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Ziauddin University to become general university

ZU new programmes and upgrading of the existing programmes
Karachi, Sep 05: Ziauddin University (ZU) has begun its journey to being upgraded to a general university with the launch of two new programmes and the upgrading of the existing programme to degree level.

The new programmes include the formation of Ziauddin Dental College and the Department of Media Studies under the faculty of Social Sciences while the Ziauddin School of Nursing has been upgraded to start B.Sc. Degree programme in Nursing. The process of admission in the College of Nursing has already started following recognition by the Pakistan Nursing Council.

Arrangements have been finalised to start Ziauddin Dental College soon. In health sciences education sector, the University is now planning to start a biomedical engineering department, which is expected to be operational soon.

The admission process is already under way in the Department of Media Studies, the first department in the Faculty of Social Sciences. An FM Radio is being set up at the department to provide a training base to students in radio production. A TV channel is also being set up, for which a license has already been acquired. More departments are expected to be established in the faculty by next year.

The new programmes are in addition to the existing programmes of Health and Allied Sciences, including MBBS, D.Pharm., speech language therapy, physical therapy, and medical technology. ZU has also made arrangements to start diploma programmes in foreign languages. The news

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Govt accuses SPLA of using pressure tactics
Hyderabad: Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq on Friday accused the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) of pressurising him to take back on job the 29 teachers who had failed to pass an interview held by the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC).

Talking to journalists at an Iftar dinner at the Liaquat University of Medicines and Health Sciences, the minister said the teachers would be dealt with in accordance with Civil Servants Rules if they resorted to agitation.

He warned that if anyone tried to remain absent or take law into his own hands he would be treated according to law because the present government would not go for banning union like its predecessor.

"We have withdrawn show-cause notices issued to them in the previous government and brought back those who were sent on forced leave. The government lifted the ban on teachers' union but it seems they are more interested in politics," he said.

He said that present government did not want to promote ad hocism but the SPLA perhaps in its favour. He asked teachers to desist from pressurising him because he would not compromise on merit.

The minister said that the education department was just verifying their degrees because no one had asked them to prove their credentials before giving them jobs.

He said the government would appoint 2,000 more on ad hoc basis in place of the teachers who had tried to disturb educational activities.

He said that cadet and engineering colleges were being established in some districts of the province.

He defended proposed establishment of a new city Zulfiqarabad near Thatta and said that fears raised by nationalist parties were unfounded.

The minister said that no new city had been built in Sindh since the inception of Pakistan and added that Zufiqarabad would be a modern city with a campus on the pattern of LUMHS and 500 bed hospital.

"The land of the proposed site grows northing but it will be made cultivable. There is no reason why people are objecting to it," he said.

He disagreed with the notion that indigenous population would be converted into a minority after the establishment of the city.

"PPP doesn't believe in it. The people opposing the proposal must be having such a disease," he said. Dawn

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160 fake names detected in teachers' salary bills
Dadu: The EDO education detected 160 fake names in the monthly salary bills of primary teachers in Dadu district and sent the list on Friday to the Anti-corruption Establishment for action against them.

The district administration has stopped salaries of all teachers till verification of names sub-division wise.

After receiving complaints of drawing salaries in fake names by someofficials of the education department, the EDO conducted a probe and found 160 fake names of the teachers, including 72 from Johi, 38 from Khairpur Nathan Shah, 30 from Mehar and 20 women teachers from Dadu.

EDO education Sajan Mallah informed Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq who directed him to send the fake names to the ACE for registration of cases.

Mr Mallah said education officials were drawing salaries with fake names of teachers in connivance with treasury officials.

ACE Circle officer Mehtab Butt said he had received the list from theEDO education office and started investigation into the matter.

DCO Saleem Raza Khuhro said that till the verification of all names of genuine teachers, salary would not be released. Dawn

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