Following former prime minister Imran Khan’s scathing address at the varsity’s Oval field on Monday condemning his political opponents, especially PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz, the Government College University (GCU) became a “centre of controversy.”
The PML-N is allegedly behind a social media trend against GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi for allegedly “allowing Imran Khan to have his public gathering at the esteemed institution.”
The federal government, which is governed by the PML-N, promptly withdrew Dr. Zaidi from the VC’s Search Committee.
Up until Monday night, more than 50,000 tweets were sent, most of which called for the vice chancellor (VC) to be removed (#RemoveVCofGCU). PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz called for “action” against him (Dr Zaidi).
GCU VC is removed from the search panel.
Even the governor of Punjab, Balighur Rehman, and the federal education minister, Rana Tanvir Hussain, joined the debate and backed Maryam in this regard.
The GCU VC was eager to point out to his critics that students had the chance to hear a variety of political viewpoints from the varsity forum in well-known colleges around the globe.
“The universities have a right to participate in the current political discussion. Political leaders visit colleges all around the world to speak to young people, and we don’t make any distinctions based on whether they are in the administration or the opposition, Dr. Zaidi said in an interview about imran khan Issue.
The Punjab Information Technology Board organised the event and selected the guest list, the VC added.
“When the chief guest is speaking, he cannot be told what to say or what not,” he said, adding that the GCU worked inside Punjab’s territorial authority and was therefore required to follow the Punjab government’s instructions.
Maryam Nawaz stated in a tweet that the GCU VC ought to face “severe punishment” for desecrating a school by leasing it to a Fitna and holding his jalsa there. Utilizing a place of learning for political hate speech is an offence that should be penalised.
In a statement, Governor Baligur Rehman said: “As chancellor, I have taken note of the organisation of a political programme in the GCU.
These political gatherings have no place in academic institutions. Children should not be forced into politics since they are our future.
Dr. Arslan Khalid, the minister of Punjab’s information technology, responded to Ms. Nawaz on Twitter with the following statement: “Why don’t you (Maryam) or Shehbaz Sharif go and visit GCU or any institution yourself and give whatever speech you want? The world’s political leaders attend universities. It’s not our problem if you people can’t handle youth.
According to reports, Dr. Zaidi was expelled from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training’s Search Committee by Federal Education Minister Rana Tanvir.
To appoint the vice chancellors of Quaid-i-Azam University, Allama Iqbal University, and rector of International Islamic University, Islamabad, a committee led by the federal education minister was established on September 13.
According to a source who spoke to Dawn, the education minister had Dr. Zaidi’s expulsion from the search committee ordered after Imran Khan’s speech at GCU.
According to him, Joint Secretary Raja Muhammad Akhtar removed VC GCU from the search committee on the minister’s instruction.
According to sources, Dr. Shoiab Mir has taken Dr. Zaidi’s place as a co-opted member of the search committee. They said that the minister also requested that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) take legal action against the VC.
“I am at a loss for words to condemn what happened today at GC University, which is regarded as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning and was regrettably turned into a platform for a hateful PTI Leader. have instructed the government to retaliate severely against VC GCU,” Rana Tanvir wrote in a tweet.