Lobbying for and against extension in full swing
Islamabad, Oct 10: Lobbying is in full swings both for and against extension in tenure of Quaid-i-Azam University's outgoing vice-chandler that ends on October 16.
According to sources, senior professors of the university have met a number of parliamentarians and have briefed them about alleged irregularities under VC Qasim Jan. Jan and his close aides are also leaving no stone unturned in getting extension for another term of four years.
The sources informed that Leader of the House in Senate, Nayyar Bukhari was all set to raise the issue of VC's extension in the Senate that by now has become much controversial as the employees and most of the teaching faculty were opposing the extension.
According to reports the professors have been meeting different politicians and writing letters to Higher Education Commission to influence the government not to give extension to the VC.
On the other hand, those who are with the vice-chancellor have geared up their efforts to influence the presidency to get extension for him. Its been learnt that some professors have met Senator Safdar Abbasi and Leader of the House in Senate Nayyar Bokhari so that they could raise the issue in the parliament to resist the efforts of the vice-chancellor for the extension. While the vice-chancellor has been using the Bangash link since he himself belongs to same tribe. The sources revealed that the VC's connection to presidency was MNA Rukhsana Bangash who efforts to get the tenure of vice-chancellor, Dr Qasim Jan extended.
Majority of the professors and employees here feel that he should not be given extension as he has failed to solve their problems for which they protested for nearly six weeks but their demands are still unheeded.
They also allege that the appointments made during his four-year tenure are based on ethnicity and favoritism so they demand to constitute an inquiry committee to probe the recent appointments of the employees and teaching faulty.
"The vice-chancellor should not be given the extension of even an hour as it will be fatal for the university.
He has made all the appointments on the basis of ethnicity and nepotism during selection board if he is given extension there would be more irregularities", said an associate professor and former president of Academic Staff Association of QAU, Dr. Muhammad Ishaq.
He further added that being a member of Syndicate of the university he would request at the forum that an inquiry should be initiated into all the recent appointments.
In this connection a preliminary meeting of the selection committee was held on October 8 but the appointment of the new vice-chancellor would not be possible on the vacation of the post, as the selection process would take six to eight weeks for the appointment of new vice-chancellor. The president has formed a selection committee for the appointment of the vice-chancellors of QAU and AIOU.
There are speculations at the university that the vice-chancellor has already been given extension of three months because, so far, no advertisements have been published in the press inviting new applications for the job and this duration could be extended further.
The vice-chancellor when contacted rejected all the allegations, saying that the people of Frontier have right to be appointed at the varsity and if they are appointed on merit there is no illegality in it. Regarding the extension, he said he had no idea. "The VC has no authority to directly interfere in the appointments and there is a selection process which has been followed. Out of hundreds of employees at the varsity there would be hardly 150 employees from Frontier which is a clear proof of merit-based appointments". The nationYour Comments
Terror attacks in Pakistan has created panic among school children
Islamabad: The fresh wave of terror attacks in the country has created panic and fear among all segments of society in the city, including schoolchildren.
People belonging to different walks of life have been discussing the incidents of terrorism in different parts of the country during the last one week.
The managements of academic institutions have adopted tight security measures. They have prohibited parking of vehicles close to educational institutions, making parents to drop their children at a distance.
People heaved a sigh of relief when no such incident occurred during the month of Ramazan and thought that the situation would remain as it was. But blasts in Islamabad and Peshawar again created fear and panic among them.
Muhammad Razzaq Arif, the principal of an English medium school, said that attendance of students had been thin for last two days because most parents were avoiding sending their children to schools in fear.
He said people fear that after blasts in Islamabad and Peshawar, terrorists could strike in Rawalpindi too. The news
New Cadet college in Kalat
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday approved a cadet college for Kalat and two flyovers in Quetta.
He was talking to a delegation of PPP lawmakers from Balochistan, which called on him at the PM's House. Prime Minister said the government was taking the country's political leadership on board on the proposed package for Balochistan.
The MNAs who attended the meeting include Livestock and Dairy Development Minister Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd, State Minister for Industries and Production Dr Ayatollah Durrani, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Sardar Umar Gorage, Mir Changez Khan Jamali and Dr Zille Huma. app
HEC workshop concludes
Islamabad: The closing ceremony of four-day 'Module Development Workshop' for universities faculty members was held on Friday.
It was organised by National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), Higher Education Commission (HEC), in collaboration with USAID Pre-STEP project.
Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi, HEC Executive Director, who was the chief guest, said NAHE was launched in 2004 and it had achieved its targets so far. He said the NAHE teachers training content was initially developed in collaboration with seven universities including Islamia University, Bahawalpur; Aga Khan University, Karachi; University of Education, Lahore; AIOU, Islamabad; Iqra University; University of Balochistan, Quetta; APCOMS, Rawalpindi and FJWU, Rawalpindi. Daily times
Costly books on display at Nomad
Islamabad: Book lovers and bibliophile are advised to keep a hefty wallet if they intend to purchase exclusive and rare books which will be put on display at the Nomad Art Gallery for the next two days.
"We found Syed Shahzad Ali and his brother Mazhar Ali opening cache and dusting books in preparation for the display which will start at the Nomad's on Saturday.
One of the books we found in the pile was original copy of Bostan Saadi published in 1208 A.H. for which the vendor asked Rs400,000.
A copy of Altaf Hussain's Urdu elegy book Mussadas-i-Hali duly signed by the late author had a price tag of Rs45,000.
An English translation of Shah Shams Tabrez was priced at Rs. 25,000. A purchaser might have to pay Rs18,000 for a copy of Arberry's Religion in the Middle East published in 1968 by the Cambridge University. A copy of a battered Urdu book Fatuhat Sham written by Syed Inayet Hussain Saharanpuri and published by the redoubtable Nawal Kishore, in British India, would be sold for Rs45,000.
Three volumes of Catalogue of Indian Coins edited by E.J. Ripon in 1967 would cost Rs30,000 Curiously, some of the books had print line dated 1950s and 1960s.
In one or two books we noticed ten dollars scrawled in pencil. Why are you asking such high prices for these books?
Syed Shahzad Ali said, 'many books were out of print or gone out of print, and have acquired Collectors value. We trace them from anonymous sources.'
He would keep the names confidential. More likely, the book vendors have gone wise to inflation and run-away prices. You are likely to notice this at each Sunday's book fair at the pavements in old Rawalpindi, Sadr.
There the vendors now ask Rs400 for second hand fiction books by well known authors, because a new copy would cost above Rs1000 or so. Dawn
PAL to hold seminar
Islamabad: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL), in collaboration with the Jam Durrak Welfare Society, is holding a seminar on 'Gul Khan Naseer and his life and works' here on Monday. PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman will preside over the function, says a press release. The news
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