Peshawar Historic Edwarded College has Been Controversial

Peshawar's historic Edwarded College has been controversial, and legal disputes between different stakeholders in administrative management have not yet been resolved. Founded in 1900 for the past two years, the university has turned into a bone of debate between the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Diocese of Peshawar, while tensions continue to exist between the principal and staff.

Higher education regulatory authority

Recently, a word war began between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, between the university administration and the higher education regulatory authority (Hera), the latter carried out a university inspection by an investigative committee. The University Administration resisted prosecutors scheduled on August 27, based on the order of the Peshawar High Court last May, and the court instructed respondents not to take adverse action against written accusations, including KP governor, chief secretary and secretary of higher education.

Action on university work

On August 23, the secretary wrote to Dr. Brigadier (rett) Nayer Fardows, president of HERA, Dr. Amber Ali Khan, President of HERA and Secretary-General of Higher Education Fazl-e-Qadir. Regular checks by the university violated the order of the High Court. HERA responded to the administration's petition on the day with a letter stating that the temporary registration was approved in an additional field of 8 days, which could eliminate several shortcomings within two months after the temporary registration was issued, for example, March 2019. 8 days.

According to a letter from Hera's secretary, the follow-up investigation by the authorities' surveillance committee said it was not going to take adverse measures to confirm whether the shortcomings were pointed out early by the commission in a report on September 26, 2018. Removed or not. In a given situation.

It was not necessary to justify excessive hesitation in expanding access to the members of the investigating committee, and this kind of approach would first prove the authority over authority over the claims made against this institution. The university's internal staff recently ordered an office on July 19 when the principal went on vacation, and instead of delegating authority to the deputy principal, to Senator Brig Senator John Kenneth Williams.

President of the University Executive Committee You will be a temporary principal / administrator. In May this year, Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peter of the Diocese filed a written petition with the Peshawar High Court (PHC) claiming that he was chairman of the University's Board of Directors and a private enterprise. He asked the court to restrict respondents, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from interfering with the university's administration and other affairs.

University has its own financial resources

He said the university has its own financial resources, made up of donations and fees. He questioned other actions taken by KP governors, including the issuance of other letters in relation to university work. Contrary to his argument, about 20 faculty members filed a petition in court to declare to the university a self-governing body, run by BoG in 1974 and chaired by KP governor.

They challenged the bishop's position in 1972 that the government took over all private management schools and colleges in accordance with Regulation No-118, called “Personally Managed Schools and Colleges (Acquisition) Regulation 1972. Staff members were published in 1974 by the Ministry of Education NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), through which the BoG led by the governor was created for the functioning of the university.

The petitioners also mentioned a record of the parliamentary procedure, and Edwards College's problem was also discussed in that the question and answer session made clear that the university was actually nationalized. The High Court has now classified all relevant petitions as clubs and will hear them on September 3. In the petition of Bishop Humphrey Safaraz Peter and faculty, the High Court granted them interim relief. In the previous petition.

The court ordered respondents not to take any adverse action on the university's work. Similarly, the bench on June 12 instructed respondents, including the bishop's bishop and the principal, in the second petition not to take any adverse action against the petitioners. The bench, led by Judge Nisar Hussain on March 22, 2016, declared the university a private corporation.

This ruling was passed by a written petition filed by scholar Malak Naz, who challenged the appointment of the current University Principal (Ret) Nayyar Firdows by BoG for four years on December 5, 2014.

Malik Naz raised several points in his petition

The appointment of a Christian as a university principal is predetermined. His appointment was the result of political maneuvers and pressures. And this appointment was not made in accordance with the law. Bench dismissed his petition, admitting that Edwards College in Peshawar was a missionary school named Edwards High School, founded in 1853 by the Church Missionary Association, and later upgraded to university status after 1900. did. It was functioning as a private institution.

The court said, “In 1971, when all private institutions were nationalized, they proposed nationalization, but because they were resisted, they recognized and maintained their independence as private institutions,” the court ruled. However, in January 1974, the NWFP at that time established the BoG for KP for the university and all the administrative authority of the university was granted to the board of directors.

The district governor, as vice-chairman, had to be chairman and pastor of the board for education and supervision of Peshawar. If there is no statutory authority, it is a mystery that under the authority of any law, then the governor of KP will issue a notice on the governor's constitution," Bench said. Peshawar Edwards College turned out to be a private institution funded through its own source.

The faculty and the government insisted in the previous petition that the courts were not properly supported, some important facts were hidden in the courts, and the views of the government were not heard. In light of the initial ruling, the Diocese of Peshawar created a new governor's board of directors in March of this year.

This situation once had a great impact on the academic standards of the university, the most prestigious university in the province.

Several former students think that they are interested in the interests of this historic institution, which Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah has visited three times, and the high court must first decide on a legal argument.

The Pakistani Employers Federation

EFP supported the decision to stop trading with India and asked the government to allow Indian origin goods in local markets that have already arrived at Pakistan's airports or ports. In addition, EFP feared that life-saving drugs imported in India in the form of raw or finished products may disappear from the market and relax the rules until alternative sources of imports are in place. EFP Vice President Zaki Ahmed Khan said Pakistan's manufacturers fully supported the government's decision to stop all trade with India.

This sent a strong and favorable message to the business community to procure imports and exports from countries that do not affect Pakistan's sovereignty." But Khan said delivery from India or an airport port should be exempt.

He said that APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) imported from India to manufacture life-saving products in the Pakistani pharmaceutical industry should be allowed under conditions that would allow pharmaceutical companies to immediately develop alternative sources of these APIs within reasonable and mutually agreed terms. said. Time with drug regulatory authorities in Pakistan.
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