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Allegations against GCU VC refuted
Lahore, Jan 13: The registrar of the Government College University (GCU) has said
the outstanding rent for the official residence at GOR-I being used by GCU VC
Prof Dr Khalid Aftab has been deposited and he now owes
Addressing a press conference on Monday, GCU Registrar Sahibzada
Faisal Khurshid said that the allegations levelled by the president of the
'so-called' Old Ravians Teachers and Students Association were based on malafide
intensions. He said there was no such association registered with the name of
Old Ravians Teachers and Students Association.
He refuted the allegations
levelled against Dr Khalid by Prof Tauqeer Ahmed Sheikh, the president of Old
Ravians Teachers and Students Association. The registrar said Prof Tauqeer was
involved in a malicious propaganda campaign against the university. "Dr Khalid
had applied for the post of GCU VC and his appointment was made on merit," he
said refuting Prof Tauqeer's allegations.
To a question about recovery of
Rs 1.7 million by the Punjab government from Dr Khalid Aftab as penal rent for
his accommodation at GOR-I, the registrar said nothing unlawful was committed in
He said Dr Khalid, the principal of the Government College
Lahore was appointed as vice-chancellor GCU (BPS-22) on September 10, 2002 and
as per terms and conditions approved by the governor/chancellor, he was entitled
to accommodation on the condition that if provided with furnished accommodation,
rent equal to 10 per cent of his pay will be charged and for unfurnished
accommodation, rent equal to 5 per cent of his pay will be charged. If no
accommodation is provided by the university, he will be entitled to House Rent
Allowance as allowed to a BPS-22 officer of the Punjab
government. He said Dr Khalid was occupying a government residence at 4-Club
Lane, GOR-1 Lahore prior to his appointment as the vice-chancellor as he was a
government servant (Professor of Economics, Education Department/government
employee being entitled to government accommodation). He said Dr Khalid as per
terms and conditions was regularly paying house rent plus 5 per cent of his pay
to the government of Punjab since his appointment as the GCU VC and he never
took house rent in lieu of the accommodation retained by him.
Aftab was again appointed as vice-chancellor on February 26, 2007 and his terms
and conditions were settled in MP-II. He was entitled to Rs 63,570 per month as
admissible in MP-II Grade i.e. 60 per cent of the pay in lieu of accommodation.
He is not drawing accommodation allowance of Rs 63,570 per month and is
regularly subscribing the same amount in lieu of having the government
accommodation at 4-Club Lane, GOR-I, Lahore. As per the terms and conditions of
vice-chancellor, the university had been deducting regularly the house rent from
the salary of the VC", he said.
"After a lapse of almost 4 years, a
letter of SGAD was received on November 18, 2008 vide and it was requested that
the amount deducted from the pay of the GCU Lahore vice-chancellor in lieu of
house rent amounting to Rs 17,88,177.58 may be transferred to the National Bank
of Pakistan, Civil Secretariat, Punjab Pakistan and further advise the
vice-chancellor to retain the residence by deducting the same house rent i.e.
63,570/- (i.e. 60 per cent of the pay) till the vacation of the house," the
The SGAD letter with the subject "Recovery of Rent/Penal
Rent of Government Residence # 4-Club Lane, GOR-I, Lahore," a copy available
with The News, does not simply ask the university that the amount deducted from
the pay of the Vice Chancellor, GCU Lahore in lieu of house rent amounting to Rs
1,788,177.58 be transferred. Rather, the letter is directly addressed to Dr
Khalid Aftab and reads "You (Dr Khalid Aftab) are requested to deposit the
outstanding amount of Rs 1,788,177.58 in the National Bank of Pakistan, Civil
Secretariat Brach, Lahore." "You are further requested to please deposit penal
rent @ 60% of your pay till the vacation of the house."
To a question,
the registrar said the VC's house rent had been regularly deducted by the GCU
adding it was until the SGAD letter it was known that the rent had to be
deposited in the Punjab government's account. "The amount has accordingly been
deposited with the National Bank, as per the instructions of the SGAD," he said
and added "nothing is due on the part of the vice-chancellor."
question, the registrar said the FIR registered against the students of GCU had
Meanwhile, the Old Ravian Union (ORU) has taken serious
notice of news published in some newspapers on January 11, 2009 in which Tauqeer
Ahmad Sheikh, a former GCU Assistant Professor, presented himself as the
president of "Old Ravians Teachers and Students Association".
In a press
statement issued on Monday, ORU secretary Khalid Manzoor Butt said "the Old
Ravians Teachers and Students Association is a fake organisation." "Neither this
organisation exits nor it has any credibility," he said.
Tauqeer does not represent any Old Ravians organisation. "Tauqeer has been
working against the interests of the Government College University (GCU) and
therefore his entry is banned," he said. "He (Prof Tauqeer) is the same person
who never let any opportunity to malign GCU and its administration for personal
reasons. To satisfy his ego and frustration, he has been undertaking a
consistent campaign of mudslinging for the last so many years. We believe that
an Old Ravian cannot undertake such nefarious activities which bring a bad name
to the great institution of Pakistan," the statement said.
