Removal of UHS VC demanded

UHS VC managed son s record removal

Lahore, Sep 16: Former employees of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Thursday alleged that Vice-Chancellor Prof Hussain Mubbshar Malik, by using his position, had managed to remove the academic record of his son from the Wah Medical College.

Earlier, Dr Muhammad Imtiaz Mubbashar s/o Prof Hussain Mubbashar Malik, a graduate of the Wah Medical College, from 2004-2009, was allegedly allowed to appear in UHS annual examinations in violation of the university rules despite having less than 75 per cent attendance in different subjects and failing in send-up examinations during the academic period. The UHS VC, however, has denied any special favours extended to his son in the examinations.

According to a press release issued here on Thursday, former employees of the university presented to the media a WMC letter No. WMC/787/1/SA, dated May 25, 2011, written by Prof Dr Musarat Ramzan, to the legal officer of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) in response to its letter No. PE.8-766/2011-Legal/204568, dated April 15, 2011, which mentioned in 1(e): In June 2008, a board was constituted to dispose of unnecessary documents/record of departments. The board disposed of documents submitted by departments. The college was shifted from old campus to the new building in January 2009 and during shifting of departments some of the record has to be disposed of before shifting to the new campus.

The letter further states in 1(d), However, it is confirmed that Dr Muhammad Imtiaz Mubbashar attained 75 per cent attendance before each professional examination and he passed all the send-up examinations. 1(c), .......It is achieved by extra classes, extra duties in clinics/wards and assignments, etc. Admission forms for professional examinations are submitted to UHS Lahore after fulfilling all the mandatory requirements......

However, the former employees expressed their surprise that how any institution can destroy the academic record of any student midway the academic career of its students. They said that Dr Imtiaz Mubbashar had appeared in his final professional examination in November 2009 and the university issued a detailed marks certificate on February 25, 2010, while the WMC administration had claimed to have disposed of unnecessary documents/record first in June 2008 and then during shifting of the building in January 2009. If the record has been lost, they also offered to provide the same for investigation.

They also questioned that since Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had claimed to have investigated all academic record during his statement during the Punjab Assembly session held on September 12. If all the record was disposed of, then which record the Punjab government investigated, they asked. They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry take notice of anomalies of Dr Imtiaz s appearance in the university s annual examinations in violation of the rules and later mysterious disappearance of his academic record. The news

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HEC told to determine status of seminary
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to 'expeditiously determine the status of a religious seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which had awarded degrees to lawmakers who are now facing proceedings in the Election Commission of Pakistan for having invalid degrees.

Ittahadul Maddaris Al Aarbia in Mardan had awarded degrees to Balochistan's forest minister Maulana Abdul Samad Akhunzada of the JUI-F and Khalifa Abdul Qayyum, a member of the KP assembly from Dera Ismail Khan.

The IHC bench comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman while disposing of the petition filed by Mr Qayyum also directed the HEC and other respondents to decide the status of degrees issued by the IMAA.

Citing the ministries of interior, religious affairs, the ECP and HEC as respondents, Ashraf Ali Khan, counsel for Mr Qayyum, informed the court that the degree of his client was equivalent to M.A. Islamiat. He said during the scrutiny of the nomination

papers neither any party nor the representatives of ECP had raised objections to his client's educational credentials.

He said during the verification of degrees of lawmakers, the HEC had also found that the degree of his client was genuine but later he was informed that IMAA was not recognised by the HEC.

He said the chief election commissioner on March 14, 2011, granted three months time to Mr Qayyum to remove the objections from his degree but due to hurdles created by the ministries and the HEC, the matter regarding recognition of the institution was still pending.

This was the second petition in two days on which IHC directed the HEC to determine the status of IMAA and of the lawmakers having degrees issued by the educational institution.

On Tuesday, the court heard an identical petition of Maulana Abdul Samad Akhunzada. His counsel Salim Khan contended that due to indecisive approach of the HEC, his client's political career was at stake. Dawn

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HEC arranges orientation workshop for newly appointed VCs, rectors
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) organized the first-ever orientation workshop for newly appointed Vice Chancellors (VC), Rectors under the Modern University Governance Programme for University Management from September 14 to 15.

HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari was the chief guest in the closing ceremony held at Commission Secretariat on Thursday. The main purpose of this programme was to share HEC initiatives with the university heads and take their feedback for further improvement. Twenty-five Vice Chancellors who have recently joined their offices attended the two-day programme.

Addressing on the occasion, Dr. Laghari emphasized that the role of a Vice Chancellor is very critical. 'A university leader is expected to develop an administrative team and become a role model for faculty members, administrative staff as well as the students,' he said. While thanking the university heads for effectively participating in the workshop, he said that the feedback and suggestions put forward by them will be given due consideration. 'We believe that all guidance should come from the Vice Chancellors while HEC should act an implementing authority,' he said.

The chairperson expected that the programme would ensure the management system of the universities equipped with the best of leadership and governance tools, which will facilitate and support academia in the most efficient and effective manner. 'The programme will become a regular feature of HEC initiatives, Laghari added. The Vice Chancellors termed the activity very useful and productive and said that they have learnt many new things which they would like to implement in their institutions. They said that it has provided them a platform to interact and learn from each other's experience and urged the HEC to hold such activities on a regular basis.

In her vote of thanks, HEC Learning Innovation Director General Noor Amna Malik appreciated the Vice Chancellors for their proactive participation. She also thanked the Chairperson and different sections of HEC for making the event a success.

Earlier during the workshop, the Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Wales, New Port, UK were also linked through video conferencing to discuss leadership and good governance in higher education institutions with VCs of Pakistani universities. Dr. Mary Linda Armacost, Former President of two US universities, conducted a session on "Institutional Heads role as Educational leaders".

On the sidelines of the workshop, Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director HEC and Mr. David Martin, Country Director, British Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch Transforming English Language Skills (TELS) programme under English Language Teaching Reforms (ELTR) Project. This programme will help university students learning English language proficiency skills for employability. Daily times

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