Qibla Ayaz, Razia Sultana to be VCs of ICU, SBBWU

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved the appointment of Dr Qibla Ayaz as acting vice chancellor of the Islamia College University (ICU) and Dr Razia Sultana as vice-chancellor of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU).

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shaukatullah, has approved appointment of Dr Qibla Ayaz and Dr Razia Sultana on the advice of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.However, approval of the appointment of the two senior academicians has been given on the file that has been routed to the secretary Higher Education department for notifying it.

Additional secretary Higher Education department, Dr Khalid Khan confirmed the two appointments. “Most probably we will get the file on Monday and notification about the appointment of the two vice-chancellors would then be issued accordingly,” he added.

The search committee that interviewed 18 candidates for the post of the vice-chancellor Islamia College University had sent the names of three senior academicians, Dr Muhammad Asif Khan, Dr Qibla Ayaz and Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, to the chief minister for selecting one of them for the office.

The chief minister approved the name of Dr Qibla Ayaz from among the three recommended candidates and sent it to the governor, who endorsed it.Dr Qibla Ayaz would be the fourth acting vice-chancellors to run the Islamia College University during the last four years after its first Vice-Chancellor Professor Ajmal Khan was kidnapped by the Taliban militants on September 7, 2010.


However, the government has decided to authorise Dr Qibla Ayaz as full-time vice-chancellor for the purposes of decision-making as it was observed that working of the university was being badly affected by the appointment of the acting vice-chancellors.


Nevertheless, it has been decided that that he will remain acting vice-chancellor till the release of Ajmal Khan. If the regular Vice-Chancellor Prof Ajmal Khan is unable to return, Dr Qibla Ayaz will continue to serve the varsity as vice-chancellor for the prescribed tenure of four years.


Dr Qibla Ayaz earlier served the University of Peshawar as acting vice-chancellor for around nine months before the appointment of the incumbent Dr Rasul Jan.Dr Razia Sultana, a postgraduate of the University of Peshawar, will run a university for the first time

She is presently professor and chairperson of the Department of History at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Dr Razia Sultana has done her post-doctorate from Center on International Cooperation, New York University and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History from the Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar.Before joining the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, she served as professor in the Department of History, University of Peshawar.

Source: The News.