Private schools vacation | SMC made university
Summer vacation begins in many private schools
Karachi, June 02: Many private schools across the city and its
suburbs were closed on Friday for a two-month summer vacation
(June-July) despite the chief minister's approval for the enforcement of
the July-August summer vacation accorded formally on May 18.
However, the government schools in general, along with some other
private schools, which intended to start the vacation in mid-June or on
July 1 remained open.
Education circles blamed the education officialdom for the uneven observance of the official two-month summer vacation.
First, the initiators of the idea to observe summer vacation in July
and August to include Ramazan and save the schoolchildren from hardship
woke up very late and secondly the plan was kept so vague and full of
confusion. "The people at the helm of affairs played it to their chest
when it came to implement the government decisions," said a source in
the education department.
Following reservations among the private schools of all cadres and
status, the Sindh education secretary had moved a summary in the last
week of May as well for the declaration of the July-August summer
vacation as "optional" for this year, which was turned down by the chief
minister on May 29, leaving no justified means for change in the
previously practised June-July summer vacation.
Earlier, applications were received from about 500 schools,
requesting the education department for allowing June-July vacation on
various grounds, including the pressure from parents and teachers.
Almost all these schools, including the Cambridge, Matric, AKUEB
systems, are now observing summer vacation as they fulfilled the
government's requirement of "giving prior intimation" in this regard.
Syed Khalid Shah, chairman of the All Private Schools Management
Association, said that the idea of observing summer vacation in July and
August was very practical and in line with the climatic conditions of
the province, but things could not move in the right direction only due
to the "incompetence of the education department".
Today, about 40 per cent of the private schools in almost all defunct
towns of the city started observing summer vacation, while some more
were also planning to go on vacation soon, he said. Now the authorities
were required to start working for July-August summer vacation in 2013,
he said, adding that the education secretary acted very slowly for
meaningful implementation of the government's decision for the 2012
The acting secretary of the education department and deputy secretary
concerned were contacted to get their comments on the failure,
but they were not willing to speak on the "controversial summer
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SMC gets status of medical university
Karachi: An ordinance to upgrade the Sindh Medical College (SMC) into the Sindh
Medical University (SMU) was signed by Governor Ishrat-ul-Ibad at
Bilawal House on Friday, with President Asif Ali Zardari as a witness.
say that when the SMC is upgraded, it will be the third medical
university in Karachi catering to the increasing educational requirement
of the metropolis in particular, and the country in general.
Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed,
Secretary General to the President, Salman Farooqui, President
Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) Dr Javed
Suleman and other senior government officials were present at the
Advisor to Sindh Governor on Education,
Prof Dr Naushad A Shaikh, said that health and education is a priority
for the PPP, and noted that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had established
six medical colleges in Sindh.
Dr Naushad said that
President Zardari had carried forward Bhutto's mission, and termed the
decision to upgrade the SMC as "yet another manifestation of PPP's
commitment to the cause of health and education."
Naushad was confident that the SMU would provide and disseminate
knowledge and technology and make provisions for training, graduate, and
post-graduate research and services in the field of health and allied
"The SMU will adopt the latest teaching
methodologies, techniques and strategies to ensure the most effective
educational training and research programs," he said.Sindh Medical
College (SMC), Karachi started functioning under the Government of Sindh
on 7th April, 1973. To date, more than 10,000 graduates have passed-out
from SMC, 2, 000 of whom are currently serving in North America, UK and
Middle-East. The news
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Fireworks at KU syndicate meeting likely
Karachi: Gross irregularities allegedly committed in
the pre-selection board process of a department are likely to provoke a
heated debate at Karachi University's top statutory body meeting
scheduled to be held on Saturday, it emerged on Friday.
Much of the criticism is likely to be directed towards the vice
chancellor, who would be presiding over the meeting, as he had issued
appointment orders about the highly controversial selection board
without taking the syndicate into confidence despite having promised to
do so at an earlier meeting.
The extent of the alleged wrongdoings can be gauged from the fact
that even a candidate, appointed assistant professor, has submitted a
complaint to the vice chancellor office and called for a review of the
whole selection process.
During the April 14 meeting of the syndicate some of its members had
raised serious questions about the transparency of the pre-selection
board process vis-a-vis the computer science department and it was
decided that the vice chancellor would investigate the matter and report
to the syndicate at the next (June 2) meeting.
