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Strike at Sindh colleges on SPLA call

SPLA strike in favour of their demands
Karachi, Aug 18: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) said it observed a complete strike in colleges of Sindh on Monday, bringing all the academic and non-academic activities to a standstill.

Teachers protest meetings were held at many colleges and they passed resolutions in favour of their demands. The meetings criticised the provincial government for not regularising all ad-hoc lecturers.

They demanded posting of what they described as education-friendly officers at the provincial education department.

The protesting teachers vowed to continue their protest till the regularisation of all ad-hoc lecturers teaching at various government colleges of Sindh for the last five years, and issuance of notifications regarding problems faced by college teachers.

SPLA central leaders Prof Athar Hussain Mirza, Prof Himat Ali Pitafi, Prof Muzaffar Ali Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Mohammad Aazmi, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Shafqat Jokhio, Prof Ayub Marri, and Prof Manzoor Chajro in their joint statement congratulated college teachers for showing unity and observing a complete strike throughout the province.

They wondered how ad-hoc lecturers practically teaching in colleges for the past five years could be now described as unqualified teachers by the education department.

The SPLA leaders said that college teachers despite serving in BPS-19 for the past 10 years were yet to be promoted to BPS-20.

They said that a departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting for promoting lecturers from BPS-17 to BPS-18 was held on March 30, 2009, but a relevant notification was yet to be issued.

They regretted that because of the retirement of senior teachers, colleges in Sindh were facing an acute shortage of teachers. However, the bureaucracy was least concerned about the future of students of government colleges, they added.

The education department also had no data regarding the posting of librarians and directors of physical education (DPEs), they said, adding that there was no service structure for college librarians and DPEs under which they could be promoted to the next grade.

The SPLA leaders said that no college teacher appointed on the Sanctioned New Establishment (SNEs) had been promoted under the four-tier formula during the last five years.

They said the education department had promised to resolve the problems of college teachers promoted from BPS-18 to BPS-19, but despite the passage of three months no step had been taken in this regard.

They said that the bureaucracy in the provincial education department was bypassing all the rules and regulations and if any teacher tried to resist their 'illegal' orders, he or she was transferred as a punishment.

The SPLA leaders vowed that college teachers of Sindh would oppose and resist all illegal steps of the provincial education department.

In this regard SPLA would hold a meeting in Hyderabad on Wednesday to chalk out their plan of action, they announced. Ppi

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Position holding students in DHA honoured
Karachi: A ceremony was held at the Defence Housing Authority's (DHA) main office to honour the students of DHA educational institutions who secured top positions in various examinations at the University Level. Administrator DHA, Brig Khalid Tirmizi, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The administrator congratulated the students on their splendid academic achievements and advised them to concentrate all their intellectual and creative capabilities towards the service of the nation.

Brig Tirmizi said that the distinguished students were the pride and asset of the nation. He told the students that great expectations were associated with them and exhorted them to excel in their respective fields of interest.

DHA Degree College for Women Phase-VIII made a mark by clinching all the top three positions in BSc (Pass) Annual Examination 2008 of the University of Karachi. The students of the college Asma Hanif, Muneeza Quddus and Mehreen Muhammad Iqbal secured first, second and third positions respectively in the university exam.

Ayesha Muneer of the same college secured first class first position in BA (Final) Exams 2008 of Karachi University while Humera Amin excelled by securing first class second position in BCom Exam 2008 of Karachi University. Aena Rizvi of Defence Authority Public School (O&A Levels) excelled in A/S level law in Cambridge System of Exams.

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Talent show held at KU
Karachi: The Department of Mass Communication at the University of Karachi (KU) organised a 'Talent Shop' to commemorate the International Youth Day on August 12.

A poster design and story-writing competition was part of the event. Junaid Pevaiz, Maha Ali and Bushra Khalid acquired the first, second and third positions respectively in the poster competition, while the story-writing competition was won by Urooj Malik and Syeda Jaisha.

The participants of the competition were awarded certificates by the Dean Faculty of Arts, Professor Dr Muhammad Shamsuddin, also the Chief Guest of the event. Later, a theatre performance followed the certificate distribution ceremony. The story of the other winner will be published in The News' weekly youth magazine, US.

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Govt, private colleges issued show-cause notices
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has issued show-cause notices to 70 of its government-run and private affiliated colleges and higher secondary schools whose less than 20 per cent students passed the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Class-XII Annual Examinations-2009 for Science (Pre-Medical) Group.

According to a press release issued by the BIEK on Monday, notices issued by the intermediate board chairman to heads of the educational institutions concerned stated that the overall result of Class-XII Pre-Medical group remained 51 per cent while results of the colleges in question remained highly unsatisfactory.

The notice reminded the college principals and heads that the rules of the intermediate board had provision for disaffiliating or suspending the affiliation of colleges and higher secondary schools showing results less than a bare minimum ratio in any of the intermediate exams. The news

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