KU VC appointment controversy
KU VC appointment unlikely to solve controversy
Karachi, Jan 18: While the race for Karachi University vice
chancellorship may come to an end after a recent meeting of the Sindh
governor and the vice chancellor of Federal Urdu University of Arts,
Science and Technology, the controversy over the selection process
persists with candidates having raised concern over the absence of two
prominent members of the selection body from a crucial meeting of the
search committee, it emerged on Tuesday.
Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser, the current vice chancellor of Fuuast, was
likely to head Karachi University and its notification could be issued
in the coming days.
They added that Prof Qaiser, a prominent
botanist, whose name was suggested by the search committee for KU vice
chancellorship, had a detailed meeting with the Sindh governor on
The other two candidates whose names had been suggested
for KU vice chancellorship were Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi, dean of
management sciences, KU, and Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan, pro-vice
chancellor of KU Gulistan-i-Jauhar campus.
According to the
sources, the governor's meeting with Prof Qaiser was held after the
former obtained approval from the president, who serves as the
chancellor of federal universities in the public sector.
Prof Qaiser would be a second vice chancellor from Fuuast to head Karachi University if his name is notified.
Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the current KU vice chancellor who
is an aspirant for a third term, had also served as vice chancellor of
Fuuast for two terms of five years each.
Despite strong criticism
from members of the medical community, the governor, who acts as
chancellor of all public-sector universities in Sindh, awarded a third
term to Prof Dr Masood Hamid as vice chancellor of the Dow University of
Health Sciences after a search committee recommended his name.
candidates for the KU vice chancellor appointment included Dr Mohammad
Ikhlaq, former pro-vice chancellor, Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal, dean of arts
faculty, Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, pro-vice chancellor, Prof Dr
Darakhshan Haleem, dean of science faculty, and Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim,
the current vice chancellor.
Controversies mar process
Candidates expressed dissatisfaction over the selection
process and questioned the absence of two prominent members of KU's
search committee - Dr Ishrat Hussain, former head of the State Bank of
Pakistan and current director of Institute of Business Administration,
and retired Justice Haziq-ul-Khairi.
"The integrity of these
people is unquestionable and it was only their inclusion that had given
some credence to the committee. Their absence from the committee has
made the entire exercise futile," said one candidate on condition of
An expert on law was necessary in the selection committee to ensure that the process was transparent, he added.
It is worth noting that other members of the search committee include
Dr S.M. Qureshi (committee convener and head of the chartered inspection
and evaluation committee), Dr Ali Mohammad Ansari (former
director-general of health), Prof U.A.G. Isani (former head of the
University Grants Commission and vice chancellor of Iqra University),
Prof A.Q. Mughal (vice chancellor of the Sindh Agriculture University,
Tando Jam) and Mumtaz-ur-Rehman (principal secretary to the
governor).Meanwhile, teachers at Karachi University also criticised the
selection process, arguing that the procedure violated the sanctity of
the seat of vice chancellor.
The post, they said, required that
the chancellor offered the post rather than seeking the help of a
'controversial committee' largely comprising serving vice chancellors
and bureaucrats instead of eminent intellectuals.
Referring to the
Karachi University code which authorizes the chancellor to appoint a
vice chancellor, they said that why the chancellor needed what they
called a 'so-called search committee' to appoint vice chancellor at the
KU and the DUHS while he was appointing vice chancellors in other public
sector universities in Sindh without involving any committee.Parallel systems
could never know the legal status of the search committee. The
procedure stated in the KU code is different while the one given by the
Higher Education Commission is entirely different. Neither of these
processes is being implemented," said Prof Dr Fayyaz Vaid, member
syndicate and member executive council, Karachi University Teachers
"Speculation on the KU campus regarding the appointment
of KU vice chancellor is highly regrettable," he said, adding that the
society wanted an in-service person with integrity as the vice
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BEd annual exams at FUUAST from 24th
Karachi: The annual examinations of BEd would start from January 24 on the
Gulshan-e-Iqbal campus of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
and Technology (FUUAST), an official said on Tuesday. Controller of
Examinations Prof Dr Waqarul Haq said the papers would be held in the
afternoon between 2pm to 5pm. On Fridays, the exams would take place
from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
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UoP to set up Faraz Chair, says VC
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) has decided to set up the Faraz Chair at
the Institute of Urdu and Persian Languages and Literature to
acknowledge the contribution of famous poet Ahmad Faraz to Urdu poetry.
