ICU faculty handed administrative position

Varsity official says positions are temporary, voluntary


Asad Zia May 24, 2018
PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: Despite repeated directives from the provincial higher education department, the Islamia College University (ICU) Peshawar has posted several faculty members on key administrative positions in violation of the universities law.

According to section 17-A of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Universities Act, all administrative positions in universities must be filled by administrative officers. It has followed repeated notifications from the K-P Higher Education Department which directed the heads of universities to properly implement the act.

Despite these reminders, ICU Peshawar has violated the rules and posted two of its faculty members on key administrative positions.

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According to documents available with The Express Tribune, Naveed Abbas, who is currently working as an assistant professor, has been posted as controller of examination. Dr Amjid, another assistant professor who is currently teaching at the statistics department at ICU, has been given the additional charge of quality enhancement cell director.

Apart from these two, several other faculty members have already been handed key posts in the university’s administration. These include Computer Science Department Chairman Dr Zahoor Jan who is also juggling the post of director planning and development director.

Islamiyat Professor Dr Nisar is handling the post of security director.

Law lecturer Muhammad Haroon has been appointed as the deputy registrar of academics, law lecturer Daud Zahid  has been given the additional charge of deputy registrar establishment.  Islamiayat Department Chairman Dr Salimur Rehman is working as the director of admissions, Botany Department Chairman Dr Saleem Khan is  working as the director of maintenance and repairs, Geography lecturer. Furthermore, Dr Zafar Hayat is the director of the VC secretariat, Computer Science lecturer Dr Khalid Haseeb the deputy controller, Computer Science Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Sajjad the director of training. Lastly, Physics Department lecturer Dr Saeedullah Jan has the additional charge of deputy treasurer and Chemistry Professor Dr Imtiaz Ahmad is working as director of transport.

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An ICU Peshawar official told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity that due to the appointment of incompetent heads at the institute, the standards of its once-renowned studies has fallen drastically.

He added that since all faculty members are holding keys positions in the varsity’s administration, they do not have time to take classes and, as a result, the student suffers.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior official at ICU Peshawar explained that the university has not appointed these teachers against these administrative posts permanently. Rather, these were temporary placements where they the teachers were working on voluntary basis.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2018.

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