Varsity’s teachers association displeased with proposed names

Karachi:August 12:Disapproving of the three names proposed for the nomination of vice chancellor Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), the teachers association (Anjuman-e-Asatiza) of one of the varsity’s campus, on Tuesday, demanded of President Mamnoon Hussain to appoint a meritorious academician for the post.
Addressing a press conference with respect to the issue, Anjuman-e-Asatiza General Secretary, Gulshan campus, Dr Sajid Jahangir stated, “Give the university a reputable academician like Dr Abdul Wahab or Dr Ishrat Hussain (VCs of Mohammad Ali Jinnah University and Institute of Business Administration respectively) and we will ensure the varsity makes its way into the top ranking universities of the country within five years only.”
The decision should be taken in the greater interest of the students’ education, their future and the betterment of the teaching and non-teaching staff, he added.
According to Dr Jahangir, members FUUAST Senate Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Tahiri and Dr Muhammad Ali, and vice president of the association Dr Muhammad Abid along with other members of the Graduate Research Management Committee had also endorsed the reservations.
One of the proposed names did not have any experience to hold the position while another professor, employed at the varsity, was found guilty of plagiarism by the Higher Education Commission, he said while expressing misgivings to the proposed names.
Dr Jahangir also complained of not appointing an acting-VC, usually appointed in the absence of a VC, during the two-year row with respect to the nomination of the post.
He further claimed that during the university Senate’s meeting in Islamabad, held on Saturday, around 10 names were discussed but three names were forwarded without due consultation of other members.
HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed was also urged to play his due role in the ongoing crisis and help the varsity in resolving it.
Senior officials of the association Dr Kauser and Dr Raziuddin also addressed the press conference.The news.