College students wings clashes
Reports of frequent clashes between students' wings
Karachi, Feb 01: It has been almost three months ago since the then Secretary
Education, Rizwan Memon, directed the Directorate General Colleges Sindh, for
the removal of political flags, wall chalking and placards from the colleges.
However, to date, the directive has not been implemented and colleges all over
the city remain decorated with political graffiti.
The directive came
after reports of frequent clashes between students' wings of various political
parties at local colleges. The Director General Colleges Sindh, Dr Rafique
Siddiqi had forwarded Memon's instructions to the Director Inspection, Professor
Abdul Fatah Wahocho, for further action.
However, so far Wahocho has not visited
a single college to assess the ground situation, it has been learnt. "The
department is busy in the shifting process and inspections will be carried out
soon," Wahocho told this scribe when asked for a comment on the matter.
"The students' wings have no legal rights. There is no law, which allows
or prevents students from conducting political activities in colleges," a senior
official at the Director General Colleges Sindh office, who wished to be
remained unnamed, said.
He added that principals, being the custodians of
colleges, are responsible for the teaching and non-teaching matters at the
college. "If the principals have any issues, then they should write to the
Regional Director, who is the immediate boss," the official maintained.
"Several students have been arrested by police in the recent past for
taking law into their hands, but they used their political resources and got out
of the lockups without any difficulty," the official further added. However, he
denied any political pressure on the principals of the colleges in this regard
and said, "The political parties deal with the concern police stations and do
not interfere with the college's decisions."
However, taking a different
stance, the office bearers of Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association (SPLA)
said that hoisting of party flags and walk chalking inside or outside the
premises of a college is a political matter.
"This is not an
administrative issue and the colleges have no support to curb it. We do not have
any system to address this problem and only the political parties can control
their students' wings. As it is, apart from political activities, these students
have no welfare programme to offer to others," the SPLA representatives
Some colleges have become hot beds of student clashes between
arch rivals and no serious measures have been taking from the authorities
concerned so far. However, the teachers and principals in particular of the
colleges are asked to submit their complaint in writing.
"It's not an
easy job. The teachers and principals face pressure from the political parties
and due to the ignorance of the education department, some students threaten the
teachers and the staffers are left at the mercy of the bullying students," the
SPLA members added.
They however maintained that dealing with such
students would not be a difficult task if there is no political support for such
students and the teachers have support from the authorities in this regard.
It has been witnessed that most colleges are under the control of
political parties or their students' wing. The student wings have huge influence
on those particular colleges and when other political wing(s) try to enter their
'jurisdiction', students' clashes become a routine exercise and often lead to
suspensions of classes.
The violent activities at government colleges
have disappointed serious students and registrations at private institutes have
increased in past few years due to the uncertain situation at public institutes,
"If there is any policy to allow students to make a union than
it would be a better option as compared to the involvement of political parties.
The political parties must decide what they want to do? Are they serious about
the youth and their future?" the SPLA questioned.
The Sindh Teachers
Forum (STF) said that there must be student unions at the colleges, elected by
the students on non-political basis. "At present, parties should be restricted
to displaying a normal sized bill board regarding their activities and they be
allowed to hoist limited numbers of party flags at said places. Also, the
students should not exceed from the given space and they must not interfere into
other business," the STF representatives advised.
The STF representatives
added that law enforcement agencies must be deployed to control law and order
situations at the colleges, maintaining, "The watchmen deployed at colleges have
no role to play in case of clash at the colleges."
minister must restore uniforms and declare it compulsory. Party activists and
terrorists are taking advantage of the lack of uniforms and enter into the
college premises to destroy the peaceful environment to achieve their vested
interests," Sindh Government College Principals' Association (SGCPA)
Misbehaving with teachers and fighting with other student groups
are no more a rare incidents. In the recent past, the education minister has
announced that Rangers would be use to pull down the flags as well as to remove
If the education department follows the practice for a couple of
months then there is chance that youngsters might remain away from the political
activities, SGCPA added. They also suggest that warnings and minor punishments
would also help in maintaining peace at colleges.
