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7,000 sacked employees likely to be reinstated
Karachi, Feb 26: The Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Friday, urging the government to
reinstate 7,187 sacked lower grade employees of the Education Department and
then consider their regularisation sympathetically.
The resolution, moved
by Kulsoom Chandio of the PPP and supported by M Moin Aamir Pirzada, Syed Waseem
Hussain and Anwar Ahmad Khan Mahar of the MQM and Nusrat Abbasi of the PML-F,
read: "This House is of the opinion and resolves that the Sindh government may
consider sympathetically to provide the regular employment to the lower staff of
the Education Department under Sindh Civil Servants Act-1973, who were employed
on contract basis for three-and-a-half years, which has expired resulting to
which about 7,187 poor employees would be otherwise deprived of their
The lower grade employees were denied extension under a
notification issued by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on August 20, 2010.
Hired on a contract basis for three years, they had been working at different
schools in the province since 2007.
The MQM's parliamentary leader, Syed
Sardar Ahmed, pointed out that a "commitment" was made with them that as soon as
the resolution passed, the chief minister would announce on the floor of the
house the reinstatement of the ex-employees within a week. However, the chief
minister was not present in the house.
PPP parliamentary leader and
Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, apparently irked by the observation
made by the MQM leader, regretted that it was not advisable "to disclose things"
that came under discussion at their joint meetings.
"The spirit of the
reconciliation is that we have to trust each other," Haq said, adding that if
there was no trust then what the use of reconciliation was. He said that their
coalition partner should demonstrate at least "some patience", adding that the
chief minister could not attend Friday's session owing to some pressing
The education minister said that he was in the house to
speak on behalf of the chief minister. Haq said Qaim had approved a summary to
reinstate the lower staff of the Education Department through interviews, adding
that advertisements would be given in newspapers soon. He promised that no one
would be expelled.
The senior minister said had there not been
reconciliation, the joint resolution could not have been moved. He said that
both the parties had demonstrated the "political will" to continue
reconciliation. He said the reconciliation policy also continued partly because
the Presidency was not the hub of conspiracies as compared to the
Without naming the PML-N, Haq said some "hidden forces" were bent
upon creating "polarisation" among the political parties. He said those who
signed the Charter of Democracy (CoD) were expelling them while those who did
not sign the CoD stood united with the PPP.
Haq urged the "big brother"
to learn lessons from "the younger brother".
Law Minister Ayaz Soomro
explained that the chief minister had gone to assess the repair work on the Tori
Syed Sardar Ahmed told reporters after the session that it was
initially agreed that the sacked employees would be reinstated and regularised
through legislation. Subsequently, four ministerial committees were formed,
which decided that a resolution would be moved in the assembly and the chief
minister would announce their reinstatement, he added. He said it would be
advisable to get "confirmation" from the chief minister and then an announcement
be made on the floor of the house.
MQM deputy parliamentary leader Faisal
Sabzwari said the assembly has shown its resolve to reinstate the employees. He
said they had heard that the chief minister had approved a summary and things
were in the process.
Sabzwari said probably ads would be issued, walk-in
interviews conducted along with documents and presumably the character of the
employees would be assessed before reinstatement.
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HEC refuses to recognise PhD of Iqra University registrar
Karachi: Students of the Iqra University, once full of hopes for a bright and lucrative future, now
live in uncertainty as it has emerged that the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
has refused to recognise the PhD degree of the institution's Dean of the Faculty
of Management Sciences and Registrar, Dr Syed Akif Hasan. According to the
commission, it does not recognise the university in the Philippines from which
Dr Hasan earned his degree.
This fact came as a rude awakening to an MBA
student of Iqra University when he applied for an internship at a multinational
company and was swiftly rejected as the company refused to accept Dr Hasan's
The student, along with some classmates, looked
into the matter and to his utter dismay found that the HEC indeed did not
recognise Dr Hasan's PhD.
An Assistant Director (Academic) of the HEC,
Syed Asim Hussain, in a letter written on July 20, 2010 informed Dr Hasan that
the Philippine School of Business Administration, Manila, was chartered by the
Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), but its Doctorate
in Business Administration (DBA) Programme was not accredited by the FAAP.
"Therefore, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree held
by you cannot be recognised by the HEC as an equivalent to a PhD degree from
Pakistan," the letter stated.
The students now fear that since Dr Hasan
is the registrar of the Iqra University, all their degrees bear his signature
and will not be recognised by local and foreign organisations.
of over 400 students has been left hanging in the balance. They are concerned
about their future as well as about having wasted a large sum of money in
These students sent a number of mails to the
Chancellor, Hunaid Lakhani, and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr U.A.G. Isani, to inquire
about the situation. But instead of taking any action, the Dean threatened the
students that more mails would result in their rustication.
for his version, Dr Hasan said the HEC had now approved his PhD
and that he would send copies of the relevant documents as a proof.
Meanwhile, when contacted the Assistant Director (Academic) of HEC,
Syed Asim Hussain, to verify the claim of Dr Hasan that his (Dr Hasan's) PhD
degree was now recognised.
