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Highlights:

  • Taliban dismissed PhD holder Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Osman Baburi and appointed Muhammad Ashraf Ghairat, a BA degree holder in his place
  • 70 teaching staff of the Kabul University, including assistant professors and professors, resigned
  • Taliban officially changed the name of a government University in name Burhanuddin Rabbani to Kabul Education University

On Wednesday, the Taliban dismissed Ph.D. holder Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Osman Baburi and appointed Muhammad Ashraf Ghairat, a BA degree holder in his place. Thereafter, nearly 70 teaching staff of the Kabul University, including assistant professors and professors, resigned in an attempt to protest against the decision.

Furthermore, the appointment of Ghairat as VC in the country’s biggest university located in Kabul raised multiple objections on social media. Critics have also resurfaced a tweet by Ghairat in the past year where he justified the killing of journalists. The move also received criticism from some Taliban members who noted that there were more eligible people than him, as reported.

According to reports, it is asserted that Ghairat has been working in the Ministry of Education under the previous government. He was the head of the assessment body of universities of IEA in the southwestern part of Afghanistan.

On Monday, the Taliban officially changed the name of a government University in name Burhanuddin Rabbani to Kabul Education University. The University was named after Burhanuddin Rabbani, former Afghan President and founder of Afghanistan’s second-biggest political party after he was killed in a suicide attack in his home in 2009.

An official directive issued by the Ministry of Higher education remarked that universities are the intellectual assets of Afghanistan, thereby they should not be named after political or ethnic leaders. The directive added that lingual, regional, and ethnic discrimination have prevailed in Afghanistan in the past two decades.

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