There is a need to stop
corruption at grass root level, Rangers or other LAE should be deployed at the
time of admissions, distribution of admit cards and during exams to keep a close
eye on political parties and their activities throughout these periods, they
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DUHS Library block
Karachi: The inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed
library block at Dow University of Health Sciences' Ojha Campus was held on
The chief guest of the event, Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Executive Director Dr Sohail H Naqvi said on the occasion that since its
establishment the commission is striving to develop high-standard educational
and research culture in the country and a library has its prime importance in
achieving the target.
The HEC realises the need of high standard and modern
library and is making huge investment to establish modern libraries, he said.
Dow University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan said
the university had established a large number of high-standard educational and
research institutes in a very short span of time, especially a modern medical
research city at Ojha Campus.
He further said this library will fulfill the
requirement of researchers and students in this medical research city. The
building was constructed at a cost of Rs 110 million while the furniture and
other facilities would cost an additional Rs 40 million.
There would be 388
computers with internet connections which will provide 20,000 medical journal
There would be a reading hall with 100,000 books and sitting
arrangements for 300 students. There is a lecture hall of 150 sitting
accommodation. The news
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PU students protest against IJT violence
Lahore: Members of the Insaaf Students Federation (ISF), a wing of the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), staged a demonstration on Sunday against violent attacks
on students of Punjab University (PU).
Led by Kamil Hameed and Adil Baig of the
ISF central working committee, the protesters condemned the attacks on PU
students by members of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). ISF student activists
carried placards and chanted slogans against the IJT in front of the Lahore
Press Club, calling upon university officials to expel the students involved in
the violence without delay. They also urged the government to arrest those
responsible for the attacks.
The protest by the ISF comes after
three attacks on PU students within the past fortnight; on January 21, IJT
activists attacked Gilgit-Baltistani students, and fired weapons outside their
hostel; on January 26, IJT activists beat students - who were also ISF members -
of the Hailey College of Commerce; on January 28, final year students of PU's
College of Information Technology were attacked by IJT activists at the Old
Campus as they gathered for a group photograph. Daily times
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UAF appointment Case will be sent to chancellor's court
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad administration's
efforts to dispense with the services of 63 employees have failed as a majority
of the Syndicate members have (formally) voted in favour of the appointments and
asked the chancellor to take a final decision, it is learnt.
administration (vice chancellor and his aides) will forward the issue with
complete record like particulars of the recruited employees, recommendations of
selection boards and approval of the syndicate, to the agriculture department
for onward submission to the chancellor/governor. The chancellor will decide the
issue under the University Act 1973.
The 281st meeting of the syndicate
took place with Dr Iqrar Ahmed in the chair on Friday last to decide the fate of
the 63 employees, including professors, associate and assistant professors,
lecturers, deputy registrars and deputy treasurer. They were recruited some two
years ago and the university syndicate approved their appointments on Feb 11,
Sources informed that most syndicate members rejected the
administration's claim that the 63 employees in question were illegally employed
because of ban on hiring during election days. The members, including Dr Anayat
Khan, Islamuddin Shahzad, MPA Hafeez Akhtar (PP-223, Sahiwal) and Dr Tasneem
Rashid, declared the appointments legal and said the university could not
dispense with their services.
Mr Akhtar said at a time when the
government was regularising the contract employees to facilitate them, the
university administration is hell-bent upon showing the door to the employees
who're recruited after fulfilling all legal formalities.
members forced the UAF administration to urgently convene a meeting. Sources
said when Dr Ahmed placed the matter at the meeting and called for voting on the
issue, these seven members voted in favour of retaining the employees by
declaring their appointments legal.
As six other votes were against the
appointments, the vice chancellor used his casting vote against the 63 employees
to keep the issue in the hands of the university. They said a two-member
committee of the Punjab government had already interrogated the matter and found
The members said the appointment of 63 employees was
approved by the syndicate in the presence of a Lahore High Court judge and
representatives of different government departments. However, they said, none of
the participants in the meeting objected to or quoted any ban by the government.
