AC man­age­ment de­nies en­try to ousted prin­ci­pal

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The man­age­ment of Aitchi­son Col­lege (AC) barred the col­lege's prin­ci­pal Dr Agha Ghazanfar from en­ter­ing the univer­sity's premises on Thurs­day.

Ghazanfar, who was ousted from his post by Aitchi­son Col­lege Board of Gover­nors in July, was re­in­stated by the La­hore High Court on Au­gust 23. How­ever, when the prin­ci­pal at­tempted to en­ter the col­lege premises or his res­i­dence lo­cated in­side the col­lege, the man­age­ment re­fused to al­low him en­try. Ghazanfar had filed a pe­ti­tion in the La­hore High Court against his ouster fol­low­ing which the court or­dered his re­in­state­ment on Au­gust 13.

In July, Dr Ghazanfar in­formed the media that he was un­der im­mense pres­sure from in­flu­en­tial quar­ters re­gard­ing ad­mis­sions. He had said this year the ad­mis­sion process had been fair and trans­par­ent as merit lists were made public.

On the other hand, the col­lege's board of gover­nors had said sev­eral ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues had emerged be­tween the prin­ci­pal and rest of the staff. Mustafa Ramday, a mem­ber of the BoG, said the de­ci­sion was based on petty is­sues. "I strongly dis­agree with the de­ci­sion made by the ma­jor­ity of the board," he said. He said the school had en­sured trans­par­ent ad­mis­sions this year and none had been chal­lenged. Last year, he said, around 70 writ pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing the ad­mis­sions had been filed. Call­ing the de­ci­sion un­for­tu­nate, he said a wrong prece­dent was be­ing set.

He said a con­tro­versy had been cre­ated sur­round­ing ad­mis­sions even though the chief min­is­ter had strongly di­rected the prin­ci­pal to en­sure merit. "The prin­ci­pal only fol­lowed the ad­mis­sion pol­icy as de­fined by the Board which made merit the only fac­tor," he said.

Tues­day's was the fourth meet­ing held by the Board since June to dis­cuss the ap­point­ment of the prin­ci­pal. They had ear­lier met on June 8, June 15 and June 22. Dr Ghazanfar was ap­pointed seven months ago. The in­sti­tu­tion's web­site still lists him as the prin­ci­pal.

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