FDE & Dr Shahnaz | MAO principal misbehaviour
FDE partially opened for Dr Shahnaz
Islamabad, June 07: Capital Administration and Development
Division (CADD) on Wednesday finally handed out Dr Shahnaz A. Riaz a
notification appointing her not as Director General (DG) but as Director
Research and Monitoring in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
Besides a summary has been sent to the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf
Raza Gilani for the appointment of new Director General FDE and the name
of Dr Shahnaz has also been included in it.
Dr Shahnaz was repatriated in the FDE on instructions of Supreme
Court and had been hoping to get the post of DG since Friday last.
She visited the FDE many times earlier but returned home dejected as
the former director general Atif Kayani was reportedly occupying the
A day earlier, Director (Admin) Tajamul Shah did not allow her to work as DG and her room was locked, asking her to
produce a notification of CAAD to the same effect.
On Wednesday, however, lady luck smiled partially on the lady as the
CADD issued notification of her appointment as director and also sent a
summary to the PM for her appointment as DG.
Secretary CADD, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said Dr
Shahnaz was a highly educated woman so it was decided to give her the
job of monitoring of the department.
"Besides, a summary has also been sent to the PM to consider her appointment as the DG," he added. Dawn
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17 dept heads resign against MAO principal's 'misbehaviour'
Lahore: Almost all heads of departments of the Government MAO College on Wednesday
resigned en masse from headship of their respective departments in
protest against the principal's alleged insulting attitude.
the other hand, the college principal Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan
also "attempted" to resign from the post which was "foiled" by the
Secretary Higher Education Department, Punjab, the controlling authority
of public colleges across the province.
It is learnt that
the heads of various departments held an emergent meeting on Wednesday,
strongly condemned alleged insulting attitude of the principal and
unanimously decided to resign from the headship of their respective
departments. The teachers submitted a copy of en masse resignation in
office of the principal as well as the Higher Education Department.
is pertinent to mention that The News on Tuesday had published a story
highlighting growing anxiety among the faculty members because of the
principal's alleged misbehavior. However Dr Farhan Ebadat had
categorically denied the charge.
Out of 21 heads of
departments, as many as 17 resigned in the Wednesday meeting. It was
also decided in the meeting that if the government did not take any
action against the principal all the staff of the college would also
tender resignations. After the 17 heads, the sources said, the rest of
the heads were also ready to resign. Some of them were not present in
the meeting on Wednesday.
Those who resigned from headship
of departments included: Azam Hasan (Botany Department); M Akbar
(Chemistry); Ashfaq Ahmad Waraich (Head of I.Com/ BCom/BBA (Hons)
programmes); Muhammad Afzal (Persian); Kehkashan Ali (Social Work);
Khalid Mahmood (English); Nazir Ahmed Khalid (Geography); Saeed ul Haq
(History); Farzand Ali (Mathematics); Qamar Waheed Khan (Physical
Education); Akbar Ali Shah (Physics); Mehmood Farid (Political Science);
Zafar Jamal (Psychology); Hamayun Hassan (Statistics/I.T); Muhammad
Arif (In-charge 2nd Shift/Zoology and Mass Communication); Muhammad
Mushtaq (Punjabi); and Dr Mahmood Ahmed (Arabic).
to sources in the Govt MAO College, the principal left the college
before the faculty members' meeting ended. Afterwards, the teachers
submitted en bloc resignations to the vice-principal.
the development taking place at the college, Dr Farhan got his own
resignation typed from the post of principal and contacted Higher
Education secretary Dr Ijaz Munir to inform him that he wanted to resign
from the post. However, he was told to wait. He 'complied with' the
order and changed his mind, the sources said.
could not reach Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan for comments despite
repeated attempts on his cell phone. However, when contacted, Higher
Education secretary Dr Ijaz Munir said he had come to know that the
heads of various departments had resigned from their posts but had not
seen en masse resignation. He said the principal, Dr Farhan, also wanted
to resign but he had stopped him from doing so. "The department has no
issue with the principal", Dr Ijaz Munir said, adding that he himself
would listen to both sides before taking any action in this regard.
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Enthusiasts gather at KU for Venus transit
Karachi: The planet Venus put on a cosmic show for the few people present at Karachi
University's (KU) observatory in the wee hours of Wednesday.
the eager stargazers looked up into the skies, their eyes shielded by
thick black glass, they saw Venus, looking no bigger than a dot, slowly
makings its way across the surface of the sun.
possibly be the last time any one alive today will see this cosmic
event. According to Dr M Shahid Qureshi, renowned Pakistani astronomer
and astrophysicist, the event takes place in pair of eight years which
occurs after every 100 years.
"The next time the pair occurs will be in 2117 and 2125, 105 years from now."
was still dark when media persons turned up at the KU gates at 5:30am.
The security guards seemed baffled by the presence of the early risers
at the campus. "All we know is that we have strict orders not to let
anyone, particularly females, to wander around the campus before seven.
For security reasons," they said.
Behind the gates,
droopy-eyed journalists stood impatiently to catch a glimpse of the
event through the six-inch thick lens of a telescope that was donated to
KU in 1965 by the German company Carl Zeiss. It is the only observatory
sized telescope in Karachi.
Though there were initial
worries about the heavy cloud cover, the sun eventually revealed itself
from behind the clouds at about 7am. Protective eyewear came out, as did
pieces of broken eye glass that are normally used when welding metal.
should never view the sun with the naked eye, hence the precautions.
Either X-ray sheets, or eye wear made of thick black glass should be
used," said Javed Iqbal, Chairperson of the Institute of Space and
Planetary Astrophysics at KU.
Those who were there to witness the event returned to their homes happy – but not before hearing rumors that witnessing this once-in-a-lifetime event would make them millionaires and grant them beautiful children. The news
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Varsity teachers observe black day
Hyderabad: Teachers in almost all public sector
universities of the province observed a black day by wearing black
armbands on Wednesday to impress upon the authorities concerned to
accept their demands.
The call for the protest was given by the Sindh chapter of the
Federation of All-Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations.
In the University of Sindh, leaders of the Sindh University Teachers
Association Azhar Ali Shah and Arfana Mallah submitted a charter of
demands to acting vice-chancellor of the university.
The demands included raise in the Higher Education Commission's
grants for the universities of Sindh, revision of laws about
universities to ensure autonomy, efficiency, transparency and
accountability based on the principle of shared governance and
responsibility, reinstatement of dismissed SU teacher Prof Anwar Mangrio
and appointment of VC in accordance with HEC's criteria in the Shaheed
Benazir Bhutto University, appointment of a permanent VC in Sindh
University, allotment of unutilised land of the university or state for
housing schemes, payment of encashment of leave, removal of retired
personnel, strict regulation of conduct and discipline of students and
improvement in law and order in all public sector universities.
The teachers expressed hope the chancellor's secretariat would
respond to the demands and vowed to continue protest by observing black
days and marching to the VC's office every day if their demands were not
In the next phase, teachers would observe token hunger strike outside the Governor's House, said the SUTA leaders.
Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Teachers associated with the Shah
Abdul Latif University Teachers Society observed a black day and presented a charter of demands to the acting VC of the university. Dawn
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