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Karachi University violence | KUTS boycot

Uneasy peace at KU
Karachi, Dec 14: An uneasy calm prevailed at Karachi University as students or others responsible for the recent wave of violence on the campus remained unpunished on Saturday.

According to sources, members of rival student organisations are still active on the campus, heightening concerns of students and teachers.

The university has also rescheduled the semester examinations. They will now start on Dec 20. External exams, however, will continue.

Clashes between two student organisations - the Imamia Student Organisation and the People's Student Federation - on the campus recently resulted in injuries to six students in two days while a teacher also got injured on Friday as he tried to save a student in a classroom when the student was attacked and badly beaten by members of a rival student group. Dawn

Speaking to , teachers expressed the concern that the dispute that arose over some cheating issue might assume a sectarian colour and there was a need to defuse the tension.

They urged political parties to forget their "short-term gains" and stop patronising students at educational institutions.

They said that the violent incidents over the past two weeks on the campus were yet another reminder of "the increasing hold of various pressure groups on academic and administrative affairs".

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Three more hurt as violence at KU continues
Karachi: The University of Karachi remained in the grip of violence on Friday as two students were tortured by a rival student group in separate incidents while a teacher was also injured when he attempted to save one of the students in a classroom.

In response to the violence on the campus, the Karachi University Teachers' Society has announced that it is boycotting all the work related to exams for an indefinite period till the university ensures improvement in the security measures.

The KU administration has also postponed all papers scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday.

The aptitude tests of BS computer science/software engineering and MBA scheduled for Sunday have also been put off.

According to sources, trouble started at the sociology department when a group of students stormed into a classroom in the morning where a semester examination was under way and gave a hiding to a student.

Dr Ghulam Mohammad Burfat, a teacher at the department, tried to save the student and got slightly injured in the process.

The student, thrashed with sticks, ended up with fractures.

The teachers doing the invigilation work at the department at that time claimed that they immediately approached the Rangers personnel deputed at the site, but the latter did not come to the rescue of the former. The examination being held at the sociology department was cancelled.

A former student of the KU was also beaten up near the administration block.

Soon after these developments, the KU teachers' society called a meeting of its executive members and passed a resolution according to which no teacher would participate in any work related to exams till the administration ensures restoration of law and order on the campus.

According to the resolution, "the security situation at the university is grave and the society believes that teachers could not risk their lives and get involved in academic activities in highly tense conditions. The administration must take immediate measures to bring normality on the campus."

The KUTS members appreciated what they called the "courage shown by their colleague Dr Ghulam Mohammad Burfat who tried to save a student from a mob".

Later, Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the KU vice chancellor, held a meeting with KUTS representatives, which was also attended by top administrative officials of the university, including the pro vice chancellors, the registrar and the student adviser.

Representatives of the student organisations involved in the violence on the campus also met the vice chancellor.

The situation remained tense at the administration block throughout the day.

According to a KU press statement, the vice chancellor had directed strict action against students found involved in "sabotaging academic environment".

Special instructions were also issued in the meeting to Rangers to take immediate action against any student found either disrupting academic peace or indulging in any criminal activity.

Student groups trade barbs
The representatives of the People's Student Federation (PSF) and the Imamia Student Organisation (ISO), the two organisations involved in the recent violence on the campus, blamed each other for the breakdown of law and order and accused the KU administration of going "soft on offenders".

"Our colleague received serious injuries on Friday after he was subjected to torture by members of the Imamia Student Organisation. The dispute which started over a cheating incident has now turned into open violent activities, but no remedial measures have so far been taken by the administration," said Basharatullah of the PSF.

Similar allegations were made by Khadim Hussain, the ISO coordinator at KU, who said that their organisation was open to any dialogue with the hostile group.

"Every action has a reaction. The violence is continuing because the administration is not willing to take any offender to task. But we are open to any measures for reconciliation," he said.

Both the student organisations had got FIRs registered against each other at the Mobina Town police station.

No arrest, however, has been made.

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Four students wounded in KU clash
Karachi: Four students were wounded in a clash between two groups at the arts faculty of the University of Karachi on Wednesday.

According to sources, the students belonging to rival groups hit each other with sticks and stones. Later, they went to the administration block and caused damage to property.

The Rangers posted at the university fired in the air to restore peace, the sources said.

