Punjab University Interviews for two VCs
Interviews for two VCs
Lahore, Jan 03: The first round of interviews for the posts of Vice Chancellors (VCs) of
Punjab University (PU) and proposed Women University Multan were held at
the Punjab Civil Secretariat on Monday.
Dr Mujahid Kamran,
whose four-year term as PU VC expired on Monday, was among the
candidates for Punjab University who appeared before the VC Search
Committee for interview. Interestingly, the government did not issue
any notification regarding interim arrangement for the post of PU VC
which fell vacant on Monday, till the filing of this report.
is learnt that the Governor/ Chancellor has approved the summary
allowing Dr Kamran to continue as Acting VC till the arrival of regular
incumbent which may take almost two weeks time. However, the summary has
yet to reach the Higher Education Department Punjab which formally
issues such notifications. Sources privy to the development said the
notification would be issued on Tuesday (today). The VC Search
Committee interviewed around 20 of the total 29 short-listed candidates
for the coveted posts on the first day of interviews which would also
continue on Tuesday (today).
It is pertinent to mention here
that the VC Search Committee comprises prominent industrialist Syed
Babar Ali who is also Pro Chancellor of Lahore University of Management
Sciences (LUMS), Former Federal Minister and VC Beaconhouse National
University (BNU) Sartaj Aziz who is also a senior leader of Pakistan
Muslim League-N (PML-Nawaz), Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Punjab
Nadeem Hassan Asif, VC University of Engineering & Technology (UET)
Lahore and Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan and Higher Education
Department Punjab's Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir.
circles against Dr Mujahid Kamran have become active following his
regular tenure as PU VC ended. In this connection, a notification of
Chief Minister Secretariat seeking report of alleged violation of merit
in selection board at Punjab University on December 28 was circulated to
media organisations on Monday.
However, a senior PU official
denied that no such notification was received by the varsity so far. He
also claimed the appointments were made on merit and the varsity
administration would not hesitate to present all record to the CM
Meanwhile, PU Department of Public Relations on
Monday issued a comprehensive news release highlighting significant
developments which took place during the tenure of Dr Kamran as
The spokesman claimed that during the tenure of Dr
Kamran, PhD programme was streamlined which resulted in an almost
threefold increase in PhD production from an average of 41 during
1990-2007 to an average of 113 during the period 2008-2011. He also
claimed more than 17-fold increase in research funding from Rs 4m to Rs
70m leading to 352 publications in impact factor journals in 2010 as
against 162 in 2007.
He also talked about the improvement in the
PhD to non-PhD teacher ratio for regular teachers from almost 29
percent in December 2007 to almost 40 percent in December 2011.
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PhD awarded at IUB
Lahore: Khalid Iqbal Yasir, Director General Urdu Science Board Lahore, has been
awarded a PhD degree by Islamia University Bahawalpur in Urdu and
Iqbaliyat. His thesis was "Effects of Literary Movements on Iqbal".
Khalid Iqbal completed his thesis under the supervision of Dr. Najib
Jamal, Dean Faculty of Arts, IUB.
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Rawalpindi teachers perturbed over the decision
Rawalpindi: Confusion, tension and unrest gripped more than 12,000 teachers of Rawalpindi
district only because of the decision enforced recently by the Punjab
government in all educational institutions related to approval of
A large number of teachers of Rawalpindi district serving
in schools told this correspondent that as per decision of the Punjab
government, they have to seek approval of the District Coordination
Officer for availing leave, including casual, medical, earned and
emergency, instead of getting sanctioned by the concerned headmaster or
principal of the institution.
On condition of anonymity the
teachers including male and female of higher, secondary, middle and
primary schools termed the decision unjust and unfair, which is only
creating trouble and anxiety among them.
According to them, if
any teacher fell ill how could he/she approach the DCO at that time to
avail leave when he/she has to visit doctor for treatment. However, the
Punjab government on December 17, 2011 has imposed new rules and
regulations authorising the DCO for sanctioning all kind of leaves of
teachers even in emergencies. The order has not only created problems
for teachers but has debarred the related principals and headmasters
from taking such decision. They have now become stooges, the teachers
They demanded of the Punjab chief minister to take
immediate notice of the matter and direct the concerned education
secretary for reversing his decision in the best interest of the
teachers of Rawalpindi district.
The headmasters, headmistresses
and the principals of several Punjab Schools in Rawalpindi confirmed the
report and termed it unfair and said it needs to be reversed.
approached, president of Punjab Teachers Association, Rawalpindi
region, Saghir Aalam said the decision taken by the Punjab government is
creating great problems for over 12,500 teachers of Rawalpindi
district. More interestingly, the decision is enforced on only teachers
of Rawalpindi district while other districts of Punjab do not fall under
it. According to Saghir Aalam, the Punjab government feels that the
teachers of Rawalpindi district take too many leaves compared to
teachers of other district. On this pretext the decision is imposed on
teachers of Rawalpindi district only, he said.
concern over the decision, Saghir Aalam said that on one hand the Punjab
government blames the government in centre for implementing wrong
policies, while on the other it is enforcing wrong decisions. The
decision should be taken back in the best interest of the teachers'
community, he demanded.
