Resumption of Sindh University classes demanded
Rally demands resumption of classes at SU
Hyderabad, Jan 26: A rally in favour of resuming classes at a
university closed since the beginning of the month due to the murder of
a professor, and another demanding resignation of the vice-chancellor
were taken out on Wednesday.
A number of senior
teachers, employees, civil society members and parents and guardians of
students of the Sindh University appealed to protesting teachers to save
the future of students by immediately resuming classes.
were suspended on January 2, after the assassination of Prof Basheer
Ahmed Channar, also Director Students Affairs. The peace rally was
organized by the Sindh University Officers Welfare Association.
procession was led by pro-vice chancellors Prof Dr Parveen Shah, Prof
Dr Anwar Ali Shah, Prof Dr Imdad Ali Ismaili and President of the
Association Muhammad Nawaz Narejo.
The rally started from the
Model School Hyderabad to press club and largely attended by the
officers, senior teachers, employees and students of the university, and
also two sons of the murdered professor – Dawood Channar and Aziz
Carrying banners, participants appealed to teachers to resume teaching to avoid further loss of students.
is the land of peace and Sufi's and always promoted brotherhood, and it
was our collective duty to maintain the traditions of our forefathers
who established this place of learning, they said.
"We are answerable to the nations for not delivering what our province demands for its development and betterment.
Teachers should immediately resume the teaching process," they said.
appealed to the authorities to order arrest of killers of Prof Bashir
Ahmed Channar while appreciating the efforts of vice-chancellor in this
However, activists of the Left Unity took out a procession
from the old campus to the press club in support of the Sindh
University Teachers Association (SUTA) calling for the removal of
Vice-Chancellor Prof Nazir A. Mughal and establishment of a judicial commission.
good number of university teachers and leaders of the Non-Academic
Staff Association participated in the rally. They carried placards and
banners inscribed with slogans of "Go VC Go," "Save the university" and
"Education system based on
class system unacceptable.
of the Left Unity Bakhshal Thalho and Latif Inqalabi said that
maladministration in universities was rampant, especially in the Sindh
They alleged that vice-chancellors were being
appointed on political recommendation and gratification, instead of
merit because of which they remain non-serious towards education sector.
four students and a professor lost their lives during the tenure of the
incumbent vice-chancellor, besides financial mismanagement and
maladministration were topping the list they said adding that neither
educational transformation nor research culture was developed.
demands included removal of vice-chancellor, appointment of a judicial
commission, withdrawal of Rangers and police from the campus and revival
of student unions.
SUTA leaders Azhar Ali Shah and Dr Arfana
Mallah and employees' leaders Ghulam Nabi Bhalai and Allah Wadhayo also
spoke on the occasion.
The teachers and employees also staged a rally at the university campus and raised slogans against the VC.
NOTIFICATION: Registrar Sindh University on Wednesday notified regularisation of services of contractual employees
completing one year satisfactory services as per the rules.
further announced giving job priority to sons/daughters of
deceased/retired employees according to qualification required for posts
from BPS-2 to BPS-6. Upgradation orders of remaining employees will be
issued soon under technical scheme.
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Varsity appoints 25 demonstrators
Larkana: The syndicate of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto
Medical University (SBBMU), with five out of its ten members, approved
the appointment of 25 demonstrators in different departments.
The approval was given at a meeting of the syndicate at Chandka Medical College here on Wednesday.
Professor Akbar Haidar Soomro, who presided over the meeting, told
reporters that five members of the syndicate attended the meeting while
its convener was out of country.
He said that four members did not
turn up at the meeting though they were present in the college. When
asked what reason was behind their reluctance to attend the meeting, the
VC said they were pressing for up-gradation of their posts and the item
was not included in the agenda.
The meeting also approved the
proposal of allowing Professor Dr Ghulam Qadir Kaheri to continue as the
chairman of the department of forensic medicine. Dawn
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Lecturers' regularisation soon
Karachi: The government would soon move a bill in the provincial assembly to
regularise the services of over 5,000 lecturers, a source said on
Wednesday. The government also plans to recruit 14,000 more teachers, he
said. The education minister had directed his department to advertise
the posts in local newspapers, the source added.
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Students body threatens to block TV channels
Quetta: A students organisation in Balochistan Wednesday threatens to block all
the channels, which, according to them, were showing partiality in their
Central Committee of the Baloch Students Organisation
(Muhiyuddin) met here under the chair of Muhiyuddin Baloch. The meeting
said the channels are making electricity loadshedding and CNG closer in
Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi as breaking news but completely ignore
situation in Balochistan. They said being afraid of blockage of
advertisements, these channels don't highlight Balochistan issues in
They said the channels would be blocked in
Balochistan province and Baloch areas of Karachi. They said they would
also talk to representatives of journalist community and cable
operators' association to lodge a protest in this regard.
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1,046 teachers promoted to BPS-17
Islamabad: As many as 1,046 Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) working under Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) have been promoted from BPS-16 to BPS-17
under the upgradation package announced by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf
Raza Gilani on October 5, 2011.
The notification issued by the
Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) provided much
needed joy for the teachers many of whom have been working in BPS-16 for
last ten to twenty years.
According to the notification 474 male
and 572 female teachers have been promoted from TGT category to
Secondary School Teachers (SST) category that would make them eligible
for other benefits.