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Governor forms body to review expulsion of 80 PU students
Lahore: Governor Punjab Salman Taseer has constituted a committee headed by
Punjab Labour Minister Ashraf Khan Sohna to review the expulsion of 80 students
after the firing incident at Punjab University.
Salman constituted the
committee during a meeting with a five-member Jamat-e-Islami delegation that
called on him here at Governors' House on Monday.
The JI delegation
comprising Hafiz Salman Butt, Sh Fazal Mehmood, Shahid Hameed, Azhar Mahmood and
Hasan Bin Salman discussed with the governor the prevailing political situation
and matters relating to the Punjab University. Minister for Labour Ashraf Sohna
and Haji Eshaq were also present.
The meeting agreed in principle to free
Punjab University from weapon and eviction of outsiders from varsity hostels.
The governor said that tension in educational institutions was against the
interests of students. He said that the government would promote extra
curricular activities in educational institutions. He said both the PPP and the
JI were ideological parties. Both the parties adhered to different ideologies,
but could not afford domination of ideological politics by regional politics, he
said. He said that the prevailing situation in the region called for a dialogue
between the political parties for an end to unnecessary confrontation. He said
the government respected all political parties and believed that all of them had
the right of difference of opinion. The government had never desired to push
those believing in ideological politics in the anti-PPP camp. The PPP leadership
considered maintaining working relationship between the leadership of different
political parties necessary for the survival of system and the country.
President Asif Zardari had also the credit of promoting national reconciliation
in the country, the governor said. Talking to the newsmen after the meeting,
Hafiz Salman Butt said the PPP and the JI had always played an effective role in
politics, particularly in ideological politics. He said that the situation
prevailing in the region called for cooperation between the ideological forces.
He said that the JI wanted the elected government to complete its tenure so that
the people start respecting the public mandate. He said that there was no
justification for the presence of weapons in the universities and non-students
in the hostels.
Ashraf Sohna said the governor was sympathetic towards the
students but the government also wanted to end violence in the universities. He
said that the committee would examine the cases of all the students expelled
from the PU to decide the matter on merit. The Nation
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KEMU wins quiz competition at GCU
Lahore: The Ravians Quiz Society of Government College University
Lahore organised 'The All Pakistan Quiz Competition 2009' in Bokhari Auditorium
on Monday. According to a press release issued by the university, Sidra Anwar
and Saba Mumtaz of King Edward Medical University won the competition. Lahore
Grammar School (LGS) and Lahore College for Women University won the second and
the third positions respectively. According to Quiz Society President Nida
Tahseen, eight teams participated in the competition. Dr Sohail Ahmed Khan, dean
of Languages of Islamic and Oriental Learning, was the chief guest. Later, he
distributed the prizes. He appreciated the efforts of the participants and
praised the society for organising the competition.
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VC, director conflict delays project at UHS
Lahore: The construction of Centre for Research in Endocrinology and
Reproductive Sciences (CRERS), a two-year project funded by the Higher Education
Commission at University of Health Sciences, may lapse with little progress due
to differences between the project director and the vice-chancellor.
HEC-approved CRERS project, launched in June 2007 at a cost of Rs 31.7 million
and supposed to be completed by June this year, has been delayed due to the
tussle between project director Prof Muhammad Arslan and UHS vice-chancellor
Prof Mubashar H Malik as Prof Arslan reportedly refused to 'accommodate' the
VC's close associates at the expense of the project.
'Defiance' not only
cost Prof Arslan, the HEC foreign faculty professor serving at UHS' physiology
and cell biology department, his job at the university but he also suffered
humiliation at the twilight of his career for being charged for 'moral
corruption' on the basis of applications submitted by his students. He also
complained to the HEC and the Punjab governor/ chancellor that the UHS VC was
trying to blackmail him for not accommodating his close associates.
Arslan, the former vice-chancellor of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad,
had written a letter to the HEC that the project to develop and strengthen basic
medical sciences was not taking off the ground alleging that the vice-chancellor
himself and his administration were showing disregard to research and research
training in basic medical sciences. "The main difficulty in the project taking
off has been caused by inordinate and unjustifiable delays in approval of the
appointment of staff and procurement of material that has been pending with the
administration, in many cases, for as long as 10 months," he informed the
He said that he sent a request to the UHS VC for procurement
of office and lab furniture and other items, including equipment and
consumables, on October 3, 2007, which kept on circulating in various varsity
sections for as many as 38 times until September 20, 2008, as shown in a chart
attached with the letter. He alleged that up to 80 per cent of the staff and
material was not provided to the department and that the project was to expire
in June 2009. "Due to prolonged delays, the cost of equipment, reagents and
other items has escalated by at least 50 per cent resulting in substantial
financial loss to the project," he said.
In subsequent reminders to the
HEC, Prof Arslan said that he had requested as early as in November 2007 to
transfer his services and relocate the newly-funded HEC project to the Punjab
University because of "prevailing counterproductive and suffocating atmosphere
at the UHS". He claimed that the Punjab University vice-chancellor would readily
accept this arrangement.
