Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) fails to maintain online record of colleges
December 20, 2011
LAHORE – The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has badly failed to harvest the crop of newly adopted online system meant for department-run colleges’ record maintenance due to officials’ ignorance, it is reliably learnt.
Insiders told TheNation that the online system, which was introduced in June 2010 by the then Higher Education Department Secretary Ahad Cheema, is about to collapse. Insiders said the project ‘Capacity Building’ was allocated a budget of Rs 171 million. They said more than 90 computer professionals and data collectors were hired from all 36 districts of Punjab. They said two employees in every district and more than 15 at Head Office were hired. “The project employees worked very hard and collected the data from all 480 colleges run under the department. They compiled all data regarding teachers’ profiles and service record and also record of the vacancies lying vacant at the colleges in order to trace available seats for transfers and postings,” sources privy to development said. They said earlier the teachers had to visit the department many times for transfers and postings and other purposes as they were dependent upon officials. They further said, with the introduction of the online system the process of tracing the vacant seat in any college would have become very easy and the transfer-postings could be made on merit. They said currently more than three rs 3 million per month were being spent on human resource. They said more than Rs 70 million were spent on purchase of hardware, development of the online system and wages of the employees. “Now when the system has become efficient, the officials are not ready to take the benefit as their ‘authority’ is becoming cleaned out,” they said. The sources further said that no official was ready to take interest in the project which was resulting demoralisation of the staff. A number of project employees had left their job in this situation and others were only enjoying leisure and drawing the salaries. Currently, there are only five computer operators running the online system while programmers and data administrators have left the project, they added.
Seeking anonymity, a staffer of the project told TheNation, “The officials at the helm of affairs do not want such efficient software as they want the teachers wandering pillar to post for their transfers and postings. Their may be a pressure of teachers’ union which wants teachers in specific colleges by its own will.”
Higher Education Department Additional Secretary Haroon could not be contacted for version.
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