KU teacher's torture OR cheating case
KU treats 'teacher's torture' as cheating case
Karachi, Feb 11: A meeting held at Karachi University (KU) on
Thursday to discuss an incident of torture on a teacher during the BCom
examination stopped short of taking into account grievances of the victim, who
accuses the university administration of complicity with culprits.
According to a KU press release, the meeting presided over by Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui was informed by Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan, the
pro-vice chancellor, that the student involved in the incident had been barred
from entering the examination centre while his case would be dealt as a case of
'using unfair means'.
The meeting decided that the student's result would be withheld until the
filing of a final probe report by the committee investigating the matter.
Anwar Rajput, a teacher at the Jinnah Govt College for Boys, Nazimabad, was
beaten up allegedly by a group of student activists while he was performing his
duties as an invigilator for BCom exam at the KU mass communication department
The invigilator was thrashed when he reprimanded a student for using his
cellphone during the paper.
The teacher alleged that he received no help from Rangers and the university,
which, instead of preparing a report on the incident of torture, made it a case
of using unfair means.
The Rangers also didn't take the student into custody so that the exact
information about the other activists, who thrashed him, could be ascertained,
The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), strongly supporting Mr
Rajput's case, demanded resignation of Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan accusing him of
indulging in corruption and "being a source of maladministration on the
The association also demanded immediate intervention by the governor,
chancellor of all public-sector universities in the province.
According to sources, the student at the centre of the episode led the group
that subjected the teacher to torture. He appeared to be a former
the mass communication department who operated with the support of a political
party, they said.
The incident has once again raised questions over the capability of the
university to hold external candidates' examinations on the campus in a peaceful
atmosphere when it is finding it difficult to run its own administrative and
academic affairs smoothly owing to constant interference from various student
Around 30,000 students have been visiting the KU campus to take their BCom
papers these days.
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KU accused of taking sides in 'teacher's torture' case
Karachi: An invigilator for BCom
exams at Karachi University, who was recently thrashed by a group of students,
has blamed the campus administration for showing complicity in the
Anwar Rajput, a teacher at Jinnah Govt College for Boys in
Nazimabad, alleged that that the KU vigilance team "prepared a report at their
whims and took no action against the student whose sympathisers tortured
The invigilator was beaten by a students' group during the ongoing exams of
BCom at the KU mass communication department where he was performing his
Sources student that the student was not allowed to take the exam after the
Speaking to Dawn , Mr Rajput said that he was thrashed by student activists
after he had warned a student against using his cellphone during the exam. "I
reprimanded the student who had not put his cellphone on the silent mode
according to my instructions and was constantly talking over it. He misbehaved
with me when I warned him the second time and took away his phone. In the
meantime, a group of five to six students arrived and asked me to send the
student to some other place on the campus for the exam. Upon my refusal, they
misbehaved with me and then thrashed me. I received no help from KU's security
staff," he said.
Mr Rajput alleged that the Rangers refused to intervene in the situation on
the grounds that they could only act on the orders of the KU vigilance team.
He said: "The activists left the department after beating me, but the student
on whose call they had come was still there. While the Rangers refused to take
the student into custody till an official request was made by the KU vigilance
team, the officials who arrived on the scene let the student go. Besides, they
didn't take into account my grievances while preparing a report of the
According to Mr Rajput, the team prepared a report of "use of unfair means"
while he was pleading for "a case based on charges of misconduct and
Unsatisfied over the KU's response, Mr Rajput wrote a complaint and handed it
to the chairperson of KU's mass communication department. His note of grievance
along with his clothes that got torn during the thrashing episode was later sent
to the KU controller of examination, the sources said.
Mr Rajput's stance was wholly backed by the Sindh Professors and Lecturers
Association (SPLA) that held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the
SPLA seeks governor's intervention
The SPLA demanded intervention of the governor in the matter and resignation
of Prof (Dr) Nasiruddin Khan, the pro-vice chancellor looking after KU's
security affairs, alleging that he was involved in corruption and
maladministration on the campus.
"The malicious intentions of KU officials were evident from the fact that
they didn't take into custody the student involved in the incident, though the
victimised teacher identified him. Dr Nasiruddin must resign," said SPLA General
Secretary Prof Iftikhar Azmi, adding that the resolution would be sent to the
director-general of colleges and the provincial education secretary.
Prof Azmi said that Dr Nasiruddin Khan was once removed from the post of KU's
controller of examinations on corruption charges but now had been made a
pro-vice chancellor. "This is very unfortunate. The appointment of two pro-vice
chancellors is also against the university's rules and regulations. Our
representatives on the KU academic council would meet the vice chancellor soon
and apprise him of their grievances," he said.
Expressing regret over the university's deteriorating law and order
situation, Prof Azmi said that the university officials must take a cue from the
adjacent NED University of Engineering and Technology being run smoothly. "Why
are all troubles for Karachi University? The KU's vice chancellor is a silent
spectator to all the wrongdoings on the campus while the quietness on part of
the chancellor is beyond common comprehension," he remarked.
