Sindh government has stopped PhD allowances
Teachers see red as govt withdraws PhD allowance
Karachi, Jan 22: The Sindh government has stopped disbursing PhD
allowances to college teachers, causing resentment among the recipients of the
allowance, besides provoking the teaching community, whose leaders have
described the move as "discouraging" and "against the culture of research".
Additionally, the authorities have now been directed to recover allowances that
were already paid to 47 lecturers, it has been learnt.
Office-bearers of the
Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) have denounced the language
used for the recipients of the PhD allowance in a notification concerning
withdrawal of the allowance by the officials of the provincial finance
Sources in the AG Sindh office said that they had
received a notification (dated Oct 23, 2008) from the Sindh finance department
whereby the AG office had been asked not to disburse special and technology/PhD
allowance (Rs5,000 per month) to college teachers/lecturers.
the cases of those college teachers who have already been paid the PhD
allowance, the finance department's notification sent to the AG (Sindh) by a
section officer on behalf of the provincial additional chief secretary (finance)
inter alia states: "As regards the recovery of already paid PhD allowance
Rs5,000 to the 47 college side teachers/lecturers allowed by the AG Sindh,
Karachi, with the collaboration of education and literacy department, please
ensure that the recovery from the defaulter is due and will be made good when
desired by the competent authority."
Terming the Sindh government's move
of withdrawing the college teachers' PhD allowance "unjust" and "uncalled-for",
SPLA Karachi chapter's general secretary Prof Iftikhar Azmi said that such an
act on the part of provincial education and finance department officials not
only amounted to discriminatory practice, but was also aimed at discouraging
people from pursuing higher education.
"It was amazing to note that the
PhD allowance, which was initiated during the tenure of former president Pervez
Musharraf, and was a decision which was taken by the previous government to
encourage research in the country, has been withdrawn by a democratic
government, and that too in Sindh alone," he remarked.
He also criticised
the government for deducting a large amount under the head of income tax and
curtailment of allowances from the salaries of those senior college teachers who
are currently working on administrative posts.
Commenting on the
government's move to withdraw college teachers' PhD allowances, another central
leader of the SPLA, Prof Ather Mirza, said that at a time when the teaching
community of the province had been facing numerous problems, the provincial
government's act of withdrawing college teachers' PhD allowances was not only
aimed at creating further resentment amongst the teaching community, but would
also to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in colleges across Sindh.
strong notice of the word "defaulter" that has been used in the notification for
those college teachers who have already been paid the PhD allowance, both the
leaders of the SPLA said that it was ironic that the officials of the finance
department have used such "indecent language" in their official notification for
members of teaching community, despite knowing that teachers are always highly
respected in an enlightened society.
They demanded that the government
immediately withdraw the notification and ask the officials concerned to
apologise to the teaching community for using such an "indecent" word for
college teachers holding PhD degrees. Dawn
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Hiring of 13,000 teachers on cards
Karachi: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has stressed the need to follow
policies and programmes for quality education in the province with concerted
efforts aimed at increasing the number of children in schools.
He said that
concrete measures should be evolved to utilise the abandoned schools in the
province for which process of recruitment of teachers be initiated. He was
presiding over a high-level meeting regarding Sindh Education Sector Reforms
Programme and restructuring of Sindh Education Foundation on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister further said that there should be no compromise on
recruitment of teachers in the province, which should be permanent feature, as
the future of province lies with better results of education. Qaim Ali Shah also
stressed the need to continuously arrange training of teachers for various
courses and role of teachers training college be improved and
The meeting was informed that advertisements for recruitments
of 13,000 teachers have already been published and applications from candidates
have been invited while written test will be conducted soon.
It was further
informed that the adhoc lecturers would appear for interview before Sindh Public
Service Commission. While reviewing the progress and performance of Sindh
Education Foundation, the meeting lauded the role of Ms. Anita Ghulam Ali and
decided to re-appoint Madam for the post of Managing Director of Sindh Education
It was further decided to specify policy guidelines and targets
for the Foundation.
The meeting was also informed that more than 1000
professors have been promoted, while the problems faced to teaching community is
being resolved on priority basis. It was further decided to make 33-schools
functional in riverian areas, which are available and lying abandoned since long
The meeting decided that private sector would be provided incentives to increase
the literacy ratio in the province while a survey be conducted regarding schools
buildings occupied by any influential person and the same be got vacated so that
educational institutions are opened there. It was informed that out of four
school buildings in Dhoro Naro, three buildings have been converted into houses
while the fourth building will be set Otak (drawing room). It was also informed
that many school buildings constructed in Thar area are lying vacant.
meeting was attended by senior Minister Sindh Pir Mazharul Haq, Chief Secretary
Fazal-ur-Rehman, Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Nazar Hussain Mehar,
secretary to CM Syed Sohail Akbar Shah, Secretary Education Rizwan Memon,
Secretary Works and Services Fazalullah Pechuho, Special Secretary Finance Ms.
Naheed Shah Durrani, Acting Director General Sindh Education Foundation and
others. The Nation
Karachi University offers Arabic course
Karachi: Department of Arabic, University of Karachi
(KU) has announced that the admission forms for Certificate Course in Arabic,
Diploma in Quranic Arabic and Diploma in Contemporary Arabic can be submitted
till January 31. The classes will commence from the same date.
FUUAST academic year
The new academic year of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
(FUUAST) will begin from January 27. The News
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Notification to cancel 56 private schools' registration withdrawn
Karachi: Sindh Senior Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul
Haq has directed that the notification regarding the cancellation of the
registration of 56 private schools found flouting the education department's
decision on winter vacations, be taken back.
The notification was
withdrawn after a delegation comprising of the administration members of these
schools called on the minister at his office on Wednesday. The schools'
administration ensured Mazhar that they would completely abide by the rules and
regulations of the department in the future and no violations would take
The registration of these schools were cancelled last week by the
Directorate of Private Institutions, Sindh for violating the decision of the
Education Department Steering Committee to observe winter vacations from
December 22 to 31.
After the assurances of the delegation, the education
minister directed Sindh Director Private Schools and Registration Mansoob Ahmed
Siddiqi to restore the registration of the private schools
Talking to the delegation, he was of the view that the
government would encourage public-private partnership in the education sector.
Sindh Education Secretary Rizwan Memon, Political Advisor to the Education
Minister Zain Zulfiqar Afandi and Legal Consultant Zafar Javed were also present
at the occasion. Daily Times
Teachers seek accounts audit of schools
Hyderabad: Some teachers of the Public School, Hyderabad,
have demanded of the government to immediately order an audit of the accounts of
school and to reinstate the sacked teachers. Addressing a news conference at the
Hyderabad Press Club, Prof Abdul Rehman Siyal, Sirajuddin Abro, Mukhtar Lashari,
Sarwat Qureshi, Raheela Shaikh and others said that those responsible for
misappropriation of funds should be punished after the audit report. They also
demanded the removal of the school's principal. The News
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