Government Muhammadan Anglo Oriental MAO college Lahore teachers ‘victim of principal’s egocentricity
Lahore: The Government MAO College, Lahore, has become a perfect example of mismanagement, with frequent reshuffling and a growing sense of anxiety among both teaching and non teaching staff of the college.
Reportedly, what has widened the gulf between the college staff and the principal, Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan, is the latter’s egocentric behavior. A number of the college teachers, on condition of anonymity, complained against the principal’s insulting behavior towards faculty members, saying the provincial’s degrading attitude and whimsical decisions had resulted into growing sense of anxiety among both teaching and non teaching staff.
According to sources in the college, ever since Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan took charge as principal of the college in November 2011, he promoted junior teachers in a bid to satiate his thirst for power and enhance his personal agenda. All this might help him (Dr Farhan) for the time being but he is oblivious to the long lasting impact of his myopic policies, they regretted.
A teacher, Arif, who was much junior to Prof Khurshid Khawar was heading the college’s Botany Department at present, the sources said.
Recently, he had changed the head of the Psychology Department third time, they said. A couple of days back, Associate Professor Zafar Jamal, the third head the department, was communicated, verbally, that he no more held the chair, they added. Interestingly, since Zafar was forced to relinquish the charge on Saturday, no one from the department is ready to take charge of the department.
According to the sources, Dr Tehseen, Chemistry Department’s head, was also abruptly relieved of the post on Tuesday. Similarly, a couple of months of ago, the principal had made the most senior professor of the Economics Department relinquish his change as head, just because the principal had developed personal grudge against him. After replacing Hassan Kazmi as the head of the department, a junior faculty member was given the charge to run the affairs of the department, the sources said. The whimsical step of the principal had created unrest among the faculty members for quite sometime, they added. Owing to growing sense of insecurity and anxiety, the faculty members, who wished not to be named, said most of the teachers wanted to get transferred from the college. A couple of months ago, they said, a senior faculty member Sabahat Hussain Naqvi of the English Department got himself transferred as he was feeling uneasy working under Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan.
The faculty members said they were quite upset owing to alleged “divide and rule” policy of the principal.
The sources said the principal on Tuesday strongly reprimanded some female students of the Psychology Department when they came to college after getting some important assignment printed from outside the collge. Dr Farhan tore the assignment pages apart and questioned who had permitted them to go outside the college, they said.
When contacted, Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan refuted the allegations leveled against him, saying he was doing everything on merit and in the best interest of the college. He denied that he had insulting behavior towards the teaching and non-teaching staff. According to him, seniority was not important while he posted someone as head of a department.
Dr Farhan also denied removal of Zafar Jamal as head of Psychology Department. When he was informed that the said teacher was marking his attendance in the teachers’ register, he said: “There is some other issue and I will talk to you sometime later (on the issue).”
About reprimanding the students of Psychology Department, he said the students, especially female students, were not allowed to leave the college without permission. He said a photo copier was also made available inside the college to facilitate the students.
Dr Farhan also claimed that Dr Tehseen of the Chemistry Department was removed as head of the department on the latter’s own request.
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