PU teachers support for Dr Mujahid Kamran
PU teachers group supports Kamran as VC
Lahore, Jan 10: After the Punjab University
Academic Staff Association (PUASA) opposed the candidature of Dr Mujahid Kamran
as vice-chancellor (VC) of the varsity for another four-year term, a group of
teachers from the varsity has come forward to support him in this regard.
Punjab University's Teachers Front (PU-TF), a group known to be
supporter of Dr Mujahid Kamran, held its general body meeting at the varsity's
Old Campus here on Monday, condemning the ASA for allegedly pressurizing the
Punjab government to appoint VC of their choice.
With Prof Dr Shaukat
Ali in the chair, the meeting was participated in by a large number of teachers,
including members of the Syndicate, deans, the heads of teaching departments,
faculty members and researchers.
The meeting said Prof Dr Mahr Saeed
Akhtar was no more president of ASA as he had allegedly violated the Association
constitution by not completing the process of holding of elections of the
teachers' forum by the end of December.
However, Dr Mahr at a recent
press briefing had claimed that the ASA had constitutional mandate till February
13, 2012. It is pertinent to mention that VC Search Committee had sent a panel
of three most suitable candidates to the chief minister for subsequent
appointment of anyone of the three as the new PU VC.
The panel comprises
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, whose term as PU VC expired on January 2, 2012; Prof Dr
Jamil Anwar, former Pro VC of the Punjab University; and Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal
Jadoon, Dean PU's Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences. PU-TF meeting
unanimously passed a resolution, stating that the ASA was meant to address the
issues of the varsity teachers but the representatives of the Association had
been allegedly pressurizing the Punjab government for appointment of the
vice-chancellor of their choice.
The resolution also stated that the
former representatives, even after completion of their turn, according to black
and white rules and regulations, had not announced the election schedule because
of their political designs. According to the resolution, if the schedule of the
ASA was not issued in a week, a general body meeting of the teachers would be
called and their memberships would stand cancelled. PU-TF general body demanded
the Search Committee appoint the vice-chancellor in compliance with its rules
The meeting also unanimously approved the resolution
presented by elected member of the Syndicate, Shumaila Gull, in which the house
showed complete satisfaction in remarkable increase in research, appointment and
promotion of teachers on merit and establishment of peaceful academic atmosphere
for teaching and research during the first tenure of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as
In a press statement issued here, PU-TF's Dr Shaukat Ali demanded
Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif not to make give in to the propaganda of
teachers with Jamiat background. He said the CM was expected to implement only
the recommendations of the Search Committee, keeping in view his policy of good
In a related development, ASA executive member Prof Dr M
Aamir Hashmi has resigned from elected membership of ASA for, what he termed,
illegal working of the ASA after December 31st.
According to the
resignation letter's copy, Prof Aamir resigned over the behavior of the ASA. One
the one hand, the ASA is not even concerned about the issues of teachers
community, on the other hand, it is criticizing the process of the Search
Committee and pressurizing the government in the selection process of
vice-chancellor, he explained the rationale behind the resignation.
is also important to mention here that ever since the VC Search Committee had
finalized the panel of three most suitable candidates for the post of PU VC,
some quarters had been expressing concerns over third division of one of the
candidates. There are rumors that the Punjab government has decided not to
consider candidates with third division in the academic career for their
selection as the VC.
However, sources privy to the developments, said no
such decision had been made, adding that there had been instances in the past
when candidates with third division were appointed as VC. If such people were
eligible to teach at the universities as well as study at foreign varsities, why
they are not short listed for the post of VC, or even subsequent appointment
against such coveted post, they added.
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Lahore: The Lahore High Court on
Monday summoned Punjab University (PU) Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran
for January 13 in a petition challenging the notification under which the
government made him acting VC.
Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq also issued a
notice and sought reply from the Punjab Higher Education secretary, asking him
to explain as to why Dr Kamran had been appointed as acting vice chancellor. The
court issued this order while hearing a civil miscellaneous application filed by
Dr Mughees-ud-Din, a candidate for the slot of the VC, in his main petition,
seeking restraining order against possible extension to Dr Mujahid as a VC after
his retirement on January 2.
