Future Building Institutions of Pakistan - By: Munir M Hasan, PhD

Munir M Hasan, PhD
Former Professor and Vice Chancellor
NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi

Today, in Canada, I was watching the Pakistani TV channels. On one channel the unrest in the two universities of Pakistan was being presented. These two universities were, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Taxila. The problems which were being discussed included, availability of hard drinks and other addictive material in the universities, division of the students on sectarian and ethnic basis, and the terrorism. Some “experts” were giving their opinion on the situation. The remarks of one of them were so much deceiving that I am forced to write a few lines.

The “expert” said that the universities are a part of our society and you may expect the evils of our society to be reflected in the universities as well. To me, this type of thinking is highly misguiding and damaging. The universities are never the “present” of the society. In fact, these are the “future” of the country. Any evil which is seen now in the universities will become the fate of the nation within a decade or so. So, if you want to improve the future of the nation, the universities need to be separated for the “present” of the society. Unfortunately this aspect is never considered by the men in authority and the evils of the society have been increasing continuously.

The main reason for this unfortunate situation is that the appointments of the vice chancellors are made on the political and ethnic affiliations like any other appointment in the civil administration. Majority of these appointees, if not all, have been obeying the orders of their political or ethnic masters without hesitation, favouring some students’ groups and neglecting others. The clashes between the students’ groups are the natural outcome of these policies. Unless the vice chancellors are appointed on merit from amongst those who have no affiliation whatsoever with any political party or ethnic group, the situation will never improve. Another quality needed for the vice chancellor is that he should be strict in discipline and should be bold enough to face the pressures of the ruling dignitaries. At least I, being completely a non-political person, did it and achieved unmatched success in making the university a real seat of learning and research. The stories of this struggle are quite interesting and are described in my autobiography, “Light House”.

Posted on Nov 01, 17 | 5:32 am