Release of Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhary (Ex Vice Chancellor University Of Sargodha)
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Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhary (Ex Vice Chancellor of University of Sargodha), after completing his PhD in “Linguistics specializing in Quran” from University of Glasgow, Scotland returned to Pakistan in 1986. He has contributed / published 24 x research articles in journals of international repute and has supervised more than 19 x M.Phil and 21 x PhD students.
He served as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sargodha from 2007 to 2015 (2 x Tenures). The University with his vision of “Affordable education, politics free environment, emphasis on research and projects of social benefit” changed the culture of the “City of Eagles”. The new born university was ranked 8th in the HEC’s ranking of Universities in “Research output” in 2010. He gave the University of Sargodha, a state-of-the-art medical complex and trauma center, a College of Engineering and Technology, a pharmaceutical industrial unit, a model pharmacy, tissue culture labs and expansion of quality faculty and departments. On his joining in 2007, the total programs in the University were 42 and in 2015 when he retired there were 173 programs. Enrolled students were only 5344 in 2007 that reached 23744 in 2015.
One wonders why he has not been awarded with some Presidential medal for his services in education. But unfortunately, this is not the reward our society gives to devoted, patriotic and upright people. He was arrested by NAB on 8 October 2018 on a complaint letter of 2015 submitted by a close aidie of then MPA Nadia Aziz of PMLN (at that time). MPA Nadia Aziz during 2012, demanded bogus bills of Rs. 53 lac from Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhary (VC) for a defaulter contractor that was denied by Dr. Mhammad Akram Chaudhary after which she and other MPAs started disrupting syndicate meetings and threatened of severe consequences. Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhary always stood firm for the prevalence of merit in the University, even in the face of strong opposition by MPAs and political circles. NAB arrested him without any investigation and after 5 months of arrest gave reference in which no financial corruption or gain has been found against him and NAB has now shifted it to a case of “Misuse of Authority”. This senior and 69 old educationist who has served this nation for 46 years is in Jail from the last six months with nothing proven against him yet. We have reached this conclusion that these corrupt MPAs are more respectful than honest people in our society. Honourable Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhary has lost 15 Kgs ofweight. The political pressure is so strong that even the Courts of Law (High Court and The Supreme Court) are not even granting him Bail.
We request to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Honorable Mr. Imran Khan to take personal interest in this case. This devoted scholar has given 46 years of his life to educate this nation and has no financial allegations against him. He should be heard, freed, and given the chance to prove his innocence. The Prime Minister should meet him in person and listen to his side of story. The truth of education sector would be revealing for him. The Prime minister should prove that an honest person of society who dares to stand in front of the corrupt politicians is more respectful than these corrupt people sitting in assemblies.
We demand Justice and plead to the Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan that Our honest Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhary should be released immediately.
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