Government college teachers promotion
Promotion of college teachers on hold for seven years
Karachi, Jan 30: Resentment is growing among a large number of teachers of
government colleges over an inordinate delay in their promotions to grade 20.
The promotions have been pending since 2003. Many of the teachers
awaiting their promotions have already retired, while another 16 are due to
retire in March and a number of others have died during this period.
According to sources, the education department, after a much delay, has
recently sanctioned 86 posts of grade 20 as against the teachers' demand for 88
Of the newly-sanctioned posts, 52 are reserved for men and 34 for
women. Twenty posts of the same grade would be filled through the Sindh Public
Service Commission (SPSC).
"After much hue and cry, the paperwork was
completed recently and now the documents have been lying with the services and
general department for two weeks. We are anxiously waiting for a meeting of
Board-1, which is the final authority to make approvals. The 17-member board is
headed by the chief minister of Sindh," said a government college teacher,
adding that the former education secretary had already signed the papers.
He further stated that no selection from the college teachers for
promotion to grade 21 had been made for many years.
"The selection for
this grade is made from all educational institutions functioning under the
control of the education department. Prof Rasheeda Rajpar and Prof Dr Sahib Khan
Channa were the last two teachers promoted to grade-21. They had retired many
years ago. Keeping in view the college teachers' strength, seven senior teachers
deserved to be promoted to grade 21," he said.
Commenting on the issue,
Prof Saeed-uz-Zafar Khan, the principal of the Govt College for Boys, North
Karachi, who is also the president of the Sindh Government College Principals'
Association, said that frustration existed among senior teachers who had been
waiting for promotions for a long time.
"The government must speed up
the process. The Board-1 meeting should be held soon and promotions should be
notified without further delay so that the teachers, especially those retiring
in coming months, could get some benefit. The government must not ignore merit
in the process," he said. Dawn
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KU rescheduled BCom part-II papers
Karachi: The University of Karachi has rescheduled the papers of BCom
part-II annual examinations 2009 because of the Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai
on Jan 30 (today).
The examinations department of the university
announced on Friday that the papers of economics development of Pakistan (new
syllabus) and economics of Pakistan (new course) would be held on Feb 4 instead
of Jan 30. The centres and timings of the exams will remain unchanged. PPI
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UK varsity misconduction
Karachi: A student, who was admitted for a Masters in Finance and
Financial Law in the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University
of London, has accused the institution of racial discrimination and misconduct
in providing an equal opportunity to him.
Jahanzeb Javed, a student from
Karachi, sought admission in SOAS in the academic session 2006 but began his
studies as a part time student from January 2007. Javed, who had filed a law
suit against the SOAS in the County Court (Central London), has alleged that the
university failed him on some flimsy grounds though he had fulfilled the
requirement for passing the examination.
He was of the opinion that Professor
Richard Alexander had acted unfairly towards him and it seemed that the
professor's ego, racial discrimination and superiority complex against a member
of a former subject race has played a vital role in the decision that has nearly
ruined his career after spending huge amount he paid as tuition fee and other
"I was offered a seat on M.Sc Finance and Financial
Law Studies in early September '05 and officially acknowledged later in the same
month. However, the commencement date of the course was stated to be 25
September '06 because the pre-session course was underway. The Admissions Office
at that instant was strictly following the school's policy. Much to my
amazement, this policy was relaxed for two students in 2006," said Javed.
Pre-session consisted of 2 courses; Statistics and Law. In Statistics I
scored distinction marks. Law was taught by three professors, with one of them
being from the SOAS. Accordingly, the examination paper was assessed by all
three professors. The external professors awarded merit and distinction marks,
whereas the school's professor awarded failure.
"The pressure kept building up,
to the extent that, in order to protect my mental health in January '07 I
requested to be transferred to the part time status. On 22 January 07, the
registry confirmed the approval of the request and advised me 'to confirm the
details of the course you are dropping in 06/07.'