"Some activists entered the library at 4pm and forced students and the KU staff to leave, saying that there is tension on the campus. Later, we heard gunshots and ambulance sirens for a while," a KU student said.

The clashing activists also smashed windowpanes of an ambulance and a car parked near the administration block, the sources said, adding that the walkthrough gates installed there for security checks were also pulled down.

Eyewitnesses saw some of the activists carrying sophisticated firearms near the canteen area.

No FIR was registered nor was any arrest made till the filing of this report. None of the reportedly wounded students sought treatment at the KU clinic and, therefore, the nature of wounds could not be ascertained.

Dr Nasiruddin Khan, the KU pro-vice chancellor, confirmed the incident and said that the situation had since been controlled.

"Two student groups fought over some matter and when they entered the administration block, we called out the Rangers," he said, adding that he couldn't identify the student groups at the moment nor could give any details about the bone of contention.

"I don't have complete information at the moment but what I can tell you is that we are going to carry out an investigation into the incident. We will then submit the inquiry report to the vice-chancellor, who is expected to return to the office after a day," he said.

It is worth mentioning here that the law and order situation on the campus has been deteriorating for some days mainly because of the increasing influence of political parties in the administrative and academic affairs. The fact that only last week a number of violent incidents took place on the campus speaks volumes about the state of the university's affairs. For the first time in the KU's history, a selection board meeting under way in the vice-chancellor's office was forced to put off its further proceedings by a group of aggressive student activists.

In the other incidents, a teacher was beaten up at the Islamic learning department while two students tried to kidnap another student. An admission cell staff was also beaten up by a student.

Though the university rusticated the students involved in the kidnapping attempt and debarred another for beating up the admission cell employee, it failed to take any action against those responsible for the disruption of the selection board meeting.

According to a KU announcement, the university will remain open on Friday and all papers will be held as per the schedule. Dawn

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ISO vs PSF at KU: One more student wounded
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) postponed semester examinations scheduled for Friday as conflict between KU's student organisations continued on the second day.

KU spokesman said the new dates for the postponed papers would be announced later.

In the continued clash between the People's Students Federation (PSF) and the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO), one more student, ISO's Aftab, was wounded on Friday.

Activists of both organisations attacked each other with iron rods and stones. Following the clash, PSF activists reached the Mobina Town police station and demanded to lodge an FIR against ISO activists.

SHO Abdul Sattar Thal said that the FIR could not be registered due to incomplete medical report.

Police sources said PSF activists vandalised the police station as well as the SHO's mobile phone when the FIR could not be registered.

Police registered FIR No 611/10 under Sections 147, 148, 149, 427, 506 and 337/A against ISO's Abbas, Qasim, Mehdi, Arif, Hyder, Waqas, Atif and Ashfaq on the complaint of PSF's Syed Hussain.

Unrest: Lawlessness is increasing day by day at the KU, while the authorities and the administration have completely failed in overcoming the situation as outsiders continue to enter the university without hesitation and disturb the environment.

During another clash between PSF and ISO activists on Friday, Asst Prof Dr Ghulam Muhammad Burfat sustained injuries while rescuing a student. Incited students also treated female teachers in a derogatory manner.

KU has been facing a series of undesirable situations because of influential students. Since the last few days, the environment at the university is very tense. The process of selection of teachers was forcefully brought to an end, KU Pro-Vice Chancellor (VC) Shahana Urooj was threatened, and armed clash took place on Thursday and Friday. However, no strict action has been taken yet by the university's administration.

"I heard scared voices of female teachers and students when I entered my department. I rushed to the spot where I saw a group of students severely beating up a student with sticks and rods. I tried to rescue the student and, resultantly, received several strikes on my legs," Burfat said.

It is pertinent to mention here that no representative of the administration reached on the scene despite calling them several times. Eventually, Burfat took the injured students to a local hospital with the help of his colleagues.

Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad said the university administration was responsible for the ongoing situation. He said the Dow University of Health Sciences and the NED University, which are situated near KU, maintain peace in their premises.

The pro-VC said Rangers personnel did not take any action during the clash because they had no permission. "Now we have issued them orders to maintain the law and order situation in the university," she added.

