Karachi colleges attendance decline
College principals in a fix over minimum attendance rule
Karachi, Jan 17: Poor law and order
prevailing in the city since the start of the current academic session,
especially in the wake of recent targeted killings, has resulted in massive
decline in attendance at public sector colleges in particular and at private
colleges in general, leaving no choice for principals to issue unlawful
certificates of 75 attendance to students, a requirement mandatory for appearing
in annual examinations.
Confirming that the worst law and order situation the city periodically
witnessing over the past one year was keeping students away from their
educational institutions, Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA)
secretary Prof Iftikhar Azmi said that attendance at public sector colleges
located in the inner areas of the city had decreased by more than 50 per cent
and even less than that in the colleges located in the suburbs - specially those
falling under the jurisdiction of Orangi, Malir, Lyari, Landhi, Korangi and Shah
"In fact, principals of the colleges are compelled to issue unlawful
certificates of 75 per cent mandatory attendance to the students of their
respective colleges," he said.
He said that the problem of shrinking number of academic days for the
first-year students of public sector colleges whose process of admissions under
the centralised admission policy was delayed by months had become a more complex
issue this year mainly because of the poor law and order situation prevailing in
the metropolis for the past four to five years.
Describing the poor law and order situation as alarming, he said that parents
often prefer not to send their children to their educational institutions
whenever riots erupted in the city following targeted killings and, as such,
attendance at most of the colleges, particularly at those located in Orangi,
Malir, Lyari, Landhi, Korangi, had become quite thin.
Giving an example of the DJ Government Science College located in the heart
of the city, he said that the attendance even at this college on average
remained about 50 per cent so that one could imagine what would be the case in
other colleges of the metropolis.
When he was asked if the recent Sindh education department decision of
increasing the timings of colleges by one-and-half hour would help students to
complete their course before their examinations, Prof Azmi said that it would
not help much because science students already used to stay at their colleges up
to 2.30pm or 3pm doing their practical courses.
"How can students, specially those belonging to first-year classes, complete
their courses in just 130 days when there is an acute shortage of teachers," he
said, adding that there was a shortage of around 3,500 teachers in public sector
colleges across Sindh and of them, more than 2,000 teachers were required in
government colleges of the metropolis alone.
Prof Azmi, who teaches at the DJ Science College, said that even at his
college where over 2,220 students studied, there were only nine associate
professors against 18 sanctioned posts, besides there was a shortage of five
assistant professors and 24 lecturers.
"Isn't it a joke that there are only two teachers of English for over 2,220
students," he remarked.
Endorsing the views of Prof Azmi, SPLA president Prof Ather Hussain Mirza
said that on the one hand there was an acute shortage of teachers at government
colleges across Sindh and, on the other, their science laboratories were also
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'Lyari Medical College to meet PMDC criteria'
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) supports establishment of new medical colleges
in the country, including the proposed Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical College in
the Lyari area of Karachi to meet a shortage of doctors in the
PMDC President Prof Sibtul Hasnain Syed said this to journalists
at a conference on 'Building Bridges for Medical Education Reforms" organised by
the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on Saturday.
said the envisaged medical college in the downtrodden area of Lyari would meet
the PMDC criteria that include the minimum 60 percent marks for candidates
aspiring to seek admission to any medical college in the
Similarly, he said, that the college was also on its way to hire
services of faculty in basic medical sciences as well as clinical
The college was already annexed with the Lyari General Hospital
manned by senior medical professionals, he noted.
Answering a question,
the PMDC president said that the country was exposed to a shortage of medical
teachers in basic medical sciences, but different medical universities were in
process of producing MPhils and PhDs in those subjects. "The country is
self-sufficient in teachers of clinical sciences,".
Replying to another question about members of teaching faculty
found simultaneously associated with different medical colleges, the PMDC
president said that the trend had been strictly contained through a rule under
which all medical teachers were required to seek annual registration with the
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SSUET students bag positions in declamation contest
Karachi: Students of Sir Syed University of Engineering and
Technology (SSUET) bagged position in the Allama Iqbal Shield declamation
contest organized by Higher Education Commission.
An announcement of the
institution here on Sunday said that the event was organized to raise awareness
about the benefits of education.
In the first spell of English
competition held at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Fatima
Saima Ahmed, Umar Ali and Muhammad Umar Khan secured top three positions
respectively while Muhammad Umar Khan, Muhammad Athar Hassan and Aariz Mahmood
clinched the first, second and third positions.
Second spell of the
debate was held at NED University in which teams from all over Sindh
Muhammad Umar Khan of Sir Syed University of Engineering
and Technology won second position along with cash prize of 5000. app
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Closure of schools in kutcha areas criticised
Khairpur: Speakers at a
discussion here have criticised the closure of schools in kutcha areas and
described it as part of a conspiracy by feudal lords to deprive children of
They stressed the need for launching a campaign to press the government to
reopen the schools, mostly set up during the British era.
The discussion was organised in Bhambho village in the kutcha area of Keti
Mir Mohammad by the Young Boys Association, Bhitai Social Welfare Association
and Bhandar Sangat to create awareness among villagers about the importance of
education. The theme of the discussion was 'Peace if people's right'.
Left-wing activist Punhal Sario said that banditry was a conspiracy hatched
by feudals and police to keep people of Sindh illiterate. When the government
could hold talks with terrorists it could also negotiate with bandits to bring
them back to society as responsible citizens, he said.
He said that feudal lords were using the fear of dacoits to keep people of
kutcha and rural areas away from education. He said that the situation was
forcing peace-loving people to leave the area. The situation in kutcha areas was
similar to that in Karachi where killings and kidnappings had become the order
of the day, he said.
Khairpur Civil Society chairman Mir Munawar Talpur said that education was
the basic right of people and it made them aware of their rights and
Khadim Hussain Mirani, Dr. Ghulam Rasool Ghumro, Comrade Hussain Bux Narejo,
Mumtaz Rid, Shabbir Bhutto, Ramzan Memon, Aurangzeb Ghumro and Sultan Ghumro
said that Autaqs had been a culture of kutcha areas and provided a forum to
They stressed the need for restoring the forum and said that till 70s primary
education was common in kutcha areas which was later raised to the middle
They said that teachers used to educate children of fishermen in schools set
up on boats in the Indus. They called upon the government to take measures to
revive that culture in collaboration with social organisations. Later, a musical
programme was held in which Abdul Ghafoor Soomro and others performed till early
in the morning. A tableau presented by village boys depicted how feudal lords
rigged votes with the help of police. Dawn
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