LAHORE:18 November: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman, Dr Javaid Laghari said that the HEC was facing a deficit due to the non-availability of funds from the Finance Ministry and that if the ministry would pay Rs 7.1 billion to the HEC, then this deficit could be overcome.
He was talking to journalists on launching ceremony of his book, titled “The Wizardry of Leadership” at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor, BeaconHouse National University (BNU) Vice Chancellor and former federal minister Sartaj Aziz and Kinnaird College Principal Dr Rukhsana David were also present on the occasion, while the vice chancellors of various universities, educationists and senior journalists also attended the function.
Dr Laghari further said that the HEC believed in a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism in the theses of teachers and that if any university was found favouring plagiarists, the HEC would take stern action against it. On a question about the Research Committee appointing vice chancellors, he said that senior intellectuals were members of this committee and that the HEC had no reservations over it. Talking about fake degrees, he said that the HEC’s work was to verify degrees and that all degrees would be verified on merit without any political pressure.
Talking about his book, Laghari said that the book used the art of storytelling for imparting leadership lessons to the youth, which had been a phenomenon since ancient times. He added that the stories, predominantly speaking of the age old battle between good and evil, were read by both the young and old and opened the vision of readers to a myriad of thought processes and affected their personalities in the most unobtrusive ways. “The leadership stories revolve around Harry Potter, which has become a classic in children literature, based on lectures identifying hundreds of leadership attributes from the wealth of knowledge available, the book summarises them down to seven main leadership traits or “potions of wizardry”: ambition, confidence, charisma, empathy, creativity, valour and honour,” he said.
He added that the book was not just one where one learned leadership secrets from the Potter books and other short stories, but was much more than that. Each leadership trait was supplemented with stories of great leaders from Pakistan and around the world who had demonstrated similar traits.
In his book, role model leaders, whether politicians or philanthropists, in business or in arts, and exhibiting similar characteristics, are identified so that the reader can correlate the leadership quality of a wizard like Harry to that of a great leader. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, Abdus Sattar Eidhi, Imran Khan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Sadequain are some of the examples given in the book of role model leaders in their respective fields.
VC BNU Sartaj Aziz in his address said that Laghari had presented a handbook of leadership for the youth. He said that Lahgari had used a brilliant idea to relate this book with the story of Harry Potter and that it had hundreds of ideas to guide youth and student on different stages in their lives.Daily Times.