Karachi University semester examinations postponed
KU Friday's papers postponed
Karachi, May 21: However, the University of Karachi has once again decided to postpone the semester examinations' papers scheduled for Friday.
A spokesman for the university said on Thursday that the semester
examinations would not be held on Friday and new dates for the
postponed papers of Thursday and Friday would be announced later.
However, the university's administrative offices would remain open on Friday, he added.
The Registrar of the NED University of Engineering and Technology,
Javed Aziz Khan, said that teaching at the university would continue as
usual on Friday.
The university worked peacefully on Thursday as well, he informed.
An official of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi said that a
new date for the postponed paper of Thursday would be announced later.
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Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST)
announced that its Gulshan campus would remain closed on Friday.
However, the university offices would remain open.
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Schools, colleges reopen today
Karachi: Schools and colleges in the city will reopen on Friday after a gap of one day.
The secretary of the provincial education department, Mohammad Siddique
Memon, said on Thursday evening that the government had decided
that there would be no holiday on Friday for schools and colleges of
Karachi and academic activities would be carried out as usual.
The government had ordered the closure of all private and government
schools on Thursday in the wake of the breakdown of law and order on
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Most educational institutions remain closed
Karachi: Most educational institutions remained closed in the city on
Thursday owing to the law and order situation following the murder of
at least 21 people in political clashes a day earlier. Examinations at
schools, colleges and universities had to be postponed because of the
announcement by the Sindh government late Wednesday night to keep all
educational institutions closed. Government and private schools and
colleges as well as public universities such as University of Karachi
(KU), Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and Federal Urdu
University of Arts, Science and Technology and private institutions
including the Institute of Business Administration, College of Business
Management and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and
Technology remained closed. However, regular classes took place at the
NED University of Engineering and Technology and students were also
provided transport through the university's shuttle service. According
to officials of the British Council Karachi, O and A levels
examinations were carried out as per schedule. Examinations which were
postponed included semester examinations at KU and DUHS, practical
examinations of SSC Part I and II, and the last remaining exam of HSC
Part II (Pre-Engineering group) which had been scheduled for Thursday
after already being postponed once before, on account of Saturday being
declared a public holiday. No notification regarding closure of
educational institutions on Friday (today) was issued till the filing
of this report. Daily times
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Aggrieved professor seeks contempt of court case against NED VC
Karachi: The incumbent vice-chancellor (VC) of NED University of
Engineering and Technology, Abul Kalam, has been served a contempt of
court notice by former VC NED University Prof. Dr. Mohammad Munir Hasan
whose pension has not been paid for 16 years despite specific orders by
the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
In a contempt application filed
in the Supreme Court (SC) by Prof. Hasan with Kalam as respondent it
was stated that the SC took suo moto notice on Criminal Misc.
Application No. 226 of 2006, made by Advocate Haji Muhammad Ismael
Memon in the pension case of Prof. Ghazi Khan Jakhrani. In a vide order
dated May 18, 2006, the SC directed all concerned for finalisation of
pension cases of retiring civil servants in accordance with the West
Pakistan Servants Pension Rules, 1963. The case is quoted in PLD 2007
SC 35, and operating paras (8 and 11) of order dated May 18, 2006 are
reflected as under:
"We... direct that all the government
departments, agencies and officers deployed to serve the general public
within the limits by the
Constitution as well as by the law
shall not cause unnecessary hurdle or delay in finalisng the payments
of pensionary/retirement benefits cases in future and violation of
these directions shall amount to criminal negligence and dereliction of
the duty assigned to them...
"We direct all the chief
secretaries of the provincial governments as well as the accountant
generals and the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues, Islamabad to
ensure in future strict adherence of the pension rules reproduced
herein above and clear such cases within a period not more than two
weeks without fall."
"We also direct that in future if there is
any delay in the finalisation of pension benefits cases of the
government servants, widow or orphan children and matter is brought to
the notice of this court, the head of the concerned department shall
also be held liable for the contempt of the court and shall be dealt
with strictly in accordance with law."
Being aggrieved and
dissatisfied with the attitude of the aforementioned respondent for the
extraordinary delay of 16 years in the finalisation of the pension
case, Prof. Hasan wrote the following facts in his application to the
Supreme Court of Pakistan.
