The governing body of Higher Education Commission (HEC) appointed University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar Vice Chancellor Engr Imtiaz Hussain Gillani as acting executive director of the HEC.
The meeting of the 18-member governing body held here on Friday. According to information, Chairman HEC, Dr Javaid Laghari faced criticism from the members for being biased and defending extension of former executive director Sohail Naqvi.
The members including Secretary Ministry of Education and Training Qamar Zaman Ch, Ministry of Science & Technology Secretary Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam Vice Chancellor Dr. A. Q. Mughal and National Defence University, Islamabad President Lt. Gen. Agha M. Umar Farooq criticised the Chairman for nullifying transfer orders issued by Qamar Zaman as ED.
They argued that the Chairman should have cancelled other orders of the Qamar Zaman and orders of Sohail Naqvi as well and why he only suspended the transfer orders of Qamar Zaman.
The Chairman had proposed the name of Dr Nilofar Shaikh, Former Vice-Chancellor of Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, for EDship but the members reached the consensus on the name of Imtiaz Gillani. The HEC employees have welcomed the appointment of Engr. Imtiaz Hussain Gillani as Acting Executive Director of the HEC’s Commission.
Gilani, who is Member of the Commission and Vice Chancellor, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, will hold this position for a period of one month till full-time Executive Director is selected from among the 56 applications received for the said position. All regular employees of HEC have hailed decision of the Commission and hoped that he will take everybody along in running the affairs of HEC.
It may be mentioned here that the Supreme Court in its verdict of December 17 had directed HEC to appoint an Executive Director immediately as a stopgap arrangement, who will carry out the process of appointing full-time Executive Director.
The employee hoped that Gilani would not resort to the policy of victimisation adopted by Dr. Javaid Laghari, who is not happy with the employees for opposing illegal extension of Dr. Sohail Naqvi. Dr Laghari informed that ‘selected ED was every one’s choice. He is chairman of VC committee and a very credible person. We are pleased we have met the Supreme Court deadline’.
He said the Commission members wanted a new selection board for the selection of ED not the one approved by the Commission earlier but then they agreed.
According to information Secretary Science and Technology was not happy at Sartaj Aziz name who is also the member of selection board because of his (Sartaj Aziz) affiliation with PML-N.