Sindh teachers postings, promotions
Dreams of promotions turn to dust as teachers retire
Karachi, March 01: The delay in due promotions has become a source of frustration
for associate professors in Sindh. Almost a dozen teachers working in Grade 19
have retired from their posts, while their dreams of being promoted to Grade 20
have remained unfulfilled, it has been learnt.
At least 10 teachers
retired from the education sector during January and February 2010; their
promotions were due since 2003, Sindh Government College Principals' Association
(SGCPA) President Professor Saeed Ul Zafar Khan said. Many of them were
principals of government colleges, while one was the Sindh Text Book Board
chairman, Khan said, adding that each and every teacher, regardless of the
current grade, deserves a promotion.
According to the quantification
issued in 2003 by then then-education secretary, Rizwan Memon, there were 108
seats available in Grade 20, he said. Twenty-two posts were reserved for the
Public Service Commission, Khan said, adding that the remaining were to be
filled according to the Annual Confidential Report.
Fifty-two male and 34
female teachers are waiting for their promotions, and a total of 88 posts are
vacant in Grade 20. The government, however, has said that 86 seats available in
the next grade. Added to this is the fact that a large number of senior teachers
will retire in the next two to three years, Khan said.
At another level,
the delay in promotions translates into lesser remunerations in terms of
pensions, because the pension amount is calculated according to the current
monthly income. "Many associate professors also have aspirations of becoming
professors before retiring; this not only entails professional promotions, but
also some social mobility," Khan said. At the moment, only three teachers are
working in Grade 20. Sindh Colleges Director General Dr Professor Rafique
Siddiqi is among them, but he retired from service on Monday (today).
SGCPA urged Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah to summon a Board-I meeting
to resolve the matter of teacher's promotion as soon as possible. The CM should
issue a notification in this regard before March 31, 2010; otherwise, teachers
will not be promoted into the next grade, Khan said, adding that all the
required paperwork is complete, and teachers are waiting for the Board-I meeting
for the formal approval of the authority. This, however, has not happened
Manzoor Hussain Chisti, the former senior vice-president of the
Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association, termed this delay a bureaucratic
tactic. He explained that it was not easy to accommodate teachers in Grade 20
only because of the bureaucratic attitude present in the
Meanwhile, Sindh Teachers Forum General Secretary Professor Adeel
also said that the "bureaucratic mentality" was causing hurdles in the
promotions of deserving teachers. The bureaucracy believes that teaching is not
a job and teachers should not be promoted to Grade 17 or above. The senior
education and literacy minister could not be reached for comment despite
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UET issue an attempt to prolong VC tenure?
Lahore: The recent controversy over the vice-chancellorship of the
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, has exposed lethargic
attitude of the authorities tasked with finding suitable candidates for such
The four-year tenure of UET VC Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram
Khan expired on Feb 27 2010 and before that, on February 26, he was asked to
continue till further orders.
One wonders why the Punjab Higher Education
Department could not process the case knowing well that the tenure of the UET VC
was going to expire on 27 Feb.
There is a general feeling that by not
initiating the process well in time, an effort has been made to prolong the stay
of the official who has already been occupying the office of VC for three
Nonetheless, it has also been observed that such an
attitude causes great anxiety and unrest among those aspiring to work in
important and prestigious office like that of the VC.
It has been a
practice of the department that the senior most faculty member is appointed as
the acting VC in case the tenure of the incumbent VC expires.
As per the
prevailing practice, a summary is sent to the Punjab chief minister to place
advertisements for the post of a VC.
After scrutiny of the applicants, the
Vice-Chancellor Search Committee interviews the applicants and sends a panel of
three most suitable candidates to the CM while final approval is given by the
The whole process completes in a couple of months while sometimes,
owing to litigation and various other reasons, the appointment of a regular VC
It is pertinent to mention that the posts of the VCs of the GCU,
Faisalabad, and UET, Taxila, were advertised on July 20, 2009; however,
appointments of regular VCs at both the universities were yet to be made. The news
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IBCC Conference began
Karachi: A host of issues including the new education policy,
transparency in examinations, schemes of studies, private cadet colleges and
curricula are believed to be discussed at a two-day conference of Inter-Board
Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) beginning here on Monday.