The syndicate's agenda which carries the names of all appointees of
many other departments does not show the names of computer science
department appointees for approval.
Two criteria for one post
According to sources, the university twice advertised the post of
assistant professor for the computer science department with two
different criteria; first in 2008 and then in 2010.
The 'modified advertisement' published in 2010 allowed a candidate
holding a first class master's degree from a local university and six
years teaching experience at some professional institution to apply for
the post, although usually the
minimum criteria stated for the post of assistant professor is a PhD or
master's degree (foreign) or MPhil (Pakistan) or an equivalent degree
awarded after 18 years of education in the relevant subject.
The university announced a selection board in January for the post
advertised in 2010 which was postponed when candidates raised the
objection that how the university could call the selection board for an
advertisement published in 2010 when it had not called the candidates
who had responded to the 2008 advertisement.
The selection board was announced again in the following month but
was postponed, this time, too, on candidates' reservations. Reportedly,
the university had sent interview letters to only two candidates.
Another date was announced but withdrawn.
Finally, a combined selection board for all candidates who had
applied for the post under different criteria was held in March, still
not without a controversy. A number of candidates approached the
university administration to protest against what they called a
'violation of merit'.
Sources also question the scrutiny of applications in the absence of
the department chairman and the dean of the science faculty, both of
whom are important part of the scrutiny committee.
At least three candidates alleged that the
university administration declared them ineligible though they were very
much qualified for the post. One of them was sent a letter, informing
her of being ineligible, by the then registrar before she could submit
her equivalence certificate on the date set by the university.
The university also declared a candidate ineligible who had acquired a
PhD degree from the KU computer science department and was teaching at
the same department as a foreign faculty staff.
He was considered unqualified on the grounds that his basic degree was of electrical engineering.
"I have done my MS from Concordia University, Canada, after studying
in its department of electrical and computer engineering. All
top-ranking universities of the world have electrical engineering and
computer science department today.
Besides, I also taught computer science and software engineering to BS and MS students for four years at the KU computer
science department. How could I be declared ineligible?" the candidate asked.
The affected candidates also alleged that the administration
manipulated the entire pre-selection board process only to benefit the
university's regular lecturers. They also alleged that some of the
appointed candidates even then did not meet the required criteria and
stated that they raised their voice against 'this injustice' in writing.
According to sources, the university also received complaints from
some external candidates who were neither declined nor called for
interviews held in March. These candidates alleged that the university
did not call them though they met the selection criteria.
A recent complaint filed with the administration was from an
appointee, who states in his letter: "The anomalies in the process of
the advertisements, scrutiny, selection board, appointment and joining
proceedings have seriously jeopardised the lawful and legitimate rights
of a number of applicants including the undersigned who deserves to be
appointed as the assistant professor with effect from Oct 24, 2009 (as
had been done with two other candidates) and not 2010."
Upon contact, Prof Dr Majid Mumtaz, a syndicate member, said it was
unfortunate that one of the top departments of the university was being
destroyed by a group of teachers.
"I have protested in writing against the minutes of the meetings to
be presented today. We had asked the vice chancellor to look into the
matter and inform the body of his findings at the next meeting. But
instead of doing that, the vice chancellor issued appointment orders of
seven candidates," he said. Dawn
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KU dept organising workshop on intellectual property rights
Karachi: Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation,
University of Karachi, is organising a workshop entitled 'Intellectual
Property Rights/Patents/Copy Rights Laws/Trade Marks in collaboration
with Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC)
here on Saturday (today) at Audio Visual Centre of University of
Karachi. KU Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser, will preside over
the event whereas PASTIC Chairman Prof Dr Manzoor Soomro will be the
chief guest. Daily times
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Teachers end protest
Karachi: Senior faculty members of the DJ College
headed by Vice-Principal Dr Mohammad Arshad called on Karachi
Commissioner Roshan Ali Sheikh on Friday and urged him to ensure due
protection to teachers.
After discussing with the delegation the issue of manhandling of a
senior teacher at the DJ College centre on Thursday, the commissioner
assured them of all protection to the teachers community. Later, the
delegation declared an end to their boycott of the remaining papers at
the centre. Dawn
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