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Dr Qaiser appointed Karachi University VC

Dr Qaiser appointed KU VC
Karachi, Feb 10: Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser, serving as the vice chancellor of the Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology, has been appointed vice chancellor of Karachi University, said a statement issued by the Governor's House on Thursday.

The statement added that the name of Dr Qaiser was recommended by the search committee tasked with suggesting names for the post.

There were speculations about Dr Qaiser's appointment since he was invited for a meeting with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, the chancellor of the public sector universities in the province, a few weeks ago.

The appointment issue had attracted a lot of media attention and was extensively debated as university teachers across Sindh expressed serious reservations over the discretionary powers of the chancellor to choose any person as the head of a university.

One of their major grievances relates to the continued extensions the chancellor has been giving to retired professors.

Although the Karachi University Teachers Society, the representative body of KU teachers, declined to share their views on Dr Qaiser's appointment saying that the matter would be discussed on Friday at a Kuts executive body meeting, the appointment had been taken positively on the campus, sources said.

This is because of Prof Qaiser's "high academic credentials and positive reputation", the sources added. Dr Qaiser will replace Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui who has completed two tenures on the campus.

Dr Qaiser is a member of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Botany . One of his major academic contributions is a research project titled The Flora of Pakistan, which records scientific details of all the indigenous flowering plant species of the country. Dawn

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BIEK terminates PTC, CT programme
Karachi: Following the decision of the Sindh Education and Literacy Department, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced on Thursday that the Primary Teacher Certificate (PTC) and Certificate of Teaching (CT) courses would be terminated by the end of session 2011. It is pertinent to mention here that the Sindh government had already issued a notification on April 22, 2011 in this context. The board further announced that it would not conduct examinations of PTC and CT courses for session 2011-12 and onwards, however, the candidates who could not pass their PTC and CT examinations up to session 2011 can avail their remaining chances only for failed papers. Daily times

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Academic activities suspended in Sindh varsities
Hyderabad: On the call of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association, Sindh chapter, all the public universities of interior Sindh including Mehran, Agriculture, Quaid-i-Awam, Shah Abdul Latif and Sindh universities remained closed on Thursday to express solidarity with the Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA).

The protest has been launched for removal of the university vice chancellor and for the acceptance of their other demands.

Sindh University teachers and employees staged a rally at the campus and a protest sit-in outside the Sindhology department for three hours. They raised full-throated slogans against the VC and the Sindh education minister.

Police and Rangers had set-up check posts and pickets at all the exit and entry points of the Sindh University. Efforts of the university administration to run classes remained futile as the teachers boycotted all academic activities.

Speaking on the occasion, SUTA leaders Dr Azhar Ali Shah, Dr Arfana Mallah, Rabia Memon, Asghar Burfat, Amar Sindhu, Badar Soomro and employees leaders Ghulam Nabi Bhalai and Allah Wadhayo Sehto lashed out at the Sindh education minister Pir Mazharul Haq for supporting 'inefficient' vice chancellor.

They said that the future of thousands of students, teachers and employees was at stake due to the mismanagement of the VC and regretted education minister's support to him. A single individual was being given priority over thousands of stakeholders, they said.

They appealed to the president and the prime minister of to remove the VC and Sindh education minister. The employees leaders said that the VC had done no favour to the employees by regularising the services of some contract employees.

Barrister Zamir Ghumro visited the teachers camp and expressed his support to the agitating teachers. Speaking on the occasion, he said, it was a very simple issue and the government should immediately remove the retired VC in whose tenure a university professor was killed.

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Protesting teachers invited for talks
Hyderabad: The vice-chancellor of the university has invited the agitating teachers for a dialogue and also appealed to them to resume classes with the assurance that their demands would be accepted.

Vice-Chancellor of the Sindh University, Dr Nazir Mughal lauded the earnest desire of the silent majority of teachers to run smoothly the academic activities but couldn't against the group of teachers who were forcibly suspending classes.

Dr Mughal said everyone has the right to protest but not to suspend classes, while the present behaviour of teachers is unheard of in the history of education.

In addition to the plea of parents and guardians, around 100 female students also appealed to agitating teachers to end their boycott but to no benefit. He advised the employees not take part in illegal sit-ins.

Dr Mughal said this while distributing job regularisation orders among 252 contractual employees of the varsity on Thursday. He also announced promotion of 11 employees under technical scheme and upgraded 10 from BPS 14 to 16.

Pro-vice chancellor, deans, heads of various teaching institutes and departments, registrar and employees attended the ceremony.

He approved the third phase of housing scheme and announced allocation of Rs30 million for the land. He promised a house for every employee.

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SALU Khairpur teachers' protest
Khairpur: Teachers of the Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur boycotted all the academic activities. They condemned issuance of show-cause notices to SUTA members.

President, Shah Abdul Latif University Teachers Association, Professor Dr Abdul Majeed Chandio and Professor Imdad Chandio told reporters that teachers also boycotted viva of college-side degree examination.

General Secretary of the association, Professor Dr Ghulam Mohiuddin Veesar said that the boycott would continue up to February 13 as per the decision of FAPUASA, Sindh chapter. Dawn

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