PESHAWAR:May 05: Teachers of Islamia College University (ICU) on Friday threatened to stage a sit-in outside the Governor's House and boycott classes and offices if the chancellor did not fulfil their demands.
The threats were made at the general body meeting of the teachers. It was attended by teachers of the ICU, Islamia College for Girls and Islamia Collegiate School. However, some members of the teaching community staged boycott of the meeting, questioning its legality.
The members of the teachers' action committee told The News that a few teachers, who were less than 10 in number, had been sent by the retired members of the senate to sabotage the meeting, but they did not allow them to attend the proceedings.
"It was a big gathering. The participation was beyond our expectation. I have never seen so many teachers of the university attending the general body meeting before this," a senior faculty member told The News after the meeting.
The participants of the meeting expressed their firm resolve to uphold the supremacy of the University Act 2009 and vowed not to allow any violation of the law. "We would maintain the rule of law of the university in order to safeguard the academic standards and goodwill of the institution," stated one of the resolutions adopted on the occasion.
Another resolution mentioned that some participants of the meeting of the senate held on April 27 were not legal members of the prestigious body. "This house demands the chancellor to declare the meeting null and void and its proceedings as invalid," the resolution said.
The general body declared that Islamia College being an august institution had its own statutory bodies to run its affairs. "Any interference in its affairs will be opposed. The teaching community strongly condemn the recent interference of the Higher Education Department and resolve to thwart any move from any quarter to turn this institution into a government college," another unanimous resolution said.The news.