Imran Khan's role at Bradford University is defended

Imran Khan's role at Bradford University is defended

Imran Khan's role at Bradford University is defended

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

The Vice-Chancellor of Bradford University has mounted an impassioned defence of its Chancellor Imran Khan after a student motion was lodged calling for him to stand down.

Next month the University’s Student Union will vote on the motion which demands the international cricketer turned politician steps down due to a “neglect” of his duties to attend recent graduation ceremonies.

But Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor has stood by Mr Khan.

The last time Mr Khan, leader of the opposition party PTI in the Pakistani National Assembly, attended a graduation is believed to have been in 2010. The motion was raised by law student Mohsin Tanveer, and will be voted on at a union meeting on Monday, March 10.

Mr 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.”

Prof 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 Imran 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 Imran 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 Imran has to carry out as a politician.”

A union spokesman said it could not comment on the motion until it is discussed at the council meeting.

Mr Khan is the fifth Chancellor in the university’s history, having been appointed in 2005.

The university website says the Chancellor’s role is to confer degrees twice a year.

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8:52am Tue 25 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I think quite a lot of chancellors are not that accessible on a regular basis.

I'd be interested to learn the political leanings of the people who want him to stand down. Knowing the large number of overseas students at Bradford Uni, I wouldn't be surprised if this is more political than anything.
I think quite a lot of chancellors are not that accessible on a regular basis. I'd be interested to learn the political leanings of the people who want him to stand down. Knowing the large number of overseas students at Bradford Uni, I wouldn't be surprised if this is more political than anything. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 13

9:13am Tue 25 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

if he is not paid and its just a token title i do not see a problem.
if he is paid then its different.
lots of celebs get token university roles.
if he is not paid and its just a token title i do not see a problem. if he is paid then its different. lots of celebs get token university roles. tinytoonster
  • Score: 0

10:41am Tue 25 Feb 14

Albion. says...

While I agree with the other comments I think it would be better to have someone who is more accessible, lives in this country and isn't over-burdened with events overseas.
While I agree with the other comments I think it would be better to have someone who is more accessible, lives in this country and isn't over-burdened with events overseas. Albion.
  • Score: 15

11:07am Tue 25 Feb 14

danbarker says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
I think quite a lot of chancellors are not that accessible on a regular basis.

I'd be interested to learn the political leanings of the people who want him to stand down. Knowing the large number of overseas students at Bradford Uni, I wouldn't be surprised if this is more political than anything.
As for the motions being put towards the union council, they're based on what people have read in the last lead of the Bradford Student (Imran Khan't, and as the editor of the paper and writer of the article I think its a great piece which you should go out and read if you're ever on campus.)
The article just pointed out his lack of attendance and we worked out the ones he wasn't there for etc and wrote about it, asked the VC and so on.
Anywhere, as for Mr Tanveer his political affiliation is a bit odd. For ages he was his biggest fan and then all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago he changed to the complete opposite of it and seemed to hate Imran Khan. It was really quite odd. So his is a political stance is confusing at best.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I think quite a lot of chancellors are not that accessible on a regular basis. I'd be interested to learn the political leanings of the people who want him to stand down. Knowing the large number of overseas students at Bradford Uni, I wouldn't be surprised if this is more political than anything.[/p][/quote]As for the motions being put towards the union council, they're based on what people have read in the last lead of the Bradford Student (Imran Khan't, and as the editor of the paper and writer of the article I think its a great piece which you should go out and read if you're ever on campus.) The article just pointed out his lack of attendance and we worked out the ones he wasn't there for etc and wrote about it, asked the VC and so on. Anywhere, as for Mr Tanveer his political affiliation is a bit odd. For ages he was his biggest fan and then all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago he changed to the complete opposite of it and seemed to hate Imran Khan. It was really quite odd. So his is a political stance is confusing at best. danbarker
  • Score: 3

12:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Reality50 says...

Makes me wonder at times if Bradford seems less bothered about Britain and more bothered about Pakistani issues at times. These students should be concentrating on their studies instead.
Makes me wonder at times if Bradford seems less bothered about Britain and more bothered about Pakistani issues at times. These students should be concentrating on their studies instead. Reality50
  • Score: -6

4:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Mr 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.”


So do these dumbass students think it's easy making a 3000 mile journey every couple of weeks?

And who's going to pay for the flights ?
[quote]Mr 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.”[/quote] So do these dumbass students think it's easy making a 3000 mile journey every couple of weeks? And who's going to pay for the flights ? The Hoffster
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mohsin Tanveer says...

danbarker wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
I think quite a lot of chancellors are not that accessible on a regular basis.

I'd be interested to learn the political leanings of the people who want him to stand down. Knowing the large number of overseas students at Bradford Uni, I wouldn't be surprised if this is more political than anything.
As for the motions being put towards the union council, they're based on what people have read in the last lead of the Bradford Student (Imran Khan't, and as the editor of the paper and writer of the article I think its a great piece which you should go out and read if you're ever on campus.)
The article just pointed out his lack of attendance and we worked out the ones he wasn't there for etc and wrote about it, asked the VC and so on.
Anywhere, as for Mr Tanveer his political affiliation is a bit odd. For ages he was his biggest fan and then all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago he changed to the complete opposite of it and seemed to hate Imran Khan. It was really quite odd. So his is a political stance is confusing at best.
Its not political motivated ! He has failed to perform his duties he should go and the time is now!!!
[quote][p][bold]danbarker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I think quite a lot of chancellors are not that accessible on a regular basis. I'd be interested to learn the political leanings of the people who want him to stand down. Knowing the large number of overseas students at Bradford Uni, I wouldn't be surprised if this is more political than anything.[/p][/quote]As for the motions being put towards the union council, they're based on what people have read in the last lead of the Bradford Student (Imran Khan't, and as the editor of the paper and writer of the article I think its a great piece which you should go out and read if you're ever on campus.) The article just pointed out his lack of attendance and we worked out the ones he wasn't there for etc and wrote about it, asked the VC and so on. Anywhere, as for Mr Tanveer his political affiliation is a bit odd. For ages he was his biggest fan and then all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago he changed to the complete opposite of it and seemed to hate Imran Khan. It was really quite odd. So his is a political stance is confusing at best.[/p][/quote]Its not political motivated ! He has failed to perform his duties he should go and the time is now!!! Mohsin Tanveer
  • Score: -2

7:55pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Got to say that I've been surprised that this subject hasn't been raised before now. As this isn't a job/position for life, I belief people have the right to question Mr Khan's position, democracy in action. Be interesting to see how this pans out. Bradford University seems to have moved forward under Mr Khan's chancellorship, but there may be others ready to lead the University.
Got to say that I've been surprised that this subject hasn't been raised before now. As this isn't a job/position for life, I belief people have the right to question Mr Khan's position, democracy in action. Be interesting to see how this pans out. Bradford University seems to have moved forward under Mr Khan's chancellorship, but there may be others ready to lead the University. bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

7:56pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

I wonder what his thoughts are on his ex wife's relationship with Russell Brand? Interesting character Jemima as is Russell for various reasons some more obvious than others.
I wonder what his thoughts are on his ex wife's relationship with Russell Brand? Interesting character Jemima as is Russell for various reasons some more obvious than others. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -5

8:38pm Tue 25 Feb 14

lazybeat says...

He has made a tremendous difference in investment and researchers looking to Bradford University since he entered his role. If he can no longer maintain the position then he should step down. On the positive thank you for the help.
He has made a tremendous difference in investment and researchers looking to Bradford University since he entered his role. If he can no longer maintain the position then he should step down. On the positive thank you for the help. lazybeat
  • Score: 2

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