FC College Terminates Pervez Hoodbhoy Citing ‘Overstaffing’
Forman Christian (FC) College, Lahore has refused to renew nuclear physicist Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy’s contract citing ‘over-staffing’. Reports of his termination have been circulating on social media, but Hoodbhoy told Naya Daur that he will teach a semester at the college before tendering his resignation. His contract for the ongoing month was not renewed and the administration told him that they have to let him go.
Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy has always been a critic of government policies and is well-liked and respected in liberal circles.
It should be noted that Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and essayist. Hoodbhoy graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in electrical engineering and mathematics, followed by a master’s degree in solid-state physics and then a Ph.D. in nuclear physics.
He has also worked as a visiting faculty at various universities, including MIT, the University of Maryland, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Hoodbhoy is also the sponsor of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and a key member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists. Hoodbhoy also won various awards for his performance at different times, such as the IEEE Baker Award for Electronics in 1968 and the Abdul Salam Award in Mathematics in 1984.
He was also awarded the UNESCO Kalinga Prize in 2003 for his efforts to raise scientific awareness among the people.
He was awarded the Joseph A. Burton Award in 2010 by the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers in the World. In 2013, Pervez Hoodbhoy was elected a very important member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory.
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is the author of “Islam and Science: The War of Religious Orthodoxism and Rationalism” and the book is now available in eight languages. Apart from this, two other series were also aired on TV which are related to introducing scientific theories to the general public.
Hoodbhoy is the head of Mashal Books, Lahore and the organisation has translated many important scientific and non-scientific books into Urdu in which the topics of modernism, human rights, and the role of women in society are more prominent.