Government colleges teachers boycott in Sindh
Lecturers to boycott classes
Karachi, March 31: Teachers of government colleges across the province will boycott classes on
Wednesday (today) and will observe a complete strike to protest the
police brutality against members of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers'
Association (SPLA) - the representative body of government college
teachers - at the DJ Science College on Tuesday.
number of college teachers from different cities and towns of the
province had arrived in Karachi to attend the SPLA general body
meeting. The summit, chaired by the association's provincial president,
Prof. Ather Hussain Mirza, took serious note of the undue delay in
promotions, upgrading grades, and raises in salaries of government
The college teachers have been demanding
that a time-scale based system should be introduced for promotions of
college teachers, as had been imposed in Balochistan, and teachers'
salaries should be increased as was the commitment made by the
provincial government when the last budget was presented.
participants of the meeting resolved to stage a protest rally from DJ
College till Sindh Chief Minister House to register their demands and
grievances before the provincial chief executive. Around 2pm, the
protesting college teachers took to the street in front of DJ College,
but they were met by armed police personnel, who severely baton-charged
the protesting teachers.
Dozens of government college teachers,
including women, were arrested by the police, who were fully equipped
with riot gear. The police also resorted to indiscriminate
baton-charging and manhandling protesting college teachers, before
preventing the rally from taking place altogether. Female college
teachers faced the wrath of the law-enforcers in equal measure, as
there was no special deployment of women's police at the spot,
witnesses and participants of the rally said.
the director-general and additional secretary of Sindh colleges
(subordinate body of Sindh education department) rushed to the DJ
Science College, and attempted to soothe the sentiments of college
teachers assembled at the venue. The aggrieved college teachers ignored
the persuasions of the two relevant education officials, and persisted
with their decision to hold their protest march. The college teachers,
in turn, were warned that they would not be allowed to stage the rally,
and severe action would be taken against them in case they did not
reverse their decision.
Later in the evening, police officials
said that around 40 college teachers lodged at Preedy Police Station
had been released. Those arrested by police included the SPLA
presidents of Karachi and Sukkur regions, but according to the police,
college teachers were arrested as a "preventive measure," but
interestingly, no case was registered against them.
has also demanded the dismissal of Sindh Education Minister Pir
Mazharul Haq following the incident. Prof. Iftikhar Aazmi, an SPLA
leader, said that around 100 college teachers, including key
office-bearers of the association, were manhandled and arrested by the
police. He said that the police were fully equipped with riot gear, and
water cannons were also deployed for use. Several of the senior
teachers courted their arrest after they saw many of their colleagues
being hauled up, but even such a voluntary action also invited
manhandling by law-enforcers, he said.
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Govt officials, media raid SSC exam centres
Karachi: On the directives of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, a
joint team of government officials and media persons raided various
examination centres, where the Secondary School Certificate
examinations are being held. During the raid, use of unfair means and
presence of irrelevant persons were witnessed at various centres.
Secretary to Governor on Education Kamran Shamshad and Bari Jilani and
District Officer (Headquarter), Education Department of the City
District Government, Ahmed Nawaz Niazi, visited several examination
centres in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town along with the local media persons to
inspect the conditions during the exams.
The local media pointed
out the presence of youngsters and other people, probably the cheating
mafia, outside as well as on the premises of the examination centres.
During a joint raid at the Government Boys Secondary School,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Block-6, many cases were witnessed where unfair means
were being used while the centre superintendent failed to answer the
queries of the raiding team.
M Akber Masood Khan, Centre
Superintendent, made lots of excuses rather than giving any proper
justification of the illegal practices that were witnessed at his
centre. Special rooms were arranged by the school management while the
invigilators and candidates were both from the same school. Also, the
centre superintendent could not show the necessary documents to prove
their presence at the examination centre. Also pointed out the
presence of an outsider in a class room.
However, Khan said
that the person, named Abdul Mateen s/o Sher Ali, came to assist him as
he was facing pressure from external elements.
"Mateen was my
student and he is helping me to keep the cheating mafia outside the
school building," Khan told the media. Meanwhile, Mateen said that he
completed his studies from a private school. "I came here to visit as I
had studied in the primary level classes at this school," he added.
least 500 students of 13 schools appeared at the said centre while
there were 26 rooms, in which the candidates appeared for the paper of
English, Class X, Secondary School Certificate (SSC). It is necessary
to mention here that most of the teachers (invigilators) present at the
school were from another school and while quite a few were not even
teachers at all.
The teachers at the Government Girls
Secondary School, University Campus, located at main University Road,
were also seen helping the candidates in solving the paper without any
fear. During the joint raid, it was witnessed that a Junior School
Teacher, named Ayesha Soomro had a list of favourite candidates and she
was monitoring the whole episode.
As observed, Soomro had a personal diary, in which the names and roll numbers of the
candidates were written. However, she tore the papers and flushed them
in the washroom.
Another female, Rizwana Mangi, who introduced
herself as the younger sister of the headmistress of the school, was
also assisting the favourite students. When the media asked the reason
of her presence in the centre, she replied that she was a cousin of the
headmistress. However, later Mangi refused to say the same in front of
There were over 600 students from 38 schools but only
17 teachers were available in 26 classrooms. Like the latter government
school, most of the teachers do not belonged to the same school. Later,
Shamshad said that the purpose of the visit was to boost the moral of
the students, who were not a part of cheating mafia.
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KU appoints two pro-vice chancellors
Karachi: Chancellor of the University of Karachi (KU) Dr Ishratul Ebad has appointed Dean
Faculty of Science Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi and Adviser to the VC on
Examinations Dr Nasiruddin Khan as the two pro vice chancellors of the
university with immediate effect.
