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Committee probes suicide incident at PU
Lahore, June 26: A three-member Punjab University (PU) committee is investigating the
circumstances which led to suicide by a bright student of the varsity's
College of Art & Design last week, it is learnt.
committee was formed by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on
June 22 after Syed Jalal, a third year student at the PU College of Art
& Design's Department of Architecture, committed suicide by jumping
from second floor of his house in Ahmed Block, Garden Town on June 20.
vice-chancellor formed the three-member committee, comprising PUCAD
Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masood, Chairperson Department of Applied
Psychology Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar and Muhammad Hamid Chaudhry lecturer
at the PU College of Information & Technology (PUCIT), and directed
the committee to furnish a comprehensive report within 10 days after
listening to teachers, family members and class fellows of Syed Jalal.
privy to the developments said the VC formed the committee following
protests by students of the PUCAD Department of Architecture who claimed
that the stressful environment at the department also contributed in
death of a bright student like Jalal who was class representative (CR)
in first and second years of the five-year Bachelor in Architecture (B.
It is reliably learnt that the
department's students had locked the department on June 21 as a protest
and no classes were held that day, forcing the VC to launch the probe.
We talked to a number of current and former students, who seeking
anonymity, said the administration had asked them to not interact with
media as the issue could tarnish image of the college as well as the
"However we want a fair investigation as we
believe hostile environment at the department and taunting attitude of
some faculty members also contributed in suicide of Jalal", they
said.One of the students said the inquiry committee had not listened to
any of the students so far. The student said Jalal was a bright student
and had been a high grader in first and second year. No one could
imagine that such a student could commit suicide, they added. The
students also said Jalal had written a letter before he committed
suicide. In the letter, they added, he had also mentioned hostile
environment and taunting attitude of some teachers at the department.
of the current students said that third year class had
always some issues with faculty members as most of them used to mentally
torture students without considering its negative impact which, they
believed, had contributed in the unfortunate incident.
is pertinent to mention that, over the last couple of weeks, a surge in
suicides by students has been witnessed. Reportedly, Basharat Khan, an
MPhil student at Air University, was found hanged from a ceiling fan in
his hostel room in Islamabad on June 21. Earlier, in May, a 7th grader,
Abdul Mubeen, 14, had committed suicide at home on return from a
boarding school in Abbottabad.
According to, "a piece of
paper found in his pocket, the child (Abdul Mubeen) he had decided to
kill himself because he didn't want to go to the school for being
harshly treated by English teacher".
experts, the increase in the rate of suicide among students is a result
of examination stress, lack of teachers' competence to implement
effective teaching methods and curriculum which is beyond the cognitive
reach of children, besides parental pressure and aspirations.
contacted, PUCAD Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masood confirmed that
the committee had yet to talk to the students with regard to the probe.
However, she added, she had been personally in touch with the students
over the tragic incident.
To a question, she said she had
heard of the letter written by the student, Jalal, but had not seen it
personally. She said the letter was in police custody and the committee
would ask the police to provide the same as it would helpful in probe
assigned to the committee. Prof Rahat Naveed said the committee would
also try to talk to parents of the student. She said the late Jalal was
an extra intelligent student, terming the suicide "a big tragedy".
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'Education jobs for Karachi being given to other districts'
Karachi: Jobs allocated for the Karachi district in the Sindh education department
are being given to people from other districts including, but not
limited to, the districts of Thatta, Badin, Ghotki, Sanghar, Khairpur
and Larkana, the Taleem Bachao Action Committee (TBAC) informed on Monday.
