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