LAHORE: Government College University (GCU) has allegedly refused to renew the contract of a Political Science professor over his “political conduct” in the classroom, media reports emerged on Thursday.
Zaighum Abbas broke the news through a Facebook post, which suggested that his contract was not extended because he “cultivated a culture of dialogue and engagement, and taught my students to question everything which had been fed to them”.
According to Abbas, he was “verbally” informed of the decision. “After four years of service to GCU, the administration didn’t even have the decency to provide written notice of termination,” he said.
He went on to say that he was accused of being “political” and “vocal against the issues faced by students and teachers on campus”. However, Abbas did not disclose the nature of the issues.
“I want to state proudly that I invited my students to be open, rational and taught them to engage in critical debates. I cultivated a culture of dialogue and engagement and taught my students to question everything which had been fed to them. These were the activities that the myopic men on campus could neither digest nor tolerate,” the teacher said.
While highlighting his teaching career at the university, he said: “During my past four years as a lecturer at GC University, I loved my job so much that I elected to live away from my family in Gilgit, believing that at least I was contributing something meaningful to society and the country at large.”