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Lawlessness at KU | Lyari medical college

Lawlessness at KU as political parties rule the roost
Karachi, Dec 06: The security situation on Karachi University campus has been a major source of concern for its teachers and students for the last many years, but it has now become graver mainly because of the administration's failure to control lawless elements reportedly operating with the active support of political parties.

The university administration has no clue to the whereabouts of its chief security officer for the past 15 days, who had been hired on a hefty salary a few months ago reportedly without any transparent procedure, according to sources.

Perturbed over the continued absence of the chief security officer, the KU registrar has recently issued a show-cause notice to the person in question. No response has yet been received.

Student activists go off scot-free
A number of incidents that have taken place over the past one week provide a glimpse into the sorry state of affairs on the campus - for the first time in the KU history a group of student activists stormed into a selection board meeting being attended by senior university staff, including the vice chancellor, and got it called off because their candidate got failed in the test and was not short-listed for an interview.

They also forced the entire staff of the administration block to shut down their offices.

The university administration got under so much pressure after the incident that it postponed all selection boards meetings and hiring programmes scheduled in the week. The campus security adviser also resigned the same day.

On Sunday, the university announced to rusticate two students and debarred another from the university on charges of kidnapping attempt and torture, respectively.

But it failed to take any step against the students who disrupted the selection board meeting. Reportedly the student group has the backing of a political party currently part of the ruling government set-up. Also, no relief was provided to an ad-hoc teacher who was beaten up by two students at the Islamic learning department.

Theft cases on the rise
Over the last one year, around 36 cases of theft, including that of equipment, vehicles, cash, cables and cellphones, have been reported on the campus.

The theft incidents occurred at departments as well in the residential area. Stolen equipment included solar panels from the microbiology department and computers from the pharmacy department.

Teachers who fell victim to robberies in their houses included Prof Dr Wasimuddin (statistics department), Prof Dr Mudassiruddin (pharmacy faculty), Shahnaz Qazi (Islamic learning department), Kulsoom Kazi (social work department), Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal (Urdu department) Dr Rahila Tabassum (zoology department) and Khalid Jamal (computer science department).

Teachers' cars have been smashed and damaged in broad daylight in the campus parking area.

The lawlessness on the campus also relates to the unruly non-teaching staff who, according to teachers, has become a "mafia".

"The non-teaching staff backed by political unions is a power within itself. You cannot say anything to them because they would simply refuse to work. The non-teaching staff at the microbiology department has not been working for almost a year because of a conflict with the department chairperson," a teacher said.

Senior teachers hold the administration responsible for the whole mess on the campus.

They say that the administration has surrendered to the increasing political influences which have given way to massive corruption in the university affairs.

Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan, KU pro vice chancellor and also the incharge of the university security, said that some disciplinary actions had already been taken while the vice chancellor had called a meeting on Monday to discuss a long-term strategy on security issues.

"We are planning to set up a committee with all stakeholders to evolve a long-term solution to security problems. A security plan would be made after the discussions," he said, adding that the university would take strict action against all students involved in any offence.

Dr Khan admitted lapses in the security system and said often students were not punished because of their political backing."I will recommend that the administration talks to political parties patronising student groups because only then we could find a lasting peace on the campus," he said.

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KU rusticates two students, suspends another
Karachi: The University of Karachi has rusticated two students for being involved in a kidnapping attempt while another student has been debarred from the university till the university's disciplinary committee recommends any further action in his case.

According to a KU press release, Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the KU vice-chancellor, has taken a serious notice of the recent two incidents in which an employee of the admission cell was beaten up by a student while in the other incident two students tried to kidnap a student.

The students involved in the kidnapping attempt were apprehended by Rangers personnel and an FIR was also registered against them.

"Noman Haider Siddiqui of the faculty of pharmacy and Badrul Hasan Hashmi of the sociology department involved in the kidnapping incident have been rusticated. Both were evening programme students.

Munir Baloch studying at the sociology department has been debarred till the university's disciplinary committee takes further action.

The student tortured an employee of the admission cell," says the KU press statement.

The record of Munir Baloch has also been sealed and the student wouldn't be allowed to sit in the semester exam. Strict action would be taken against students found involved in threatening or harassing any university staff, the statement adds. Dawn

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BSc exams
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that the BSc part-I and II annual examinations will commence from Monday (Dec 6). The exams will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Mondays through Thursdays and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Fridays.

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5-day KU art exhibition opens
Karachi: An exhibition of artworks by the graduating class 2010 of the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi commenced on Saturday.

Department head Durriya Kazi said some 50 students from the Design and Media Arts, Fine Art, Industrial Design and Textile Design are exhibiting their final projects at the show, which will continue until December 8.

The students of the Department of Architecture would be displaying their work on December 11, she added.

She said this degree show was a popular event as potential employers, families of graduating students and other students get an opportunity to see the original designs and artworks put on display. app

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KU organises workshop
Karachi: The Department of International Relations, Karachi University (KU), in collaboration with the Hans Seidel Foundation, Islamabad, will hold an international workshop on Conflict Transformation and the Challenge of Peace at a local hotel on December 6 and 7, 2010, at 9.30am. The Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqi, will preside over the inaugural session and Prof. Dr Shahana U. Kazmi will preside the concluding session of the workshop. The news

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'Lyari medical college to start functioning next month'
Karachi: The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical College (SBBMC) in Lyari will start functioning in Jan 2011 and in this regard the college administration has taken all necessary steps with regard to educational facilities.

This was stated by principal of the college Professor Iqbal Memon.

Mr Memon said that he had sent summaries pertaining to the appointment of faculty heads for the approval of the authorities concerned.He expressed the hope that he would receive a positive response, adding that then things would move in the right direction.

After the due approval of faculty heads, he said, the admissions policy of the college would be announced. He was confident that the process would take a month.

The principal said that he had made necessary arrangements for the conduct of classes, adding that he could not see any hindrance in this regard.

The SBBMC was formally launched by President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi on Jan 28 at the Chief Minister's House.

The process of admissions was due to start in February, but it was delayed because of bureaucratic red tape.

The college was described as a "gift for Lyariites" by President Asif Ali Zardari, the PPP co-chairperson, in recognition of their great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy in the country and their decades-long struggle against dictators to propel the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in power.

The establishment of the college was supposed to be completed on a top priority basis as the infrastructure required for a medical college was available within the Lyari General Hospital (LGH).

Since the project was fully supported by President Zardari, arrangements were made swiftly to accommodate the first batch of students in the Ayaz Sammo Nursing School, which was established in the vicinity of LGH in 1989 and inaugurated by the then prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

A sum of Rs50 million had been spent on the rehabilitation of the LGH building to ensure proper education, training and health facilities for a large number of stakeholders.

There was also a suggestion that the hospital, the medical college and the nursing institute should be integrated in a manner that the whole institution takes the shape of a medical complex.

The facilities and services should be upgraded to the extent that the institution could become a university and be named after Benazir Bhutto.

According to the college principal, the planning and initial phase of the construction was over. And the applications for enrolment of the first batch would be called with the announcement of the admissions policy. Dawn

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