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Court seeks record of HEC ED's appointment
Islamabad, Jan 19: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed Higher Education
Commission (HEC) chairman to appear before it with relevant record
regarding petition of two HEC directors general who have challenged the
possible re-appointment of Dr Sohail Naqvi as HEC executive director.
appointment process is likely to be finalised on Saturday and Sunday.
Petitioners Muhammad Mazhar Saeed, DG Research, and Fida Hussain, DG
HEC, adopted before the court that they and other employees of the HEC
were affected because of the appointment of HEC executive director.
told the court that the procedure for appointment of the HEC executive
director is laid down in the HEC Ordinance 2002 and the selection board
is headed by the HEC chairman.
They said the third time
extension to Dr Naqvi, granted on August 27, 2012, was set aside by the
prime minister. The additional charge of HEC executive director was
given to Qamar Zaman, secretary education and training, and this
arrangement was suspended by Supreme Court on December 21, 2012.
per the apex court order for making the appointment process under rules
and regulations, Engr Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani was appointed as
acting executive director for an interim period.
petitioners contended that the selection board has managed to get the
terms and conditions of service changed contrary to what was mentioned
in the advertisement, giving the HEC executive director the status of a
vice chancellor, instead of an employee of management pay scale.
They contended that the amended terms and conditions were not approved by the competent authority.
also contended that Dr Naqvi's name is on top of the short list of
candidates for the slot, adding that Dr Naqvi has been a member of the
selection board and he cannot be involved in the process of appointment.
The petitioners prayed that decision taken by the HEC for the appointment of the executive director be declared illegal.
Secretary Akhlaq Ahmad Tarrar on January 17, 2013, wrote to the HEC
chairman that the proposed meeting to finalise the appointment of the
executive director may be postponed to the next working day to avoid any
He pointed out that the appointment meeting
for such a high-profile position should not be convened through video
conferencing or Skype and the commission should ensure mutual
consultation of selection board members and candidates with their
The HEC secretary had suggested that
the matter regarding the deadline given by the Supreme Court can be
managed by the apex court by extension of another week or 10 days.
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PhD awarded at GCU
Lahore: Government College University Lahore Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences
has produced a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Mathematics.
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Governor approves first VC of IT university
Lahore: The Punjab governor/chancellor has approved the name of Dr Umar Saif,
chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), as the first
ever vice-chancellor of the newly-established Information Technology
University (ITU) Punjab, it is learnt.
Recently, the VC
Search Committee had recommended three candidates, namely Dr Umar Saif,
Prof Dr Muhammad Sher, chairman Department of Computer Science &
Software Engineering of the International Islamic University (IIU),
Islamabad, and Prof Dr Shaiq A Haq of the University of Wah, for the
Sources, privy to the development, said Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif, however, had approved the name of Dr Saif for
the ITU which was subsequently forwarded to Governor/Chancellor Makhdoom
Ahmad Mehmood who, surprisingly, approved it without any objection.
is pertinent to mention here that appointment of VCs has remained a hot
issue between the chief minister and the governors in the past as
witnessed during the respective tenures of the late Salman Taseer and
Sardar Latif Khosa.
The sources further said after his
appointment as VC ITU, Dr Umar Saif had to resign from the chairmanship
of the PITB, from where he was drawing a hefty salary package as he
could not hold both the offices. Explaining the same, they said that
it's the governor whop determined the terms and conditions of service of
the vice-chancellor, adding the PITB was purely under the
administrative control of the Punjab government. They also said there
was no precedent that a VC had held another office at the same time.
is also pertinent to mention that besides the three short-listed
candidates, 10 others had applied for the post of the VC ITU. They were:
Dr M Aslam, Dr Muhammad Saleem, Dr Javed Ahmed, Dr M Yaqoob Nasir, Dr M
Saleem, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Dr M Ashfaq, Dr Abdul Aziz, Dr Hafiz Muhammad
Iqbal and Dr Naveed A Malik. Almost all those who had applied for the
post had far more teaching and administrative experience than Dr Umar
The sources also said Dr Umar Saif would be the
youngest VC in the history of Pakistan once the Punjab Higher Education
Department formally issue notification regarding his appointment. They
added the notification would be issued soon.
Dr Umar Saif's profile present on the website of the Lahore University
of Management Sciences (LUMS), where he is a faculty member as well, he
has received his academic training from LUMS, Cambridge and MIT. He did
his BSc (Hons) from LUMS (1998), PhD from University of Cambridge (2001)
and Postdoctorate from MIT (2002), all in Computer Science.
Education Department Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir confirmed the development
and said that notification in this regard will be issued soon.
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Lahore: A LARGE number of male and female students attended the Pioneers Festival
organised by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) at Punjab University, New
Campus, on Thursday. The news
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