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College principal who set an example denied office
Karachi, July 06: When he was assaulted by political activists for refusing to allow students to
cheat in their intermediate examinations on May 3, Waseem Adil, the
principal of the Government National College, gained newfound respect in
the eyes of Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, who said the
teacher's actions were "the only way to fight miscreants in the field of
But just a few weeks later, the same
person was not allowed to take charge as regional director colleges
Karachi by employees of the education ministry.
to General Secretary Sindh Professor and Lecturers Association Iftikhar
Azmi, in March this year, "Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah suspended Rani
Ghani - who occupied the office of Regional Director Colleges Karachi -
on charges of corruption."
When new candidates were short
listed for the post, Wasim Adil's name was topmost in terms of
seniority. He had been a professor of Physics at the DJ College for
35-years and was the principal of the Government National College for
the past year-and-a-half.
"I received a letter from Sindh
Services General and Administration and Coordination Department (SGA
& CD) to take office, but when I reached the building, I was handed a
copy of a stay order by Rani Ghani. It said that the post still
belonged to her," said Wasim Adil, while talking to The News.
SGA & CD is a department headed by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and
looks over matters related to the postings of government officials who
are deputed by the Sindh Government. Some of its responsibilities are
'transfer, posting and promotion' of government officials of all
departments, including the education ministry. Iftikhar Azmi claims that
the SGA & CD is the final authority and not the education minister.
"If the chief minister has ordered Rani Ghani to be
suspended and appointed a new candidate, then technically, her stay in
the office of regional director colleges Karachi is illegal."
applications of retirements and pensions etc go through the office of
the regional director colleges and are approved by his or her signature.
However, if there is a dispute over Rana Ghani's eligibility to hold
office, then all her signatures will become null and void.
Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar ul Haq was busy in a
meeting till the filing of this report and could not be contacted for a
comment. Meanwhile, his spokesperson said that "Rani Ghani has taken the
matter to court.
Her retirement is only a month away and she wants to complete her term."
On the other hand, Wasim Adil awaits final orders. "I will do as the government says."
a widely reported case on May 3rd, afterWasim Adil refused to allow
political activists to cheat during an intermediate examination; he was
threatened and thrashed by them.
The furniture of his
office was vandalised and the computers in the labs were broken after
the miscreants forcibly entered the premises of Government National
College at the end of the exam and sought revenge. The news
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Field trip inspires 300 youths to serve humanity
Karachi: The fifth and penultimate day of the Young
Leaders' Conference (YLC) saw the participants learn about
socio-development leadership as they explored local and global
partnership synergies and the various ways in which economies riddled
with poverty, lack of education and social growth can exploit potential
for sustainable development.
The 300 youths departed for various locations as part of a field trip
to learn, first-hand, about serving humanity. They visited the Sindh
Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Indus Hospital, Fatimid
Foundation, Darul Sakoon and the Civil Hospital Karachi and met
patients and doctors there. Many of them later said they were highly
inspired by the commitment of the health professionals working at these
institutions, who have devoted their lives to the cause of helping
people.The Fatimid Foundation set up a blood donation camp at the hotel
where the participants in the YLC are staying and most of them donated
Fashion designer Yousuf Bashir Qureshi of YBQ was the keynote speaker
during the afternoon session. His lecture "Does selflessness exist?"
showed how one can find a cause to serve mankind.
Shaheen Atiq ur Rahman, founder of Bunyad, Lahore, conducted an
engaging session on "Owning the mess". Having spent years of her life
educating thousands of children in hundreds of villages, she spoke about
the challenges one must face to improve their surroundings.
Saima Khan of the School of Leadership (SoL) led the capacity
building session titled, "Breaking the glass ceiling", where the
counsellor spoke of getting past internal barriers in order to utilise
their God-given potentials.
Subjects such as providing unconditional service, managing tough
challenges, enabling the disabled and giving back to society were
tackled by Saleem Aziz Khan of Sahee, Talal Waheed from Islamabad,
Saifullah Kazmi of Karachi Vocational Training Centre, Dr Zaidi of Indus
Hospital and Shireen Naqvi of the SoL during the breakout sessions. Dawn
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KU to hold discussion on Asian secularism
Karachi: University of Karachi's Area Study Centre for Europe is going
to hold a discussion on the secular values prevalent in South Asia. The
General Secretary of All India Secular Forum, Prof Ram Puniyani, will be
the key speaker of discussion scheduled to be held at the centre's
library on July 6 (today). Daily times
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CM announces 450 laptops for special children
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that special children are an asset to
the nation and they cannot be ignored. He observed that all the
civilized societies provided the best opportunities to special persons
to enable them make progress.
He said nature had
deprived special children of few capabilities, however, they had been
blessed with such other skills and talent, which even a normal person
did not possess.
He announced that the Punjab government
would give 450 laptops to special children in educational institutions
throughout the province. He said that so far 125,000 laptops had been
distributed among students in the province while a hefty amount of Rs 4
billion had been earmarked for laptops distribution in the next fiscal
years. Chief Minister announced that, in the next phase of laptops
distribution programme, brilliants students of vocational institutions
and seminaries would also be included.
The chief minister
was addressing laptop distribution ceremony amongst special children at
the Chief Minister's Secretariat here on Thursday.
said the first phase of progamme of providing information technology in
all educational institutions in the country which was launched by PML-N
government was concluding.
He said the Punjab government
had distributed laptops among brilliants students of educational
institutions in the province and hoped that the youth would benefit from
the computers. He said he was thankful to the Dell Corporation for
providing a gift of 150 laptops for special children which would go a
long way in enabling them to compete with others in life. The news
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