Prof. Dr. Mirza Jan, Vice Chancellor, Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak
Prof. Dr. Jan's Profile
Prof. Dr. Mirza Jan (مرزاجان) was born in a small village Gurgura of South Waziristan. After getting his basic education from Govt. Primary School, Poye Khel, he went for further studies to Govt. Degree College No-1. Dera Ismail Khan. For higher education, he joined Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore to do his M.Phil. and PhD degrees in Mass Communication.
Dr. Jan has several national and international publications on his credit. His articles are mainly related to media effects, such as public opinion & political socialization, internet and social involvement, globalization of Mass Media, Peace Journalism and Conflict Reporting, Political Terrorism under the Flag of Media, and Islamic Communication Theory.
Initially, Dr. Jan joined department of Communication and Media Studies, Gomal University, D.I. Khan as a Lecturer and made remarkable contribution to his department. Later on he also served as chairman of the department of Communication and Media Studies, Gomal University, D.I. Khan. In 2013 he joined Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak as Professor of Communication and Media Studies and started working as the Chairman of the department of Communication and Media Studies from October 2013 to July 2016. In July 2016, he became the first Pro Vice Chancellor of Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak. In January 2017, he became the acting Vice Chancellor of Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak. During his relatively short span of Vice Chancellorship from January 16, 2017 to 14 June, 2017, he was able to expedite several projects simultaneously. The most important of them was the issue and conflict of land acquisition for the construction of the university ‘s main campus.
Soon after his taking over the charge as Vice Chancellor on 2017, Dr. Jan addressed aforementioned serious issue of land acquisition for the construction of university. It was a bone of contention due to the regional politics, but Dr. Jan confidently overcome the issue with his strong negotiation and Jirga skills. He succeeded in bringing the local representatives, the district administration and concerned Govt. department on one page and thereby resolved the long awaited issue of land acquisition. He did this difficult task in a relatively short span of few months. It was a big decision to release an amount of 450 million to district administration for payment to the land owners. Ultimately the university acquired more than 500 Kanal land on the prime location of the district on the main Indus Highway. The action was lauded highly by the 9th Syndicate of the University.
Had Dr. Jan got a little more time, he would have been able to start the construction of the university on the acquired land. In May 2017, after the appointment of regular Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jan resumed portfolio of Pro Vice Chancellor. Unfortunately, the process of construction sedated for the next one and half year till the March 2019, when Dr. Jan took again the charge as Acting Vice Chancellor for the second time. To keep up the similar pace of his first tenure, Dr. Jan breathed new life into the dormant project of the construction and within a very short span of two months, he started the building works by bravely subsiding issues raised by the locals around the site initially. At last on march 28, 2019 the construction at the main site started with the building of energy centre. It was the HEC/CDWP approved project worth Rs. 564.260 million that remained unimplemented since its approval in October, 2017.
Within the existing campus, Dr. Jan expedited similarly pending projects.
Utilizing the HEC’s project pertaining to “Strengthening & UP-Gradation of Universities of Backward Areas, Dr. Jan has felt the intense need to strengthen the Laboratories of various departments. he extends every help and support in this regard.
The idea of Campus radio that he was initiated as chairman of the department of Communication and Media Studies has also been materialized. Similarly, the campus Television project has also been launched at the media lab of the university.
The dynamic and motivated leadership of Dr. Jan has revolutionized the academic life and administrative environment of the university. He has a clear vision to seek solutions to the problems and has strongly discouraged the red-tapism and does not leave any project or proposal lying pending.