KUTS boycott mid-term exams
KUTS to boycott mid-term exams, classes
Karachi, Oct 05: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has decided to
boycott the on-going mid-term examinations and classes in the
University of Karachi (KU) today (Tuesday) to protest against the
callous attitude of the government in providing the much needed funds
for teaching and research.
President KUTS, Dr
Abid Hasnain said, "Apparently the government is not willing to
allocate funds to the universities and instead of discussing this issue,
it is using delay tactics. All public sector universities will boycott
the classes as per the decision taken by Federation of Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) on Monday afternoon.
The government had agreed to pump Rs 15 billion to public universities
immediately but it has stepped back on its promise. In a meeting with
Higher Education Commission (HEC) it was agreed that Rs 6 billion will
be released in two installments and the balance will be paid soon after.
However, this did not happen."
Dr Hasnain lamented the fact that the
boycott will be observed on World Teachers Day today. "The government
has left us with no other option. It is so frustrating to see that the
government has no money for the higher education but it continues to
spend lavishly on the luxuries for the politicians and the bureaucrats.
How can we celebrate the World Teachers Day when we are agonised and
perplexed by the disinterest of the government for education?" he asked.
Secretary KUTS, Dr Fayyaz Vaid showed his exasperation about what
he called 'the lukewarm attitude' of the government that has completely
failed to realise the importance of the education. "What should I say?
They (the government) have no vision. They have no place for education.
They are not aware of the fact that we teach and train the students who
will assume the leadership in future. What is a country that has no
consideration for the education?" a visibly dejected Vaid said.
later in the day when contacted Dr Vaid again to tell him that
the Ministry of Finance has made an announcement about the release of
Rs 1.1 billion to the HEC and sought his response, he said, "It (the
money) was not given and we do not have any details. We will go ahead
with the boycott!"
Registrar KU and former Chairman Department of
English Professor Kaleem Raza Khan said that as a teacher he
was against the loss of teaching hours as the students suffer. "However,
I know it will send the message to the government that we mean business
and will not tolerate the patronising attitude of those who have the
least concern for education. The boycott on the World Teachers Day has
its own significance!" he asserted.
Meanwhile, President and
Secretary Teachers Association Federal Urdu University of Science and
Technology (FUUAST) Professor Syed Iqbal Alam and Dr Iftikhar Ahmed
Tahiri have announced the boycott of classes at FUUAST. They too
condemned the callous attitude of the government and vowed to come out
on the roads if the government continued with its antagonistic attitude
Registrar NED University of Engineering &
Technology, Professor Javed Aziz Khan said that his university has an
'Open Day' for the newly admitted students and so there was no question
of boycotting the classes. "We have our terminal examinations from next
Monday and classes are already suspended for that reason. Yes we had
some protests last time but on that day too there were no classes for
some other reason," he said.
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Results of KU Senate elections announced
Karachi: Registrar and Returning Officer, Prof. Kaleem Raza Khan has
announced the results of elections to the seats of the Senate and
Academic Council from the constituency of college teachers held on
Candidates declared successful to the seats of the
Senate are: Abdul Majeed (elected with 626 votes), M. Akmal Baloch (589
votes), Mazhar Hussain (592 votes), Mohsin Raza Bhatti (613 votes),
Shamim A. Bhutto (597 votes), Tanveer Fatima (625 votes), Dr Mumtaz Umar
(578 votes), Khalid Mehmood Mughal (579 votes), Muhammad Abdul Rasheed
(543 votes), Saud Wadood Khan (575 votes), Shafique Ahmed Jokhio (588
votes) and Zeenat Aftab (616 votes).
Meanwhile, candidates elected to
the seats of the Academic Council include: Iftikhar Ahmed Azmi (700
votes), Muhammad Mansoor (623 votes), Dr Muhammad Arshad (634 votes), Dr
Abdullah Muttaqi (elected for one professional seat with 676 votes) and
Sr Rizwana Zahid Siddiqui elected to the women's seat with 682 votes.
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FUUAST researcher turns industrial waste into building blocks
Karachi: A PhD student in the Federal Urdu University of Arts,
Science & Technology (FUUAST) has successfully evolved a method that
turns industrial waste into building blocks which can be used for
The research work of Muhammad Uzair Khan, who
is working under the supervision of a foreign faculty member Dr
Moinuddin Ahmed at the Department of Botany, will enable the manufacture
of blocks that require use only 25 per cent cement and are stronger as
compared to the common blocks used for construction.
informed that they had acquired more than 500 kilogrammes of
industrial waste from three different industrial units and burnt it in
incinerators to get ash. "We tested the ash and found that it contained
substantial amounts of heavy metals including iron, cobalt, copper,
manganese, molybdenum, zinc, etc. We conducted our test on different
concentrations of these metals and discovered that on certain
concentration they will work as the binding force for the blocks. We had
another concern that these metals, when used in the blocks, might be
released in soil after rains causing environmental degradations.
intensive tests show that once these metals are in the blocks they
remain intact and no traces are washed after rains", Dr Ahmed explained
the details of his research.
According to Dr Ahmed since the blocks
will use 25 per cent less cement as compared to the common blocks, the
consumers will benefit. "It will be of great help for the low income
groups who are nursing the dream of their own homes. This step will also
help in the removal of industrial waste and help in the preservation of
clean environment in cities," Dr Ahmed maintained.
Dr Ahmed and his
research associate are looking for some companies that would use their
findings to produce these blocks on a commercial scale. "We are also
waiting for a word from our Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser. He will
give us the go ahead sign," Dr Ahmed concluded. The news
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