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A view of the University of Karachi. — File photo

ISLAMABAD, Dec 21: Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Vice-chancellor of University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, was selected acting executive director (ED) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) by its Commission on Friday, but after a long discussion and overcoming differences, Dawn has learnt.

According to sources, meeting of the commission was chaired by the HEC chairman, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari and participated by 11 out of 17 members.

An official of the HEC, who was privy to the meeting, said that Mr Laghari suggested to appoint Dr. Nilofar Shaikh, former Vice-Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (was present in meeting) as acting ED because she was not part of the recent HEC saga, she would be unbiased.

This remark infuriated Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, who said that it meant that all other members who were present in the meeting were biased.

So in the end it was decided that the acting charge of post of ED should be given to Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani. Besides, it was also decided to appoint permanent ED by January 19, he said.

Meanwhile, the HEC employees have welcomed the appointment of Engr. Imtiaz Hussain Gillani.

Imtiaz Gilani is a civil engineer and VC of University of Engineering and Technology (Peshawar). He is also head of All Pakistan Vice Chancellors Committee.

He served as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education, Information and Tourism during Musharraf’s tenure. He was chosen as Minister of Information during caretaker setup on November 19, 2007.

The HEC chairman did not pick up his phone despite several attempts.

Media coordinator of HEC Murtaza Noor confirmed the appointment of Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani as acting ED.

Joint Secretary Ministry of Education and Training (MET) Khalid Hanif while talking to Dawn said that Federal Secretary MET, Qamar Zaman also attended the meeting and members agreed on the name of Gillani.

“Prime Minister was also suggesting that commission should nominate acting ED and then permanent ED should be appointed through proper channel but HEC management was not ready for it. After the decision of Supreme Court we are sure that HEC management will now go by the book,” he said.

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Comments (12)

Mehreen Agha
December 23, 2012 7:04 pm
I don't understand why we need HEC? It means that our educational boards and universities are not capable enough.
N. Ismaeel
December 24, 2012 3:40 pm
There are certain people in the HEC who are the main culprits and trouble makers. These are the people who have involved the HEC employees in the politics for their personal gains as they also happen to be office bearers of OWA, the officers association of HEC.
ahsan
December 23, 2012 6:24 pm
i agree.. this will start happening soon in pakistan inshaAllah.
mbaig
December 22, 2012 7:54 am
There are many hand picked retired people working as advisors with big salaries. They were hired in 2004 and still they are waiting for having 3rd and fourth extension. All such people should be removed honourably from HEC and new blood should be recruited by advertising the positions in the newspapers.
Sherry Manzoor
December 22, 2012 9:55 am
a politically neutral choice would have been better ...
Asif Dr.
December 22, 2012 10:44 am
Supreme Court as well as Federal Government has restricted the upper age limit for contractual appointment 65 years. But in HEC and in universities the decision is not being followed just to please some of the favourites. Most of the persons hired under FFHP are over 70 and others are abscond ears and defaulters of government of Pakistan.
laiba
December 22, 2012 11:16 am
It has been noticed with great concern that Chairman HEC remained very biased and his attitude was very vindictive against his own regular employees. In-spite of the fact that Commission members warned him not take action against the employees who opposed the illegal extension of Dr. Sohail Naqvi.But he is not ready to accept the decision of the Commission and sent an application to Police for FIR against the employees. He looks very furious and not ready to go by the book.It is learned that All employees are ready to face any illegal action if it is taken by the Chairman,HEC. Most of the employees are of the view that he is not medically sound minded. He should be resigned from this important post.
Saeed
December 22, 2012 2:20 pm
THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN HEC WHO ARE ARE THE REAL CULPRITS. THEY ARE NOT SINCERE TO HEC NOR PAKISTAN. THEY ARE TRAITORS. THE HAVE DRAWN HEFTY SALARIES AND THEIR WORK IN NOTHING BUT TALKING. THEY ARE MP SCALE OFFICERS APPOINTED IN HEC WITH PRECISION FRAUD.
Saeed
December 22, 2012 2:25 pm
YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT SIR. GOD BLESS PAKISTAN AND HEC.
vijay singh
December 24, 2012 8:48 am
HEC is even respected in India where we have IITS and IIMS.
N. Ismaeel
December 24, 2012 4:06 pm
The Chairman HEC Dr. Javaid R. Laghari is regarded to be a person of high integrity but there are certain people in the HEC who are intriguers and trouble makers. These are the people who have involved the HEC employees in the politics for their personal gains as they also happen to be office bearers of OWA, the officers association of HEC.
N. Ismaeel
December 24, 2012 4:10 pm
Omit this one please
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