Karachi University BCom, BA papers disruption
Violent protest mars KU exams
Karachi, Jan 14: Students protesting against the Karachi University
admission policy on Friday entered examination centres, snatched and tore up
answer scripts, and forced thousands of candidates taking BCom and BA annual
examinations on the campus to flee.
The KU administration failed to pre-empt the strike despite the fact that the
students have been agitating against the admission policy since Wednesday.
BCom (Part-I) and BA (Part-I) male candidates were taking their Economics and
Geography / Mass Communication papers, respectively, at the examination centres
set up in different departments of the varsity when some students holding batons
entered and threatened them with dire consequences if they did not leave at
Panic-stricken, most candidates rushed out of their centres leaving the
answer scripts on desks, while most of those taking exams in the centres far
from the administration block managed to complete their paper and deliver it to
Despite having its own security force in addition to Rangers personnel on the
campus, the authorities remained unable to take foolproof security measures for
the smooth and peaceful conduct of the exams.
The BCom (Part-I) Economics paper for regular candidates and BA Geography-I /
Mass Communication-I papers were originally scheduled to be held on Jan 9 but
were postponed at the eleventh hour due to the public holiday declared by the
Sindh government on account of the annual Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.
The papers were then rescheduled for Friday but male candidates, whose
centres had been set up at various departments of the university, could not take
their papers due to the violent protest.
However, girls taking the BCom and BA annual exams at the centres set up in
different colleges in the city did not face any such problem.
The KU examination department has announced that the candidates of the
affected exam centres could take the papers, scheduled for Friday, along with
external candidates on Feb 1 from 2pm to 5pm at the same centres.
Interestingly, the university also announced that the candidates who did not
wish to appear in the exam again would be given 'average marks as per KU
According to a spokesperson, the degree classes papers scheduled for Saturday
(Jan 14) would be held as per original timetable and orientation class for fresh
entrants would also be conducted on Saturday.
"The university administration has taken a number of security measures for
the smooth conduct of the exams."
He said there would be a complete ban on the entry of vehicles of unconcerned
people into the varsity and only students would be allowed to enter the
university through Maskan or Silver Jubilee gates whereas only employees of the
university would be allowed to enter through the Staff Gate.
The spokesperson claimed that those who disrupted Friday papers wanted to get
'unlawful' admission to the university.
Karachi University Teachers Society President Prof Mutahir Ahmed, who along
with other office-bearers of the society had been monitoring the admission
process, condemned the Friday incident.
He urged the university administration not to yield to the 'uncalled for' and
'unrealistic' demand of those who were using pressure tactics to get admission
to the university.
"The admission process is absolutely transparent and based on merit," he
Voicing his concern over the prevailing inadequate security measures on the
campus, Prof Ahmed said that he had brought the issue to the notice of the vice
chancellor, Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, and the latter had assured
him of foolproof security measures for the protection and safety of faculty
members, students and employees.
He said that the faculty members of university would neither tolerate any
external pressure nor allow the 'outsiders' to destroy the peaceful atmosphere
of the university.
He said that the Kuts executive committee would meet on Saturday to discuss
the prevailing situation and chalk out its future line of action.
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Dr Channar's murder Employees support protest by SU teachers
Hyderabad: The employees of the Sindh University on Friday
extended support to the protesting university teachers who were demanding
removal of ViceChancellor Dr Nazir Mughal and arrest of the killers of Dr Bashir
The president of the Sindh University Employees Welfare Association (SEWA)
Ghulam Nabi Bhalai and secretary Allah Wadhayo Sehto expressed the support in a
meeting with delegation of Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA) led by
its president Dr Azhar Ali Shah and general secretary Dr Arfana Mallah.
The leaders also met representatives of civil society, including Pakistan
Institute of Labour and Research and briefed them about the state of affairs on
The civil society representatives were informed that classes had been
suspended and no academic work was being carried out because teachers were
increasingly feeling insecure after the murder of Dr Channar who was killed on
the campus during university timing.
