LAHORE: Chairman Accreditation Committee Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Dr Khalid Aftab has submitted a resignation against Minister Higher Education Punjab Raja Yasir Humayun against increasing interference of private sector and support of PHEC officials.
According to a copy of resignation received by Academia Magazine, Dr Khalid Aftab wrote a formal letter to the Minister which reads, “I wish to step down as the Chairman of Accreditation Committee of Government of Punjab on account of prevailing toxic culture in the Higher Education Department and increasing interference of the private sector educational institutions for maximizing their undue benefits with the support of officials and courts. Kindly accept my request”
He further wrote in the letter, “Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your valuable support to the accreditation committee for its positive role during 2019-2021 and appreciation for the integrity of the Members of Accreditation Committee.”
Prof. Dr Khalid Aftab was the 1st Vice-Chancellor of the Government College University (GCU), Lahore. Before he was appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2002, he served as the Principal (1993–2002) for 9 years and Head of Economics Department for 3 years of this institution.
He enjoyed good credibility as he had been a member of the Vice-Chancellors Search Committee, Search Committee for Chairman PHEC and several other notable academic positions. He was serving as Chairman Accreditation Committee PHEC since 2019 and work unbiasedly.
It is pertinent to mention here that PHEC had been under the control of a mafia since its inception. The very first team of PHEC included the people who were fired from Higher Education Commission (HEC) on serious allegations. But PHEC appointed them on key posts including DG, Directors and others.
The recent most controversial of PHEC included the involvement of one of its DG in affiliation of CAM Foundation in which DG Noman Maqbool was involved as CAM Foundation blamed that Noman borrowed money for affiliation of the institutions.