KU VC - Restore peace or quit
Restore peace or quit, governor tells KU VC
Karachi, Dec 22: Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, being perturbed at the law and order
situation and mismanagement at the University of Karachi (KU), has asked
its vice-chancellor to bring normalcy to the campus or be ready for his
departure from the university.
The stern warning from the
governor to VC Prof Pirzada Qasim was given after a marathon meeting at
the Governor's House on Tuesday. The meeting that began at 3:00 pm
continued till 7:00 pm.
The governor candidly told the VC that
the KU, like other universities, had to be cleansed from political
influence or else he would be fired.
Dr Khan, accompanied by his
Principal Secretary Mumtaz Ur Rahman and Special Secretary Major (retd)
Aftab Lodhi, told the vice-chancellor in plain words that the situation
on the campus had reached the saturation point and any new disturbance
there would lead to his last day in office.
The KU authorities
have miserably failed to maintain peace on the campus, where clashes
between rival groups of students have affected the academic atmosphere
for quite sometime. Thousands of students are bearing the brunt of these
clashes, which have caused frequent postponements of semester
There seems to be complete security collapse at the
university as the administration is wilting under the political
pressure. The KU even postponed its Syndicate meeting scheduled for
Wednesday because there was no surety that it would not be disrupted by
The dismal situation that has been wasting the
precious time of students emerged after the student wing of a political
party posed threat to the selection board for Mass Communications
teachers because a candidate who allegedly enjoyed their support had
failed to qualify.
A similar thing happened at a meeting of the
selection board for the recruitment of teachers in the Political Science
Department when students from the same group caused disruption after
their candidate could not clear the interview.
Security Adviser Dr Khalid Iraqi, who was known for taking quick action
to avoid any disturbance at the campus, had to resign as he was not
allowed by the KU administration to take firm action against the
hooliganism by a section of students. The selection of Captain (retd)
Zahid Maqsood as KU security chief, who had applied as a retired major,
became controversial and he had to go since he could not gain
recognition from anyone at the university.
In the meantime, a
students' alliance, comprising students from the Imamia Students
Organisation (ISO), the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), the People's
Students Federation (PSF) and the Punjabi Students Association (PSA),
protested against the policies of the VC and the Pro-VC for failing to
control the situation.
The KU administration then appointed
Siddique Naveed as Campus Security Adviser. The alliance reacted angrily
to his appointment as Naveed was a member of a party. The KU
administration removed him from the post. A notification in this regard
is still awaited.
Vice Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim and Pro-VC
Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi chose to stay away from the university on Monday.
Another Pro-VC, Dr Nasiruddin Khan, is reported to be in Saudi Arabia
for performing Umrah.
President Karachi University Teachers
Society Dr Abid Hasnain said that their concern about the
pathetic security system at the KU had proved true because they (KUTS)
had agreed to conduct the ongoing examinations but the university
administration backtracked from its promise to remain firm against any
Another KUTS official, who wished
anonymity, remarked: "We (KUTS) had agreed to conduct the examinations
despite knowing that the VC and his army of incompetents were offering
us a cosmetic surgery but the administration failed yet again. It is
very embarrassing for us at the university and it seems as if there
exists no administration at all at the campus." The news
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Students stage protest against KU move
Karachi: The highly volatile situation at Karachi
University took a new turn on Tuesday morning when a group of angry
students locked the administration block and staged a sit-in for nearly
five hours to protest against an "administrative decision" taken a day
earlier reportedly by a pro-vice-chancellor under pressure by their
A university spokesperson had earlier announced that the campus would
remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday after activists belonging to one
of the student groups stormed the campus security office and went on
Despite the university's closure, the activists of rival students
group reached the campus on Tuesday morning and staged a protest against
the "transfer" of the senior campus security officer and the
appointment of an official in his place who they alleged had sympathies
with the other group.
While the protest continued for five hours, the students' adviser met
representatives of all students groups, the sources said, adding that
the students agreed to end their protest when they got the assurance
that the university administration would take into account their
There was no official word on the meeting.
The sources said that there was consensus among all student groups in
the meeting that the university should be opened and exams conducted,
while the disputed matters be settled by the vice-chancellor.
The sources added that pro-vice-chancellor Prof (Dr) Shahana Urooj
Kazmi had issued the transfer letters of senior campus security officer
Mohammad Asif and deputy registrar general Mohammad Abid late on Monday
night when members of the students' organisation refused to end the
blockade of the administration block till their demands were accepted.
No KU official was available to confirm if the two officers had been transferred.
The students' organisation had accused the campus security officer of
allowing a rusticated student into the university and demanded that the
pro-vice-chancellor get registered an FIR against him as he had beaten
up a university employee.