TBAC is a watchdog of the education department
in Sindh and has some 13 education welfare organisations under its
umbrella."Of the 36 vacant seats for Assistant Deputy Officer (A.D.O.),
18 for males and 18 for females, only 5 seats are occupied by people
from the Karachi district," said Anees-ur-Rehman, Convener TBAC.
to Rehman, there are four district officers posted under the Director
Schools: two each for secondary and higher secondary and elementary
schools. Rehman maintains that massive amounts of corruption occur under
these district officers, who supervise 36 Assistant Deputy Officers
"According to the rules, an A.D.O should be a
grade-18 officer who is not a subject specialist, but has an
administrative background. The current assistant deputy officers are all
subject specialists who do not belong to Karachi District."
a regular practice, fake domiciles are made days before the
appointment; showing their place of birth as Karachi, even though their
national identity cards state a different birthplace," said Abdur Rehman
Khan, Chairman Heads and Teachers Welfare Association Alliance and
General Secretary Pakistan Education Forum
alleged that when hiring of Sindhi teachers (SLP B9) began in schools,
appointment letters were issued to applicants from interior Sindh, who
had "applied directly to the education minister".
Sindhi medium schools in Karachi, the first priority for any vacant
post for Sindhi teachers should be given to these pass-outs," he said.On
June 20, Tahir Qureshi, an M.P.A from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
(MQM) raised the issue in the parliament about the posting of teachers
from interior Sindh to Karachi after a project for constructing a
college in Ghora Bari, a town in Sindh, was made defunct.
to a source in the education department, the project was called off
because of protests by the locals of Ghora Bari.Yet, appointments were
made and the source alleged that the teachers for the Ghora Bari College
were posted to two colleges in S.I.T.E area in Karachi. "The teachers
never came to the colleges. They lived in their village in interior
Sindh and got their pay without ever conducting a class," the source.
The source also claimed that 29 employees posted in Karachi were from
The source further shared, "At least 12 people who
were previously posted in Daulatpur were transferred to a college in
Gadap Town. All 12 are waiters at the Al-habib Restaurant, and paid
salaries despite not conducting classes."
Director General Colleges Dr Nasir Ansar maintained that the Ghora Bari
Government College was, in fact, functional. "The college is running,
though it has very few students. If a college is running then the point
of transferring its teachers to Karachi is automatically out of
question," he said. When approached, Director Schools Niaz Leghari
refused to comment on the issue. The news
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KU semester results
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU)'s Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad
Qaiser has said that the university is promoting standard education by
implementing upon all necessary steps.
He expressed these views
in Semester Examination 2012 result announcing ceremony, presided over
by Prof Dr Haider Abbas Rizvi here on Monday.
Prof Qaiser said
that timely result announcement boosts the students' morale and that
conducting a ceremony for the announcement of semester examination
result after 20 years was an evidence of varsity's progress. On the
occasion, Dr Rizvi informed that the university announced semester
result of 16 departments which was also uploaded on the official KU
website. He said that the role played by teachers and professors in this
regard was vital.
Dr Rizvi said that the university had
announced results of 16 departments, including Commerce, Genetics,
Islamic History, Islamic Learning, Philosophy, Physiology, Psychology,
Quran wa Sunnah, Sindhi, Special Education, Statistics, Social Work,
Urdu and Usool-e-Din. It is pertinent to mention here that the
announcement of KU semester examination result was an old ritual now
revived after 20 years. Daily times
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New academic block being constructed at FUUAST
Karachi: A new academic block would be constructed at the
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Campus of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
and Technology (FUUAST). This was announced by the spokesperson of the
institution here on Monday. Vice-Chancellor FUUAST Prof Dr Muhammad
Qaiser will lay the foundation stone of the building.
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'Urdu University made rapid headway'
Karachi: The Urdu University has made a rapid headway. This was stated
by president Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu Aftab Ahmed Khan here on Monday. He
was speaking at the oath-taking of the newly elected office-bearers of
Anjuman Asatiza of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and
Technology (FUUAST), Gulshan-e-Iqbal Campus. Khan pointed out that Urdu
was not a hurdle in the way of progress. General secretary of the
teachers' society Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Tahiri said that the FUUAST has made
progress in the realms of research. He vowed to serve the University,
its teachers and work for the academic advancement. app
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