Karachi University student groups' clashes
Conflict rife at KU as student groups flex muscles
Karachi, Aug 08: The University of Karachi (KU) remained tense for a couple of
days as activists of two student groups flexed their muscles to show their might
to each other. Thanks to the timely action by the KU administration and the
Rangers personnel, a major clash was averted that saved many
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Pirzada Qasim said that he was
tired of such happenings in the university and would do anything to curb this
trend. He hinted that he would engage teachers and parents of the students to
chalk out some orientation programme that would persuade students to concentrate
their attention towards their education, and refrain from indulging in
activities that cause bad blood among their fellow students.
reference was held at KU to mourn the death of Prof. Dr Shahida Parveen Ahmed,
former chairperson of the Department of Pharmacology. Teachers and students
thronged the auditorium to pay homage to the professor, who, according to them,
built the character of students besides bestowing professional knowledge. The
teachers and the students gathered there reached a consensus that Dr Ahmed was
an elegant, ladylike and motherly figure for her students.
University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) Vice Chancellor Dr
Muhammad Qaiser meanwhile has expressed hope that his university will wriggle
out of what he termed 'college culture' where teachers had limited vision and
culture of research and academic pursuit was put on the back burner.
wrangling between the teachers, non-teaching staff and the administration has
become a regular feature. Sometime ago, a professor in the Pharmacy Faculty
remarked that their (teachers') main concern was merely teaching, and that did
not include dispensation of discipline, morality and overall grooming.
Thankfully the renowned Urdu writer, researcher and critic Dr Aslam Farrukhi,
disagreed – vehemently.
NED University of Engineering & Technology
Vice-Chancellor Engineer Abul Kalam questioned the right of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) to allot rankings to the universities. VC Kalam voiced his
doubts about the role of the HEC while speaking at the recently held Senate
meeting of the university. Many others at different universities echoed his
(Kalam's) remarks, claiming that the role of the HEC is to provide financial
assistance to universities and it should not extend its role beyond
Students at Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology
(SSUET) held a posters' exhibition to highlight their scientific achievements in
the field of Biomedical Technology. Chairman of the department, Dr Haleem, was
all smiles at the exhibition and expressed his sense of fulfilment on the
achievement of his students.
Jinnah University for Women (JUW) began the
new academic session with programmes on environmental awareness and lectures on
different topics. The students also participated in the English debate that
highlighted the importance of a healthy environment for a healthy
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Karachi University Extracurricular activities
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that there will be no extracurricular activity on the
campus till the end of Ramazan. The announcement was made by KU students'
adviser Prof Dr Tanweer Khalid on Friday.
"This is keeping in view the
monsoon and maintaining continuity of classes," he said.
The "practical zone" established at the mass communication
department of the University of Karachi will be inaugurated on Saturday.
The department's chairman, Prof Dr Mahmood Ghaznavi said on Friday that
the KU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui would be the chief
guest of the ceremony, to be held in Dr Feroze Ahmed Institute of the mass
The practical zone consists of radio,
television, audio visual, news, advertising and public relations labs.
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Five students hurt in varsity clash
Hyderabad: Five students were injured in a bloody clash between two
groups of students of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology on
One of the injured is said to be in a serious condition.
It is learnt some differences had emerged between the groups on
organisational matters and the issue was to be resolved in a meeting in the
canteen of the industrial engineering department.
But before the meeting
started, leaders of the groups exchanged hot words which led to the clash in
which fire-arms were used by both sides.
Jeay Sindh Students Federation
(JSSF-Arisar) leader Asadullah Abbasi received serious injuries in the head.
Other injured included Sindh People's Students Federation activists Tahir Arain,
Ahsan Arain, Ali Raza Arain and Irfan Chachar.
The injured were taken to
the Liaquat University Hospital in Jamshoro where another clash took place.
Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Asadullah Abbasi was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where his
condition was reported to be serious. The other injured were shifted to the city
branch of the hospital, Hyderabad, to avert any further clash.
has been operated upon, but he has lost a lot of blood.
source said Abbasi was being shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi.
The university has been closed for Saturday and students have vacated
the hostels and gone homes.A large number of policemen and Rangers have been
deployed at the campus.
Jamshoro DPO Farrukh Bashir is reported to have
decided to an operation in the hostels to look for arms.
A large number
of students belonging to the JSSF (Arisar group) held a protest demonstration at
the main hostel gate and demanded arrest of the attackers.
held a demonstration outside the Jamshoro press club.
They called off
the protest when the DPO assured them that justice would be done. Journalists
who went to the police station for information complained that the police
misbehaved with them.
Addressing a news conference at the press club,
JSSF leaders Sajjad Shar, Hafeez Pirzado and Ameer Hassan Panhwar accused the
Sindh home minister of supporting the attackers.
They alleged that the
attackers were Punjabi-speaking people who under a conspiracy were trying to
destroy the peaceful atmosphere in educational institutions. They said that a
black day would be observed throughout Sindh.
Meanwhile, Sindh People's
Students Federation (SPSF) spokesmen Mir Abdul Razzaq Turrab and Abdul Razzaq
Brohi said that the armed miscreants did not belong to their group, but
were supporters of JSSF-A.
Jamshoro police have registered cases against
the two groups.
Meanwhile, a senior teacher of Mehran University said on telephone that everything had happened in the presence of
law-enforcement personnel who did not intervene.
He said that such
incidents had been regularly taking place at the campus but law-enforcement
agencies were either afraid of the armed students or they did not care.
Chairman of the JSQM-A Abdul Wahid Arisar visited the ICU where
Asadullah Abbasi is admitted and spoke to doctors about his condition.
He protested against the incident and condemned
display of arms in educational institutions.
He alleged that
'terrorists' were being patronised by the ruling party.
He urged the
university administration to take serious notice of the incident and warned of
serious action if the attackers were not arrested within 24 hours. Dawn
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Khuhro promises funds for upgraded CMC
Larkana: Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said the Chandka Medical
College, Larkana, was established by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and was now
being upgraded to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University.
was addressing a ceremony at the SMBBMU Campus, Larkana.
said three stakeholders of the medical university, including teachers, students
and paramedics, were the pillars of the institution. They should ensure service
delivery, he said.
The speaker said when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto established
the Chandka Medical College, Steel Mills, Port Qasim and other major
institutions, he was strongly criticised by narrow-minded people but today these
institutions were contributing to the development of the country.
promised the establishment of a dental and an engineering college in Larkana. He
granted an ambulance for the Cardiology Unit of the CMC, Larkana.
speaker lauded the role of the electronic and print media for highlighting the
problems of poor people. He strongly condemned the fake FIRs and violence
against journalists. The news
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