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Sindh University armed clash & student death

University wears deserted look
Hyderabad, Feb 12: A pall of gloom hung over Sindh University campus in Jamshoro on Friday following death of a student on Thursday in an armed clash between the student wings of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz and Pakistan People's Party-SB.

The campus wore a deserted look as very few students turned up to attend classes. Girl students kept away from the classes and many university point buses from different areas of Hyderabad returned empty.

The university administration had made strict security arrangements and set-up check-posts at many places where the vehicles entering into the university were thoroughly searched.

Jamshoro police is reported to have taken a five-day remand of Agha Abbas Pathan, who was allegedly involved in the murder of Babar Ali Sandhilo, student of second year, BCS, at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Reports said that a meeting of the student wing of the JSMM was held under the chairmanship of Hafeez Pirzado in Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur district. The meeting decided not to boycott classes in the educational institutions but announced three days of mourning for the deceased.

Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Funeral prayer of Babar Sandhilo was held in his ancestral village Jan Mohammad Sandhilo, taluka Kingri, on Friday.

A large number of students, relatives and residents of surrounding areas attended his funeral. Sandhilo was later laid to rest in a mournful atmosphere in Shaikh Tayyab graveyard. Dawn

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SALU employees go on strike
Sukkur: Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Employees Welfare Association Khairpur observed strike against the re-employment of retired employees in the university.

The SALU employeesí body, on the call of the All Sindh University Employees Federation, took out a protest rally and later staged demonstration at the lawn of the SALU. They also observed pens-down strike in their offices.

Representatives of the body alleged that the budget of millions of rupees of the university was being spent on retired employeesís re-employment on contract.

They said there were strict orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the authorities to remove contractual employees, but the SALU administration was not implementing it and disobeying it openly.

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KU arts faculty on their toes after dean's surprise visits
Karachi: Most of the departmental heads and other faculty members of Karachi University's Faculty of Arts have started to come on time after the Dean Arts, Dr Zafar Iqbal, began paying surprise visits to their departments.

According to reliable sources, including students of various departments, there have been positive changes in their departments after Dr Iqbal started visiting the departments, unannounced.

Earlier, it had been a common practice that a majority of chairpersons and senior teachers, despite living on the campus, did not turn up at 8:30am, time for the first period. Sometimes classes would not open on time and the students had to wait for the arrival of office staff.

Dr Iqbal, a former chairperson of the Department of Urdu, said the step (to pay surprise visits) should have been taken long before. "I always arrived in the department even when I had no early class. Now I as a dean want to send the message to the teachers that they have to be the role models for the students. For that they would have to come on time. We have to do something to stop the 'free for all' culture in the university."

Alveena Ali from the Department of Sociology expressed her approval of what she called "forced change" for the erratic teachers, but at least it had happened. "It is a good beginning. I still remember the days when I was in the first year and would come to the department for English compulsory class.

Our teacher would be there, the students would be there but the locked room would dampen our spirits.

The office peon will come after some time without any remorse and of course there were no teachers at that time. It was pathetic."

Another student from the Department of Islamic History, who requested not be named, said that she was happy with the change. "Our department office seldom opened before 10 and a few teachers would come early. Now with the visits of the dean and a letter or a telephone call has made the difference."

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'IBMS to develop academic faculties'
Peshawar: Vice-chancellor of Khyber Medical University (KMU) Prof Dr Mohammad Hafizullah Friday said the main purpose of establishing the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IBMS) at the university was to achieve the long-awaited requirement of developing the academic faculties in basic medical sciences of medical institutes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Welcoming the newly-admitted scholars at the IBMS, the vice-chancellor said that every year new medical colleges were being established both in public and private sectors of the province. He said there were no institutions of higher education producing qualified faculty in the field of basic medical sciences. He emphasised that one of the top priorities of the KMU was to revamp the medical education and bring it on a par with the international standards.

The vice-chancellor said the KMU had been striving to provide opportunities for basic training and research leading to MPhil and PhD for the doctors of the country in general and that of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular.

Dr Hafizullah said that no such facilities existed in the province for the doctors but now after establishment of the IBMS this important problem would be resolved and the young scholars of KP would be able to acquire high level of knowledge and training.

Dr Jawad Ahmad, director, IBMS, said that entry test for admission to MPhil was conducted by NTS. A total of 136 candidates appeared in the test and the admission process had been completed. He said 70 scholars had been enrolled in the programme and regular classes started from February 7, 2011.

The director said that the prime objectives of the IBMS was to establish state-of the-art teaching and learning opportunities for faculty, to promote culture of international quality research.At the end, the VC KMU responded to the questions from the scholars. The news

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