National University of Modern Languages incident
NUML incident stirs Presidency, parliament
Islamabad, Feb 07: The public beating of a professor of the National University
of Modern Languages (NUML) by a retired Army brigadier has triggered a
chain of activities in the Presidency and parliament on how the
university is being run in a totalitarian fashion.
thrashing incident has prompted the Presidency to give the first-ever
reading to the NUML's Ordinance to determine if the presidential powers
are really encroached since the president, as Chancellor of the
University, has never been informed about the university's business
since he assumed office, let alone seeking his approval.
Nisar, the opposition leader in the National Assembly and Chairman of
the PAC, condemning the barbaric incident of the professor's thrashing,
said that the retired brigadier brought a bad name to the institution
of Army. He demanded full protection of the victim, Professor Tahir
He said that he would not only demand an investigation
and strict action against the brigadier and the setting up of an
inquiry committee to probe how the university was being run recklessly,
the official will also be called.
The NUML, which was
established through a presidential ordinance in 2000, is financed like
other universities by the federal government; nevertheless, the
civilians have zero involvement. The president of Pakistan is its
chancellor and federal education minister the pro-chancellor, yet the
university's affairs are intriguingly run by the Army with a lieutenant
general, the nominee of the Army chief, presiding over the meetings of
the most powerful board of governors.
according to Article 7 of the NUML Ordinance the copy of which is
available, "shall preside over the convocations of the
University and meetings at which business of the University is
But President Asif Zardari as Chancellor has never been
informed about the business transacted there, confirmed the
Presidency's Additional Secretary Ishaq Lashari when contacted. "The
president has never been involved in the university's business," he
As the shady affairs of the university have come to light
after the thrashing of the professor by its registrar Brig (retd)
Obaidullah Ranjha, the Presidency has, for the first time, realised
that the university is in a state of messy affairs. In order to
understand the laws governing the university and the role of the
president in discharging its affairs, the copy of the ordinance was
sought that the Higher Education Commission dispatched on Saturday,
As far the issue of presiding over the
board of governors meeting that has the authority to appoint the
rector, article 13 of the ordinance has just mentioned the names of
those who will be its members, including the Army chief/its nominee,
the nominee of the chief justice of Pakistan, the rector himself,
secretary defence/nominee, secretary education/nominee, secretary
finance/nominee, foreign secretary/nominee, chairman HEC and senior
professors of the university.
The ordinance doesn't mention that the
Army chief or his nominee would preside over the meeting, yet his
nominee Lt Gen Azhar Hayat is doing the same thing. He couldn't be
reached for comments. The rector's phone was remained switched off.
Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director of the HEC, admitted that the
ordinance was vague on the question of who would preside over the board
of governors meeting. He further said that the HEC rules governing the
public sector universities affairs were not different for the NUML, yet
it assumes a 'peculiar position'. Responding to a question why the
president was not even intimated about the NUML's business, he said
this shouldn't be the case as other universities inform even about the
appointments of new deans and recruitment on other key posts.
elaborating the 'peculiar position' of the NUML, he said though the
positions of the university vice chancellors/rectors were advertised
and an HEC research committee determined their candidature keeping in
view their research record, it doesn't happen in NUML where the board
of governors, instead of the HEC, plays a role in appointments. He also
confirmed that the budgetary grants for the NUML were allocated by the
federal government, not by any particular department like the defence
ministry or the GHQ.
Ch Nisar, condemning the thrashing
incident, said that he would raise this issue in Monday's
session of the National Assembly. "We condemn, in the strongest
possible term, the action of the retired brigadier in subverting and
trampling over, not only the rules and regulations of his own
university but also sending a very wrong and damaging message across
the country as to how his time-honored profession should act and
I consider it a very serious issue and ask the government to
take a serious notice of this incident, give full protection to
Professor Tahir Malik and carry out a detailed inquiry into what's
happening in the NUML. I intend to raise this issue in the National
Assembly on Monday.
What's most disturbing is how an individual can
take the law into his own hands and then use the name of the Army to
justify and protect himself. The action of the retired brigadier has in
no way raised the image of the Army. To the contrary, it has tarnished
the name of this institution much the same way as Gen (retd)
Musharraf's action and shenanigans did to bring down the good name of
the armed forces in the eyes of the people," he said.