She said there was a shortage of Rangers personnel at the university, but the administration had decided to appoint private security guards immediately to stop outsiders from entering the premises. Daily times

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VC takes serious notice of incidents
Karachi: Vice Chancellor Karachi University Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has taken serious notice of the incidents at the Campus during the past two days. Immediately after his return from abroad on Friday, he called an emergent meeting at the Campus, an official of the institution said. Two pro-VCs, Director Evening Programme and Students Adviser attended the meeting. Pirzada Qasim also asked the Students Adviser Dr Mansoor Ahmed to urgently identify the students responsible and submit an inquiry report. According to the VC the students should work to keep the environment of the Campus peaceful. He warned that stern action will be taken against those students who will be found involved in sabotaging the academic environment of the university. The VC said that all those people/students who disrupted the exams would be treated strictly. The university official also pointed out that special instructions were issued to the Rangers, according to which, they are allowed to take immediate action against any student who will be seen disrupting the peaceful academic environment in any means or found involved in criminal activity. app

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College teachers supervise exams at KU
Karachi: Senior college teachers supervised the ongoing examinations for external candidates at Karachi University on Monday amid a boycott of university teachers.

The Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) had boycotted the exams for an indefinite period following students' clashes on the campus last week.

Six students were injured while a teacher was hurt during the conflict between members of the People's Students Federation and

the Imamia Students Organisation.

The KU administration postponed the varsity's semester examinations till Dec 20 while making a decision to continue with the external exams.

KU Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Nasiruddin Khan said that the university had to engage college teachers to conduct the BSc and MBBS exams on the campus on Monday in view of the boycott by the varsity teachers over security concerns.

"We hired around 22 senior teachers, mostly retired, for the external exams which went smoothly today. The administrative officials of the university were also involved in the process," he said, adding that the vice chancellor might call a meeting with KUTS once they reviewed their decision.

About the exams' boycott, KUTS Secretary Dr Shakeel-ur-Rehman Farooqui said that a meeting of the executive council had been called on Tuesday that would formulate a strategy over the teachers' concerns related to security and the exams' boycott. Dawn

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Karachi University conducts BSc examination peacefully
Karachi: University of Karachi on Monday conducted the examination of BSc in a peaceful and academic environment. An official of the institution said that the teachers conducted the invigilation. He maintained that due to strict security measures, the students felt secured while giving the exam. Not a single incident of lawlessness or lapse of security took place, the official added. Pro-Vice Chancellors Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi and Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan and all the Deans kept monitoring the examination centres throughout the exam, it was further pointed out. app

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KU admission forms submission date
Karachi: Director Center of Excellence for Women Studies of Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah has announced that the admission 2011 forms could be submitted till Dec 10 (today) for BS (four-year programme) and BS (three-year programme) in Women Studies Department. Meanwhile KU's Director Evening Programme Prof Dr Abuzar Wajdi announced on Thursday the aptitude test for BS computer science/software engineering admissions would be held on Dec 12 at 10am, while aptitude test for MBA will take place on Dec 12 at 2pm at the university. ppi

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KU announcement
The Examination Department, University of Karachi (KU), will accept examinations forms and fees of B.A, B.Com and B.O.L till 10 and 11 December 2010. Earlier, KU had mistakenly announced 7th December as last date to submit examination forms of the above mentioned categories.

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KU results
The Controller Examinations, Karachi University, has announced the results of MA, Political Science (Previous) external annual examination, 2009. According to the result, 887 candidates were registered of whom 796 appeared and 518 passed, while 278 failed.I The controller of examinations of Karachi University (KU), Prof Javed Ansari, has announced that candidates of BA and BCom, regular (new and failure cases), can submit their examination forms till December 13 without any late fee for the annul exams-2010. The candidates have been advised to contact their college principals for further details. The news

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Admissions to BS, Master's programme at FUUAST
Karachi: The forms for admissions to BS and Master's (morning programme) at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) can be submitted up to Dec 11. An official of the institution said on Tuesday that the forms are available at the University Road and Baba-i-Urdu branches of National Bank, United Bank and Allied Bank and the Nazimabad and Malir City branches of National Bank.

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MBBS Final Supplementary Exam result announced
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday announced the result of MBBS Final Professional Supplementary Examination 2010. In all, 36 candidates appeared in the examination and of these 22 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 61.11. A KU statement said that marks certificates are being issued. app

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