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Sindh University re-verification of degrees

Sindh University gives clean chit to all MPs
Islamabad, July 29: Sindh University has given a clean chit to all MPs even after the re-verification of degrees which according to its Vice Chancellor (VC) was in line with the guidelines on Higher Education Commission (HEC).

During a press briefing by Vice Chancellors of all public sector universities, Sindh University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir A Mughal revealed that there were 108 degrees provided to Sindh University for verification out of which 105 are genuine. "The remaining three degrees are not legible and we have asked HEC to provide us with the readable copies of the documents," he said.

He said that we have completed the process of verification of degrees long ago but HEC suspected us and asked us also to verify intermediate and matriculation certificates as well "Once we had completed the whole process then we were asked to re verify it according to guidelines of HEC which were not mentioned before," he said.

Mughal said that after receiving new directions by HEC, they demanded intermediate and matriculation certificates from the public representatives. "After thorough scrutiny of all documents the degrees of MPs are declared genuine,' he said.

He said that the first batch of degrees verification has been completed by Sindh University. "We have received 13 more degrees for verification in 2nd batch on 20 July and nine in third batch a few days ago and we have started the process of verification of these degrees as well," he said.

According to the sources Mughal severely criticized the media during the vice chancellors meeting and said that it was the media that was creating an issue out of a non-issue. "The media is behind me and publishing false news against me," he said in the meeting.

Mughal reiterated in the meeting and in press briefing as well that he was neither under the pressure of provincial government nor under the pressure of federal government. "We are performing our duty independently and are not being pressured by any segment," he said. The news

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Honour for LUMHS
Hyderabad: The Higher Education Commission has ranked Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) as the second best medial university of the country.

Director of the quality enhancement cell of the university Dr Faisal Ghani Siddiqui said in a statement that the commission had developed the first-ever ranking of universities. Approved through a specialist ranking board, the ranking methodology had been devised by the commission's quality assurance committee through a transparent consultative process and after observing international ranking practices and systems, Dr Siddiqui said. Dawn

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Urdu Bazaar in a mess after monsoon showers
Karachi: The monsoon rains have badly affected Urdu Bazaar, one of the old city areas in Saddar Town, and as a result, ninety per cent shops were found to be closed on Wednesday.

Heaps of stinking garbage and stagnant water were seen all over Urdu Bazaar as well as other areas including Civil Hospital Karachi, Jamia Cloth Market, Federal Urdu University, Ranchor Lines, Burns Road and Sindh Secretariat.

Mumtaz, a shopkeeper at Urdu Bazaar, informed PPI that stagnant water had been present for more than 24 hours. "We face a similar situation every monsoon. There is no proper system to drain the rainwater from here," he said.

Although sanitary workers were present in the locality, they were not doing anything to improve the situation. When asked, they informed PPI that they did not have the proper machinery to do so. "We would remove garbage from roads when the stagnant rainwater recedes. This situation is likely to improve by tomorrow if it does not rain. Only God can make it possible to remove two feet of accumulated water from this area in a single day," they said.

Adnan, a book dealer, said that not a single customer had visited his shop since morning. "It will take a minimum of three days to neutralize the situation. The shopkeepers had a drain constructed on self-help basis three years ago which is the only source to divert the rainwater from market area to main Nullah," he informed.

Yet another shop owner Sultan said that no serious efforts were being taken by the local administration to tackle the problem apart from some 'cosmetic measures.' "The shopkeepers have hired some sweepers to keep the area clean but obviously this is not enough. A project was planned in the first tenure of City District Government Karachi to get rid of the problem of rainwater but it was shelved when the tenure of the then mayor Niamautullah Khan ended," he said.

Gul Zeb, one of a few customers in the market said, "Urdu Bazaar is the only market where second hand books are available at cheaper rates but the market is in a bad state. The government should facilitate the Urdu Bazaar traders and take precautionary measures to ensure better sanitary conditions here."

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'2400 posts of lecturers available in Sindh'
Karachi: Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Sindh, Pir Mazhar Ul Haq said on Wednesday that there are 2400 posts available for lecturers in the provincial education department and these would only be filled through the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC).

He was addressing the offer letter distribution ceremony where in 404 commission pass lecturers, including 187 female and 217 male lecturers, were given letters. "Prior to this exercise, ad hocism and favouritism was the criteria to hire teachers in the department. Merit has now been set as standard for hiring in the education sector. After the appointment of these lectures in rural and urban Sindh, more teachers would be hired to overcome the deficiency of lecturers in colleges," he said.

"There were political pressure as well as demands from various associations of teachers to hire people of their choices in the education department," the minister said. He also said that the department would place these lecturers at different colleges in Sindh and they are bound to teach the students for five years at the same college. The news

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