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Students fed up with Karachi violence

Students fed up with law and order situation
Karachi, Aug 21: Students at various public-sector universities have bitterly complained about the law and order situation in Karachi that is affecting their education and driving them towards despondency and a sense of purposelessness.

In absence of any notification from the University of Karachi (KU) or other universities, students were left in a peculiar situation on Friday. They knew that the university was open but the absence of public transport or the points of the KU stopped them from coming to the university. Some students who managed to come to their alma mater were greeted by empty classrooms sans teachers.

Sundus Saba and Kamal Ahmed were two such students who found that there cumbersome sojourn to the university, after all, were in vain. "Look sir, we are here after facing many difficulties and the uncanny situation at the city roads only to find that our struggle has gone down the drain. We have five days in a week for studies that too is hardly implemented. Now we are studying only three or four days. How can we cope with the studies, with our credit hours? It seems the university and the teachers and staff are least interested in the academic pursuit of the university. They (KU) have increased the tuition fee but do not try to bring some sort of sanity in the university," bitterness was evident from Saba, a BS third year student in the Science Faculty.

Some students lounging in the Arts Lobby were furious at the government and the university administration. I asked them why were they angry at the KU administration. "Why?" a young student from the English Department spoke indignantly. "They (KU) do not have a clear policy to deal with these situations. They should announce that the university was closed or open and make adequate arrangement for the transport. The university is found lacking on this point. We are least concerned that the governor did or did not announce the closure. The university must have some independence to manage its own affairs, decently," anger was evident in her voice. Other students nod their assent.

Former Dean Faculty of Arts Dr Muhammad Shamsuddin and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mass Communications was present in the department and agreed that the students were rightly indignant and there should be some planning to deal with such situations. "We should try to avoid academic loss like this".

NED University of Engineering & Technology and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) had the same problem and the students more or less voice their concern at the wastage of their academic year in such a way.

In the meantime attendance in the schools and colleges was minimal as the fear; uncertainty compounded by the absence of public transport compelled the students to remain indoors.

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KU chancellor's role sought in Dr Shaheen's 'plagiarism issue'
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will write a letter to Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad seeking his intervention in the issue of plagiarism in which FBISE Chairperson and DG FDE Dr Shaheen Khan is allegedly involved if rules and regulations are not followed in this regard.

According to the HEC sources, the commission has the only option to find a conclusion in the plagiarism issue regarding the PhD thesis of Shaheen Khan that it should seek help from Governor Sindh. "We would ask the governor to play his role in his capacity as chancellor of the university and bind the university to implement the decisions being taken by the plagiarism committee," the source said.

He said that it was a lame excuse that she had forgot to insert inverted commas in not one or two pages but in 100 pages. "If she had taken some selective points from ECO document, it would have been ignored. Copying word to word from some other document without citation is a clear case of plagiarism," he said.

The source said that usually in such cases the original contribution of the candidate was also taken into account and if the original contribution of the candidate was substantial in the thesis, the plagiarized portion could be ignored. "Sometimes candidates just take the material from other documents in order to thicken the thesis but in case of Dr Shaheen Khan, the original contribution is also not substantial," he said.

He ruled out the possibility of sending the thesis to "Board of Advance Research and Plagiarism". He said that the thesis was sent to the board before its approval. "Once the thesis is approved, it could not be sent to the board to review but to the plagiarism committee," he said.

The source also pointed out that usually manipulation was done by the universities when they sent the thesis to an external supervisor for approval. "In case of Shaheen Khan, thesis was sent to an expert of banking whereas the thesis of Shaheen Khan was on political science," the source said.

He said when the universities played such foul games and issued a rubber stamp to their candidates, they made such efforts to hinder the process of verification of the thesis. "Almost all the members of the committee except one or two agreed that she was involved in plagiarism hence action should be taken against her," he said.

HEC Chairperson Dr. Javed Leghari said that according to their information, the members of plagiarism committee came to the conclusion that the PhD thesis of Shaheen Khan was plagiarized. "We would ask the HEC member of plagiarism committee Dr Iqrar who attended the meeting to write the details of the meeting and then we will call KU VC Professor Dr Peerzada to inquire into the findings of plagiarism committee. "If the university would not comply with the decision of the plagiarism committee, we would definitely look for other options," he said.

He said that no pressure had been exerted on KU to declare the degree of Shaheen Khan as fake rather it was the decision of the plagiarism committee that she was involved in the clear case of plagiarism therefore her degree should be declared as fake.

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KU organises walk for flood victims
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Friday organised a walk under the slogan of "Save flood victims of Pakistan".

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi led the walk which was attended by all the deans, faculty members and a large number of students.

Dr Kazmi addressed the event and said that the current flood was one of the most devastating catastrophic incidents throughout the world which had affected more than 14 million people of Pakistan, not only this but it had adversely affected the economy of Pakistan because of which the country had to face long-term effects of it.

She added, "The time has come when we should work for our country fellows without constraints of colour, race and creed.
The KU is playing its part well by running the relief campaign for the victims of flood she said adding that relief goods have also been sent to the affected areas.

The walk was followed by a seminar in which the PVC, Dr Kazmi shared her experience of visiting the far off places of interior Sindh which has received the least aid so far. Students of the Department of Geography showed a well-designed video which depicted the entire system of flood. Anila Kausar showed more than two dozen satellite images of 60 cm resolution which told them about the direction and extent of the flood. The images showed the river pattern of Pakistan and the root of the current flood.

The satellite images showed how worst conditions prevailed at Tarbella reservoir through excessive rains and accumulation of water.

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School donates aid for flood victims
Karachi: Showing the spirit of solidarity and brotherhood, the students and staff of Dawood Public School have donated Rs2 lacs for the flood victims on Friday.

CEO, Dawood Public School, Sabrina Dawood presented Bilquis Edhi a bank draft of Rs.200, 000/- (Two Lacs) collected for flood affectees by the students and staff through donations and a bake sale organised in the school at the function for Independence Day celebration of Pakistan.

Bilquis Edhi was the Chief Guest of the Independence Day ceremony while Mansoob Siddiqui, the Director of Directorate of Private Institutions, Sindh also attended the event.

The students from all the sections performed skits, speeches and national songs with great zeal and fervour and displayed marvelous discipline. The members of staff have donated one day salary for this noble cause. The news

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