For being hard-pressed by the VC, Prof Arslan
wrote another letter to the Punjab chief minister and alleged that "an all-out
systematic campaign, apparently organised and supported by the UHS VC and his
staff, was on ground since October 2007 to malign him personally, tarnish the
image of the department and hamper the work of his students as he did not share
his (the VC's) views". He alleged the VC instigated his research students to
write against him, promising them an "easy pass" in their final thesis
examination. Prof Arslan said the VC succeeded in alienating a few of his the
students who accused him of being 'morally corrupt'. These students lagged
behind in their research work, he claimed. "I offered to hold an inquiry into
these allegations against me but the vice-chancellor never agreed to it," he
Prof Arslan claimed that he later received duly signed letters
from a couple of his students, who apologised for making totally false
insinuations against him as well as physiology department staff against their
free will on the explicit 'instructions' of the university administration. "I
was offered speedy processing of my M.Phil thesis provided I apply for a change
of supervisor before the submission of my thesis," one of the students wrote in
In return for writing against him, Prof Arslan said the VC
replaced their supervisors without approval of the department, which was
unprecedented and a clear violation of the university statutes and regulations.
"The newly appointed supervisors, who were employed elsewhere, were in no way
qualified to act as research supervisors," he claimed.
Citing an example,
Prof Arslan alleged that the VC admitted PhD thesis of a female student under a
new supervisor who had nothing to do with the student's research work. He said
the VC also appointed an examiner who had only M.Phil at the time of viva voce
examination, and awarded her the degree. He said the particular examiner, a
medical teacher at Services Institute of Medical Sciences, was most frequently
appointed examiner for M.Phil theory and thesis examinations. "The process of
PhD degrees, awarded to at least a couple of students, in anatomy and physiology
needs to be re-checked," he alleged.
Prof Arslan also alleged that the
UHS administration also victimised serious students who wanted to carry on their
studies and research work with him instead of indulging in petty politics.
"Three students of my department acted according to the wishes of the VC and
bagged their degrees while others who submitted their theses much earlier are
waiting for months for their final oral examinations," he alleged.
letter to the chief minister, Prof Arslan also alleged that his personal e-mails
and cell phone accounts were hacked by VC's staff and certain letters and
messages were interposed in his mailbox to be printed and circulated as a tactic
to blackmail him.
Stating that an environment of fear was prevailing at
the university, he claimed that the VC's staff downloaded personal e-mails of
various staff members several times. They also behaved rudely with faculty
members and harassed them by spying on their activities for the information of
the VC on a day-to-day basis.
During the last 30 months, he said that
eight professors and one associate professor were compelled to leave the
university due to hostile service conditions at the university. He also
mentioned in his letter that the VC terminated the services of the former
controller of examinations in 2007 for objecting to VC's frequent visits to the
secrecy branch without his knowledge, appointment of too many examiners from Wah
Medical College where the VC's son was enrolled as an MBBS student and refusal
to comply with the VC's 'verbal orders'. He also alleged that the
vice-chancellor implemented his decisions in a dictatorial manner instead of
seeking approval of appropriate bodies after routed through Boards of Studies,
Board of Faculty, Academic Council and Syndicate for implementation.
Arslan urged Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to hold an external impartial inquiry
into the university's affairs as well as false allegations levelled against him
at the twilight of his unblemished career that also resulted in the termination
of his university service.
Meanwhile, a couple of former senior faculty
members who had quit or were forced to quit, seeking anonymity, vindicated the
views of Prof Arslan, saying that the present vice-chancellor was totally
ignorant of requirements and culture of a postgraduate research institution and
hardly had any concept of the basic academic research and administrative
framework of a university, which was being managed as a personal empire. They
said that the vice-chancellor's four-year term had expired and he retired in
April 2007 and was working in the present capacity "until further orders". They
said the VC's continuation will be detrimental to the academic life of the
university and therefore the position needs to be filled by a competent person,
who is well-conversant with the objectives of university education and research.
"Now, it's a matter of saving this institution," they asserted.
contacted, UHS VC Prof Mubashar H Malik claimed that there were some serious
allegations of moral corruption against Prof Arslan as at least nine students
had requested in writing for a change of supervisor due to unmentionable
reasons. "The university administration has adopted its due process and changed
their supervisors after thorough investigation into these charges," he
The VC also claimed that the varsity's Board of Governors had
conducted an inquiry in which allegations of moral corruption against Prof
Arslan were proved. Although, the VC reluctantly showed the letters written by
students against Prof Arslan yet he did not show any inquiry
Responding to Prof Arslan's allegations of instigating students
against him in return for an "easy pass" incentive, he refuted the charge saying
that there was no "easy pass" at the university.
Replying to another
question about the fear of lapse of the HEC project, he said the commission had
awarded the project of establishment of CRERS to the university and not to any
individual. He claimed that the university was successfully running the project
and there was no question of lapse of the project. He also alleged that the
project director was not serious in implementing the project despite provision
of all relevant material and staff by the university administration.
UHS VC also observed that the HEC was taking great initiatives to promote
postgraduate education but the commission's foreign faculty programme,
particularly in medical institutions, had miserably failed. The News
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