has devised a criterion for appointing principals of colleges in the province.

This was stated by Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Higher Education Kamran Bangash while presiding over a meeting in the committee room of the Higher Education Department on Thursday, says an official handout. He said the strategy has been set as per standard of the department.

The special assistant said the vacancies of principals in 50 colleges of KP were being filled under that criterion to operate educational institutions through persons having with leadership quality. He said the Directorate of Higher Education would receive applications from interested candidates for the posts of principal. He said that a scrutiny committee had also been formed for analysis of the applicants for the colleges concerned. The scrutiny will also be comprised of the experience of candidates in administration, college management planning, market linkages and other related matters.

Kamran Bangash said that for first time the appointments of college principals were being made purely on the basis of merit and larger interest of the students. He said a criterion was also prepared for the appointment of principals and now the interested candidates would pass through profile scoring. Those getting highest score would be declared qualified for the posts.

Secretary Higher Education Daud Khan, Additional Secretary, Director Colleges, quality insurance and other authorities of the Directorate of Higher Education attended the meeting.

Mr Bangash rejected the summary sent for appointment on the posts of principals and said that from now only standard and merit would be given importance in any appointment in higher education.

Last month, Kamran Bangash said the process for recruitment of 300 lecturers for merged tribal districts has been initiated which will complete in a few months.

Addressing a Jirga of tribal elders and notables during his visit to Bara tehsil of Khyber tribal district and later talking to media persons, the special assistant said the federal and provincial governments are committed on the progress and development of merged districts. Mr Bangash said that on the demand of the local residents, second shift is being initiated in Government College Bara from the next academic year.

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