While Dr Nasiruddin Khan was not available for comments despite repeated
calls, KU officials refused to talk on the issue arguing that only Dr Khan was
authorised to comment, citing that he was dealing with these matters. Dawn
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Mehfil-e-Milad held at University of Karachi
Karachi: The Officers Welfare Association, University of Karachi
(KU) on Wednesday organised a Mehfil-e-Milad. Speaking on the occasion, KU VC
Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said that the greatest personality of
history is Holy Prophet (PBUH). "His teachings, actions and deeds have set
examples for a balanced practical life. His preaches have an element of
universality through which he delivered the message of mutual love, tranquility
and patience. These qualities are also needed in these days," he said. Dr
Fareeduddin Qadri and others speakers said that the basic aim of organising this
sacred ceremony was to pay rich tributes to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and to
recall his message. The speakers said: "We have left the preaching of the Islam
far behind that is why we are facing severe socio-economic and moral problems. Daily times
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KU, Rhode Island University ink accord
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) and the
University of Rhode Island (USA) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) to establish productive cooperative relations between the two
institutions. The KU has signed this memorandum on behalf of the International
Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry
and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research). The aim of
this MoU is to develop the academic and cultural interaction between the two
institutions in education, research, and other areas of mutual interest. The news
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Sindh may compel schools to admit vaccinated children only
Karachi: The chief minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on Thursday said that the government had
been considering a law which would bind the schools to admit only those children
who had been vaccinated against polio and hepatitis.
He said this while
chairing a meeting at the CM House to review the "CM's initiative for
It was decided to extend the hepatitis-free Sindh
programme for another three years, according to hepatitis control programme
chief, Abdul Majeed Chutto.
Talking to The News, Chutto said under the
extended programme, schoolchildren would be vaccinated against hepatitis. He
said this initiative would be extended to 44 taluka hospitals and 47 rural
health centres. The meeting also gave approval for recruitment of staff for 74
hepatitis control centres.
Dr Chutto said the meeting decided to approach
the Centre for provision of share to Sindh under the Prime Minister's programme
against hepatitis as health department was being devolved to the province
following implementation of 18th Amendment. Chutto said the PM's programme was
worth Rs13 billion.
Meanwhile, a handout issued by the CM House said that
the meeting underlined the need to create awareness among masses about causes
and remedial measures against Hepatitis B and C.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah
informed that the draft law for regulating hospitals prepared by Sindh Health
Department was also under active consideration and necessary decision would be
The chief minister expressed his satisfaction on progress
and achievement on implementing the Hepatitis programme. He appreciated that the
Health department had achieved more targets than fixed for the
Syed Qaim Ali Shah stressed the need to encourage
precautionary and preventive measures on Hepatitis.
Earlier, the Sindh
Health Minister, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, and Health Secretary, Hashim Zaidi,
highlighted the progress made in the Hepatitis programme.
Majeed Chutto in his detailed briefing said that the chief minister had taken
steps to launch the programme in the year 2008-09 at the cost of Rs2.9 billion.
He said that the goal was to prevent the acute infections, addressing
the chronic infections, raising the public awareness, changing the policy
environment and health system strengthening.
He said that 1,135,000
individuals, 139,843 high risk population, 775,000 newborns and 18,439 inmates
were vaccinated against Hepatitis-B and 1.5 million syringes were provided to
public sector hospitals during the period 2008 to 2011.
He said that
four molecular biology laboratories had been established in Karachi, Hyderabad,
Larkana and Mirpurkhas.
Besides, 80,000 patients had been treated
against Hepatitis-C, 500 against Hepatitis-D and 1,261 treated in jails, he
Dr Chutto said that during the floods, 23 camps were established
in 13 affected districts of Sindh and 94,000 people were vaccinated in the
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NED students clinch award for promoting oil industry
Karachi: Four students of the Petroleum Engineering Department
of the NED University made headlines internationally when they clinched the
honorable title of "Ambassadors for Pakistan" from the Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPEI) International. The team got praise for their year-long hard
work for the promotion of oil and gas industry and launching an energy awareness
programme across educational institutions of the country. The Global Team
consists of M Turab Mehdi (team leader), Syeda Hassan (Coordinating Officer),
Tabinda Saeed (task manager) and Muneeb Burney (presenting officer).
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MUET working to help rural students realise their potential
Karachi: The Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) admits a large number of tudents
from rural backgrounds, and helps them realise their potential. And these
efforts have been fruitful.
MUET Vice-Chancellor Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan
Rajput says the university's contribution can be gauged from the fact that at
present the heads of many power generating firms in the country are MUET
"Yes students from rural areas do not have more opportunities
to show their talent as compared to the students belonging to the urban areas,
but they are fertile as far as their brain is concerned," the VC says while
talking to The News. "We have developed research culture here, offering all the
facilities to deserving students and teachers. We believe that no university can
nurture talent in isolation," he added.