He said he would urge the PM in his
Monday's speech to set up a detailed inquiry into how the NUML was
being run in a reckless manner. The news
"The ugly incident that occurred at NUML (National University of Modern Languages) on Feb.4th, has shocked and saddened all. Comments appearing in the Pakistan Observer in its issues of 9th and 11th instant, coupled with an eye-witness account by one of my close relatives who happens to be a member of the teaching faculty in the said university, has led me to believe that the episode in question is a replica of a similarly enacted politicized drama that caused downfall of the former President Pervez Musharraf in 2008. it is true that the Registrar, Obaidullah Ranjha over reacted to the unwarranted and deplorable outbursts of lecturer, Tahir Malik against the Pakistan Army for which the former was ultimately made to quit his job, yet the fact remains that the unwarranted abuse of the army for no valid reason was un-forgivable act and could not have be taken lightly by a conscientious representative of that great institution (Army). All patriotic Pakistanis would therefore unreservedly support the punishment meted out to the culprit, who is also otherwise notorious for his loose talk and slanderous attacks every now and then on the Army including its representative at NUML,Rector Brig®.Aziz Ahmad Khan. The incident has been blown out of all proportion with a nefarious design, that is, to defame the institution (NUML) that operates under the supervision of the Pak Army. It is also a fact known to all, that the cohorts and goons of a major political party were supporting and instigating the strikers and outside hooligans who had joined the fray. It is also being widely rumored that certain aspirants to the top slot of the institution, finding it an opportunity of their life time to get rid of the present incumbent namely, Brig® Dr. Aziz Ahmad Khan, have been actively busy in fueling the fire of the present insurgency openly. In sum, the campaign against the only well-nit, disciplined and credible pillar of the state ( Pak Army) which has, time and again, defended successfully the exterior and interior frontiers of the country is being maligned and ridiculed under a well thought out plan by forces inimical to Pakistan's safety and integrity. Our leaders both in Government. and the opposition, wittingly or un-wittingly, are playing into the hands of our external enemies and their collaborators stationed inside the country. May Allah in his benevolent mercy, save Pakistan from the unholy designs of its traitors and fifth columnists who are determined to destroy this invaluable legacy (Pakistan) of the Quaid-e-Azam. February 12, 2010 12:06 PM."
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
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BISE officials 'playing truant'
Lahore: Senior officials of the Board of Intermediate
and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore are constantly
absent from their offices despite the fact that the chief minister's
(CM) essay writing, speech and sports competitions concluded last
month, it has been learnt.
According to sources, the officials
were still taking advantage of the already-concluded competitions and
using them as an excuse to avoid work, which further adds to the
miseries of the students and the board staff.
regularly due to the non-availability of the chairman and secretary
BISE, when they visit the office to have forms and other documents
singed by the above-mentioned officials. When asked about the
continuing absence of these functionaries, board officials told the
students that the chairman and secretary were busy making arrangements
for the CM's competitions. Students are forced to accept this excuse,
even though the competitions concluded on January 11.
official alleged that for the last three months, the board chairman and
secretary seemed unconcerned with the day-to-day technicalities, as
making the CM's competitions 'successful' was their only priority. BISE
Secretary Mushtaq Tahir, when contacted, dispelled the impression that
he remains absent from his office and alleged that only 'corrupt' board
officials were not working. Daily times
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Honorary teachers demand regularisation of services
Islamabad: The teachers working in different government schools of Wah
Cantonment staged a protest demonstration in front of National Press
Club on Saturday and demanded regularisation of their services.
teachers said they had been serving in different schools as honorary
teachers for the last 25 years and due to their hard work results of
these schools remained 100 percent. They said Regional Office of
FGEI-Wah Cant had awarded them certificates for their best performance.
said about 450 teachers had been serving in different schools of Wah
Cantonment and they were being paid only Rs 2,000 to 5,000 monthly
They said the Ministry of Defence had assured them
in the past that their services would be regularised, however the
Federal Cabinet Garrison had refused to do so on the plea of funds
shortage. They appealed to the government to regularise their services.
salary for last three month: Some 2,487 newly appointed educators in
Education Department of Rawalpindi district, who have not got their
salaries for last three months, have demanded that the government pay
them salaries on priority basis.
The educators said they were facing financial crisis due to non-payment of salaries.
the Education Department said the newly appointed educators were not
being paid salaries, as their profiles and documents were under
scrutiny. After completion of checking process the educators would be
paid salaries, they added. APP
"I have done my Master`s in Economics from FCCU in 2008 by getting 78%marks.I have one year teaching experience so i do apply in your universty for teaching i.e(Economics,Stats and Maths)."
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City, Country: lahore, pakistan
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Navtec technical courses
Islamabad: National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (Navtec) have started new
technical courses, in collaboration with three leading institutes
Construction Technology Training Institute, National Institute of
Electronics (M/O Science & Technology) and Al-Shifa Trust Eye
Hospital to train youth in 23 disciplines.
The courses were
commenced in collaboration with CTTI included building construction,
steel fixer, turner machinist, carpenter, masson, plumber, building
painter, basic plant operator, basic mechanic thread, AutoCAD and
material testing. These courses will be of 3-4 months duration and
started from February 1,2010, at CTTI.
Four Navtec courses for
youth will be conducted at Al-Shifa Trust Hospital, here, including
Ophthalmic Technician, Ophthalmic Nurses, Equipment Technician and
Refractionist. Navtec Chairman Adnan A. Khawaja, has appealed to the
youth having age from 18-35 years to take full advantage of the Navtec
courses to become useful citizen of the country.
He said the
selection of the candidates will be purely on merit basis.
the priority will be given to the youth from Baluchistan, Fata and
earthquake affected areas. Successful participants of the courses will
be given Rs2,000 stipend per month alongwith tool kit of the relevant
disciplines. The news
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