An additional secretary, Khalid Awais Ranjha asked the VC to send the
matter to the Punjab government. All members, who had earlier gave dissenting
notes, except Javed Hassan (who did not attend the meeting), favoured Mr
Ranjah's stance and asked the chair (VC) to refer the matter to the provincial
A nominee of the finance department said the UAF was bound
to follow the directions of the government which was funding it. Reacting to it,
sources said, a syndicate member blasted that "then the university act should be
They said the VC insisted that the issue should be solved at the
university level, assuring the employees that no injustice would be done to
UAF spokesman Dr Jalal Arif said the issue would soon be sent to
the chancellor. Dawn
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Punjab Higher Education Council
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department's move to set up the Punjab
Higher Education Council (PHEC) is being seen as a positive
Nonetheless the department needs to incorporate views and
suggestions from stakeholders for comprehensive and better handling of
challenges the Council is likely to face in days to come.
among public as well as private universities of the province related to student
intake, fee structure, examination system, legislation, statutes, rules, and
regulations had always been a great concern of stakeholders as these areas
seemed to be ignored by the federal government's Higher Education Commission
At present, the PHEC has representatives from all public sector
universities of the province while private universities have only four members.
Out of these, two are permanent members and two are elected.
sector had objected to the composition of the council, saying all public sector
universities should be members of the PHEC.
Academic circles are of the
view that the new council would help eliminate the growing disparity in the
field of higher education.
Interviews for the posts of
vice-chancellors (VCs) of three public sector universities of the province were
held last week.
The VC Search Committee interviewed of candidates vying
for the slots of VCs of Government College University (GCU) Faisalabad,
University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Taxila, and Islamia University
Candidates expressed concern over the
interview process, saying each candidate was interviewed for almost five
minutes. A candidate said the VC Search Committee did not ask candidates to
share with it their vision for improvement of universities. "Instead their focus
was merely on present assignment of candidates," he regretted.
pertinent to mention that preference of foreign degree holders over local degree
holders by the VC Search Committee has also worried the stakeholders.
City Education Services UK has launched a new initiative
Oxbridge Institute of Higher Learning" under which classes have started for
students eager to travel abroad for studies. The soft launch ceremony was held
the other day in the main market, Gulberg campus for candidates of IELTS, TOEFL,
GRE and GMAT.
Director of the institute, Haider Ali Khan, introduced the
audience to the concept behind the new initiative, salient features of the
programme and the cutting edge strategies being imparted in
The Board of Governors of Oxbridge consists of retired members
of judiciary, vice-chancellors and civil service. It is a registered centre for
IELTS with British Council and will also offer degree programmes in areas such
as Business, Finance and Computing, in collaboration with Edexcel, and other
reputed British universities.
The launch ceremony was attended by
youngsters and students and professionals from eminent fields of life, who
termed the institution a worthy addition to the rich academic culture of the
provincial metropolis. The news
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Doctors, role models
Lahore: Nine out of 10 doctors during the 1960s were considered role models, but
today the number has reduced to a mere half, King Edward Medical University
(KEMU) Vice Chancellor Professor Zafarullah Khan said on Sunday.
addressing a seminar – Doctor as a Role Model – organised by the university's
Kemcolians Forum at the Library Hall. He said the decline in the number of such
role models was due to the increasing communication gap between students and
teachers at medical institutions. He said the number of seats at medical
institutions should be reduced so that teachers are able to pay proper attention
to each student.
Former KEMU principal Dr Khawaja Sadiq said a true role
model possessed a charismatic personality and prevented clashes from taking
place. He said one does not need to be a high achiever to be called a role
model, adding doctors held special positions, as they are capable of helping
people in tragic situations.
Professor Dr Jehangir Alam said
doctors had lost their traditional prestige due to differences among themselves,
adding that there should be a system of check and balance to streamline things.
"Do unto others as you wish others to unto you", truly defines role models in
the medical profession.
He said experienced doctors needed to set examples of
dignity and fair play for the next generation of doctors. He opined that the
opening up of private medical colleges had proved to be a setback to the medical
Popular gynaecologist Dr Rashid Latif said doctors always
have high expectations from the next generation, but never analyse what medical
students are going through. He said there were nearly 120,000 registered medical
practitioners and each one practicing in a local area was serving as a role
model for the community. He said he regretted the recent media reports of deaths
due to doctors' negligence, adding that it did not mean the entire doctors'
community consisted of "black sheep".
Dr Saad Malik said today doctors
had become dealers instead of healers. He said senior professors "behaved like
kings" in a class, but "stood like beggars" before a section officer from the
Health Department. Daily times
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