UET Lahore VC fourth term extension
UET VC set to win fourth term
Lahore, Sept 29: Lt-Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram Khan is likely to win a fourth
term as vice-chancellor of the University of Engineering and Technology
(UET), Lahore, as a summary for an extension in his term has recently
been moved to the Punjab chief minister.
It is reliably learnt that
the Punjab Higher Education Department has also moved a summary to CM
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif seeking an extension in the tenure of Prof Dr
Mohammad Nizamuddin as VC of the University of Gujrat.
initiative of seeking extensions has caused great concern among academic
circles as well as aspirants to top academic posts who argue that no
one should be treated as indispensable and others should also be given a
chance to serve.
The third term of Lt-Gen (retd) Akram Khan expired
on February 27, 2010, but he was allowed by the Punjab government to
continue working as UET vice-chancellor till further orders. The first
term of Dr Nizamuddin as University of Gujrat VC expired on September
10, 2010. Academic circles are divided over the possible outcome of the
summaries moved by the department. Some believe the former military man,
who was appointed as UET VC during the first tenure of Shahbaz Sharif
as Punjab CM, might win the slot again as he was still a favourite
administrator of the chief minister.
Others argue that the case of Dr
Nizamuddin was not strong as he had been appointed UoG VC during Ch
Pervaiz Elahi's stint as chief minister and he might not be awarded an
There are also those who believe that because of growing
resentment against the posting of retired army officers on key posts and
pressing demands of academicians for a teacher-VC, Lt-Gen (retd) Akram
Khan might not be awarded an extension at all. Nonetheless, aspirants to
the top slots are very critical of the government and argue that by
awarding extensions a number of potential candidates who could vie for
prestigious academic position were being denied their right to compete.
They also suggested the government advertise posts of VC before the term of any top administrator expired.
tenure of Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza as University of Education VC will
expire on November 20, 2010, while Lahore College for Women University
(LCWU) VC Prof Dr Bushra Mateen's term will expire on November 20, 2010,
Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan VC Dr Muhammad Zafarullah on
January 26, 2011, Government College University (GCU) Lahore VC Prof Dr
Khalid Aftab on February 25, 2011, and University of Sargodha VC Prof
Dr Muhammad Akram Ch on February 11, 2011.
Stakeholders argue that
individuals having strong academic qualifications such as postdoctorate,
publications of research papers in local and foreign journals and those
having administrative experience should be appointed as VCs.
are also critical of the Punjab government's prevailing criteria of
giving preference to individuals having PhD degrees from foreign
universities, saying by doing so it was discouraging indigenous PhD
They say those having PhDs from abroad were not only
given preference but also awarded 12 marks unlike 8 marks for those
having PhD degrees from local universities in recent appointments of VCs
of universities including of Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB).
contacted, a senior official of the Punjab Higher Education Department
confirmed that summaries had been moved for an extension in terms of VCs
of UET Lahore and the University of Gujrat. However, he added the
department had not received any reply. The news
"I think that Gen. ***** deserve for the extension as he is the person who restored UET while it was almost destroyed due to political interférence. Due to his decesions, management and governing abilities, UET is in world ranking. Having a PhD does not mean that a professor has management abilities. Let them research, and let the institutions managed/governed by competent people. Sorry, if someone is heart due to my blunt opinion. Frankly speaking, I doing a PhD from Switzerland and probably join academia in futur."
Name: farooq baloch
City, Country: switzerland
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'Anti-state activities' Islamia College principal transferred
Lahore: The Punjab government on Tuesday transferred Government
Islamia College Civil Lines Principal Prof Rao Jalil Ahmad on charges
of anti-state activities, while college students and faculty members
resenting the order staged a protest demonstration outside the Civil
Secretariat for almost two hours.
The protesting teachers and
students did not allow new incumbent Dr Asif Qureshi, transferred from
the Govt Science College, Wahdat Road, to take charge and forced him to
leave the campus on foot as his car's tyres had been deflated. The
protesters blocked the Lower Mall particularly in front of the
secretariat leaving commuters high and dry for over two hours.
