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GCU registrar appointment issue

Appointment of GCU registrar : Governor sets aside HED secretary's letter
Lahore, Dec 17: The governor has set aside Punjab higher education department (HED) secretary's letter wherein he rejected the appointment of registrar to the Government College University.

The Governor's Secretariat issued a letter to the HED secretary and GCU vice-chancellor on Dec 10 and the varsity administration advertised the post of registrar on Dec 14.

The department rejected recommendations of a search committee, which interviewed applicants and selected a panel of three candidates for appointment as registrar to GCU.

Committee's recommendations were approved by the GCU Syndicate at its 33rd meeting and sent to the HED secretary on Jan 11 for approval of the governor.

The HED secretary rejected search committee's recommendations and wrote a letter to the GCU vice-chancellor, stating: "I am directed to inform that the case of appointment of registrar to GCU is hereby rejected in the higher education department.

It was decided that the case will be taken up on arrival of a regular vice-chancellor."

The search committee consisting of former GCU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab, GCU professor emeritus Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh and former University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz had recommended a panel of three candidates for appointment as registrar on a regular basis. The candidates in order of merit

were former GCU registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid, Gul Aziz Awan and Muhammad Ishtiaq.

Later, Khurshid submitted a petition to the governor/chancellor, contending that the HED rejected search committee's recommendations, which were approved by the university syndicate, without a lawful authority. He said the letter was based on extraneous consideration and issued in violation of the law laid down by the Supreme Court and it should therefore be declared void ab initio. He said the letter stated that search committee's recommendations had been rejected, but gave no reason.

The governor/chancellor heard Khurshid as well as HED additional secretary Zarak Mirza, GCU physics department chairman Dr Hassan A. Shah and deputy registrar Saboor Ahmad Khan.

As Khurshid contended that HED's letter was issued without a lawful authority, Mirza said the department rightfully rejected search committee's recommendations.

After HED's May 21 letter, syndicate's 34th meeting on June 20 endorsed Khurshid's relieving from the post of GCU registrar and endorsed Anjum Nisar's appointment to the office of the registrar till further orders.

The governor/chancellor in his order stated that he heard the parties and agreed that the HED could not reject search committee's recommendations. He said the GCU Ordinance 2002 clearly stated that the authority to consider the

appointment of GCU registrar was the governor/chancellor and the HED had no authority whatsoever to reject committee's recommendations. "Therefore, the HED action, whereby syndicate recommendations were rejected, was ultra vires, void ab initio, non est and illegal."

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rehman said governor's order was against the HED letter. He said the university advertised the registrar's post as per advice of the HED. Dawn

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Religious publications dominate book fair
Karachi: If publishing houses are any barometer to assess the dominant thought in society, given their role as the producers of intellectual diet, then it is not surprising that the passion for religion, which is so prevalent in the country, has seemingly the largest number of publication houses that exclusively publish religious books and materials of all stripes for all ages and sexes.

At the 7th International Book Fair, which began at the Expo Centre on Friday, the presence of local religious publication houses was so conspicuous that the rest looked pale in comparison. Their volunteers were assertive, distributing pamphlets, guiding people and even accustoming fleeting visitors - handing out details about their bookshops and materials - that included CDs and accessories like Rehels and Tasbis.

The annual book fair enjoys a reputation of drawing publishers from across the country and abroad, but this year the number of exclusive international stalls is next to none. And the secular stalls (if the term can be used) are flooded with books for children and yes there are local booksellers with books on hardcore politics and current affairs.

Unfortunately for literature lovers, the options are painfully limited. Apart from Liberty Books, which is the foremost stocker of cross-genre books in the city, one particular stall that deserves to be mentioned is Readings, a Lahore-based bookseller visiting Karachi for the first time. Readings arguably has the best collection of literary fiction available in the whole fair.

"This is our first time here in Karachi. We shipped the whole stock from Lahore for the occasion and are looking forward to doing some good business here," said a representative of Readings, who wished not to be named.

Interestingly, they are maintaining an exclusive corner for books by Nobel laureates' in literature, which contains works by giants like Samagaro, Mahfouz, Naipaul and Coetzee to name a few. They are also displaying the choicest collection of criticism and poems, alongside books by contemporary doyens of fiction, such as Ian McEwen and Philip Roth. Readings have booked one of the most spacious stalls in the fair and so it's worth spending time by scanning through the shelves.

The usual bad news is that prices are exorbitantly high. For a regular reader who manages to survive on second-hand books, the sleek covers and the crisp pages are obviously tempting, but once you look at the back cover, where the prices are quoted, you get the idea that these fresh and fancy books are only meant for the shelf you picked it from. The fair has a food court on the top floor, so paying a visit could be fun. The book fair ends on December 20.

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HEC team discusses issues with PU VC
Islamabad: A three-member delegation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) visited Punjab University and held a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and editors of the varsity's research journals.

The meeting discussed various issues regarding various problems and enhancing more quality of research journals. The VC said there was dire need to promote quality research. He said the present administration had developed research culture in the varsity, and budget for research had been raised from Rs four million to Rs seven million.

He also urged the need to enhance number of PhD faculty to promote quality teaching and research. The members of the Higher Education Commission delegation included Sulaiman Ahmad, Hakim Ali Talpuri and Sanaullah.

Lecture: Punjab University's Department of French organised a lecture on "Teaching Techniques in Language Class" at the department. Dr Alex Cormanski from University of Franche-Compte, France, delivered the lecture and discussed the theory of verbal and non-verbal communication through drama techniques.

He informed the participants through interesting demonstration on non-verbal communication in everyday life situation and later distributed certificates among the students of French Online Course who completed their four-month course. The news

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