Kinnaird College admissions irregularities
Government asked to sack KC principal, registrar
Lahore, March 17: The Higher Education Department has proposed that the Punjab government
sack the Kinnaird College (KC) principal and the registrar, after a special
tribunal formed by the chief minister found both officials guilty of
The tribunal was given a mandate to look into
irregularities in admissions, the role of the college registrar in
administration, the examination system opted, the principal's alleged
discriminatory attitude towards other faculty members, the termination of senior
teachers' contracts and the repatriation of four senior teachers without any
After the tribunal found both officials guilty of the
charges against them, the chief minister referred the case to the Higher
Education Department for suggestions on appropriate action. High-level sources
in the Punjab government said that the government had decided in
principle to go ahead with the proposal by the higher education authorities to
sack the principal and the registrar.
In case the
Kinnaird College board of governors is reluctant to implement directives, the
sources said the government would still take action against the officials by
amending the law. The Higher Education Department has proposed that the
government remove KC Principal Dr Bernadette Dean and Registrar Naima Khursheed
from office and advertise their posts after giving additional charge of the
posts to other senior faculty members.
According to the department's
proposals, the tribunal's report, along with recommendations, be communicated to
the board of governors for action; if the board is reluctant to remove the
officials, a meeting of the chairman and board members be convened with the
chief minister to consider the government's recommendations; and the government
take measures steps for an institutional arrangement through an amendment in the
current law if the matter remains unresolved after the meeting with the chief
A controversy at the college surfaced in December 2009, when
the principal ousted seven teachers for alleged misconduct, without consulting
the Punjab government. When the media highlighted the issue, Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif was briefed on the matter and given a document signed by 97 KC
faculty members, who accused the principal and the registrar of misuse of
authority and financial irregularities in self-finance admissions. The chief
minister referred the matter to the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department,
and sought advice on the KC's status and the Punjab government's role in college
In its advice, the Law Department said the Punjab government
could look into any issue of public interest, and the KC controversy fell in the
domain of this authority.
The chief minister then formed a six-member
inquiry tribunal – headed by AZK Sherdil – to look in detail into the complaints
of misconduct and misadministration against the principal and the registrar. The
tribunal was formed under the Inquiry Committees and Tribunals Ordinance 1969.
The team filed its report with the chief minister in the last week of
February, with the observation that the confrontation between the principal and
senior faculty members was a result of Dr Bernadette Dean's "stubborn attitude".
It also said that the registrar's appointment was "unfair", and confirmed that
there were irregularities in admissions on self-finance basis. In addition, the
tribunal pointed out that KC's financial system was not sound and facing a
deficit of Rs 37.715 million. It also found that the admissions list was not
displayed in a transparent manner.
The sources said the chief minister
then sought the Higher Education Department's input on the tribunal's
The tribunal has also proposed that the government expand
its role in college affairs while increasing its members in the board of
governors. However, KC Principal Dr Dean said that the tribunal met
Naima Khursheed and her, and "they were satisfied after the inquiry". She said
claimed that even the report filed by the inquiry team did not mention any sort
of mismanagement or irregularities in college affairs.
She said she had
followed the policies defined by the board of governors for admissions to the
college, and "there was no irregularity". "There are no irregularities in the
KC's financial affairs ... the government regularly holds audits and everything
is on the record," she said, adding that the KC board of governors ratified the
appointment of the registrar. She said the Higher Education Department's
recommendations had shocked her.
Meanwhile, key tribunal member and
senior educationist Dr Arifa Syeda said that nobody had the right to
comment on the tribunal's judgment, as it was a legal authority formed by the
She said the inquiry team filed recommendations with the
Higher Education Department after interviewing stakeholders and investigating
the matter in detail. She said all tribunal members were extremely professional
and credible people and they had done their duty, while the Higher Education
Department had made the final decision in the matter on the basis of the
The KC board of governors chairman, Dr Alexander John
Malik said that he had not decided anything about the recommendations by
the Higher Education Department. He refused further comment. Daily times
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PU admin out to stop IJT event
Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Tulaba is planning to organise a "Shining
Star Competition 2010" on Punjab University New Campus, while the PU
administration has decided to stop the event.
