Aitchison’s Governors vote against principal

Published: July 29, 2015
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Aitchison College Lahore. PHOTO: FILE

Aitchison College Lahore. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

The Aitchison College Board of Governors, decided in its meeting on Tuesday, to oust the principal, Dr Agha Ghazanfar, The Express Tribune has learnt. Requesting anonymity, a BoG member said several administrative issues had emerged between the principal and rest of the staff.

“Several irreconcilable differences emerged within the institution which the board took cognisance of,” he said. A 200-page document outlining evidence against the principal was submitted by vice principals, headmasters and 15 other staff members.

The principal is currently out of the country. Earlier this month, Dr Ghazanfar had told The Express Tribune that he was under immense pressure from influential quarters regarding admissions. He had said this year the admission process had been fair and transparent as merit lists were made public.

Mustafa Ramday, a member of the BoG, said the decision was based on petty issues.  “I strongly disagree with the decision made by the majority of the board,” he said. He said the school had ensured transparent admissions this year and none had been challenged. Last year, he said, around 70 writ petitions challenging the admissions had been filed. Calling the decision unfortunate, he said a wrong precedent was being set.

He said a controversy had been created surrounding admissions even though the chief minister had strongly directed the principal to ensure merit. “The principal only followed the admission policy as defined by the Board which made merit the only factor,” he said. Tuesday’s was the fourth meeting held by the Board since June to discuss the appointment of the principal. They had earlier met on June 8, June 15 and June 22. Dr Ghazanfar was appointed seven months ago. The institution’s website still lists him as the principal.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2015.

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  • appreciate
    Jul 29, 2015 - 3:51AM

    The BEST school\college in Pakistan.Recommend

  • JSM
    Jul 29, 2015 - 7:33AM

    If paksitan functions like this, India’s future vis-a-vis Pakistan is secure.Recommend

  • London Banker
    Jul 29, 2015 - 3:43PM

    I attended another private school in Lahore. Frankly speaking, everyone except Aitchisonians and their parents / relatives know the reality of this school. It attracts some of the best because of faux-prestige but at the same time attracts some of the very worst. The institution itself has nothing that can help it stand next to likes of Eton, Harrow etc. which misguided Aitchisonians compare the school to. A British Raj relic, the school should be made free of all political interference so that it can become a beacon of prosperity rather than a beacon of fake prestige. But if it is made free of political interference, it will lose part of its appeal which is derived from the fact that the sons of political affluents study there. It is therefore a lost cause and no where near the best school of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Not sure if
    Jul 29, 2015 - 5:03PM

    @appreciate:
    Are you an Aitchisonian, or being sarcastic?Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jul 29, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Thieves win againRecommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:26PM

    If its was for politicians they would also vote out COAS Raheel Shareef.

    Apparently the principal is being booted out because he refused admission of the grandsons of Speaker Ayyaz Sadiq, ex PM Gillani and two more political heavyweights to the school as they failed to qualify.
    Now that incompetent lot ganged up against principal how dares he not admit their offsprings. So they will get him removed, bring in the corrupt one just like the PPP in last 5 years and then anyone get into elite school, merit goes down the drain!Recommend

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