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Chandka nurses protest against superintendent
Larkana: Staff nurses of the Chandka Medical College and Teaching
Hospital here protested against the Medical Superintendent, Dr Zulfiqar
Ali Siyal, chanting slogans and demanding his suspension.
staff nurses staged a sit-in outside the office of the MS. Staff nurses
-- Kiran, Samina, Rubina among others -- said that they were performing
their duties earnestly and honestly. They, however, alleged that the
superintendent was trying to use them for immoral activities and issued
termination orders to those who were not complying with his illegal
On the occasion, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA)
activists Mehmood Chandio and Abdul Sattar supported the nurses. The
protest ended when Adviser to CM Sindh Jameel Soomro assured the nurses
of justice and legal action against the MS.
Meanwhile, at the
Jinnah Bagh Chowk here, a sit-in was staged by members of the Jeay
Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) over 'false and baseless' cases against the
JSQM Chairman Bashir Khan Qureshi.
Hundreds of members also
burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the state and rulers. Qureshi
told this correspondent that if the government does not take strict
action against the killers of Rangers officials of Sindh, they will
protest across the province.
Dr Safdar Sarki said that the Sindh
government and home minister should protect the rights of Sindh instead
of the Punjab. If the government behaviour remains the same, then the
JSQM will protect Sindh and its people, he said. The Punjabi Front
leader, Tahir Randhwa, was killed over his personal dispute while the
government raided the houses of Sindhis, which was open terrorism, he
said. The news
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Symposium begins at CMC
Larkana: Over 100 papers were presented at three sessions on
the first day of the 10th annual symposium of Chandka Medical College
here on Tuesday.
Professionals from all over the country shared their experiences in different fields.
In his lecture, Professor Tahir Shamsi extensively dealt with the
subject of bone marrow transplant, which he said was successfully
carried out in Karachi. He said that with the help of such symposiums
the technology could be introduced in the interior of Sindh. Surgeon
Ghulam Asghar Channa spoke on laparoscopic surgery and also performed a
surgery for local surgeons.
Professor Faiz Mohammed Halepoto deliberated upon the ophthalmic disorder, glaucoma.
At another session restricted to gynaecological and obstetrics
problems, Professor Pushpa, head of the department of Gynaecology,
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Dr Nighat Shah of
Dow Medical University, Professor Rafia Baloch of Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto Medical University, Dr Azra Ahsan from the national committee on
maternal health and Dr Shahida Shaikh shared their experiences in
dealing with the cases of hole in the birth canal.
it was curable but the only hindrance was that victims were shy
contacting doctors. Dr Nighat Shah supported abortion for those women
who become pregnant as a result of criminal assault to save them from
the social stigma because they had no other way out. Making it legal
would save lives of many women, she said.
Dr Azra Ahsan called for treating cases of post-delivery bleeding disorders with medicines.
Dr Shahida Shaikh said domestic violence on women, karo-kari and
discriminatory trends in society were major problems for women. More
often women were prone to violence from close relatives, she said.
Dr Rafia Baloch covered the causes of women's death during delivery.
A large number of lady doctors from Larkana, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Gambat and post-graduate students attended the symposium.
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Students from Balochistan visit SU
Hyderabad: Fifty-seven students from various universities and
colleges of Balochistan visited the University of Sindh on Tuesday
under the Inter-Provincial Youth Exchange Programme.
government of Sindh initiated the programme with the objective of
promoting academic liaison among students of different universities and
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr Mohammad Qasim
Bughio, faculty members, students and officials greeted the delegation
led by Muhammad Afzal Sulheri and Director Youth Affairs Sindh
Khursheed Ali Shaikh. The students are on a six-day visit.
They visited the library, museum, galleries, corners for prominent
personalities, Benazir Bhutto gallery, music gallery and others
sections of the Institute of Sindhology besides various teaching
institutes and departments, including the Institute of English Language
and Literature, Institute of Art and Design.
The Institute of
Art and Design arranged a presentation on academic programmes, history,
facilities, number of students, faculty and institutes and departments.
Dr Bughio said that the university always encouraged freedom
of expression among students and faculty members and urged the students
to learn as many languages as possible for exchange of views and
understanding the issues.
Mr Shaikh said that
Inter-Provincial Youth Exchange Programme was aimed at developing
understanding, academic learning, awareness and brotherhood among
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Students and artists join in the anti-smoking drive
Karachi: Pfizer Pakistan, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies
in Pakistan, concluded a poster competition on the theme of - A World
without Smoking - at the Indus Valley Art Gallery. In this exhibit,
winning entries and some of the best submissions from participating
schools were put on a display, which will continue till March 29.
figures from the realm of art ñ Marjorie Hussain, Tapu Javeri and
Naheed Raza ñ comprised the panel of judges for the competition. Hosted
by television personality Ayesha Toor, the exhibition was preceded by
an award distribution ceremony, where winners and runners-up were
awarded gold medals and certificates, respectively. Delighted by the
overwhelming response of school children, Iqbal Bengali, Pfizer
Pakistan's Country Manager, who was also present on the occasion, along
with the Jury members, students, art teachers and parents,
congratulated the young contestants for producing artworks, which, he
stated, 'beautifully illustrated their vision and perception of a world
without tobacco,' and their strong emotions about smoking, which has
become an important health challenge in the developing countries. I am
impressed by the way these children have expressed their thoughts, this
shows the commitment they have for a healthier world ñ which is a motto
we live by everybody, he said.
Bengali also mentioned that the
poster competition is part of Pfizer Pakistan's anti-smoking campaign,
the prime purpose of which was to raise public awareness by way of
engaging children in imparting a strong message to smokers in a country
where the percentage of adult and teenage smokers is steadily rising. The news
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