Principal of Aitchison College Resigns Amid Governance Disputes


Michael A Thomson, the Principal of Lahore’s Aitchison College, has stepped down from his role due to disagreements with Punjab Governor Baligh Ur Rehman, as reported by 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a farewell letter addressed to his staff, Principal Thomson expressed his disappointment, stating that the Governor House’s “biased actions” have undermined the management of the institution. He noted, “Facing severe mismanagement, I find myself with no alternative but to resign since the policy changes being implemented are intended to favor a select few.”

Thomson cited mental distress caused by his clash with the governor concerning the exemption of fines for the children of a federal minister as a significant factor in his decision. Sources have claimed that he was under pressure to waive the fees of Ahad Cheema, the newly appointed federal minister.

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In his communication with the staff, he remarked, “As you are all aware of the situation at the board level, politics and nepotism have no place in our schools. The excessive meddling in the successful running of our school is astounding.”a former female MNA got the principal’s visa revoked when he went on leave because her son was expelled from the college after a fight with a fellow student. Syed Babar Ali, who personally intervened to get visa restored, has also resigned from the board.”

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Thomson has tendered his resignation. He previously resigned in September 2018 but was persuaded to stay by the then-governor, Muhammad Sarwar, following pressure from political entities related to disciplinary actions against certain students.

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