(1) The applicant joined NED
Engineering College (now university) in 1964 as a lecturer, got
promoted as professor, and finally was appointed as the VC of NED
Engineering University in 1991.
(2) Prior to the assignment as
VC, the applicant had opted for voluntary premature retirement in
February 1990 conditionally, after completing 26 years of qualifying
service. However, the order of retirement was issued after 18 months in
August 1991 without meeting any condition.
(3) The applicant
challenged this decision. The syndicate of the university reviewed its
decision, and soon after that, under the rules, the applicant withdrew
the option of voluntary premature retirement. The legal advisor of the
university in his legal opinion dated February 2, 1994 confirmed that:
view of the resolution of the syndicate bearing No. 76.14, the previous
decision of the syndicate bearing No. 74.8 stands reviewed, as prayed
in the application dated August 10, 1991, which was allowed. Since the
previous resolution stands superseded, the decision for premature
retirement stands withdrawn."
(4) On leaving the position of the
VC in April 1994, the applicant again opted for pre-mature voluntary
retirement as professor after serving the institution for 30 years.
However, the pension was not paid to the applicant.
Hasan further wrote: "The vice chancellor (Abul Kalam) may be held
responsible for giving mental torture to the applicant for the last 14
He may be ordered to pay damages to the applicant for
this torture at the rate of Rs. 100,000 per month (This amount is only
half the salary of a professor in private sector) for 168 months (from
the date the committee was formed (May 1996) till today (April 2010),
which add up to Rs 16.8 million.
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Research MoU inked
Karachi: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological
Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU), has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) with Herbion Pakistan to initiate official
coordination between the two organizations, especially in the field of
toxicological and pharmacological studies.
ICCBS, Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, on behalf of ICCBS and the
Director, Herbion, Nadeem Khalid, signed the MoU at a meeting held on
Thursday at the ICCBS. Herbion is a research-based global company with
its focus on natural healthcare products.
An official of the
ICCBS, in a statement, said that both the parties had agreed to have
exchange of professionals programme between the two organisations, and
to make feasibility of conducting toxicological studies on Herbion
products at ICCBS.
He said that the MoU would remain valid for
one year after the date of its signing. It will be renewed
automatically for the same period unless either of the signing
organisations gives an advance written notice of 30 days for its
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Teachers hold protest rallies across Sindh
Hyderabad: The Government Secondary Teachers Association took out a
rally here on Thursday. The rally started from the Government High
School No 1 and ended outside the Hyderabad Press Club.
number of teachers participated in the rally led by the President
Government School Teachers Association (GSTA), Mahmood Ahmed Chohan,
and other office-bearers of the organisation. Addressing the
participants of the rally, they said the education system was facing
constraints and teachers were holding protests on a daily basis, which
was badly affecting the learning process in the government schools.
said inaction of the government had created unrest and disappointment
among the teachers. They called for acceptance of their demands,
including provision of teaching allowance, time-scale and
regularisation of teachers who had passed the entry tests. The teachers
also called for providing them the same facilities which were being
provided to teachers in other three provinces of the country.
Dadu correspondent adds: Teachers took out a protest rally here on
Thursday on the third consecutive day to press the authorities for
acceptance of their demands. The rally was organised jointly by the
All-Sindh Primary School Teachers (PTA), the Government Secondary
Teachers Association (GSTA) and the Sindh Professors and Subject
Specialists Association (SPSSA).
The rally started from the
Pilot Higher Secondary School and culminated at the Dadu Press Club
after marching on several city streets. Participants of the rally
staged a sit-in at the press club. They were carrying placards
inscribed with slogans in support of their demands and chanting slogans
against the provincial government.
Addressing the protesters,
the representatives of teachers accused the government of depriving the
teachers of their basic rights. They condemned the rejection of the
summary of time scale and teaching allowance by the Sindh chief
minister. Protesters demanded of the provincial chief secretary,
secretary education and the Education Department and Senior Minister
for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq to resolve the issue as
early as possible.
Our Larkana correspondent adds:
Schoolteachers here on Thursday decided to hold classes on roads from
the next week to protest against non-approval of a summary regarding
time-scale and teaching allowance by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali
They boycotted classes in primary and secondary schools
and took out rallies across the province for the second consecutive
day. Addressing on the occasion, Government Secondary Teachers
Association (GSTA) President G M Abro said that around 50,000 teachers
would benefit once the summary was approved. The news
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