The IJT activists on
Tuesday set up a number of stalls on varsity campuses and collected copies of
result cards of the last examination passed by respective students.
IJT has decided that the top-scoring male and female students would be awarded a
motorcycle and a laptop, respectively. Those, who had scored more than 60 per
cent marks, would be awarded computers through balloting. The IJT would present
15 computers. Similarly, various other small prizes, including USBs and scarves,
would be offered to shining students.
The IJT spokesman says former PU
student union president Liaquat Baloch, IJT central president Abdul Rasheed,
ex-Lahore nazim Mian Aamir Mahmood and others will also attend the function.
As the IJT had decided to hold the function on the ground of the
chemical engineering faculty, the university administration has released water
there to prevent the function.
PU IJT nazim Hasan Bin Salman criticised
the university administration's act and said that it should cooperate with
students instead of creating hurdles in holding positive activities. He said the
university administration had given a negative message to students by using
tactics to stop a positive activity.
University granted affiliation to FG College of Commerce H-8/4
Islamabad to teach M Com classes. According to the notification issued by the
Affiliation Branch of the Punjab University, Commerce College can hold classes
with an intake limit of 45 students for the morning and 45 students for evening
classes for the academic session 2010-2011.
FG Commerce College Principal Zaffar
Ullah Khan Buttar thanked the authorities of the Punjab University for granting
affiliation to his college to teach M.Com classes. He said he would try to
fulfil all the requirements of the university and assured to produce good
results, says a press release. Dawn
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PU test for jobs
Lahore: For the first time, a batch of 300 students from seven teaching
departments of the Punjab University will appear in a written test on the
varsity premises today (Wednesday) for jobs in the banking sector.
Career Counseling and Placement Centre Punjab University Prof Abdul Qayyum
Chaudhary said here Tuesday that on the special directive of PU VC Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran, the University had liaisoned with job sectors to help provide
new jobs to fresh graduates who excelled in studies.
He said the first time
in 128 years' history of the varsity, Bank Al-Falah will take a written test of
around 300 short listed students out of 1,000 for banking jobs with an initial
package of Rs 40,000 per month. He said the result would be announced only after
two hours and successful students would be interviewed the same day.
Qayyum said high achievers would be offered jobs subject to completion of their
studies by the end of June next. He said students appearing for the test
belonged to IBA, Institute of Business and IT, Institute of Administrative
Science, Economics, Business Education (IER), Hailey College and Hailey College
of Banking and Finance. The nation
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PMA for smooth promotion of doctors
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has demanded the
implementation of doctors' executive cadre without delay.
Secretary Dr Haq Nawaz Bharwana said in a statement on Tuesday that unnecessary
delay in the implementation of doctors' executive cadre was causing
administrative problems in hospitals and would also create hindrance in
achieving the health sector targets set under the Millennium Development Goals
Dr Bharwana said that contract doctors should also be regularised
and the health secretary should ensure the promotion of doctors from grade 18
and onwards without delay.
The PMA praised the Health Department's
decision on promoting grade 17 doctors to 18 without bureaucratic hiccups.
The Surgical Oncology Society Pakistan (SOSP) has suggested the
provision of optimum cancer care by making integrated cancer centers in all
Certain recommendations were given at the conclusion
of a National Cancer Surgery Conference organised by the SOSP at Shaukat Khanum
Three hundred surgeons from different parts of the
country attended the workshop. Live advanced cancer operations were also
performed by the head of King Edward Medical University surgery department Prof
Arshad Cheema and Prof Mumtaz Mehr. The operations were broadcast live to 400
teachers of medical colleges, district surgeons, trainee doctors and medical
Participants recommended that incidences of cancer and their
outcome be documented, and adequate pain control for palliative care be
addressed by the provision of cheap and effective morphine.
conference also discussed the role of surgeons, medical and radiation
oncologists, primary carte physicians, the government and media. Dawn
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UHS employees strike
Lahore: The contract employees from grade 1 to 15 of the University of
Health Sciences observed pen-down strike on the second consecutive day on
Tuesday to protest against the university administration's decision of not
regularizing them in violation of the orders of the Punjab government.
a result of the strike, official work remained suspended. The protesters chanted
slogans against the university administration headed by Vice Chancellor Prof
Hussain Mubashar Malik, who, according to them, had been denying regularization
to the contract employees.
