PU VC's wife in hot water: Court removed her
Vice chancellor's wife in hot water: LHC removes PU Law College principal
Lahore, June 02: Justice Hafiz Tariq Nasim of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has removed
Punjab University (PU) Law College Principal Shazia Qureshi, who is also the
wife of PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran, from her post, ruling that
her appointment was tainted with nepotism.
The judge held that Qureshi
might be foreign qualified, but was an assistant professor in the college. The
judge held that according to the university calendar and the University of the
Punjab Act, 1973, the principal should only be appointed by the syndicate on the
recommendation of the VC from amongst three senior most professors.
the light of these unambiguous provisions, I am of the view that VC Dr Mujahid
Kamran has exercised his powers arbitrarily to promote nepotism, favouritism and
non-transparency," the judge ruled.
The judge observed under the rules,
one dean was given additional charge of dean at the Law College, but he was not
allowed to look after its affairs. However, Qureshi, who was on a lower pedestal
than these two posts (principal and dean), was handed over the prestigious
institution only to please her after she married the VC.
The marriage is
their personal affair and it is not the duty of the court to comment on it, but
the fact remains that such favouritism, nepotism and illegal exercise of powers
allows public at large to raise fingers and voice, he said.
also disagreed with Qureshi's counsel that her appointment was a stopgap
arrangement due to the non-availability of a professor or an associate
professor, ruling that no serious attempt was made to fill the vacant posts.
These posts were advertised in December 2008, but no progress had been made in
this regard, conveying a message that in the case of appointment of a professor,
Qureshi would not be able to retain her position.
The judge held that
this novel way was adopted to let Qureshi continue as the principal despite
lacking the eligibility criteria. Ten months had lapsed since she was given the
charge of the principal, but no progress had been made to fill the
The judge declared the office of the principal as vacant due to
illegal and unlawful appointment by the VC. The judge directed that the post
should be filled through fresh appointment and a person possessing the requisite
eligibility should be given additional charge of the principal for an interim
The judge issued the directions while partially accepting the
petition of an advocate, Ammara Akbar, seeking her admission in Master in
Legislative Law (LLM) and challenged the appointment of the law college
The judge rejected the petitioner's plea for admission in the
LLM classes by observing she did not meet the merit and as such she could not
claim her admission. Daily Times
"Gud! Justice shud not only b done bt it seems to b done. Shazia nvr deserves to b the Principal of law colg"
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PU approaches HEC for sub-campus at Kasur
Lahore: The Punjab University on Monday submitted a PC-I to the Higher
Education Commission regarding establishment of its Bulleh Shah sub-campus at
A special committee of the PU worked out requirement of over 800
kanals of land and Rs250 million for setting up the new sub-campus named after
Sufi poet Bulleh Shah whose shrine is located Kasur.
The new sub-campus
is being set up on special directions of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and
it would be funded by the federal government.Sources in the PU administration
said following a directive from the PM Secretariat, the matter was presented
before deans of various faculties who agreed for establishing of university's
sub-campus at Kasur. In 2005, the PU established a sub-campus at Gujranwala. A
PU official, seeking anonymity, said the university had demanded a piece of land
not less than 862 kanal (preferably 1,000 kanal) free of cost besides Rs250
He said the disciplines of languages (especially Punjabi),
commerce, information technology and leather technology institute and other
would be started at the proposed campus. A number of senior faculty members
said it would have been better if the campus were
established at some far-flung area of the province to facilitate the people of
those areas. They said hundreds of students belonging to such areas were
enrolled at the PU main campus and they were boarding at university hostels.
"If the facilities of higher education are available near their
hometowns students would not have to travel to big cities," said one of the
teachers.When contacted, PU registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan confirmed that
PC-I had been submitted to the HEC for establishing the Bulleh Shah Campus. He
said disciplines as per requirement of the area would be offered at new
He said philanthropists and local industrialists should come
forward to help the university in setting up the campus so that the PU had to
bear the minimum financial burden. To a question, Dr Khan said people from
Okara, Kanganpur and many other areas would benefit from the Bulleh Shah Campus.
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PU meeting reviews PhD cases
Lahore: A meeting of the Punjab University (PU) Advance Studies and
Research Board was held on Monday.According to a press statement, the meeting,
chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, solved the cases of PhD
scholars sent for review in the board by PU departments, institutes, colleges
As many as eight PhD synopses, 16 reports on PhD theses and
33 panels of examiners for PhD theses' review were approved. Extension was also
given in 30 cases while 13 miscellaneous cases were also discussed.
meeting was attended by Prof Dr Jamil Anwar, Prof Dr Javaid Ahmed, Prof Dr
Muhammad Jamshaid, Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Prof
Shaista Sonnu Sirajuddin, Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh,
Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar, Prof Dr Nasir Ahmad, Prof Dr Haris Rashid, Prof Dr
Niaz Ahmad, Prof Zahid Karim Khan and Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan. The News
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GCU remembers ex-professor
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Dr
Khalid Aftab, Political Science Department Chairman Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry and
the staff members expressed grief on the sad demise of former Political Science
Department chairman Prof Farooq Sultan.
Sultan joined GCU in 1987 and
became the department's chairman in 2000. He retired in 2001 and rejoined GCU as
a visiting faculty member on contract basis.
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LUMS students get basic life support training
Lahore: The Rescue 1122 on Monday
conducted a Basic Life Support Training (BLST) workshop for the students and
faculty of the Lahore University of Management Sciences
Twenty-four students and faculty members participated in the
workshop. The training included rescue breathing, cardio pulmonary
resuscitation, management of airway, and spinal injury patients.
training workshop was conducted under the supervision of Emergency Officer
(community training) Roqiya Javed.
The Rescue 1122 officials started the
training programme under the instructions of Rescue 1122 Director General Dr
Rizwan Naseer, to equip young students with life-saving skills and enable them
to manage emergencies effectively.
According to a statement issued by the
Rescue 1122, LUMS students had already been trained as community emergency
response teams by the Rescue 1122 and they were serving the LUMS community as
Rescue volunteers. A large number of students expressed their wish to join the
Rescue 1122 as rescue volunteers to work towards the development of safer
communities, it said. Daily Times
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