Armed robbers in Sindh University
Armed robbers roaming freely in Sindh University, says Prof Mallah
Karachi, July 13: How bad the situation in Sindh University is could be gauged from the fact
that robbers armed with deadly weapons such as Kalashnikovs are roaming
freely on its campus.
The startling disclosure was made by
Arfana Mallah, professor of chemistry at Sindh University, Jamshoro, at
a news conference at Karachi Press Club on Thursday.
news conference was held by a Joint Action Committee, a coalition of the
Aurat Foundation, Women's Action Forum and several other organizations,
to condemn the attack on Prof Amar Sindhu and Prof Arfana Malah on July
9. Their car was fired at just past the Northern Bypass as they were
driving home to Hyderabad from Karachi.
"As many as 40
dacoits armed with Kalashnikovs accompanied the current vice chancellor
when he entered Sindh University after reappointment," Arfana said.
"Teachers became scared and nearly half of them have sent their families to their homes in their villages," Mallah said.
"I have written a letter to the governor of Sindh, asking as to why dacoits are roaming in Sindh University."
have had meetings with sane voices in the Pakistan People's Party such
as Taj Haider, leaders in the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-N
since we can't afford the closure of the campus for two months," Mallah
She recounted that three people attacked their car
and had Sindhu not fallen on the seat after gunshots were fired at her
abdomen and waist she would have been killed. Sindhu was sitting on the
front seat, she said.
Prof Sindhu said police saw she was bleeding profusely but refused to register a first information report (FIR).
asked the police officer concerned to write a letter to the MLO at
Baqai Hospital but he kept us waiting for about one hour.
talked to PPP leader Taj Haider who said he would talk to the home
secretary but could not pressurise the relevant police officer to
register an FIR," Sindhu said.
Dr Mutahir Ahmed,
professor of International Relations at the University of Karachi and
president of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), extended
full support to the teachers of Sindh University, which has about 25,000
students, and said his organisation called an emergency meeting to show
solidarity with the Prof Sindhu and Prof Mallah.
ugly incident is not confined to Sindh University; its reflection can be
seen on all our campuses and in Pakistani society," he said.
on behalf of the Joint Action Committee, women rights activist Anis
Haroon said Prof Sindhu and Prof Mallah had been getting threats since
the vice chancellor of the Sindh University was reappointed.
salute Amar Sindhu. It was sort of a warning. Had the culprits wanted
to kill them they would have killed them," Haroon said.
JAC has sent a letter to the governor of Sindh for an appointment and
KUTS leaders will also join us when we get the appointment," she said.
to a question if the situation was similar to that of 1971 when people
from the intelligentsia in the former East Pakistan (Bangladesh) were
massacred, Haroon said people who had vision
foresee developments and not only teachers but doctors, journalists,
lawyers and activists of non-governmental organisations were being
A press release issued by the Women's Action
Forum (WAF) said Prof Sindhu ducked after she saw three men with faces
covered and with guns ready to shoot in their hands.
was injured by a bullet that entered from the backdoor grazing her back.
The men fired several rounds continuously at the car. She was given
treatment at the Baqai Hospital. Arfana and other members of the team in
the car were safe.
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Sufi conference ends at Fuuast
Karachi: A two-day literary conference titled "the importance of Sufi literature
in present day" ended at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
and Technology (Fuuast) on Thursday.
The conference was
presided by Registrar Prof Dr Qamar-ul-Haq. Dr Nawaz Ali Shauq, Dr Abdur
Razzaq Sabir, Dr Seemi Nagmana, Dr Suleman D Muhammad, Dr Ali Akbar
Sayyal, Dr Inayat Hussain Leghari and Prof Dr Syed Jamal Haider
presented abstracts. The abstracts are available in a printed book form
at the Fuuast library and department of Sindhi. The news
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Modern lab to be inaugurated at FUUAST tomorrow
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
(FUUAST) has set up a 'cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology'
laboratory at is Gulshan-e-Iqbal campus. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Muhammad Qaiser would formally inaugurate the new lab on Saturday. ppi
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Fellow of Air War College certificates awarded to graduates
Karachi: A ceremony to award Fellow of Air War College (FAWC) certificates was held at Air War College, PAF Base Faisal, on Wednesday.