IBCC comprises the chairmen of the country's 27 secondary, intermediate and
technical education boards and representatives of the federal education
ministry, Bureau of Curriculum, National Book Foundation, Allama Iqbal Open
University, as well as the educational board of Azad Kashmir.
to Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai,
the conference would form a select committee to formulate recommendations on
various issues and forward them to an inter-provincial education ministers
About the new education policy, he said that the policy
would be discussed with respect to the guidelines for conducting examinations in
a transparent manner.
Prof Zai said that the expected discussion on the
scheme of studies-2006 was aimed at bringing uniformity in the curriculum after
removing anomalies. He said that curriculum wing officials would be requested to
give a detailed presentation in this regard.
Regarding setting up of
private cadet colleges, he said that the IBCC meeting might adopt a resolution
asking owners/administrators of private cadet colleges to seek prior permission
from the armed forces as the prefix 'cadet' could not be used by any educational
institution without permission.
Referring to the matter concerning the
International University of Islamabad, sources said that the university had
approached the Islamabad High Court after the IBCC had refused to issue
equivalence certificate to those who had passed their intermediate-level
examinations from the institution as holding of such examinations did not fall
under the purview of the university. The university's plea had since been
dismissed by the court and, as such, the IBCC would take up the issue afresh at
the conference, the sources added.
Besides, decisions about improving
sports activities and inter-boards sports events would also be discussed at the
conference, the sources said.
The BIEK, which is hosting the conference,
has arranged various outdoor activities for the delegates.
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KU simulation exercise
Karachi: A three-day simulation exercise at Karachi University ended
after discussing core issues being confronted by the peoples of the South Asia
Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) member states.
discussed by the participants in different sessions included women empowerment,
poverty alleviation, law and justice, etc.
The conference was organised
jointly by the University of Karachi and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
the last day, the participants called for the setting up of Saarc radio and TV
channels for airing programmes beneficial to the member states' populations and
targeted at both in and outside the region.
The participants were of the
view that this would not only create jobs but would also help sensitise people
on issues needed to be addressed.
They also discussed a Saarc plan of
action on information and communications technology and promotion of primary
education in the region.
They agreed to promote education across the
region through incentives to be offered to parents of the children from
low-income groups. They proposed setting up of a Saarc education fund for the
The participants also stressed the need for eradicating gender
discrimination and highlighted the importance of an exchange of ideas among
education experts from the member states who, they said, should visit each
other's countries in an exercise aimed at formulating effective education
The final session pertained to human rights, and selected
participants playing Saarc heads of states discussed the state of human rights
in their respective country. They also shared a plan of action drafted with the
help of their 'cabinets' on how to deal with human rights issues in their
"Although one-fourth of the world population lives in South
Asia, the region's human rights record is poor," observed the participant from
Karachi University who acted as the head of state of Bangladesh. He noted that
human rights abuse was not an isolated affair but linked to armed conflicts in
the region that provided a pretext to security forces to violate human rights.
He said monitoring human rights abuses in strife-torn areas was difficult.
The participants stressed the need for establishing the 'South Asia
Human Rights Commission" in each member state and strengthening such a body if
already existed in a Saarc country.
At the end of the session, a joint
communique containing the demands made during the event was issued. Dawn
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Students meet minister
Lahore: A delegation of girl students from Mastong, Balochistan, which is
on a visit to Lahore these days, met Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur
Rehman on Sunday at Chief Minister's House. Additional Secretary Education Ch
Akram and other high ranking officers of the department were also
According to a DGPR handout, the minister said the Punjab
government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz
Sharif was promoting national brotherhood by facilitating the people of other
The Punjab government is setting up an institute of
cardiology in Quetta at a cost of Rs 2 billion, he said, adding that the
government was utilising all available resources for the promotion quality
education in the province.
He said the Punjab Educational Endowment would have a
far-reaching impact on the improvement of education sector and polishing the
talent of students.
Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman was scheduled to meet the delegates
on Saturday at Quaid-e-Azam Library but he could not reach the library.
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GCU student's donation
Lahore: A former student of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore has donated Rs 500,000 to the
universitys Endowment Fund Trust for paying the university fee of one deserving
student every year.
According to a GCU press statement issued on Sunday, Hamza
Sufi, who passed out a couple of years back, donated the money.
Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab issued directions to the Endowment Fund Trust for
initiating silver scholarship in the name of Hamza Sufi. The news
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