STAFF REPORT RWP: Teachers in Rawalpindi have opposed the Punjab governments decision of elevating the Post Graduate College for Women (PGCW), Satellite Town, to a sub-campus of the University of Gujrat (UoG).

They say the college has been working well under the Punjab government and must not be handed over to UoG, which is an autonomous body.

“It would be an unwise move to hand over the college to the varsity,” said Punjab Professors Lectures Association Rawalpindi Chapter President Liaqat Abbasi.

He said that the university will implement its own fee structure, which is much higher than the nominal charges students currently pay, and that its women-only status will go away once it goes to the university.

“The handover can also impact our employment,” he remarked, adding that teachers fear they might be transferred to other colleges in the Rawalpindi Division.

“We are not against university campuses in Rawalpindi. The government should allocate separate land for a new university instead of handing over existing public colleges to universities. It is a sort of privatisation of colleges,” said Abbasi.

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