ISLAMABAD  - The Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education has recommended three names to the Prime Minister to choose a suitable candidate to be appointed as a chairman of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).

A concerned official of the ministry wishing not to be named informed that a summary has been sent to PM office carrying three names that were selected after interviews but it’s not necessary that the chairman be appointed one of them. Seeing the past practice in the case of Higher Education Commission (HEC) when the summaries were rejected, there is possibility that the PM may select a candidate out of the blue bypassing the summary.

The summary includes the names of Dr Ikram Ali Malik from PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Rafique Tahir from Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), and Husnain Raza Kharal from a college working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).

Dr Ikram Ali Malik has been working in Economics Department of the university as an associate professor in grade 21. He also holds post-doctoral degree from UK and heading quality enhancement cell of the university.

Rafique Tahir is a joint education advisor at CADD and also holding additional charge of the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE). Husnain Raza Kharal is serving as a principal at one of the colleges of the capital city.

The post fell vacant on September 19 but the chairperson, Shaheen Khan, was allowed to continue till the appointment of a permanent chairman. She completed her second term this year and was appointed as chairperson on deputation and she has the rank of a DG at HEC currently on leave.