"There is a need to
commercialise the potential of the students belonging to rural backgrounds so
they may give input in the country's development."
The VC said:
"Universities in other countries contribute more substance in the national
policymaking process, but here this culture is yet to be developed. Otherwise,
we have potential. We have competent professors who can provide their expertise
in the policy designing to make the system sustainable and productive. We want
the government to provide a chance to the teaching staff and students of the
MUET for this cause. We can support the government in the fields like water
management, improving irrigation system, promoting agriculture and energy
Talking about energy generation and needs, Dr Rajput says,
"There is no check on how the power sector is losing energy through illegal
means. There should be a proper mechanism to check and save this facility. We
have also potential to generate more resources."
"The MUET now is ranked
as second in the country. This is because we charge limited fees as per the
affordability of students, who mostly come from rural communities. We receive
larger numbers of students from catchment areas and work more.
believe that every poor student in this era must have a computer so they may
benefit and be productive. We were advised to raise fees, but we said that since
students we are receiving cannot afford to have two meals a day properly, we
should not put extra burden on them in the name of fees and other extra charges.
No we believe that we are playing a key role in educating poor students, who may
lead the country in future. We see potential among the students and want to
commercialise the same through sustainable and better education."
said that now their demand was that the industrial sector should give
opportunities to the MUET graduates on a merit basis. "We have observed that
more firms visit the university frequently and arrange interviews to hire
technical staff directly. They qualify the tests and are working there. This is
because they have potential. We can prove that all the projects running in Sindh
have 90 percent staff comprising MUET graduates. We suggest to them to arrange
"We have potential to undertake studies on underground water
resource – be it the Kotri downstream or the issue of Machhar Lake water
quality. We can help the government and authorities concerned to understand the
water quality," said, adding that but it was up to certain authorities how they
reacted to the offer.
During the monsoon floods last year, MUET teachers
and students had visited various areas to extend a helping hand in providing
potable water or suggesting how stagnant water could be purified and supplied to
the flood victims living in relief camps.
"We pump water ourselves from
the KB feeder - a canal feeding Keenjhar Lake to supply water to Karachi - to
meet the university's demand. We have developed linkages with foreign
universities such as those functioning in the USA and the UK, promoting the
culture of research. This expertise we can offer to the country's institutions,"
the VC said.
He claimed that they had eradicated politics from the campus
through an effective strategy. Students affiliated with political groups now
might protest after the end of their classes, but they were not allowed to
violate the system, he said. "There is strict monitoring. Students have been
convinced to make their future instead of indulging in such subversive
activities. We do not like to stay back in terms of imparting professional
education." The news
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Clerks lock BISE offices in protest
Larkana: Routine office work at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Larkana, remained suspended
on Thursday for the fourth day running because of prolonged protest by clerks
against new appointments in the board.
The board went ahead with making 56 new appointments despite stiff opposition
by the Larkana unit of the All-Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) which termed
the process illegal.
After putting locks on the board offices, APCA leaders Mohammed Ali Depar and
Abid Ali Mangi led a procession of clerks and held a demonstration outside the
They carried a banner inscribed with a request to the director general of
audit to initiate inquiry against the board chairman into charges of
misappropriation of funds.
They accused the chairman of levelling unfounded charges against lower staff
in a bid to hush up reports of his own misdeeds.
They condemned what they saw as his anti-employees attitude and called for
reinstatement of Ghulam Farid Kalhoro, former president of APCA's Larkana
They challenged the chairman to debate in the presence of journalists to
prove who was at fault and announced blocking the appointments, which they
claimed, were being made on political grounds.
The clerks had demonstrated in front of the mausoleum of Benazir Bhutto in
Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto on Wednesday to press for the acceptance of their
They criticised the board's announcement to hold a job test in Shikarpur
which could not be held due to obvious reasons.
According to the chairman, the job test for data entry operators was held at
I.T. Centre in Shikarpur and advised the candi- dates who could not attend it to
reappear in the test on Feb 12.
He said that he could sow a bank statement to prove APCA wrong and claimed
that every thing was pre-audited.
The chairman termed APCA's locking the offices illegal and in contra- vention
of talks held in the presence of additional superintendent of police in which
they had agreed not to hinder the process of appointments.
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88 flood-ravaged schools repaired
Larkana: Approximately 88 flood-damaged schools in Larkana, Shikarpur and Qambar-Shahdadkot districts have
been handed over to the district governments.
These schools were
jointly repaired by the army and the government under a phased plan.
Speaking during restoration of middle school of Hatri Ghulam Shah in the
kutcha of Larkana on Thursday, Brig Mirza Khawar Baig said that army had played
an important role during floods in Sindh.
He said under the second phase 100 more schools would not only be repaired
but rehabilitated in these districts and currently 11 schools and one basic
health unit has been rehabilitated and equipped with all required facilities. Dawn
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