Seven aspirants for SMBBMU VC slot

Ratodero, Sindh:As many as seven senior doctors of Larkana have applied for the post of Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, reliable sources told PPI on Monday.

The post is lying vacant due to the resignation tendered by Prof: Akbar Haider Soomro recently on charges of mismanagement and unfit for this post according the Higher Education Commission criteria being a diploma holder & over-aged. Those who have applied for this post include Prof: Saifullah Jamro & Prof: Khursheed Abbasi both of Paediatric Medicine, Prof: Sikander Mughal of Paediatric Surgery, Prof: Sikander Ali Shaikh former VC of this University and retired Professor of general surgery, Prof: Sher Muhammad Shaikh of general Surgery, Prof: Ibrar Ahmed Shaikh of Medicine and Prof: Asadullah Mahar of Orthopaedics Surgery. Doctor Mahar is also posted to work as Principal, Chandka Medical College and he is also holding the charge of VC currently.

According to these sources, if the government appoints Vice Chancellor on merit to build this Medical University then Prof: Sikandar Mughal would be the best choice but he has no political support. Prof: Asadullah Mahar has the full support & backing of his community enjoying close relations these days with PPP high command and they have also pressurized for giving this post to Dr. Mahar.

The motive behind this stance is the establishment of Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College & Hospital of Sukkur which has so far been neglected by the Sindh government as so many posts of faculty and hospital are lying vacant since very long hence both these Institutions are of no use to the people, these sources added. These sources further added that Mahar Sardars also want GMMMC & Hospital to work properly because of the fact that these were approved during their tenure and in the name of their elder whose name they want to be remembered by the people. Prof: Jamro, according to these sources, is also on the run and is trying his best to secure this lucrative post for which he has offered a handsome amount, sources further added. On the other hand Prof: Sher Muhammad Shaikh has the backing of two sitting Ministers of Sindh.

A senior professor told PPI that Prof: Sikander Shaikh’s period was the best for establishing this University properly and the government should have avoided replacing him and added that had he been not removed the SMBBMU would have started work at its original site but till to-date the VC Secretariat has not yet been constructed despite passage of years and allocation of billions.

The people of Larkana have demanded of the government to appoint any most suitable competent person so that SMBBMU starts working for the betterment of poor & needy people of this downtrodden area.