University of Peshawar Dr Azmat Hayat Khan made the announcement at a
function titled "Bayaad-e-Faraz" here on Tuesday. The Faraz Chair would
collect the archives relating to his life, audio-video footages and the
collection of books and research done on the legendry poet. It would
later be converted into a research institute for students and
researchers, the vice-chancellor said while addressing the function.
Azmat Hayat said that Ghani Khan Chair would also be established at the
department of Pashto for research on the work of the popular Pashto
poet Ghani Khan. Both the poets were true sons of the soil and
establishing a chair in their name would be an honour for the
university, he said.
The vice-chancellor said that the Pakhtun
soil has produced the best warriors, scholars, intellectuals, sportsmen,
actors and poets. The well-attended function was arranged at the
auditorium of Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Museum.
Shibli Faraz, son of
Ahmad Faraz, said his father was a role model for him. He was a born
poet who always believed in optimism and never bothered about the
"Many people ask me that I should also be a poet
but let me make it clear that creative ability is probably the only
thing that does not necessarily run in the family unlike the political
system and families of our country," he explained. He said he had deep
attachment to the University of Peshawar, where was born when his father
was serving as a teacher at the Islamia College Peshawar. He thanked
the organisers for the function. Prof Dr Nazir Tabassum, Dr Sadia
Tariq, Shahid Zaman, Nishat Sarhadi, Aziz Ejaz, Mehboob Zafar, Sajjad
Babar, Riaz Majeed and Iftikhar Hussain Khan also spoke on the occasion.
said Faraz was a poet of all time. They noted that he gave new look to
pure love. They said Faraz's poetry addressed the suffering of both
lovers and the world. The news
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Mystical studies department at AIOU demanded
Islamabad: Speakers at a national seminar, on Monday, highlighted Shah
Abdul Latif Bhittai's message of love, peace and brotherhood and called
for setting up mystical studies department at Allama Iqbal Open
They were addressing a national literary
seminar on Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai with reference to his death
anniversary, arranged by Department of Pakistani Languages, AIOU.
on the occasion, prominent scholar Naseer Memon highlighted the
socio-economic and geographical condition of Sindh during Shah Latif's
Shah Latif was not only a poet but also a tourist and
musician. He was a progressive poet who raised voice for the women
rights at that time and had a vision in his poetry, Memon added.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi, who was presiding the
seminar, said the AIOU is going to establish Dr Nabi Bakhsh Campus in
Sindh University, Jamshoro.
He said Shah Latif highlighted the
problems of common people in his writings. His teachings must be passed
on to the young generation to promote peace in society.
of Pakistan Languages' head Dr Abdullah Jan Abid said that the
teachings of Sufi poets are included in the syllabus while research work
is also being done on their life and work.
Director Bureau of
University Extension and Special Projects Mir Mukhtar Talpur said that
the world is finding ways for ensuring peace everywhere, while this
concept had been promoted by the saints many years ago. The selected
parts of a documentary film prepared by AIOU were also screened on the
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Govt College closed after students' clash
Peshawar: The Government College here has been closed
following a clash between two student groups on Monday, a college
source said on Tuesday.
He said that workers of the
Islami Jamiat Talba and Pakhtun Students Federation had exchanged hot
words over display of posters and then resorted to firing in the
college. He said that some students had also misbehaved with the college
teachers and principal and as a result the administration closed the
college for 'indefinite period'. Efforts were made to get version of the
college principal, but he could not be contacted on phone.
official of Faqirabad police station said that one worker of the IJT,
Qazi Bilal, had been arrested in the case and efforts were underway
arrest the accused from the other side.
Meanwhile, workers of both
the groups held protest demonstrations on Sher Shah Suri Road near the
press club on Tuesday and blamed each other for the firing incident and
disturbance. The IJT activists blamed the PkSF workers for beating up
teachers and misbehaving with principal in the college and demanded
They had also put similar demands on their banners and placards, saying that the incident led to closure of the college.
to media persons, an IJT leader Zafar Bukhari alleged that the PkSF was
disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the college and creating unrest
among the students. He also asked the ANP leadership to stop its student
wing from disturbing peaceful atmosphere of educational institutions.
He also demanded immediate reopening of the college.
the PkSF workers also staged a protest demonstration outside Peshawar
Press Club against the incident and demanded of the government to reopen
The demonstrators were led by Raees Afridi,
president of the PkSF, Government College. Talking to reporters, he
alleged that the IJT activists had created disturbance by opening fire
on the college premises. He said that the IJT activists were responsible
for the disturbance in the college and demanded of the principal to
take severe action against them. Dawn
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