In this letter, the institute
never mentioned any surplus/outstanding fee and had previously confirmed there
will be no extra charge for conversion." Javed gave the details.
alleged that the SOAS provided wrong documents to the Home Office deliberately,
thus sabotaging his extension in student visa and he had to pay a ransom amount
of British Pounds 500 in addition to the full time payment amounting to British
"I passed in end of the year examination when my identity was not
known but failed in another examination when my identity was known. Dr Richard
Alexander asked me to provide some documents pertaining to my illness so that he
could increase marks on that ground. I did not do that because I wanted to keep
my academic worth intact," maintaines Javed.
Javed accuses the Home
Office of giving support to the university without allowing him any chance to
offer an explanation. Lawyers, appointed by the state, backed out at the last
moment leaving Javed in a lurch. Left with no choice, Javed filed a complaint
with the court on February 13, 2008.
"The solicitor and the barrister were
adamant that the amount of compensation be raised significantly and that the
case can be heard via video link since I was planning to return home.
barrister, having filed a claim of his choice, later changed his opinion and had
my funding revoked. The solicitor who was on a holiday twice at crucial moments,
informed that she is no longer able to continue with the case. Prima facie, the
school took advantage of this situation and refused acceptance of the last
handed assignments," said Javed in a calm manner.
has returned to Pakistan but is enduring a miserable time at his home in
Karachi. Disillusioned, bitter and shunned by close relatives, who think that he
has wasted thousands of pounds on nothing. He shrugs his hands in despair and
questions, "Is it my fault?"
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Shah Latif Quiz Societ
Karachi: The poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai should be included in the
syllabus of academic institutions, suggested speakers at a seminar on Friday.
The moot was held under the auspices of Sahar Foundation in collaboration with
the Shah Latif Quiz Societ.
Sahar Foundation Chairman Iftikhar Ghazali said that
through his poetry Bhittai preached respect for humanity and fostered the spirit
of love, brotherhood and amity. He suggested that the poetry of Bhitai should be
made part of the syllabus of academic institutions in the province.
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Karachi: The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, having the only fully
equipped theatre venue in the city, is discriminating between language-based
plays by charging Rs 35,000 for English plays and Rs 25,000 for Urdu
"Our rates depend on the language of the play", an official at the
Arts Council said. He further added, "We charge less for Urdu plays
because Urdu is our mother tongue and we need to support it in any way we
According to the official, rates at the Arts Council differ with
English or Urdu but the logistic support remains the same which includes the
whole stage for three hours, light and sound equipment and a back up generator.
The question arises that if there is no actual cost difference then why is there
lingual discrimination on charges.
"I think by doing this, they are
promoting the mind set that those who are doing it in English are rich people
and they charge more money from them which is not good for the future of theater
in Karachi," said Zeeshan Nalwala, a professional actor and a NAPA graduate. He
was of the opinion that dividing on the basis of language is not justified at
all, especially when there is such a dearth of well-equipped theatre venues in
He further added that if one would travel the world over, they
will never find any cost difference due to language. "For example, a theater
keeps on running plays in a lot of different languages at the same time.
However, what makes a venue cheap or expensive is the amount of space or
quantity and quality of the equipment available," Zeeshan added.
contrary, some consider this 'lingual discrimination' a good omen for Urdu
theater. "I think it is very good that the auditorium is available at cheaper
rates for Urdu plays. Urdu is our mother tongue and we as artistes should do as
much as we can to make Urdu theater more accessible for everyone," said Ali Gul
a member of an upcoming improvisation troupe.
Ali further added that it
is good step for those government schools and colleges who want to perform Urdu
theater, unlike the private institutions that stick to English theatre. However,
Gul still believes that art should be independent of all these barriers. "Art in
any form is art; it does not need a language. If we divide art on the basis of
language, ethnicity and social groups, then we are only going to halt its
progress," Gul added.
Abdul Alim Sheikhani, founder KB Thespians, a
theater troupe that does both English and Urdu plays, considers this policy of
the Arts Council as inappropriate.
He feels that the difference in rates
is a big issue as when foreign educated students come to do theater in English,
they are charged an additional Rs. 10,000 for nothing and they are not even
aware of it as they are new to the theatre scene in Karachi.
"When I pay
an organisation for a venue, I get the space reserved for myself. After that
whether I dance in it, sleep in it or have a dinner with someone in it, it is
totally my prerogative. How can you charge me on the basis of what I am doing?"
questioned Sheikhani. The news
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