He warned that all teachers of Rawalpindi
district would have not other option but to come out on roads in
protest if the decision is not withdrawn. When this correspondent tried
to approach the related DCO and EDO, Rawalpindi district, both of these
officials never attended their cell phones despite repeated attempts.
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Daily wage college staff regularisation demanded
Islamabad: Non-teaching staff working on daily wages in model colleges have
demanded regularisation of their services as per decision of the
Around 420 non-teaching staff of Grade I-15 serving
at different model colleges working under Federal Directorate of
Education (FDE) are waiting for regularisation of their services.
Talking to APP, President Islamabad Model Colleges Employees Welfare
Association Mohammad Aftab Abbasi said the decision of regularisation of
all government employees was announced in the meeting of Cabinet
Committee held in June last year.
Various ministries and
departments have regularised their staff but non-teaching staff is still
waiting despite that they have to live with meagre salaries from
Rs4,500 to Rs6,000 per month.
They also expressed their inability
to survive with the nominal amount they get every year and said, we
still wait relief as days are becoming hard for us. Abbasi claimed that a
list of around 420 daily wage non-teaching staff is lying with Capital
Administration and Development Division (CADD) but the officials have
not moved it to Establishment Division.
Vice President of the
Association, Abdur Rauf alleged that FDE had delayed the procedure as
well as forwarding of the list of employees to CADD.
senior official of FDE informed that the directorate has moved the list
of non teaching daily wage staff to CADD and now its up to the division
when it sends the list to the Establishment Division.
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Ombudsman dismisses QAU lecturer's appeal for restoration
Islamabad: Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace
Musarrat Hilali has dismissed the appeal for the restoration of former
lecturer of Institute of Information Technology at Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) Noor Mustafa Awan.
Awan had filed an appeal
before the Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women
at Workplace against the decision of the university. The QAU Syndicate
terminated Awan on charges of harassment of female students of the
According to the details, Noor Mustafa Awan was
allegedly involved in harassing female students of the university. The
female students of the IT Department alleged that he has been harassing
female students throughout his time in the IT Department. The students said that many female students had such
complaints against the lecturer but one incident happened on July 7,
2010, made them finally file a formal application. Describing the
incident, one student said that the paper of one IT
Department student was not marked. When she contacted the teacher to
inquire the reason, he called her in to his office where he started
telling the story that she is not going to clear the exam.
about her performance in the paper, the girl demanded Awan to show the
paper to her. "He asked her to come in his room at 4 p.m. and told her
that it is now up to her to get an A or F. He also warned her that if
she fails to obey, he will fail her," alleged the student.
said that the girl fled the room instantly. Watching her coming out from
the room crying, other students gathered around her. When they listened
to what happened to her, they decided to file a joint complaint against
In a letter written to the QAU vice chancellor,
the students said that the lecturer was threatening the students that if
they did not co-operate with him, he would fail them. "The female
students are going through both mental and physical agony and some of
the students are so scared that they are afraid of raising their voice
on this issue," said the application. The students requested the
authorities to take action against Awan and demanded his termination.
to their application, the university administration constituted an
inquiry committee to probe into the allegation levelled by the students.
On the recommendation of the inquiry committee, the University
Syndicate, the highest decision making power in the university,
terminated the said teacher. However, Noor Awan filed an appeal before
Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at
Workplace against the decision of the university.
conducted hearing of the case and both parties were provided
opportunity to give their arguments. Keeping in view the arguments of
the parties and documentary evidences, she dismissed the appeal of Noor
Mustafa Awan. The news
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Colleges' affiliation to benefit QAU
Islamabad: Affiliation of the Federal Directorate of Education colleges with the Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) will help the cash starved public sector institution to
generate Rs100 million from the transition in the next academic year.
According to information shared by an
official of the QAU, the affiliation of FDE colleges will be switched
from the University of the Punjab to the QAU.
The move of
switching affiliation of 10 federal colleges and 19 model colleges from
UOP in Lahore to QAU will be great financial benefit for the university.
Chancellor of the QAU, Prof Masoom Yasinzai said: "We are to
generate Rs100 million from the affiliation of FDE colleges."
intake of students for bachelors and masters programmes will start from
September 2012.He added that fee will be charged from the bachelors and
masters programme students.
The fees for registration and degree issuance will be the same as that charged by Punjab University previously.
details gathered by from UOP showed that the registration fee for
examination will be Rs1,400 and the fee for degree issuance will also be
The fee for a private candidate to register and participate in B.A/B.Sc examination will be Rs1,850.
the cash strapped status of the government right now, this is a welcome
additional revenue generation for QAU which is trying to become more
self-sufficient upon HEC's encouragement.
"We are working on a
model which will definitely help us generate the much needed revenue for
self-sustainability," said Prof Yasinzai.
He added that QAU will continue to venture for such projects which will create more revenue streams for the university.
than the fee collection, he said, QAU had introduced the bachelors
programme in different disciplines â€" business administration and
economics and Pharm-D. Dawn
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