Dr Javaid R Laghari, chairman of the Higher Education Commission, was the chief guest on the occasion.
distributed certificates among the graduating officers of 25 Air War
Course, comprising officers from the Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force,
and from friendly countries, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China,
Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Group Captain Imran Majid Ali earned the distinction of presenting best thesis of the course.
Dr Laghari congratulated the graduating officers.
He also commended the faculty of the Air War College on their consistent hard work and commitment to excellence.
He advised the graduates to gainfully apply the
they had acquired there, remain prepared to meet the challenges of time
and make their alma mater as well as their respective service proud of
He further stressed a continued review of the dynamic nature of security environment to stay on the leading edge of the change.
Air Vice Marshal Azher Hasan, Air Officer Commanding, Air War College,
highlighted different study phases conducted, which were customised to
meet the requirements of modern warfare. The news
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70,000 uneducated ICT kids to benefit from new education bill
Islamabad: After strenuous efforts of last two years, the Senate has finally
passed a bill to legally recognise the provision of free and compulsory
education to more than 70,000 Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)
out-of-school children of age five to 16. The move has also set
precedence for the education departments of all the provinces to follow
the suit and initiate similar legislations in their assemblies.
the passage of the 'Right to Free Education Bill', the United Nations
Scientific, Educational, Culture, and Communication Organisation
(UNESCO) on Thursday arranged a seminar, titled 'Enforcement of
Right to Education: Moving Beyond Islamabad' at local hotel.
per recent 18th Amendment and insertion of Article 25-A in the
constitution, it is now a state responsibility to ensure all boys and
girls, up to age 16, including refugees and migrant children, attend
school. Article 25-A was made part of the constitution in April 2010,
but legislation to enact this right was pending since then.
Dr Saeeda Iqbal of PPP, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of PML-Q, Najma Hameed
of PML-N and Farah Aqil of ANP moved this multi-party bill in the Upper
House, where it was passed unopposed. Educationist and senator of
Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Dr Saeeda Iqbal, thanked all the other
political parties for their prompt unanimous support to get this bill
passed. The draft bill was reviewed and improved by Senator SM Zafar and
his fellow senators and submitted to the Senate last year.
representative Dr Kozue Kay Nagata congratulated all the senators,
saying "The passing of the bill itself is a historic milestone towards
education for all in Pakistan, and the outcome is great! And the whole
process has set an example that how democratic society reflects voices
of the people through their elected representatives."
Under the bill,
newly formed Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD)
will be responsible for implementing it to provide free, compulsory and
quality education to all children in ICT. This means that up to age 16,
the education of all boys and girls will be free with all facilities
ensuring safety of the students, giving special attention to the
disadvantaged children without any discrimination. The bill also calls
upon private schools to admit 10 percent of underprivileged students
belonging to the neighbourhood in each class.
"The Senate has taken a
lead to pas this bill - the quickest in the country's history. I have
seen these policy-level bills taking ages in the National Assembly, but
due to the great cause and unity of the senators from various political
parties, it took them just a few hours to pass the bill," said CAD Joint
Secretary Prof Rafiq Tahir.
As next step, for the implementation of
the bill, the CAD and Federal Directorate of Education will now initiate
the process by framing and notifying the rules under this bill,
preparing an action plan for rolling out and expanding access and
ensuring enrolment of each child living in Islamabad Capital Territory.
This will also require allocation of additional resources to implement
this constitutional obligation. Daily times
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H-9 College students to lose their hostel
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE)
has in principal decided to hand over the hostel of H-9 College to
Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM).
Memorandum of understanding has been finalised and handing over of hostel will be done before the end of summer vacations.
It is feared that the students who have been protesting against the
occupation of the building by the management of Comsats since February
2001 may become hurdle in smooth handing over.
