Dr. Bandukda returns to TIP

It was very heartening to read all the comments of protest and condemnation following the disturbing events at the campus last week. As some of you may know by now but the Board of Governors of TIP invited me to re-join as President and I am pleased to inform you that as of last Friday, I have taken charge.

TIP is a very unique institution and this can only be understood by students and faculty who over a period of time have grown to know it and love it as their second home. Although TIP can boast about the beautiful campus facilities, it is the spirit of ‘community’ which gives it the strength to weather all storms.

I have come back to TIP at a very critical juncture as it struggles to maintain its identity under severe financial constraints. However it is my belief that together we can all revive our institution back to its glory but for this I need your help and support. Through this blog, I appeal to all former and present students of TIP to come forward and give their suggestions as to how we can secure a sustainable future for TIP. You can email me on zbandukda@yahoo.com and it would be a pleasure to meet group of alumni to discuss this urgent matter at any convenient time and place.

Finally, as for the untimely termination of number of staff members few days before my joining, on my request the Chairman NTF has agreed to convene a TIP Board meeting soon after Eid holidays to be chaired by our Chancellor to review this matter.

The Eqbal Ahmad Award

Eqbal Ahmad

Many students and faculty members at TIP are unaware of the towering personality of our first Chancellor, or how fortunate we were in having his guidance in our formative years.

Eqbal Ahmad was a scholar, a columnist, and a political activist. But above all, he was a teacher whose wisdom and insights influenced two generations of students. He had the great gift of listening to all those who came into contact with him. His aim was always to change and improve society, and to better the lives of the underprivileged. In a collection of his interviews published under the title ‘Confronting Empire’, he spoke forcefully of the need for nations to chart an independent path. Continue reading “The Eqbal Ahmad Award”