The management of the Agriculture University Peshawar (AUP) has locked horns with Chief Patron of the Dairy Science Park (DSP), Professor M Subhan Qureshi, a former Dean of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (FAHVS) over his activities to promote the use of modern technology for the development of livestock sector.
DSP, an innovative idea for the promotion of modern technology for the development of the dairy sector of not only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rather across the country had organized two of its function in the auditorium of the university and then Vice Chancellor was also pleased to address the participants and welcome the VIP guests.
Recently a 50-member delegation headed by Special Assistant to KP Chief Minister on Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Arif Yousaf and comprising of the academia, businessmen and other stakeholders have participated in a two-day Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park (DSP) at Selcuk University in Konya, Turkey.
The Registrar of AUP has served the professor with a charge-sheet for negligence in case of misappropriation/ embezzlement of Rs 2.38 million unearthed in February, 2014 in the DTC/Dairy Farm Milk coupons sale ie the period he was holding the post of Dean, FAHVS and the appointment of a person as CPL Veterinary Supervisor in violation of SOPs and that due to his implicit assent, the said official continue to perform the duties at DTC. However, the professor says that the provincial government has acknowledged the importance of the role of dairy sector in the economic development and agreed with the proposal of the establishment of Task Force for Dairy Science Park.
In another letter written by a Director at Vice Chancellor Secretariat of the University, though agreed with the contentions of the Professor Dr Muhammad Subhan Qureshi regarding the mandate of the university or the faculty, but said that the approval of such matters from the relevant forums of the university like BOS, BOF, BASAR, AC and Syndicate is fundamental and mandatory.
The letter said that collaboration with any foreign agency, mares the ones based in countries carrying a hostile posture towards Pakistan is a sensitive matter and any such matter should have been initiated after special permission from the relevant authorities. The VC office has also objected to the use of DSP logo on official pad of the university bespeaks of university's ownership of the DSP and asked him to remove it.
In the latest letter to the Chief Patron DSP, the VC Secretariat has asked all faculty members to dissociate themselves from the DSP and submit compliance report as well as a comprehensive and para-wise reply to the last and other letters within a period of three working days.
But, in response to these letters, Chief Patron DSP, Professor M Subhan Qureshi has clarified that DSP is not a private company and the case in this regard has been reached the office of the Director, VC Secretariat on the directives of the Chief Minister issued vide letter No.1813 dated 2-08-2017 to constitute a Task Force for Dairy Science Park, but the university regretfully withdrawing academic support from the DSP, which is not only against the official decorum and interest of the university and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The reply further said that the office of the Director, VC Secretariat is bound to facilitate the office of the Vice Chancellor in improving efficiency and impact of the university by facilitating productive academicians to play their due role in generating solutions to the issues faced by the government, farmers, industry and civil society.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2017