Wind Of Change!

Right now, there is an issue discussed all over Pakistan that includes Islamabad too. It is why the vice chancellors of universities are from army? Why the retired persons from army are at the posts where senior teachers should be considered foremost? The teachers are angry about the discussions. The Bahria University, Air University and even the Punjab University has an army head. This issue always discussed when ever the martial law is imposed in our country. When the ruler himself is an army person than what else, you can expect.

Teacher’s resentment is that the vice chancellor, if an army retired, he imposes his decisions and do not ask for others opinion. Where as if a vice chancellor selected from the senior teachers he/she will have a combine decisions where everyone agrees to one solution. I think the important thing is to do what is necessary and good for the future of our education system instead of pleasing everyone.

We fancy army people as strict and discipliners, who, mostly I observed in universities, would not allow anyone to sit in the lawn. Uniform is necessary and humiliated punishments are given. Such as standing out side, the gate etc. is it all what we look in them.

We should appreciate their way they are performing their duties as a chancellor. They have raised the standard of education by stopping students from participating in politics and creating unions. In this way, students get more involved in studies and do less wasteful stuff.

Teacher’s annoyances is understandable too as they are working so hard in performing their job as a teacher. I say it is not an easy task to be a teacher :). When they are senior, they do expect a better place in their field but before they can think about it their dreams are shattered but looking at a long boot, 33 inches chest giant sitting on the prestigious seat in front of them, and that must be quite frustrating for them as time is changing and change is always painful. Good but painful.

However, we should understand that a Chancellor or voice Chancellor’s job is not teaching but administration and management of an institution and seniority does not teach people these skills, but proper training does. This does not mean that a senior teacher cannot be a good administrator or manager, but just being senior does not secure such talents for anyone.

I believe that rather then bitching about who should or shouldn’t have gotten the golden egg, we should be more concerned about the better future of our educational institutions, so that we can come up to par with the rest of the world, regardless of who it is that is sitting on the top as long as they are capable administrators. It is the betterment of “us” students that should matter and not the position or salary rang for those who claim to care

5 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 6:44 am

    Great post, but I guess you missed an important factor here. The entity that gets the worst of it all it he ‘student’s body’. No where do I see people thinking for a minute to help our students ‘appriciate’ and ‘accept’ education as a learning experience – rather a tool to get a job.

    I have to add that having a bunch of no-bodies with zilch respect for others in place of people who need to make good decisions doesnt help either!

    However, institutions run by the military bodies have the right to appoint whom-ever they think is appropriate for the task. They have a seperate ‘educational wing’ in their ranks and that has to follow through to the university level too.

    But yes, wtf with the Punjab University? OK its a public institute but no man, cant accept the fact that a military dude could do a better job than someone from the civil-education ranks.

    Thanks for the enlightening post! ;) Regards.

    p.s. Bahria and Air are military run institutes, the are in Islamabad, so this post is quite relavent for those who do know! :/

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    This is linked to many of the other core issues, and has a historical context behind it. I would recommend reading : “The Idea of Pakistan” by Stephen Cohen, former US ambassador to Pakistan to get an “out of the box” perspective. This book offers a panoramic portrait of this complex country – from its origins as a homeland for Indian Muslims to a military-dominated state that has experienced uneven economic growth, political chaos, sectarian violence, and several nuclear crises with its much larger neighbor, India.

  3. S (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    Ive had the (dis)pleasure of studying in a school headed by one of these military men. I tell you, its not pretty. Its as if their brains have been mutated into a replica from terminator. All they see is rules, protocols, boxes, lines. And that man fought like an army general to hang on to his seat. Wouldn’t leave when orders came. Not like he had any support since he made everyone’s life miserable.

    I hope the winds of change have an effect. This is one policy that i don’t like of Mr Musharraf. Generals can play army men somewhere else, not on civilians.

  4. suhail (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 3:17 am

    at least i have always heard good word from Punjab University students, about the military VC. The point is strict administration.
    NED uni has a senior civilian as VC, probably much more strict than army-men, and is doing fine enough.

  5. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 2:33 am

    yes that is what my opinion is that it does not matter who is on the seat what matters is how one hndle the administration work. teachers associaton of pakistan is not understanding that. teachers are to teach not to handle the office work.

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