It is worth noting that violence has marred academic activities at
the campus for many weeks causing postponement of exams and the next
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Confusion over KU closure
Confusion prevailed over the university's closure on Tuesday as
different statements were issued to the media outlets by the
university's public relations department.
In a text message sent to journalists on their cellphones at 12.19am,
it was said that the KU registrar had announced that the university
would be closed on Dec 21 and 22 for all purposes. However, another text
was sent to journalists at 2.27am stating that papers would be held at
the university (Tuesday and Wednesday) but administrative offices would
stay open (on both days).
A few hours later, some channels aired the news that the governor had
taken notice of the KU situation and the notification for the varsity's
closure had been withdrawn.
However, the university did not issue a statement on any fresh
development regarding the university's closure and it is being presumed
that the campus will remain closed on Wednesday.
Senior KU teachers regretted what they called a major embarrassment
caused by the administration for failing to come up with a single
version on the closure of the university. It was unfortunate that
university officials avoided the media, they said, adding that better
communication was necessary to avoid speculation on the campus
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Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, who is the chancellor of
public-sector universities in the province, met KU vice-chancellor Prof
(Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui at the Governor's House and directed
him to ensure continuation of exams at the university campus.
The governor also asked the vice-chancellor to take strict measures
against those who had disturbed academic activities on the campus.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor apprised the governor of the prevailing
situation at the campus.
Principal secretary to the governor Mumtaz-ur-Rehman and special secretary Aftab Lodhi also attended the meeting. Dawn
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KU professor selected for Comstech Award
Karachi: The Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation (Comstech) has
selected Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Centre
for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU),
for the Comstech Award-2010 in recognition of his services in the field
This was stated by the ICCBS spokesman on Tuesday.
He said that the award would be conferred in the Comstech General
Assembly meeting to be held on January 11-13, 2011. President Asif Ali
Zardari will present the award to Choudhary.
The award recognises
the best chemist through a merit-based competition between the
scientists of 57 organisations of Islamic countries.
Chancellor KU Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim, and Coordinator General
Comstech Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rahman congratulated Prof Choudhary on his
Prof Choudhary has written 24 books and more than 600 research papers that have been published internationally.
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Call for change in pattern of exam papers
Karachi: Position holders from nine different faculties of the intermediate level, the
heads of those institutes whose students have earned positions in the
annual examinations, the examiners themselves and the chairman of the
Board of Intermediate Education Karachi all attended the first meeting
of the Students' Educationalists Syndicate (SES) on Tuesday.
of the syndicate received a number of suggestions from position
holders, which would be considered by examiners and the heads of
colleges in the next meeting.
The SES had been established a couple of months ago to improve the examination system and the quality of education in Karachi.
The Chief Guest at the event was the Sindh Minister for Information Technology, Raza Haroon.
minister appreciated the board's effort and said that initiatives taken
by it would discourage the 'cheating mafia' and students from
adopting unfair means. Raza Haroon also believed that the newly
introduced examination pattern would encourage students to study harder.
He believed including the top position holders into the
policy-making process was a remarkable step and that the establishment
of a system such as the SES is unique.
"I would like to give my
support to this syndicate and provide it with all the required
platforms," Raza said. The minister said that suggestions made by
students would go a long way in solving the problems they faced.
also said that if the concerned stakeholders decide to implement the
suggestions made by this syndicate, the changes would take place in
Haroon suggested that the syndicate should be expanded
to a national level as he believed that students are capable of pointing
out flaws and weaknesses in the examination system.
the syndicate suggested that minor changes should be made to examination
papers. The position holders suggested that more multiple choice
questions should be added to the examination papers.
speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of the BIEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai
believed that the syndicate would prove to be a better platform for
students to highlight problems in the examination system. He encouraged
members of the SES to give suggestions for those areas that required
"Members of the SES would submit their
suggestions a week before meetings, so that everyone has the time to
gather the relevant knowledge on issues tabled by other participants,"
said Ahmed Zai.
Later on, top position holders of arts,
commerce, pre-medical, pre-engineering, home economics and computer
science group, who had received shields, named after Shah Abdul Latif
Bhattai, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Mullana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Pir Illhai
Bux, Pir Sabghat Ullah Shaheed, Mullana Hasraat Muhani, Mullana Zafar
Ali Khan, Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Sadquain, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan,
and Qaisar Hussain Khan Bakhtari, delivered speeches on the
personalities. The news
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CPSP to hold 44th convocation for southern region
Karachi: College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSP) will hold its 44th
Convocation for the southern region of the country, on Wednesday
(today). According to CPSP announcement on Tuesday, about 268
Fellowships (FCPS) and 161 Memberships (MCPS) in various specialties
will be awarded to the successful candidates on the occasion. app
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