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One man, one post policy being violated at PU
Lahore, April 22: Almost seven years have passed but implementation of the "one man, One post"
policy, approved by Syndicate in 2006 for the university's academic and
administrative postings in Punjab University, is still in the doldrums
as many teachers are holding more than one post.
Academic Staff Association (PU ASA) in its general body meeting has
again demanded of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhajid Kamran to implement
the policy in letter and spirit.
According to some
teachers, Mujahid Kamran, himself raised the slogan of "One man, one
post", before taking the charge of post of the VC.
Sources in the PU are of the view that many teachers believed to be blue-eyed of the VC are holding more than one post.
to the PU's official website, Dr Liaquat Ali is dean of Commerce but he
is the acting dean of six faculties including Pharmacy, Oriental
Learning, Life Sciences, Law and Education.
He is also
the principal of Hailey College of Commerce and he is not only calling
the shot at the abovementioned seven faculties but also the controller
of the university, chairman of Examination Committee, chairman of Land
Management and deputy chairman of Hall Council.
surprisingly, a cousin of Mujahid Kamran, Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar is the
principal of Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT)
and he is also the director of Institute of Business and Information
Technology (IBIT) and the director sports as well.
Zakria Zakir is dean of Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
while he is also the acting dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Sources said he was also the director of Institute of Social and Culture Studies.
Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik is dean of Faculty of Economics and Management
Sciences. He is also the director of Institute of Business
Administration (IBA) and the director general of PU Gujranwala Campus.
Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar is dean of Faculty of Islamic Studies
while he is also holding the charge of chairman of Department of Islamic
Prof Dr Kh Haris Rashid is dean of Science and also director of Centre for High Energy Physics (CHEP).
Dr Aamir Ijaz is the director of Centre for Undergraduate Studies and
director of Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology.
Prof Dr Ismat Ullah Zahid is chairman of Punjabi Department and he is also principal of University Oriental College.
Prof Dr Umbreen Javaid is director of South Asian Studies and chairperson of Political Science Department.
Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar is chairperson of Department of Applied Psychology and director of Centre for Clinical Psychology.
Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood is the chairman of Department of Botany but he is also the registrar of the PU.
Dr Muhammad Akhtar is chairman of Department of Zoology and also the
chairman of Hall Council. When contacted, ASA President Dr Ihasn Sharif
refused to talk on the matter, saying he would not comment on the issue
Higher Education Department Secretary Syed Mubashir Raza said he took the charge of the department
just a few days back so he would say anything on the issue after going
through all the documents related to the issue.
scribe sent text message at the cell number of PU Vice Chancellor Prof
Dr Mujahid Kamran and call attempts were also made but he did not
respond to any call nor did he reply to any text.
However, after a while, Director Public Relations Israr Rana telephoned this scribe and said the VC was busy at a function.
Responding to a query, he claimed that 'one man, one post' policy was being implemented.
his attention was drawn that if the policy was being implemented, why a
person like Dr Liaquat Ali was holding more than one post, Rana said
that General Clauses Act (PEEDA Act) authorized the Syndicate to give
additional charge to any person for unlimited period. "Holding more than
one post is not against any law", Rana added.
teacher of the PU, speaking on the issue, said holding charge of post of
dean and chairman of the same department at a time did not fall under
General Clauses Act.
Punjab Governor/Chancellor Syed
Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood was contacted through texts and calls at his cell
phone but he was not available for comment. The news
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Charges of plagiarism, sexual harassment
Lahore: Taking up the case of illegal change of results of four students in the
Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), Punjab University Syndicate
decided to summon former dean Dr Mughees-uddin Sheikh and former
director ICS Dr Ahsan Akhter Naz in its next meeting and proceed under
the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act.
The syndicate decided to summon Dr Naz and Dr Sheikh for personal hearing in the next meeting scheduled on May 4.
Syndicate also formed a committee to inquire into misconduct of Dr Naz
and Dr Sheikh in financial irregularities at ICS. Two further committees
will probe sexual harassment allegations and illegal admissions against
Dr Naz. The Syndicate also ratified the suspension orders of Dr Naz for
On March 15, the Lahore High Court dismissed petition of Dr
Ahsan Akhtar Naz challenging inquiry against him under PEEDA Act, 2006.
The inquiry had recommended removing Dr Naz from services. The CJ
dismissed the petition after hearing arguments from both sides. The
inquiry was conducted against Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and Dr Mughees-uddin
Sheikh, former director of Institutes of Communication Studies, Dr Zaid
Mahmood of Chemistry Department, and Dr Mahmoodul Hasan Arif of Urdu
Encyclopedia of Islam.