They observed that all other institutions had
complied with the Punjab government's orders and regularised all contract
employees from grade 1 to 15 but the UHS administration committed violation of
provincial government's orders and denied due right to the contract staff of the
Meanwhile, the protesting employees pointed out that Director
(Admn and Coord) Col (retd) Jawaid Iqbal, who was allegedly appointed in
violation of rules and regulations by the UHS administration, didn't attend the
university during the last couple of days to, what they believed, escape the
They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif
take notice of the university's non-compliance of the orders. They urged the CM
to intervene to regularise all contract employees of the university. They vowed
to continue their protest till regularization of all contract employees. The news
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DPS security funds
Gujranwala: The Divisional Public School (DPS) administration has
collected around Rs2 million security funds from students despite a ban imposed
by the provincial government.
The administration collected another Rs8 million
from members of the board of governors (BoG) under the same head.
Parents of students and some members of the BoG have protested the
forced recovery of Rs500 from every student and called it "extortion" while
demanding an immediate reimbursement of the collection.
government had banned collecting security funds from students in all educational
institutions forcibly but the DPS administration collected huge sums of money
under this head. Over 3,800 students are studying in the school.
member, Haji Muhammad Murad, opposed the proposal but the administration did not
abandon the process and instead collected another Rs8 million from all members
of the BoG as security fund. Sources said that the school administration had
Rs50 million deposits in its bank accounts.
The divisional commissioner,
who heads the DPS administration, said that these funds were required to
construct a hostel for students.
However, the exercise would not be
repeated as it was a one-time activity. Dawn
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LUMS new initiatives
Lahore: Lahore University of Management and Science (LUMS) is going to
introduce several initiatives aimed at improving the university's institutional
Central to this effort will be the development of a process
of learning outcomes assessment, and Harvard University assessment expert Scott
Barge will be visiting LUMS this week to help launch the process.
helped universities in several countries to implement a dynamic system of
assessment, and visit will be a great asset to LUMS. He will be meeting LUMS
community members individually and leading a workshop for all faculty
As LUMS is the first university in Pakistan to embark on an
initiative of this kind, observers from the Higher Education Commission of
Pakistan, the Pakistan Engineering Council and other local institutions will be
invited to participate. The nation
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GCU ceramics artwork
Lahore: An exhibition of ceramics by students of Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa
Degree College, Nicholson Road, opened at Minhas Art Gallery of Government
College University on Tuesday.
The exhibittion was inaugurated by Punjab
University College of Arts and design principal Dr Rahat Naveed Masood. A number
of art lovers and students of various art institutions came to see the works.
The moving spirit behind the exhibition, Prof Iftikhar Butt said
that the exhibition was the outcome of a 15-day workshop he conducted with the
students at Ayesha Degree College. Mr Butt said though the college had a fine
arts wing, it did not have ceramics department. "It's the initiative of the
college's fine arts faculty that bore fruit and we for the first time held a
workshop for students on ceramics," he added.
Some 60 or so students had
displayed their artworks. The students had worked on various ideas through their
works which were rich in terms of creativity and novelty. There was also a
competition among the participating students for the exhibition. The jury
members were Rahat Naveed Masood, Prof Iftikhar Butt and Prof Babar.
Sidra Saleem bagged the first position for her ceramics piece of art
titled 'Destruction of worlds.' Ms Saleem said she drew the inspiration from the
Hollywood movie, 2012.
Saba Kazmi stood second and her artwork was based
on still life.
Nadia Naseer won the third position whose work was based
on the architecture of Hazrat Bahauddin Zikriya's tomb in Multan. Other students
worked on various ideas and some had done calligraphy on their art.
Sadia Zaka, one of the faculty members of Ayesha Degree College, had
also exhibited some of her artworks. Zaka drew inspiration from the floral
motifs of Wazir Khan mosque.
The exhibition will remain open till March
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