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University of Sindh official shot dead

Sindh varsity official shot dead at campus
Hyderabad, Jan. 03: Prof Bashir Ahmed Channar, Director, Student Affairs, University of Sindh, was killed in an armed attack at the Jamshoro campus on Monday.

Two assailants on a motorcycle opened fire at Prof Channar near Allama I.I. Kazi's mausoleum when he slowed down his car on a speed breaker, said Dr Azhar Shah, president, Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA).

He said that a security guard returned fire and injured one of the attackers, but could not prevent them from escaping.

Rashid Khuhro, a lecturer, said Prof Channar was attacked when he was returning home from his office. He was taken to the Liaquat University Hospital, but died of injuries.

According to Dr Kashif, of the Liaquat Hospital, the professor received four bullets from an automatic gun.

"One bullet pierced through his heart and one each hit him in the chest, abdomen and arm," the doctor said.

Deputy Registrar of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Dr Saroop Bhatia, said the body was being taken to Hyderabad's Civil Hospital for autopsy.

The university has seen a wave of protest by groups of students affiliated with political parties after the administration rusticated 19 students and banned the entry of four former students in the campus, blaming them for creating law and order situation.

Involvement of such students in the killing could not be ruled out, said an office-bearer of the SUTA.

However, it was up to the police to investigate the incident from different angles, he added.

The slain official would be buried in his family graveyard in the Kandiaro area of Noshehro Feroze district, said Ghulam Nabi Kaka, general secretary of the Sindh University Officers' Association.

Mr Channar was appointed as the director of student affairs after he retired as professor three years ago.

Mr Channar, 62, is survived by wife, three sons and three daughters.

Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir A. Mughal has condemned the killing and said Mr Channar was one of the best teachers of microbiology and a good administrator.

The VC has named the microbiology department as Professor Basheer Ahmed Institute of Microbiology and announced that one of his offspring would be provided job in the university.

The vice-chancellor announced that the university would remain closed on Tuesday and a seven-day mourning would be observed.

Meanwhile, the university officers association, at an emergency meeting, expressed grief over the murder of the professor and appealed to political parties, NGOs and human rights organisations to cooperate with the university administration for arrest of the killers.

The meeting appealed to the governor, the chief minister, the IG of Sindh and the university vice-chancellor to ensure arrest of the killers and also that they were awarded exemplary punishment.

The meeting called for "emergency" measures to restore peace and order at the campus. Dawn

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Pir Mazhar warns teachers to refrain from demonstrations
Karachi: The teachers should not become a part of any demonstrations and remain away from such activities because the Reform Support Unit and World Bank (WB) as well as donor agencies are monitoring their performance. Poor performances of the teachers might create hurdle for them and they would not get a permanent job in the department after the completion of their contractual terms.

The education minister expressed these views on Monday. All the IBA pass teachers would get permanent job letters. However, it would be subject to their performances. The teachers are advised to improve the quality of their teaching so that they would get a permanent place in the department, he said.

"The government had signed an agreement with the WB, according to which, the IBA pass teachers, were hired on contract basis. Among other conditions, the WB had directed the education department to give a permanent job to the teachers based on their service performance," he said.

The education department has sent a summary to the chief minister Sindh which include the names of the IBA pass teachers. The chief minister Sindh had approved that summary but unfortunately, due to some technical issues, the department once again sent the summary for approval, he added.

According to the minister, the Sindh government has agreed to give regular jobs to the IBA pass teachers and law-making in this regard is in progress. The teachers should not involve themselves in political activities as well as avoid participation in demonstrations or protests. Otherwise, the department would take strict action against them, he warned.

Pir Mazhar directed the secretary education to take action against the executive district officers (education) if they do not give regular jobs to the contractual employees on completion of their contract tenure. He asked the department to give permanent jobs after completion of the contract of the lower grade staff.

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Education dept's workers to receive salaries after inquiry
Karachi: Karachi Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed met Education Department's agitated employees on Monday and assured them of the payment of their salaries as soon as the departmental proceedings over the issue were complete.

In a meeting at the Civic Centre, Syed said workers who did not receive their salaries were being scrutinised by a committee established for the purpose. "An inquiry against those officers is under way who re-employed 413 workers through forgery, who had been relieved of their duties earlier," he added.

He said those who did not receive their salaries had to attach their original documents to a form released by the Human Resource Department of the Karachi Municipal Corporation. Their case would be decided on the basis of an investigation of their documents, he said.

"We will do justice to everyone and strict action will be taken against those found guilty of corruption." The administrator warned the clerks charged with the responsibility of making pay sheets to "refrain from preparing fake salary bills". "Employees involved in making fake bills will have to face strict disciplinary action," he said.

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APSMA notifies fee schedule
Karachi: All-Private Schools Management Association (APSMA), Sindh, has announced the schedule for fee collection for 'summer vacations (June and July)' on Monday. The students of Class X will pay the tuition fee up to March 2012 in the month of February 2012, before issuance of admit cards. All dues should be cleared at the time of issuing admit cards otherwise their issuance will be held up, Chairman APSMA, Syed Khalid Shah, said. The news

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FUUAST aptitude test under NTS on Jan 8
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) Director Admissions Prof Muhammad Siddique announced on Monday that National Aptitude Test (NAT) for computer science, geology, BBA and Pharm D would be held under National Testing Service (NTS) on Jan 8. Admit cards had been sent to the residential addresses of candidates; however, admit cards could also be downloaded from NTS

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Karachi varsity declares MBBS supplementary exam results
Karachi: University of Karachi examinations department on Monday declared the result of MBBS third professional supplementary examination 2011. As per the statistics of result, 110 candidates were registered, out of which 107 appeared in the examinations, while 77 were declared as pass. The pass percentage remained 71.96 percent. The results of two candidates have been withheld due to objections. Daily times

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KU constitutes body to verify records
Karachi: A three-member committee has been constituted at Karachi University's (KU) Examination Department on Monday, tasked with verifying educational records of students.

The notification issued in this regard revealed that Controller Examinations Professor Dr Javed Zaki and Professor Dr Arshad Azmi would be part of the committee.

The committee is also charged with a number of other responsibilities including regular monitoring of semester and external exams. The body would make a plan to prevent unnecessary delays in announcement of results and has been directed to submit its recommendations to the vice chancellor on a regular basis.

MBBS result: The Karachi University's (KU) controller of examinations announced the results of MBBS Third Professional Supplementary Exams 2011 on Monday.

Seventy-seven students cleared the supplementary exams out of the 107 who appeared in them. The passing percentage was 72 percent. The annual viva exam for LLM final year students is scheduled to take place on January 5.

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Faisalabad varsity gets 3rd position in debate contest
Faisalabad: The University of Faisalabad has secured 3rd position in All Punjab Inter-Universities Urdu Debate Contest for award of 14th Allama Iqbal Shield, organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC) at UET Lahore.

The contest was participated by 27 universities from all over the Punjab. The University of Faisalabad team comprised of Ms Afeefa Ashraf, Student of Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Saad Akhtar, Student of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, got 3rd position. Individually, Ms Afeefa Ashraf got 3rd position as well. With this achievement, TUF team has also qualified for Federal Level Debate Contest, in the final round which will be held at HEC Islamabad. The news

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