They blamed maladministration on part of the vice-chancellor for the
The representatives of civil society assured the teachers of full
A delegation of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission led by Asad Iqbal Butt
gathered details about the situation in the university.
The teachers also met officebearers of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers
Association and sought the association's support for their demands.
The teachers also held a Quran Khwani for the departed soul of Dr Channar at
the lawn of the Arts Faculty.
The Federation of AllPakistan Universities Academic Staff Association's Sindh
chapter will meet on Saturday to chalk out its strate-gy with regard to
situation on campus.
SUAT President Dr Azhar Shah said the association was preparing to move court
against the decision of the university syndicate which had purportedly
authorised the vice-chancellor to take any action against the president and
general secretary of SUTA.
The meeting of the syndicate was illegal in the first place because the body
was incomplete without representatives of university teachers.
Dr Channar's sons voice trust in VC's efforts
Five sons of the slain Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar have expressed full
confidence in the university's vice-chancellor, Dr Nazir A. Mughal, and
supported the steps he had taken and was taking for the welfare of the bereaved
Addressing a news conference at their residence on Friday, Aziz Ahmed, Nazeer
Ahmed, Mohammad Dawood, Tahir Basheer Ahmed and Mansoor Ahmed said their late
father and Dr Mughal were not only associates but also close friends.
They said they were surprised to see the people, who were against their
father and had used objectionable language against him during his life after he
was granted extension in service, doing politics on his body to serve their own
They said that by raising hue and cry against the vicechancellor who was
their benefactor, these people were rubbing salt into their wounds.
The vice-chancellor has named microbiology department after the late
professor, offered jobs to two of his sons and daughters, waived fees of two
daughters studying in the university and the university syndicate has sanctioned
financial aid of Rs1 million for the bereaved family.
The vice chancellor has also announced posthumous award of a gold medal for
the late professor. Dawn
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HSC forms submission schedule
Karachi: The examination forms for private candidates of the Higher Secondary School
Certificate (HSSC) Part-II or Part I and Part II (Combined) Annual
Examinations-2012 could be submitted without late fee from Monday, January 16 to
Thursday, February 9.
According to a notification issued here on Friday,
the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) would collect the examination
forms for the Commerce (Private) Group, Humanities (Private) Group, benefit
cases, improvement of division and additional subjects.
The BIEK would
collect late fee of Rs200 from February 10 to February 27 and Rs500 from
February 28 to March 12. Meanwhile, a surcharge of Rs1000 would be imposed from
March 13 to March 21.
The controller of examinations, BIEK, directed the
eligible (private) candidates to submit their examination forms duly filled and
verification of entries along with fee at the booth of Habib Bank Limited, Board
Office. The students could also submit their forms and fee at other authorised
branches of the same banks, he said.
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FUUAST launches book translated from Sindhi into Urdu
Karachi: The research and composition section of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and
Technology (FUUAST) launched a book on Friday which was translated from Sindhi
to Urdu based on Tib-e-Unani.
The title of the book "Asaan Ilaj" (Easy
Treatment) was written by Shams-ul-Atba Hakeem Shams Uddin Ahmed and translated
by the Chairman, Department of Sindhi, FUUAST, Dr Inayat Hussain Laghari. This
book has also translated and published in 21 different languages, the
spokesperson of the university said.
The launching ceremony of Asaan Ilaj
will take place at the Abdul Qadeer Auditorium, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Campus, FUUAST.
The chief guest of the occasion, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission
(HEC), Prof Dr Javed Laghari said that Pakistan hardly used 1.7 per cent of its
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the education sector.
Owing to the
situation that the resources of distribution of the funds by the HEC are
declining nowadays, the universities are also getting lesser amount in lieu of
their regular funds, he said.
However, the HEC has talked with the
government to increase the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff of
the universities, Prof Dr Laghari added. "The country has rich resources of
minerals and other natural habitats. There is a need to conduct special research
on them," he said. The HEC would take measures for the success of the subject of
Tib-e-Unani at the university level, Dr Laghari concluded. The news
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