Dr Sheikh did not appear before the inquiry
committee saying that the inquiry officer was junior to him and he would
not appear before him. Dr Naz in his petition submitted that he was
given show cause notice and proceeded under PEEDA Act. He said PEEDA Act
does not apply to employees of the Punjab University.
Dr Naz and Dr
Sheikh were given show cause notices on November 22, 2011 by the vice
chancellor of the Punjab University. The notices accused both the
doctors of misconduct by preparing fake award lists to favour the four
students in passing their exams. Naz was also accused of violating the
PU rules by forming an illegal admission committee for MPhil admissions
A committee was also formed to look into the matter of
plagiarism charges against a PU dean Prof. Dr Haris Rasheed. It is worth
noting that all four co-authors of Dr Haris Rasheed have already proved
guilty because the Higher Education Commission in its report had also
suggested that there exist plagiarism in the paper. The other
co-authers of the PU center for High Energy commission comprise
Fazl-e-Aleem, Maqsood Ahmed, Sohail Afzal and Rasheed Ahmed. Daily times
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PU to observe World Book Day tomorrow
Lahore: The Punjab University will celebrate the
World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 (tomorrow), PU Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran told APP Sunday.
The connection between April 23 and books was first made in 1923 by
booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author, Miguel de Cervantes,
who died on that day.
He said: "A great book should leave you with many experiences and
slightly exhausted at the end. You live, several lives while reading".
He said that Chief Librarian Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif also got
displayed a number of banners in front of various teaching departments
inscribed with slogans of "The things you want to know are in books; My
best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read; Let books be
your dining table, And shall be full of delights, Let them be your
mattress, And you shall sleep nights; Nothing can do what a book can do.
Lifts you out of your life… A book like a dream you're borrowing from a
friend; The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the
man who can't read them".
The VC said that on April 23 in connection with national book day,
the awards would be given to PU library book lovers, including Rabia
Javaid Akram, Waleed Ahmad, Nida Muneer, Muhammad Niamat Ullah, Prof Dr
Khalid Latif Mir, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, Abdul Malik Khan and Waqas Sulman.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would
be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonia festival and because
it was also the anniversary of the birth and death of William
Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la,
Vega and Josep Pla and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejia Vallejo
and Halldor Laxness.
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Federal schools students yet to get textbooks
Islamabad: The students of Federal Directorate of
Education' (FDE) run institutes are attending the classes without
textbooks despite the start of new academic year about a fortnight ago. The
new academic year started from April 11 this year and the students have
still not received their textbooks, facing hurdles in continuing their
While the officials of FDE say that the process of providing
textbooks delayed this year too as the order to the relevant publishing
authority National Book Foundation (NBF) was not placed in time.
Shaista Zahid, a mother, said: "My daughter is promoted to Class VIII
and she has to appear in the board examinations this year but the
unavailability of the books has hampered her eagerness to get good
"The students have spent ten-day holidays after annual examinations
and it is difficult to rebuild their studies tempo, adding
unavailability of the textbooks has made them lethargic," she said.
Another parent, Majid Akbar, said the careless attitude of the
relevant authorities would make the students suffer and unfortunately it
became a routine practice for the last many years.
"It is the responsibility of the authorities to pay attention to this
important matter immediately and devise a strategy to counter this
issue," he said.
A teacher at a local model college said "the weather is very pleasant
nowadays which is best time to involve the students in studies and they
are also keen to start new class studies. But in the absence of books
they are losing their interest and wasting their time in other
activities which will ultimately put burden on them in the middle and
end of the session".
The teachers have no option but to engage the students in some
activities like story and essay writing to avoid wastage of their time.
Talking to APP, a senior official of FDE said that this year too, the
order for publishing textbooks to the National Book Foundation (NBF)
was placed very late as the file remained pending for a long time due to
the series of objections on it raised by Director General FDE, Dr.
Shahnaz A Riaz.
He said NBF has forwarded some titles of textbooks to FDE which were
stocked earlier but the textbooks ordered this year have not been
FDE provides free textbooks to the students of all the institutes
from Class I-10 every year. An official of NBF informed that the
authority has not received payments of worth Rs170 million from FDE for
publishing the textbooks through different publishers.
The authority cannot provide textbooks to FDE unless it gets all the pending dues, the official said. app
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