Serious discontent has grown among students of the University of Bradford over the constant absence of its vice chancellor Imran Khan.
Khan has been so embroiled in Pakistani politics that he hasn’t attended a single graduation ceremony since 2010.
The University’s student union has now floated a motion to drop the cricketing legend turned politician in Pakistan from the highest post. The motion raised by Mohsin Tanveer will be voted on by the student’s union next month.
Tanveer said, “Many students are unhappy with the fact that they have been denied the opportunity to engage with the chancellor on a regular basis.”
Khan was appointed to the post in December 2005 and is the fifth chancellor of the University since its inception in 1966.
The University defended Khan with its chief executive Professor Brian Cantor who runs the university asking students to show sympathy.
Cantor said, “Our chancellor has a major political role in Pakistan, a country which has serious problems with terrorism, education and poverty. While I understand that it is frustrating for students that Khan has not attended an award ceremony at Bradford for some time, I have urged students to be sympathetic to the situation in Pakistan and the responsibility Khan has to improving the state of the country. I have appealed to the better nature of our student body to be more supportive of the work Khan has to carry out as a politician.”
Brian, I understand you sympathize with Imran and try to come to his rescu but the biggest problem with him is that in virtually all his statements he has proved to be a Taliban sympathizer. Being a Vice Chancellor of a British University and promoting such regressive agenda is not worthy of a man occupying such a job. It all depends what kind of reputation you want to build. The students have a genuine complaint against him.
IF you stop cherry picking the contents of his statements, you might just figure out what he has been saying. Hope that wouldn't be too much for your brain.
Tell me was it 35 punctures or 36 punctures i seem to forget
By mistake, I wrote ' imran as vice chancellor'. I obviously meant, 'chancellor'.
Imran khan is a Chancellor not vice chancellor and that's not an executive position either which requires his presence their.
The studentd union should also take into consideration, that it was only due to his pressing engaements and an extremely tight schedule, that he wasnt able to attend those ceremonies, Im sure it wasnt intentional and meant to ignore the students, as long as this step is not politically motivated, which looks like, his political activities have nothing to do with occupying the post of chancellor. Im not defending him, but thats the truth, I hope common sense would prevail upon studnts union and its chairman, the gentlemen who tabled it, if its not politically motivated,well thats would itself come out, no matter who so ever denies it. Nevertheless, I hope and would advise Mr.Khan to make his presense available at least once a year for attending these graduation ceremonies,and hopefully this uncalled for and unnecessary motion shall be called off, which is likely to have a negative impact more on Bradford University, rather than Mr.Khan, whosoever has treid to downplay and degrade him.
Sameer A – London
whoever gets success in life, losers get jealous
A man who is promoting madrassahs in pakistan and is chancellor in england of a university shows the hypocrite mind he has.
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