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LHC moved against PIFD incumbent VC’s tenure extension

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Lahore: A writ petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court seeking retention on concerned authorities and officers from giving  renewal or extension in tenure to the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) till the final out come of the titled writ petition.

The petition was filed by one Mehran Parvez s/o Parvez, r/o G Block c/o Shaukat General Store near Mundri Chowk, Youhanabad, Ferozepur, Lahore against the Federation of Pakistan through its Secretary  Federal Education and Professional Training, Islamabad and others including the Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design through Principal Secretary, President House, Islamabad, Chairperson of the Senate of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD).

The Pro-Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Deputy Chairperson of the Senate of PFID through Secretary Federal Education and Professional Training Islamabad,

the Secretary, Federal Education, and Professional Training,Islamabad, the Members of the Senate through Secretary Senate of PFID, 51-J-II, Johar Town, Lahore and the Registrar, Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design, 51-J-III Johar Town, Lahore.

The petition read that (PIFD, is a degree awarding institute under the administrative control of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Islamabad. The Institute has been established by the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Act 2011.

The petition read that section 11(2) of the Act requires the Senate to constitute a Search Committee for the appointment of a suitable person as Vice Chancellor. Under the Statutes for the Constitution of the Search Committee and Procedure for Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of PIFD, 2012, the Search Committee must be constituted at least three months prior to the expiry of the tenure of the incumbent vice-chancellor.

The petitioner stated that the tenure of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor shall expire on 16 January 2021. However, the Search Committee has not been constituted as yet while the Committee should have been constituted by October 16, 2020, at the latest.

The petition added that that the constitution of the Search Committee is a statutory duty that is not being complied with and the delay is being occasioned to stall the process of appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor.

The petition further stated that by not stipulating the appropriate and conditions prescribed by statute as per guidelines of Higher Education for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor of Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Designing and Respondents have violated the provisions of Articles 4, 10-A and 25 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.

The Petitioner has no adequate remedy but to invoke the extraordinary constitutional jurisdiction of the Honorable Court.

The petitioner prayed that the instant writ petition may Kindly be accepted and all the concerned authorities and officers may kindly be directed to devise the terms & conditions prescribed by statute/justified criteria as per the HEC guidelines for appointment of Vice-Chancellor as well as to restrain from giving the renewal or extension in tenure to the incumbent Vice-Chancellor till the final out come of the titled writ petition.

Any other relief which this Hon’ble Court deems fit and proper may also be granted to the petitioner in the best of interest of justice and the general public, the petition concluded.

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