"No it is not recognised. We [HEC] had
constituted a committee to look into the matter. The committee, which comprised
experts other than from the HEC, gave its finding, saying that indeed the PhD
degree of Dr Hasan was not equivalent to that of a Pakistani PhD," Dr Hussain
He also said that the vice chancellor of Iqra University had sent
the HEC a "review petition" to see if Dr Hasan's degree could be recognised
after all. According to him, there is no such possibility. The news
"http://www.interface.edu.pk/students/Feb-11/SZABIST-Convocation-2011-Edu-contract-employees.asp#3 IU registrar clarifies report News Desk Sunday, February 27, 2011 Karachi This is in reference to the news "HEC refuses to recognise PhD degree of Iqra University (IU) registrar" published in The News on Saturday. Syed Akif Hasan said he would like to put the record straight. The news item says his degree is a PhD but his degree is a DBA, he said. The report says he is the Dean of Management Sciences. However, he is the registrar. It says the HEC has not recognised his degree, which is incorrect. The HEC has recognised the degree since it is from an institution recognised by it. The HEC has equated his DBA degree to an MPhil. However, to another student of his university the HEC has equated the same degree to a Pakistani doctorate. He said they have asked the HEC to reconsider their decision. But the degree is recognised and so is the institution. Hence he holds a recognised degree, he added."
Name: Jahanzeb choudhry
City, Country: KARACHI PKISTAM
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KU to organise third SAARC Simulation Exercise
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU)'s Department of International
Relations in collaboration with the Hanns Seidal Foundation will organise the
third SAARC Simulation Exercise from Feb 28 to March 3. The objective of the
exercise is to observe how students see and analyse various issues, both real
and virtual, faced by the SAARC member countries and to devise strategies for
making SAARC a vibrant regional organisation. VC KU Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza
Siddiqui will be the chief guest whereas former foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmed
Khan will deliver the keynote address. Daily times
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UET plantation drive kicks off
Peshawar: University of Engineering and Technology Vice-Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani launched
this year's spring plantation drive by planting a sapling in the Institute of
Mechatronics Engineering at Hayatabad on Friday.
He was accompanied by
Dean Faculty of Engineering Dr Azzam-ul-Asar, Registrar Prof Abdul Jabbar,
Director Institute of Mechatronics Dr Riaz Akbar Shah and senior members of the
faculty, who also planted saplings in the institute.
He urged those
present on the occasion to participate in the plantation campaign
wholeheartedly. During this year's campaign, hundreds of saplings will be
planted in the allied campuses of the UET.
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KGMC brings out its first literary magazine
Peshawar: "Havi", the first literary magazine of the lone medical college for girls in the province - Khyber
Girls Medical College (KGMC) - has been launched on the premises of the
Two prominent woman literary figures of the province, Prof
Dr Salma Shaheen and Bushra Farrukh, were chief guests in the ceremony that was
dominated by girls, who of course were the present and also some students who
had graduated from the college.
Some students from the nearby Rahman
Medical Institute were also invited to the event to add to the strength of
participants. There were some male participants in the show as well, with two
sitting on the stage. The two on the stage were: the male principal of the
female college Prof Dr Zubair Khan and Dr Abdul Jalil Popalzai, chairman
literary society of the college. The female vice-principal of the college Dr
Sameena Zahid was also on the stage.
Dr Mubashira Ahmad, first literary
secretary of the magazine, dominated the ceremony. Dressed in traditional
attire, Dr Mubashira was the first to deliver her speech and then call the rest
of the speakers to say some words on the occasion.
It would be more
appropriate to term those speeches delivered by the two chief guests, principal
and vice-principal, as collection of admiration for the newly-released
four-lingual magazine of the college.
The magazine had not yet been
opened for reading. But every speaker was terming it a great effort, a mature
work, impressive designing, a new-born but finer than full-grown "Cenna"
magazine of Khyber Medical College and so on and so forth.
in her welcome remarks, shed light on how they thought to have own magazine of
their college, how a bunch of girls gathered to initiate the project, how to
select name for it. She was all praise for the cooperative management of the
institution, the chairman of the literary society and specially the untiring
efforts of her fellow students that converted her dream into
Among the chief guests, Prof Dr Salma Shaheen, the former
director of Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar, was the first to speak. She
spoke briefly and lauded the efforts of the medical students to bring out a
literary magazine and also recited some couplets from her famous Pashto poem "Za
Hum Haghase Wara Wey".
She was followed by Urdu and Hindko poet and
television artiste Bushra Farrukh to speak. The students requested her to
narrate her poems and she read one to the editorial board of the
After the speeches, the guests on the rostrum were provided
with beautifully packed copies of "Havi" and they were asked to uncover them.
Having no proper tool to delicately remove the covers from the magazine, the
guests applied the easiest way to tore up the packing and thus launch the first
issue of the magazine in the simplest way.
The not-so-spacious hall was
packed with participants to the full. No sooner did the covers were removed from
magazine, the hall roared up with deafening shrieks as a sign of their
This was followed by certificate-giving session to the editors and
distinctive contributors of the journal. The certificate winners included
Sehrish Mansoor Qureshi, Sanam Sultana Khattak, Anam Babar, Rabia Kausar, Laila
Azam Shah, Saira Bano, Dr Andaleeb, Dr Ayesha Inam, Dr Saadia Mohammad, Dr
Ayesha Lateef, Dr Sobia, new literary secretary, Nadia Altaf, Sabahat, Neelam
Maqbool, Mehwish Iftikhar, Sidra Sayyeda, Sania Azeem, Iqbra and
Dr Jalil Popalzai was also given away a certificate. The last
certificate was given to Dr Mubashira, who announced her own name with a bold
and smiling face for the award of the certificate. The chief guests were awarded
souvenirs by the principal and vice-principal of the college. The news
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