The protesters chanted slogans against Punjab Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema for humiliating a senior teacher.
protesters also locked the principal's office and did not allow new
principal Dr Qureshi to speak to them. They pushed him out of the
It is learnt that the Punjab government charged
Prof Jalil for allowing teachers and outsiders to hold anti-state
meetings and raise funds for contesting court cases against the
government. However, the college teachers said the Punjab Professors and
Lecturers Association was holding its executive meetings and collecting
membership fee from members to meet expenditures of the movement
against board of governors and newly-launched four-year BS (Honours)
programme as well as contesting court case against the constitution and
powers of BoGs.
The protesters, led by PPLA President Dr Zahid
Ahmad Sheikh, chanted slogans against the transfer of the Islamia
College principal and demanded that the government should instead
transfer the higher education secretary.
Joint Action Committee
Chairman Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh, PPLA Vice-President Shahid Chaudhry,
Saadullah Shah, Haneef Abbasi and IJT's Punjab Nazim Qaiser Sharif said
the government should restrain itself from taking vindictive actions
against the teachers otherwise they would come out on roads across
Punjab and jam academic activities.
They alleged that the
bureaucracy was misguiding the chief minister, and demanded that he
should allow the PPLA leaders a meeting so that he could be apprised of
the conspiracy behind the constitution of BoGs and then take an
independent decision.The protesters said the bureaucracy had rendered
principals ineffective as the incumbent secretary did not transfer a
lecturer on charges of proven insubordination and later posted him as a
section officer in his own department.
Speakers also demanded
that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif should direct the Punjab government to
resolve teachers' problems as he had asked the federal government when
the university teachers were protesting for the acceptance of their
Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema said it was
teachers and students' democratic right to protest as if they were
protesting against their principal's transfer. He, however, said Prof
Jalil had been transferred and directed to report to the Punjab
government as he was found guilty of allowing and holding anti-state
Mr Cheema said newly-posted principal Dr Asif Qureshi would hopefully take charge on Wednesday (today).
the Joint Action Committee has announced holding a protest
demonstration against the constitution of BoGs and the District
Education Authority in front of the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday
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PU BoG okays MS in Nanotechnology
Lahore: Board of Governors of Punjab University Tuesday approved the
new MPhil programme "MS in Nanot-echnology" which is likely to be
launched shortly. This was decided in 21st meeting of the Board of
Governors of Centre of Excellence of Solid State Physics Department,
which met here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof
Dr Mujahid Kamran.
The other Board members, namely Dr Altaf Ali
Shaikh Member Academics HEC Islamabad, Dr Manzoor H. Soomro Chairman
Pakistan Science Foundation Islamabad, Muhammad Hanif Deputy Educational
Advisor Ministry of Education, Prof Dr M Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Chairman
Physics UET Lahore, Prof Dr Shaukat Ali Hayat PD CIIT Vehari and Prof Dr
Shahzad Naseem Director PU COE in Solid State Physics were also present
in the meeting.
The board discussed up-to-date progress on academic
and research activities in addition to approving a number of budget
items pertaining to future plans of the Center.
Later, VC Dr Kamran
inaugurated two sections of the newly-established computer lab and clean
lab, which houses optical lithography equipment used for training in
He also performed the opening ceremony of renovated building of the Centre including a new car park.
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PU date sheet
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department Tuesday announced the
written and practical examination date sheet of Diploma in Physical
Education (Undergraduate), Annual Examination 2010.
According to the
details, the written exam will commence from October 5 and conclude on
October 12, 2010, while the practical exam in science subjects will
commence from October 15 and conclude on October 19, 2010. Detailed date
sheet is also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The nation
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UoS to establish chair of Dr Wazeer Agha
Sargodha: The University of Sargodha will establish the chair of Dr Wazeer Agha
at the Urdu Department after the approval of syndicate.
disclosed by the varsity's Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Ch
while addressing a condolence reference held to pay tribute to Dr Wazeer
here on Tuesday. The vice-chancellor said that intellectuals like Dr
Wazeer Agha born after centuries and it would be a great tribute to him
to make the chair on his name at the university. He said that Wazeer
Agha introduced several new theories in Urdu Literature. The death of Dr
Wazeer was a great lose, he added. Dr Salim Agha Qazalbash, son of Dr
Wazeer Agha, while addressing the ceremony said that his father did
several works for progress of Urdu Literature. UoS Urdu Department
chairman Dr Tahir Tonsvi, Tariq Habeeb, Riaz Shad, Shakir Kandan, Arshad
Malik, Khalid Iqbal and others also spoke. The news
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