PESHAWAR: Reacting to charges of plagiarism against him, the chairman of the Urdu department, Islamia College University, Dr Javed Badshah said he would welcome an inquiry into the case.
In a statement, he proposed formation of a judicial commission by the Chancellor of the public sector universities who also happens to be the provincial Governor to probe all issues, including the affairs of the Islamia CollegeUniversity (ICU) during the 14-month tenure of the acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Haider Shah.
Terming Dr Haider Shah as incompetent, Dr Javed Badshah said the judicial commission should probe the mismanagement and financial irregularities at the ICU to save the historic Islamia College from collapse. He recalled that he made the same demand during the ICU Senate meeting on April 27, but the Chancellor didn’t accept it.
Rejecting the charges against him, Dr Javed Badshah termed it part of a campaign by the acting Vice-Chancellor to escape accountability. He maintained that Dr Haider Shah had become a puppet in the hands of politically motivated teachers who were using him for their vested interest. “Dr Haider Shah’s academic competence is evident from the fact that he was rejected by the University Selection Board for the post of Assistant Professor,” he alleged.
Dr Javed Badshah said he was the only valid candidate for the post of professor advertised a year ago but the acting Vice-Chancellor extended the closing date to accommodate his blue-eyed aspirant for the job despite his dubious credentials. He stressed that his candidature for the professor’s position had nothing to do with the resolution that he and three other members of the ICU Senate tabled against the acting Vice-Chancellor. He contended that Dr Haider Shah had resigned during the Senate meeting at the Governor’s House, Peshawar on April 27 in presence of about 30 people, including the university officials and Senate members, and had no moral right to continue occupying the office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Javed Badshah also claimed that the acting Vice-Chancellor and the so-called senior faculty have yet to come up with a programme for the centenary celebrations of the Islamia College in 2013.