Karakurum University affairs need attention

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said the management of the Karakurum International University (KIU) is destroying the institution and future of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Currently, the university established in 2002 has 2300 students, nearly 100 faculty members and over a hundred administrative staff in sixteen academic departments is rife with politics.

The university administration has remained very reactive to demand basic rights by the students and teachers like dignity, free speech and disapproval of objectionable decisions, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

Talking to a delegation of teachers, students and their parents, he said that it is unfortunate that the KIU administration has been encouraging the violations of the basic rights and taking decisions disregarding merit which amount to disempowering teachers and students.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that discouraging independent learning and critical thoughts, and too much focus on favouritism should not be allowed in institutions established to promote the people of far-flung areas.

Many institutions are failing to provide our children with the conditions that would enable them to enter into a future that is better than one to which previous generations had, he noted.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that we must not destroy the foundations of a better future as education is the single best investment a society can make.

The institutes of higher learning need a good cleaning out and reforms to get them back on track, he said adding that government must take corrective measures before the administration of the KIU pave way for any disaster.

The delegation who wished to remain nameless for fear of retribution said that the Chairman of the Senate of KIU GM Sikandar was forced to resign for criticising repressive practices frequently employed by the Vice Chancellor.


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