KU teachers demand cancellation of Rehman Malik's honorary PhD degree

Published: October 23, 2011
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Teacher says the degree issued to Malik was against the rules of the university. PHOTO: PID

Teacher says the degree issued to Malik was against the rules of the university. PHOTO: PID

KARACHI: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) demanded the cancellation of the honorary PhD degree awarded to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Express 24/7 reported on Sunday.

The president of the society Hasnain Abid, while talking to the media said the degree issued to Malik was against the rules of the university.

He said that the university syndicate was not consulted over the issue and a commission should be formed to investigate the process through which the degree was issued.

The association has announced strike on October 26 to protest the issuance of degree to the interior minister.

As reported earlier, the teachers society had passed a unanimous resolution asking the chancellor, Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, and the vice chancellor, Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, to revoke the honorary doctorate degree.

The University of Karachi conferred the honorary doctorate degree on Malik at a special Convocation held at Governor House, in recognition of his “matchless services to the country in the war on terror and particularly in restoring peace to citizens of Karachi.”

The ceremony was attended by the vice-chancellor of the university and pro-vice chancellors Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi and Dr Nasiruddin Khan.

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  • Oct 23, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Teachers job is to teach students not to dictate University’s Management on whom to issue degree and whom not to.

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  • malik wajid hussain chan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:14PM

    i hate the so called politicians who are destrying our society by corruption and by spreading illiteracy.. i condemn for the awarding of Ph D degree to Mr.MalikRecommend

  • Tahir
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Soap Opera on the politic front never seems to see an end to the episodes list..
    Don;t know to laugh or cry but someone who has miserably failed in performing his duties is getting a honorable doctorate is mere mockery… and for what restoring peace in Karachi….. Joke on a joke….. anyways this is new Pakistan ….
    I’m sure next episode will be even worse than this ,,,
    This is Alllah’s wrath on us in a kinder form…. If we don’t wake up from this mess, we won’t get a second chance…
    We can all ask for Allah’s forgiveness and mercy………….. Ameen……….Recommend

  • mbn
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:31PM

    teachers attached to prestigious institutes such as KU, especially those who give a damn about their profession, wouldn’t want their institute to infer degrees which have absolutely zero credence in every sense of the word.Recommend

  • Amir Siddiqui
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:39PM

    @Tanzeel:
    It’s university’s syndicate where four elected faculty members sit with the management/administration to decides about honorary degrees and all other administrative matters of the institution. Administration can’t bypass them as per university code. Recommend

  • Amir Siddiqui
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:45PM

    Moderators: It’s Dr Abid Hasnain with his hard-earned PhD in Food Sciences.

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  • david
    Oct 23, 2011 - 10:09PM

    @tanzeel…
    wow!… its amazing how obtuse one can get….
    your rhetorical outburst is almost as pathetic as “degree tu degree hoti hae”

    isnt it the teachers who teach, assess, evaluate and examine a student for the conferment of any award.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 23, 2011 - 10:12PM

    @Tanzeel: Well issuing degrees like that brings down the worth of their hard earned degrees. So, sure they have right to register their complaints.

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  • buttjee
    Oct 23, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Teachers’ demand for cancellation of RM’s degree is justified. Award of such a degree is an insult to the faculty and the institution itself.

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  • Fahad
    Oct 23, 2011 - 10:25PM

    haha.. what a joke this would be! and i think this would be first case in the world if this demand is fulfilled. rofl

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  • Fahad
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:01PM

    What a pity that would be if this happens! i think this would first such case in the world.

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 24, 2011 - 12:26AM

    They are saying give him MBBS of peace.

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Oct 24, 2011 - 2:31AM

    @Tanzeel:
    In that case an Interior ministers job is to see the working of the ministry, not to buy a costume and try to look like a scholar.

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  • Lobster
    Oct 24, 2011 - 3:05AM

    @Tanzeel:
    Its a matter of shame for those who earn degrees, those who haven’t been to university can’t understand the pain. Stop ruining reputation of my universities for political benefits!

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  • F Khan
    Oct 24, 2011 - 4:07AM

    Shame on Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of KU. Well done KUTS. Al least we should protest that a reputable institution is being used for political purposes.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Oct 24, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Whoa ! A whole lot of ungrateful people . You may love to hate Mr.Abdur Rehman Malik but you cannot deny the very fact that he brought peace , no matter how short live this might be , to this city .

    University teachers who have been appointed on the basis of the urban-rural ( ! ) quota system , themselves ,should think twice that had it not been for Mr.Malik many of them and us ,would have ended up in gunny sacks by the terrorists by now ..

    Atleast have some gratitude to this man for sanity’s sake

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  • Oct 25, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Request to The Chancellor, Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad and The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui of The University of Karachi.

    I have independently created “TIME THEORY OF EVERYTHING”. It has been published in different magazines and websites of the world e.g Zimbio, Nature, The Times of India, and World Time etc.
    With reference to the tradition of the university, giving honorary PhD degrees, I shall request for my theory to be considered for the honorary PhD degree.
    Please see the absract of my theory on line.

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