A professor of the college requesting anonymity said that students
belonging to Fata/Fana, Kashmir, Balochistan and far flung areas had
gone to their hometown on vacations.
He said they were excited that after the vacations they would get
boarding facility at the hostel but the FDE move to give the building to
the PBM would certainly disappoint them and their reaction would be severe.
"The hostel at H-9 College is the biggest of the hostels as compared
to other colleges of Federal capital. With 70 rooms and having the
capacity to accommodate more than 200 students, one big dining hall and kitchen, a spacious common room and
the warden office the hostel would have offered excellent lodging
facilities," he said.
"In private hostels, the young students have to live with people from
different backgrounds and age groups which affects their studies and
does not provide them healthy living," he said.
Spokesman of Federal Government College Teachers Association,
Professor Tahir Mehmood also condemned the move to hand over the
building to the PBM.
"In 2001, on the instructions of the then education minister Zubaida
Jalal, about 100 Balochistan students of Comsats Institute of
Information Technology were given accommodation in the hostel and since
then the H-9 College students have been struggling to get the hostel
back," he said.
Zahoor Khan, a student of the college, said that accommodation
facility was the right of the students but now management was handing
over the hostel to some other department which was quite frustrating.
Admin officer of the college, Rana Shakeel said that he had been
informed by the staff that on Wednesday evening a team of PBM headed by
Zamarud Khan visited the hostel.
"So far we are not informed in writing that hostel is being given to
PBM. We have a small building with one dozen rooms for staff but we are
using it as students' hostel," he said.
Director Federal Government Colleges, Mehmood Akhtar Malik said that
he had also heard about it and added that he had taken up the issue with
the Joint Secretary Capital Administration and Development Rafique
Tahir who said that it might be the job of management wing.
Former DG FDE Atif Kiyani said that he knew that an MoU had been prepared but did not have any further information.
"According to the MoU, PBM will pay the utility bills and orphans
will live in the building so we should take it positively," he said.
Joint Secretary Ministry of Capital Administration and Development,
Rafique Tahir said that he had not moved any summery for the handing
over of the hostel to PBM.
"I also asked former secretary Imtiaz Inayat Elahi about it but he
said that I should check it from administrative wing but joint secretary
admin Noor Zaman is on leave," he said.
The PBM chairman, Zamarud Khan, has confirmed that PBM has been
trying to get the possession of hostel for the orphan children. He said
that he had also demanded building from provincial governments because
he had almost 80,000 children all over the country and they should be
accommodated in the buildings, he added. Dawn
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AIOU prepares video packages on water conservation, sanitary
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has prepared two different video packages to promote
awareness about water safety/conservation and sanitation through
primary- and secondary-level educational network throughout the country.
The videos were formally handed over to Pakistan Institute for
Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) at a ceremony held on
Thursday. The videos have been prepared under an MoU signed between the
AIOU and PIEDAR last year.
AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi
assured that the AIOU would try its best to promote human values-based
water, sanitation and hygiene education through the curriculum to
address the critical gaps in the provision of water and sanitation
services. He said the university would be prepared to undertake joint
efforts to educate the people for better utilisation of water resources.
The AIOU, he added, has launched a countrywide campaign to promote
knowledge, skill and behaviour through its various academic programmes
and non-credit courses. It has planned to start open-schooling system by
the end of this year that will be major breakthrough in improving
literacy rate in the country through distance-learning system.
Sangi said the AIOU would develop its linkage with the universities of
the Islamic countries to promote mutual benefit in the educational
fields and to meet new challenges, enabling their students to take part
in the socio-economic development of their respective countries. In this
connection four separate memoranda of understanding (MoUs) have been
signed with four Sudanese universities to promote common objectives in
the education sector.
He said that due to upgrading of quality
education and its equal accessibility throughout the country as well as
better strategic planning, adopted during the last two years, annual
students' enrolment of the university growth has reached to 23 percent
in the current year as compared to 11 percent in 2009. Daily times
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