The President of Pakistan Dr Dr Arif Alvi, who is also chancellor of the varsities which come under the jurisdiction of the federal government, appointed Dr Shahid Ali Qureshi as permanent Vice Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology.

However, the decision is yet to be notified. According to the FUUAST Deputy Chair Senate A. Q Khalil, the president has approved the summary to hire regular vice-chancellor. The decision has not been notified. “I came know that President has approved the summary to appoint Shahid Qureshi as permanent chancellor at FUUAST. However, the notification would take time”.

Meanwhile, the FUUAST Teachers Association—Abdul Haq Campus while appreciating the decision taken by the President of Pakistan in a statement has said that after the appointment of permanent Vice Chancellor, the varsity will see stability and the new VC will overcome all the administrative crises. The teachers association condemned the acting administration that making hurdles in the appointment of permanent VC to prolong its tenure.

Earlier the FUUAST Deputy Chair Senate A. Q Khalil told that he condemns the efforts made by the Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Zahid who challenged the appointment of regular VC in Sindh High Court. “Such people have never highlighted positive face of the varsity, but they always spread baseless news against their own university”

Khalil said that he hopes the new VC would overcome administrative and financial crises in the varsity. However, it depends on his ability. We have sent an application to the President of Pakistan to convene a meeting of the Fuuast senate. However, the President House has not given any date for the coming meeting of the Senate.

Brief profile of the new VC

Dr Shahid Qureshi is currently working at the Institute of Business Administration Karachi as an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. He has work experience of several national and international organizations including UNDP, Oxfammn, IBA and others.

He served as a Member of the Board of Studies at Zia Uddin University Karachi, DHA Suffa University, ZABIST Business school, Department of Industria] Engineering, DUET Karachi, and member of the admission committee at MUSITD, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. He is also a reviewer of many research journals and he has also written 17 papers and chapters in 7 books.

Author

Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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