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Govt declines extension to KEMU VC

LAHORE, Sept 28, 2007: The Punjab government has declined to grant extension to the King Edward Medical University vice-chancellor and constituted a six-member search committee to find his successor. Punjab Health Secretary Raees Abbas Zaidi said on Thursday that Prof Mumtaz Hasan, whose one-year contract expired on Sept 16, had been asked to continue till his successor was chosen.

He further said the government had formed a six-member search committee, comprising medical professionals, for the purpose.

"The committee is fully authorised to choose even a foreigner for the post," the secretary added.

Interestingly, KEMU spokesman Dr Tabassum claims that Prof Hasan has been given extension for three years. When the spokesman's attention was drawn towards a Punjab government notification that Prof Hasan had been given a three-year contract as professor of medicine and not as vice-chancellor, Dr Tabassum said a separate order had been issued in this regard.

The Punjab Services and General Administration Department's notification says that Prof Hasan is `reemployed on a contract basis for a further period of three years with effect from Sept 16, 2006 in relaxation of provisions of the reemployment policy.' The terms and conditions of his contractual appointment shall be settled separately. Last year, the Punjab government had awarded Prof Hasan only one-year extension that too as an acting vice-chancellor.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Medical Association points out that under the KEMU Act, there has been no room for an acting vice-chancellor and the provincial governor should take note of this violation.

A health department source said the KEMU vice-chancellor had utilised all his energies to get extension for a maximum period but the provincial high-ups preferred to launch a hunt for his successor. Dawn

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"It is high time that government removes this ******* person Mumtaz Hassan off this post. He has ***** all the funds granted to kemu. He is guilty of granting admissions to his children through unfair means into kemu and forces all the professors to award distinctions to his children. He is intellectually ******* and removes every person who is honest and sincere. He should be removed and ******** by govt."
Name: Anonymous but vital
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"It is 100% right? Does the Government has any excuse for 3 times top of his elder son in 5 profs, 3 times top of his daughter in all the 3 profs she got, top of his next son in the only prof he grabbed? Who is responsible for this injustice to (Non-VC sibling) students of KEMU, a Government University? Does Punjab Government has any answer for this injustice?"
Name: Kemcolian
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

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