LAHORE: The Lahore High Court yesterday dismissed a petition for converting the Punjab Governor’s House into an educational institution in the largest national and public interests.

Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh found the petition non-maintainable after the deputy attorney general told the court that the status of the governor house could not be changed under the law when the same also ‘serves for residing president and the prime minister’.

He urged the court to dismiss the petition for being not maintainable.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree filed the petition and contended that the office of the governor was symbolic in nature but huge premises had been allocated for his residence. He said maintaining a huge residence for governor in a country where children did not get education was a shame.

VC appointment case putt off

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) had no role in the appointment of a vice chancellor to the public sector university, Advocate General of Punjab (AGP) Shakilur Rahman told the Lahore High Court.

The AGP said Punjab Higher Education Department established after devolution of powers under the 18th Amendment, could only forward recommendations for education standards and financial affairs etc and cannot appoint a VC.

 “Therefore, if a university senate and syndicate initiated process for appointing VC, it was not unlawful,” he added.

He urged the court to dismiss the petitions against the appointment process. Dr Asmatullah of Zoology department at Punjab University and others had challenged the process. Advocate Saad Rasool argued on behalf of the petitioners, saying powers to appoint VCs solely rested with the HEC. He asked the court to direct government to appoint the VCs in accordance with the law and observe merit.

Justice Shahid Karim adjourned hearing till October 13. The court had stayed the process for the appointment of VCs at Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, University of Sargodha and Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan.–Staff Reporter