Punjab University in a mess
June 02, 2008: At times it is good for a newspaper columnist to take a break from routine
matters and focus on some lighter but equally important issues. Believe me,
heavens won't fall if General Musharraf is not reminded for a week that having
brought the country on the verge of destabilisation it's time for him to go and
let the elected leadership solve the problems facing the masses.
Nor does it
make any difference if Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari are given some more
time to work out the modalities for the reinstatement of the deposed judges.
There is not going to be any dramatic change in the political situation in the
next few days. Notwithstanding Mr Zardari's warning to General Musharraf that he
should either step down voluntarily or get ready to face the impeachment, he
won't be able to easily wriggle out of the deal that eventually brought him back
home and into power. And Mian Nawaz already having campaigned much for the
deposed judges may now well be pondering how to get back the ministries and
consolidate his rule in the Punjab.
There would however be few takers for
his claim that the PPP co-chairman had fully backed him when he called for the
impeachment of the president. But Rashid Qureshi was high on the chutzpah when
he dismissed the media reports about the president planning to resign while
insisting the latter would remain in office in the national interest. A bit
more: "General Musharraf will stay in the Army House until the time the
President's House is renovated."
Pity the ruling leadership. It is too
deeply involved in power politics to focus on issues of governance. Mian Shahbaz
Sharif, who's running the Punjab government from behind the scenes, has not been
able to do anything to clear the mess the Punjab University has been in for some
time despite his passion for reforming the education sector. One of the
sub-continent's oldest seats of higher learning is indeed at the lowest ebb,
academically as well as administratively.
If General Arshad Mehmood was
being accused of flouting merit and patronising favourites during his stint as
the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University, the new administration is doing
the same, even worse. The moral high ground the new vice chancellor had gained
by getting the alleged plagiarists sacked from the faculty he has lost fairly
quickly. The action seems to have been politically motivated especially when one
looks at the way the administration's blue-eyed boys are being accommodated on
key positions while those opposed to it marginalized despite their professional
It is indeed depressing that those who had been avowed critics
of the military regime for having dealt a deathblow to the institutions of
higher education by appointing former generals as vice chancellors are now
themselves playing second fiddle to the establishment. The Punjab University's
new administration has turned out to be too supine to resist any orders it
receives from the Governor's House. It still seems to be grappling with the
situation where it has to decide whether the University is to be run by the VC
or the Chancellor. Isn't it below the dignity of the vice chancellor to
personally supervise the arrangements for a reception for the Governor at a
reception on the Old Campus, leaving behind his cronies to take care of his New
Campus work? General Arshad stood head and shoulders above his successor because
he knew what his job was and where the authority had to be delegated!
is going to get carried away by Dr Mujahid Kamran's explanations that the book
fair fiasco took place only because he was abroad. Perhaps during his frequent
all-expenses-paid foreign junkets (which have more to do with his quest for
digging deep into the cases of plagiarism) he doesn't have to worry about
anything back home. For his protégés are far more efficient when it comes to
implementing the orders coming from the chancellor.
But while the Punjab
University is nowhere near redeeming its ranking among other universities across
the country, let alone attaining academic excellence, it has become a model of
bad governance. The book fair organised by the administration is a case in point
of poor management. Rs 500,000 spent on hiring a private security company for a
three-day event and lot of money wasted on the publicity has made this regular
annual feature much costlier than it ever was in the past. Not just that, the
administration contrived a couple of fake student organisations in order to
neutralise the IJT's influence on the campus.
Dr Kamran and his spin-doctors
may have to do a lot of introspection if the Punjab University is to be run
independently instead of letting it become an adjunct of the Governor's House.
And their real support base in the corridors of power having been eroded with
Brig Ejaz Shah's exit, it's time they stopped playing politics and got down to
the work they were supposed to do.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (The Nation)
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City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
"Here are few prominent forgerers who are considered "Forgery Masters" * Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran * Prof. Dr. Najma Najam * Prof. Dr. Yasmin Nilofer Farooqi * Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar * Prof. Dr. Shaukat Ali For the time being we will be giving information regarding malpractices, forgeries, curruptions of above metioned culprits. Later on we will add forgeries and curroptions of other members and associates of this mafia. Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran is the present Vice Chancellor University of the Punjab. From the day of his appointment as VC, University of the Punjab is in the clutches of his comrades Prof. Dr. Najma Najam, Prof. Dr. Mujahid Mansoori, Prof. Dr. Yasmin Nilofer Farooqi , Prof. Dr. Shaukat Ali etc. Dr. Mujahid Kamran is known as "Forger" and "Political Blackmailer" With the blessing of Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman (Chairman H.E.C), Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi (Executive Director H.E.C) and sheltered by Begd. (rtd) Ijaz Shah (Former I.B Head), present Vice Chancellor is bent upon ruining the peace of the University of the Punjab. His competency can be judged that he was dropped in M. Phill (Physics) programe at Quaid-a-Azam University, Islamabad in 1972. Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran is also involved in serious forgeries like tempering and producing fake documents to gain illegal benefits. He illegally promote his wife Prof. Dr. Najma Najam to Professor Meritorious despite of the fact that she is still in active service (Visit University of the Punjab website). Using political influence is a common negativity of this gang. There were some serious objections upon his selection raised by the chancellors office.
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan
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