PRO No. 51/11
Public Relations Office
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
The Senate of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur in its 12th meeting held today chaired by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar has unanimously resolved that the Higher Education Commission is not a part of 18th amendment for the devolution of powers and does not fall under this amendment. The vital role it has played in the uplift of higher education in Pakistan must be duly acknowledged. The HEC has also built up the image of the higher education sector of Pakistan and has set a model for other nations, who are adopting this system for the improvement of their higher education sector. Therefore, the members of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur Senate strongly resolved that the HEC should continue with all its powers and functions to strengthen the national standards of education unity and the development of human resource desperately required in Pakistan.
The senate also condemned the deplorable blasphemic act of a Christian cleric, Terry Jones, for burning copies of the Holy Quran. Such action, if carried out will put negative impact on the ongoing process of inter-faith harmony and peace around the world. Hence the efforts of Islamic nations to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect will suffer greatly.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor welcomed the participants and hoped that the combined efforts would greatly contribute towards the uplift of the IUB in becoming the best emerging university of the country. The Senate also reviewed university fiscal budgets for the years 2008 to 2011 and approved the budget estimates (resuming and development) for each concerned year. It was told that the Vice Chancellor has made hectic efforts to increase the university income by opening a Rangers Campus as well as Distance Learning Institute. The university succeeded to get release the impact of 50% increase in basic pay of employees amounting to a sum of Rs. 138.885 million from HEC. The deficit of Rs. 399.051 is also being tackled by adopting austerity measures.
The meeting was attended by Justice Shahid Saeed Chaudhary, Lahore High Court Bahawalpur Bench, Chairmen of educational boards of the Punjab, Member Provincial Assembly Haji Zulfiqar Ali, Ms. Tasnim Fazli, Ambassador (R) Khalid Mehmood, Deans, Principal Colleges, Senior Professors and administrative officials. A condolence resolution was also passed on sad demise of Dr. Muhammad Arshad, Director, Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies.