SHC issues notices to DUHS
Karachi, Aug 2: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday issued notices to the
vice chancellor, registrar, controller of examination and principal of the Dow
University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on a petition of a student against his
rustication by the university administration.
Mohammad Usman Tariq, a
final year MBBS student at DUHS, submitted that the university administration
had all of sudden increased the examination fee of first year MBBS from Rs2,100
to Rs2,500, which created unrest among the students of the university in general
and the students of first year MBBS in particular.
He said the students
of the DMC staged a peaceful protest against the fee rise, and a delegation of
students including the petitioner had a meeting with the VC sort out the
The petitioner submitted that on July 21, when he visited the
office of the principal, a security guard manhandled him and threatened to kill
him at the behest of Vice Principal Qazi Irshad.
He said that on July 23,
the principal, without serving any notice, charge sheet or personal hearing,
rusticated him from DMC for a period of one year by issuing a memorandum
The petitioner's counsel Sarwar Mohammad Khan contended that the
impugned order issued by the respondent is illegal as it failed to appreciate
the valuable rights safeguarded by law under the Dow University Disciplinary
Act. He submitted that the impugned memorandum was issued on the recommendation
of the Executive Committee instead of the Disciplinary Committee in violation of
the DUHS Act.
The court was prayed to declare the university's memorandum
with regard to rustication illegal and without lawful authority and suspend it
till the disposal of the petition. The SHC's division bench, after preliminary
hearing issued notice to the respondents for August 7 to submit their
comments. The news