Universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | IIU moot
VCs decide to reopen universities, teachers disagree
Peshawar, Nov 23: The vice-chancellors (VCs) of public sector universities in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa on Monday decided to reopen universities from November 26,
but provincial chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities
Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) said they would continue boycott of
classes until recovery of Islamia College University Vice-Chancellor
The meeting was chaired by University of Peshawar (UoP) VC Azmat
Hayat and attended by office-bearers of the FAPUASA and VCs, including
VC of University of Engineering and Technology Imtiaz Hussain Gilani,
acting VC of Agriculture University Dr Naeem, VC of Malakand University
Rasool Jan, VC of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, Ihsan Ali, VC of
Khyber Medical University Dr Muhammad Hafizullah, VC of Women University
Peshawar Ms Farhana Jahangir, FAPUASA president Dr Fida Mohammad and
other office-bearers of the association.
Mr Ajmal Khan was kidnapped allegedly by Taliban militants in
September along with his driver. Later, the militants warned to kill him
by November 20 if their demands were not accepted by the government.
This sparked protests by the students association and teachers who
held demonstrations to press the government to speed up efforts for
release of the kidnapped VC.
Talking to reporters, UoP VC Azmat Hayat said that all universities would open from November 26.
"This decision has been taken in the best interest of the students and on repeated requests of the parents," he said.
Mr Hayat said that all-out efforts would be made for the safe
recovery of Ajmal Khan. He said that the VCs were satisfied with the
efforts so far made by the government for the recovery of the ICU VC.
However, the representative body of teachers, FAPUASA, announced that
it would continue their strike till recovery of the ICU VC.
Talking to this correspondent, FAPUASA KP chapter president Dr Fida
said that they were present at the VCs' meeting and presented their
point of view.
"Here we have parted ways with the VCs. We will continue boycott of classes till the recovery of Ajmal Khan," he said.
Dr Fida said that the teachers were fighting for the rights of VCs,
but they had deviated from their principled stance. He also criticised
Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, who the chancellor of public sector
universities, for ignoring the VC's abduction and the subsequent
strikes by teachers. "The governor has taken the whole episode lightly,
as he never bothered to hold a meeting with the teachers and brief
them about the government's efforts for the recovery of Ajmal Khan," he
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IIU to hold moot on women's universities
Islamabad: To explore the potential of women's universities to bolster
and strengthen females, the International Islamic University (IIU) will
organise a two-day International Interdisciplinary Conference on
'Women's Universities as Agents of Change' here on Friday (November 26).
Minister for Information Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira will be the chief guest
and IIU Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik shall preside over the
ceremony, while IIU President Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui will inaugurate
The multidisciplinary conference seeks to analyse the
role of such institutions to strengthen women, a segment of society
that has traditionally been marginalised. In view of an increasing
realisation of the indispensable role of education in the promotion of
meaningful social change, the conference will try to bring together
researchers to discuss how women's universities can serve as a
centre-stage and launching pad for a programme to interrogate and
redress gender inequality, to reduce the gender gap, to formulate a
pedagogy which instills critical selfhood and consciousness in women and
to promote higher education and skill development in women.
the major themes in the conference include 'Women's Universities:
Women's Education, Female Empowerment and Social Change', 'Professional
Development of Women', 'Gender Roles and Cultural Forms: Media and
Literary Representation of Women' and "Islam and Women's Empowerment".
conference will bring together a group of 42 international as well as
national speakers on a wide range of themes dealing with pedagogical,
sociological, psychological, religious, literary and cultural issues
related to women's education, gender studies and female empowerment.
are five key-note speakers from different parts of the world, including
Dr. Maria Jaschok from the University of Oxford, U.K.; Dr. Sylvia Maier
from the University of New York, USA; Dr. Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf from
the International Islamic University, Malaysia; and Dr. Anees Ahmad
(Riphah International University) and Dr. Shahid Siddiqui (Lahore School
of Economics) from Pakistan. In addition, 37 speakers from Malaysia,
England and all over Pakistan will be presenting their papers.
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Varsity asked to produce record of Rahimdad's degree
Peshawar: An election tribunal of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Monday
ordered the administration of the Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, to
submit record of graduation degree of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior
Minister Rahimdad Khan within a week.
The tribunal presided over by
Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel was told by the administration of the
varsity that the degree of the senior minister had been sent to the
Higher Education Commission for verification.
The tribunal was taking
up two identical election petitions filed by losing candidates from
PF-27 (Mardan-V) Shahid Khan and Riaz Khan who had accused the minister
of producing a fake bachelor's degree before the Election Commission of
Pakistan to contest the general election. The petitioners requested the
tribunal that the election of Rahimdad Khan might be set aside and the
authorities concerned be directed to take appropriate legal action
Both the petitioners recently moved an application in
the main petition, praying the court to direct the respondent to submit
the record of the HEC-verified degree and then forward it to the
Election Commission. The tribunal also directed superintendent of the
degree cell of the Gomal University, Naseer Khan, to appear before the
court on the next hearing to record his statement in the case.
previous hearing, the in-charge of degree cell of the Gomal University
had told the tribunal that the provincial senior minister's degree was
available in the university record, but he didn't issue it.
of degree cell of the university, Hafeezullah Khattak during
cross-examination said the degree of Rahimdad Khan was not put before
him for signature despite the fact that he had been signing the degrees
When Rahimdad's counsel Abdul Lateef Yousafzai questioned
him about issuance of original degree to the minister by the varsity,
he simply said that the degree was not sent to him for signature. The
official admitted before the court that he was suspended for six months
from the post but he denied that he was suspended on charges of bungling
in degrees record.
The senior minister's counsel produced slip of
urgent fee of Rs2,000 that was deposited for issuance of the degree from
the university. On the court's directives Hafeezullah Khattak produced
the record of the degrees issued by the varsity.
hearing, Hafeezullah Khattak had showed ignorance about issuance of BA
original degree to Rahimdad Khan when his lawyer produced the documents
before him for verification.
He said that signatures of
vice-chancellor and controller of examination were genuine, but he did
not know who had issued the degree. The two statements of Hafeezullah
were found contradictory during cross-examination by Rahimdad Khan's
lawyer. The news
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Dir varsity sub-campus to be set up in Chitral
Chitral: The vice-chancellor of Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto University, Upper Dir Professor Dr Jahandar Shah has said Chitral
will become a sub-campus of the university as and when suitable
building is made available to it.
Speaking at a meeting at the dealing office of the university here on
Monday, he said that owing to the growing strength of the students and
high literacy rate in the area, the establishment of a university campus
in Chitral was the need of the hour, which will subsequently be
developed into a full-fledged university in near future.
Mr Shah said for want of a building, the sub-campus could not be
started during the current academic year in Chitral. He said the
university campus would be named after the highest peak of the Hindu
Kush range, Terich Mir.
Mr Shah said the dealing office of the university provided the
students with maximum possible facilities so that they could be saved
from travelling to Sheringal valley of Upper Dir. He said that he would
be available to the people of Chitral round the clock on his personal
telephone numbers to hear and redress their grievances.
Speaking on the occasion, the controller of examinations of the
university, Prof Mohammad Rose Khan said the dealing office was
established to give a meaningful representation to the people of
The principal of government postgraduate college Prof Karimullah,
principal of government management sciences college Sahibuddin and
representatives of civil society highlighted the problems relating to
higher education specially conduct of
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