The notification showed that only those
teachers have been promoted that have minimum of 3-year experience and
were not promoted to Grade 16 after December 31, 2010.
teachers continued to raise voice for their rights for so many months
and most of the protesting TGTs were those who were appointed in BPS-16
in 1989 or after, and failed to secure promotion since then.
promotion case of TGTs who were working in Grade 16 hit snags, as they
could not be directly promoted to Grade 17 because according to rules
they had to secure promotion through the Federal Public Service
Commission (FPSC). But after negotiations between the teachers'
association and FDE officials, a formula was prepared to ensure their
promotion without FPSC.
Federal Government Teachers Association
(FGTA) President Azhar Mehmood Awan told this correspondent that most of
TGTs who were demanding upgradation of their posts were appointed in
BPS-15 or 16 in 1989, 1990 and after and have not been able to reach
BPS-17 due to faulty promotion policies of the government.
said most of the TGTs who teach arts and science subjects of middle and
secondary classes hold masters and BEd degrees, but instead promoting
them, the government over the last 21 years had adopted direct
recruitment policy in BPS-17 through FPSC.
CADD Joint Secretary
Professor Rafique Tahir who signed the notification, said it was a
historic achievement and teachers who have been trying hard to secure
promotion for last so many years have finally been rewarded.
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FG college named after Arfa Karim
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has named the under-construction
Federal College for Women I-14 after the IT genius Arfa Karim.
DG Atif Kyani confirmed that the proposal to name the women college
after Arfa Karim had been approved. "80 percent of the construction
work of the college has been completed while the rest of the 20 percent
would be completed within two months," he said.
He said that the
college would particularly focus on the IT related subjects. "We want
our women to focus on IT subjects too," he said. He said that the
college would start functioning within a few months. "It would be the
only state-of-the-art IT facility for women only," he said. The news
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Faculty resents reappointment of UET vice-chancellor
Peshawar: Senior faculty members at the University of
Engineering and Technology (UET) have shown resentment over the
reappointment of the incumbent vice-chancellor for the fourth
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor
Barrister Masood Kausar, the chancellor of the public sector
universities, reappointed Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani as UET
vice-chancellor on Monday last for another four-year term.
"It is a
black day for us and the university. In the presence of senior faculty
members with PhD degrees and long research and teaching experience, we
have been deprived of having a vice-chancellor from amongst us. With the
fresh reappointment of the present vice-chancellor, the duration of
deprivation would extend by four more years and no one knows how long he
will keep occupying the office," said a senior professor.
other faculty members of UET, wishing not to be named, expressed
identical views when contacted separately on Wednesday.
Farah Hamid Khan, the secretary of higher education department, when
contacted, termed Mr Gillani's reappointment according to law. "It's
sort of extension, not reappointment," she claimed.
the criteria set by Higher Education Commission (HEC) for appointment of
vice-chancellor, there should be a search committee to invite and
nominate potential candidates for the position. The committee should
explain the basis of recommendation and avail willingness of the nominee
to assume the responsibility, UET teachers said.
vice-chancellor should preferably have doctorate degree in an academic
discipline," they said while quoting HEC criteria.
that the incumbent vice-chancellor was neither a PhD nor he was
reappointed through proper procedure. The higher education department,
through its summary had sent only the name of Mr Gillani, they added.
to appointment of a vice-chancellor, the government has to advertise
the post through newspapers, however, this rule was also not followed in
the reappointment of Mr Gillani," the faculty members said.
However, Ms Farah Khan, said that there was no provision of search committee in the law.
about the HEC criteria that a vice-chancellor should preferably be a
PhD, she said that the chancellor had discretionary power to appoint a
non-PhD as a vice-chancellor.
Mr Gilani has become the first
vice-chancellor, who has been reappointed for the fourth term in the
history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was appointed as UET vice-chancellor
for the first time in 2004 by the then governor, Lt-Gen (retired)
Iftikhar Hussain Shah. Dawn
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Poster-making, Urdu debate contest held
Islamabad: On the second day of the Intercollegiate Competitions in different
categories, being organised by Islamabad Model College for Girls (PG),
F-7/4, Islamabad, the students council conducted the Urdu debate and
poster-making competitions. The chief guest of the ceremony was
anchorperson Asma Chaudary.
The topic of the debate was 'Kia Hum
Mohib-e-Watan Qoam Hain'. Fourteen colleges participated in the
competition. The participants with their convincing views debated on the
topic with strong arguments and persuaded the jury to give the decision
in their favour.
Professor Masood Ahmad, Mahmood Gillani and
Jawad Hasan were the judges for debate competitions. First prize went to
Farheen Kazmi of IMCG, F-10/2, Islamabad. Second prize went to Maheen
Tariq of IMCG, Humak. Third prize was awarded to Adeeba Kanwal of IMCG,
Humak while the consolation prize went to Kubra Arif of host college but
she withdrew her award in favour of Kiran Fiyaz of FG Postgraduate
College, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi.
The jury members of poster
making competition were Anjum Ayub (a graphic designer), Riffat Ara
Munir, (artist), Maryam Haider (lecturer). First prize went to Hina
Hussain of FG Postgraduate College, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi, second
prize went to Zara Jillani FG Postgraduate College, Kashmir Road,
Rawalpindi, third prize was awarded to Asma Anis IMCG F-7/2, Islamabad.
Consolation prize was awarded to Maliha Batool of host college, which
was handed over to Saira Bano of IMCG F-7/2, Islamabad.
guest, Asma Chaudry, in her speech said the majority of audiences were
against the topic. She insistently changed the view of the audience into
the favour of the topic by giving examples of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and
Arfa Siddiqui and hence proved that we are a patriotic nation. The news
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