Karachi University VC removes AERC director

KARACHI, June 12(The Nation)- The Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi, Director Prof Dr Shahida Wizarat was directed on Monday by the KU Vice Chancellor to handover the charge of directorship immediately to the KU Dean Faculty of Arts.

The KU Registrar Prof Muhammad Rais Alvi on Monday issued an office order to Prof Dr Shahida Wizarat, stating that following the serious reports/ complaints regarding your performance as Director of the centre, your are directed by the KU Vice Chancellor and Chairman Board of Governors Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui to handover the charge of directorship immediately to the Dean Faculty of Arts Prof Dr Muhammad Shamsuddin.

"Dr Shamsuddin has joined the centre on Monday, but Dr Wizarat did not handover the charge of the directorship," a source at the centre said.

The source said that after receiving the office order from the registrar office, Dr Shahida Wizarat held a meeting of faculty members of the AERC where she informed the faculty members about the vice chancellor decision.

"The faculty members of the centre expressed their deep concern over the removal of Dr Shahida Wizarat from the directorship. Dr Wizarat also expressed her concern over the remarks, quoted in the office order that the decision of removing Dr Wizarat was made due to complains and serious reports regarding the her performance, and she said the KU VC Prof Pirzada had praised the efforts made at the centre in the BOG meeting held in last December," the source added.

The source said that rift had been noticed between the vice chancellor and Dr Shahida Wizarat on different administrative issues. "Such rift resulted in the removal of the Dr Wizarat from the directorship of the AERC," he said.

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