NED University honours Murad Ali Shah with Alumnus Award

Karachi, December 20, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the power of placing regulatory authorities under concerned ministries lies with Council of Common Interest (CCI) but surprisingly the prime minister took this decision by ignoring input of the provincial governments. “I would take up this issue with the prime minister and right now I am recording my protest.” This he said while talking to media just after attending and receiving distinguished alumnus award and giving away Research Excellence award at NED University today.

He said that transfer of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to concerned ministry was put on the agenda of the CCI meeting but Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had opposed it in writing and Sindh had also expressed serious reservations, therefore it was not taken up. “Today I have learnt that five regulatory authorities, including OGRA, PTA, FAB, PPRA have been transferred and given under the administrative control of their respective concerned ministries.

“When a ministry would control a regulatory authority how it would be able to regulate its assignment /functions independently,” he said and added therefore people instead of redressing their grievances at the level of regulatory authorities would go to the courts of law. “This decision would indulge people and institutions into litigation,” he observed. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that through media he records his protest against the decision and would also write a letter to the prime minister against the decisions.

Replying to a question, the chief minister brushed aside the impression of sending IG AD Khowaja on forced leave said that he had applied for leave which he has approved. As far as the issue of transferring an officer and posting another one was the prerogative of the provincial government. “The officers who are promoted to Grade B-21 are competent enough. I don’t promote them but the selection board recommend their promotions and are approved by the prime minister,” he said.

Talking about provincial Higher Education Commission, the chief minister said that he was going to make it more effective. “It was a new body and there were some issues with the federal government on the provincial HEC for which he was seeking the advice of other provinces and this organization would be made functional, effective and would play important role for promotion of higher education, in the province,” he said and added that he would take share of his province from the federal HEC.

Replying to a question about federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar, he said that he was doing his work. “Let him say whatever he says about me, my government or our party. I don’t have much time to waste in unproductive issues,” he said. Earlier, the NED University had organized an impressive ceremony of awarding distinguished Alumnus Award to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah who had done his Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in civil from there.

The Vice Chancellor of NED presented the award to the chief minister and lauded his educational career in which he has not only shone his name, name of his family but the name of the university. The chief minister as chief guest of the ceremony gave away Research Excellence Award to Prof. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, the Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The chief minister on behalf of the university also wore him gold medal in recognition of his research work.

Addressing the gathering, the chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah recalled the golden days of his studentship, hostel life, canteen, class rooms, friends and teachers at the NED University. “The days were so beautiful and full of fun, enthusiasm and joyful,” he said and added that he had never been good at engineering drawing but his teacher not only taught him the subject, the practical work and the confidence for which “I shall always be thankful to him,” he said.

Recalling the canteen of NED where he used to have his lunch and dinner said the lavishness of his lunch or dinner was always linked to the strength of his pocket. “No matter even if the strength of the pocket was weak but life was full with joy,” he recalled.

He named his class fellows, including Prof Sarosh Hashmat and said “today he has turned to be an scholarly man and has published more than 90 research papers in leading international publication and has won best research award, gold medal,” he said and added in lighter mood “today I am jealous with him – he has attained the climax of his academic career may God succeed him more,” he said. Earlier, when chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reached NED University he was received by Vice Chancellor and other professors of the university and the children greeted the chief minister by presenting with a bouquet of flowers.

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