The petitioner submitted Dr Mujahid was
appointed as vice chancellor for a period of four years under section 14 of the
PU Act, and according to law, the VC could neither be granted extension nor
could be permitted to serve as acting VC.
He said extension to a retired
VC by the government was unlawful after a judgment by Supreme Court which
declared that extension after the retirement from service was illegal and
The petitioner's counsel contended that Mujahid Kamran wanted
to continue as a substitute arrangement so that his wife or cousin could be
facilitated. He requested the court to set aside the notification of his
appointment as acting VC, declaring it unlawful and illegal step by the
government. Justice Farooq had already issued a notice to the higher education
secretary on main petition of Dr Mughees-ud-Din.
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CJ scolds UVAS dean on special student's plea
Lahore: The Lahore High Court chief
justice on Monday admonished a dean of the University Of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences (UVAS) and took serious notice of the irresponsible behaviour of the
university's officials for not giving admission to a disabled student who had
secured first position in the merit list five years ago.
Chief Justice Sh
Azmat Saeed observed: "Corrupt and idle government officials have destroyed the
entire system of the country." Hafiz Syed Muhammad Ammar had filed the petition
in 2007, stating that he had secured 817 marks in Intermediate (FSc) and applied
for admission for graduation in the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
He secured top position in the merit list displayed by the
university administration but the officials of the university dropped his name
without giving any reason. Ammar submitted that the UVAS officials had given
admission to the candidates who got less numbers after taking bribe from
He, then, took admission to Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) and
successfully completed eight semesters of the DVM course because his petition
was not being heard timely by the Lahore High Court.
Dean Faculty of UVAS
Prof Naseem Ahmad appeared before the chief justice to explain his position and
reasons behind the discrimination against the petitioner by the university
officials. He, however, failed to give any satisfactory answer to the CJ's
repeated queries that why Ammar was dropped from the merit list despite the fact
the he had secured the top position.
The CJ got angry and remarked: "I
want resignation from all those officials who took bribe to accommodate their
favourite and deprived Ammar of his well-deserved seat. You have destroyed the
life of a disabled boy."
He further observed that the UVAS officers were
so cruel that they did not even spare a disabled guy, and their greediness
forced Ammar to study in a city far away from his hometown, Lahore. He said that
all delinquent officials should be sent to jail. Prof Naseem Ahamad tendered his
apology to the chief justice and requested the court to grant him some time to
resolve the issue. The CJ directed him to find out how Ammar could be
accommodated in 10th semester of DVM course in the UVAS, Lahore.
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College teachers boycott classes
Lahore: After failure of dialogue
with the Punjab government, Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA)
has once again started agitation to press the government for acceptance of their
demands, including the demand for timescale/ one-step up-gradation.
the PPLA call, college teachers observed academic boycott in different public
colleges across the province after 11 am and held protest demonstrations against
the Punjab government.
In the provincial metropolis, a protest
demonstration, led by PPLA president Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh, was held at the
Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore, where the protestors also
observed a protest sit-in.
Dr Zahid said they had been having
discussions with the government for last 56 days for genuine demands of the
teachers but due to some elements in the government team the dialogue had been
The PPLA president said many of the issues were agreed
upon in these meetings while the issue related to timescale/ one step
up-gradation was left for consideration of the chief minister. However, he said,
the scheduled meetings of December 19 and 23 with the Chief Minister could not
be held which had led to frustration among the teachers.
On January 11,
he said, protest demos would be held at district level while college teachers
from across the province would take out a rally from Nasir Bagh to Punjab Civil
Secretariat on January 12, to press for their demands.
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Proceedings start against BISE ex-chief
Lahore: The Punjab government has
initiated disciplinary proceedings against former chairman, controller and
officials of the computer section of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (BISE), Lahore.
In a handout, a spokesman for the Higher
Education Department said the CMIT chairman and Waqar Khan, chartered
accountant, would do complete financial audit of all purchases made by the BISE,
He also said that a case had been registered against the
controller of examinations, Rawalpindi Board and three officers/officials of
computer section by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) while disciplinary
proceedings had been initiated against chairman, controller and three
officers/officials of computer section of the Rawalpindi Board. The news
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