Rangers' role on universities
Rangers' role on campuses becomes controversial
Karachi, Feb 11: The deployment of Rangers at public sector universities has become a
debatable issue among the teaching staff, students and external
candidates, who regularly visit government-run institutions and find the
Rangers personnel "uncooperative".
Rangers personnel were
deputed at the public sector universities to tackle criminal activities
and maintain law and order on the campuses after the student wings of
various political parties kept clashing with their rival groups, causing
frequent disruptions of academic activities.
Such a situation
had badly affected classes, examination schedules and office work at the
University of Karachi (KU) as well as at the Dawood College of
Engineering and Technology, and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
However, the Nadirshaw Eduljee Dinshaw (NED)
University of Engineering and Technology managed to maintain academic
atmosphere owing to the strong stance by its administration, thus
enabling the students to complete their terms on time.
professor at the KU Science Faculty says that if the university
administration issues clear directions to the law enforcement agency
then they would be bound to take action against the culprits found
responsible for disrupting academic environment. "I personally feel that
KU administration itself is unclear about what strategy needs to be
adopted to handle the situation arising out of clashes between student
He says that the Rangers are supposed to remain alert
all the time and ensure law enforcement at the campus. "But,
unfortunately, the Rangers are not performing their duty as they are
required to. The Rangers are also deployed at the NED University but one
could not object to their performance there, which implies that it is
the difference in administrative skills and approach that generates the
desired result," he added.
Similarly, a senior professor at the
KU Faculty of Arts, who wished anonymity, pointed out that Rangers had
seldom taken action on time. "They (the Rangers personnel) are not seen
when trouble erupts at the campus." Recently, when some angry
candidates, seeking admission, and their supporters created mayhem at
various departments, tore apart the answer sheets of students taking up
exams and threw them out of the examination halls, the Rangers where
nowhere to stop these ruffians, he said, adding that such inaction by
the personnel rather encouraged the rowdy elements who later broke open
the locks of the Administration Block and entered there as like the
vandals entering Rome.
Apart from this scenario, some first year
students told this scribe that they were not yet issued KU identity
cards due to which they had to face extreme hardships in entering the
"It is up to the Rangers personnel and the KU security
staff, a bunch of untrained, crude and ill-mannered staff, to allow or
stop such students," commented a student. "We often miss morning classes
for not being allowed to enter campus, however, we have approached our
chairpersons to rescue us from this situation. We are still waiting for
the results but it seems that our hardships are not going to end during
the transition period of the incumbent vice chancellor."
contacted, Deputy Superintendent Rangers Tariq said: "May be you cannot
see what we have done". However, when he was asked to elaborate, he
offered no comments, saying: "Talk to the KU administration". Similarly,
Senior Security Officer, KU, Iftikhar Alam asked this scribe to talk to
public relations officer since it was a policy matter.
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No classes at KU on Saturday and Monday
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) on Friday resolved to
suspend classes on Saturday and Monday (February 11 and 13) to protest
against the suspension of University of Sindh's (SU) teachers.
was resolved that all teachers would gather outside the administration
block on Saturday and stage a rally to express solidarity with the SU
There has been no academic activity at the SU for over a
month. Professor Basheer Ahmed Channar was gunned down by unidentified
criminals on January 2. Consequently, the faculty and students launched a
protest drive for the arrest of the murderers. Earlier this month, the
government terminated two teachers and suspended some others for
participating in the protests.
The universities across Sindh
were observing a complete suspension of academic activities since Feb 7,
KUTS office-bearers said. They asked the teachers community to attend
the rally for the sake of justice.
newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi (KU), Prof
Dr Muhammad Qaiser, has pledged to improve the educational standard and
the ranking of the university. He met the officials of the university on
Friday after taking charge as VC. He is the 16th vice chancellor of the
public-sector university. The new VC said that he would run the
varsity in consultation with the faculty, staff and students. The news
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Classes remain suspended at five universities
Hyderabad: Academic activities in five universities in the province remained suspended for
the second consecutive day on Friday, on a call given by the Sindh
chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAUASA). Classes were not held in the Sindh, Mehran,
Agriculture, Shah Latif and Quaid-i-Awam universities.
on Friday "save education, save university" rally was held by teachers,
students and employees and members of the civil society in support of
vice-chancellor and against the boycott of classes.
of classes at the SU began last month when Students Affairs Director
Prof Baheer Ahmed Channar was gunned down on the campus on Jan 2.
Teachers and employees began a protest movement the following day
demanding removal of Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazir A. Mughal, arrest of
killers and setting up of a judicial commission to investigate murder,
withdrawal of Rangers and police from the campus and restoration of
The protest was suspended following an agreement
between the Sindh University Teachers' Association (SUTA) and the
governor but only briefly.
Teachers and employees and some
students of the Mehran University and the SU held a sit-in outside the
Vice-Chancellor House on Friday for several hours.
raised slogans against the vice-chancellor Dr Nazir A.Mughal, Sindh
Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, and
employees joined the protest after first observing a token pen-down
strike. Some teachers of the Karachi University visited the camp to
express their solidarity.
President of the SUTA, Dr Azhar Ali Shah
and General Secretary Dr Arfana Mallah and Ms Rabia Memon, Badar Soomro
and Amar Sindhu said that scholars and philosophers like Allama
I.I.Kazi and Shaikh Ayaz held the post of vice chancellors of the great
alma mater which was now headed by Dr Nazir Mughal.
"One of the
greatest educational institutions of Asia was being destroyed because of
the indifferent attitude of rulers. The students wing of the PPP has
made lives of teachers and employees miserable and its activists were
forcing women teachers to take classes on gunpoint," they said.
rally in support of the vice-chancellor started from the Institute of
Sindhology and ended at the academic block of the university. Those who
joined the rally included Director of the Institute of Sindhology
Muhammad Qasim Maka and General Secretary of the Sindh University
Officers Association Ghulam Nabi Kaka. They raised slogans against
teachers and accused them of using use to stop academic activities.
pro-VC group criticised their opponents and said that teachers who were
against reforms introduced by the vice-chancellor were opposing him.
They asked why teachers drew their salaries of last month when they did not do their work.
civil society requested the teachers time and again to take classes.
They appealed to them to resume classes immediately to avoid further
loss of students.
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Deans, directors and chairpersons of faculties and teaching institutes decided in a meeting to resume classes
from Monday even if these were attended by just one single student. The
meeting was presided over by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Parveen Shah.Heads
of departments said that most of the teachers were willing to take
classes but couldn't do so because of disturbances being created by
JSSF: Activists of Jeay Sindh Students
Federation observed a token hunger strike outside the Hyderabad press
club in solidarity with SUTA.
activities remained suspended at the Shah Abdul Latif University due to
a boycott of classes by teachers in protest against the termination of
service of SUTA president and general secretary.
representatives Prof Asad Raza Abidi and Prof Imdad Chandio said they
would continue their boycott till the restoration of Dr Shah and Dr
Sources said that students residing in university hostels
have started leaving for their homes. Our Shikarpur correspondent
Activists of Jeay Sindh Students Federation took out a
procession followed by a demonstration at Lakhi Gate Tower Chowk in
protest against the termination of service Dr Shah and Dr Mallah.
threatened to launch a movement across Sindh if the teachers were not
reinstated and Vice-Chancellor Dr Mughal not removed within a week. Dawn
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