KUST hostels & university administration
Kust students asked to vacate hostels
Kohat, Sept 06: The administration of Kohat University of Science and
Technology (Kust) has asked the students to vacate two hostels before
Sept 6 otherwise it will not be responsible for any loss of luggage.
University sources said that the administration had decided to
give two hostels -- B-1 and B-2 -- to a private contractor, who had been
authorised to fix the monthly rent.
The students of several
unions contacted and said that they would not vacate the hostels at
any cost because the administration was already charging exorbitant
annual tuition fee and now wanted to put more financial burden on the
Earlier, the university provost in a press release
had informed the students to voluntarily vacate these hostels for
necessary repair and whitewash.He said that after Eid holidays the
hostels would be handed over to a private contractor who would make
fresh allotments. He also warned that if the hostels were not vacated
before the deadline, the university administration would remove the
belongings of the students by force and it would not be responsible for
any kind of damage to the luggage.
On the other hand, the
students alleged that the private contractor was not being brought to
improve the living conditions and solve their problem, but in fact the
administration wanted to generate handsome profit from its hostels by
privatising them, which was not in the interest of poor students.
They expressed the fear that many students would not be able to bear
extra burden of the revised rent and might be forced to discontinue
It had been learnt that the increase in annual
fee of the Kohat Medical College and Kust had been made following the
announcement of 60 per cent cut by the Higher Education Commission in
varsity allocations. The universities had been asked to immediately halt
new constructions and projects and delay the running projects by three
Kust, established in an old building of the commerce
college, bore the major brunt as it had to stop construction of hostels
and classrooms. As a result more than 50 per cent students of the
medical college and Kust had to hire rooms in private guest houses and
hotels at their own expense.
The students belonging to
well-to-do families were living in furnished guest houses while the poor
lot had to hire accommodation in dirty business centres of Kohat like
chicken market and live as neighbours with the eunuch community in
Teerah Bazaar. Dawn
"we strongly condm the anti students and anti education policies of the kohat university management. this is not an issue of some students but for the whole region poor students. and we should rise voice against institutions privatization... riaz khan student of kohat university"
Name: riaz khan
City, Country: kohat
"we condemn the hostel privatization of kust.It is the economic and educational murder of student.Privatization give no benefit to student and worker in hostel but to the capitalist.As we already know the result of privatization of different deparment in world and in Pakisatan.We see a present example of PTCL,KESC,WAPDA and other such department,which became in bad position to the past.Private contractor and capatalist not kind and well wisher of student but he has to ear profit and rate of profit,which they will be fullfill by increasing the fees and as we already know the fee will be collected monthly istead of per semester.If student donot resist it these estbalish and ruler will private the whole unveristy and then spreat it to all Pakistan. Say no to privatization. Say no to capitalism sOCIALISM IS THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE HUMINITY"
Name: suleman khan
City, Country: malakand pakistan
"We condemn this brutal act of administration of KUST. Due to the current situation of price hike in country all the hostel and tution fee of students should be waived. Also hostels should be givenunder the control of students union. Any privatisation of university should be opposed"
Name: Adam Pal
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
City, Country: larkana
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HEC extends deadline for degrees
Islamabad: In a surprise move Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
given a new deadline of September 24 to universities for verification of
degrees of the elected representatives with its officials insisting
that there is no political pressure involved in this development.
sources said HEC has formally informed thirty-four universities about
new deadline and directed them to complete the verification of degrees
within the specified timeframe.
"We have the authority to ask for
reasons, if any university fails to meet deadline and we can even cancel
degree awarding status of any educational institution," said a senior
Higher Education Commission official, who was of the view that they took
the decision about new deadline at their own.
He claimed that the
universities that have so far shown lukewarm response would hopefully
accelerate their efforts for completion of verification process as
Higher Education Commission has sent reminders to all of them.
official data said HEC sent 1,085 degrees of legislators to 34
universities out of which 440 have so far been verified. Higher
Education Commission has declared fifty degrees as fake while twelve
legislators have moved courts regarding authentication of their degrees.
It is pertinent to mention here that HEC Chairman Dr. Javed Laghari
in his statement couple of days ago said that Eid had been set the
deadline for verification of the leftover degrees, but now new date has
been fixed due to some unknown reasons.
HEC's focal person Rahim Bux
Channa said that no political pressure is
involved in extension in the deadline as the decision has been taken
keeping in view various important factors. "First of all many parts of
the country have been affected by devastating floods and now Eidul Fitr
is also fast approaching so we decided to extend the deadline to give
some more time to the universities," he said.
He said Election
Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is yet to provide degrees of 12 legislators
to Higher Education Commission, adding the issue would be taken up
again in next meeting of respective representatives of HEC and ECP.
Bux Channa said that it is responsibility of ECP to ask those
legislators to again submit copies of their degrees, who provided
unclear and blurred copies before contesting in the general elections.
said that ECP has started weekly review meetings in which
representatives of the universities and legislators whose degrees have
been termed fake present their respective viewpoint. "We are quite clear
in our line of action as we will continue to work according to the
rules and procedures.
The universities are cooperating with us and we will ask them to further accelerate this cooperation," he said. The news
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The price of being a namesake!
Faisalabad: A primary schoolteacher has gone through one of the
most trying ordeals of his career as the education department higher-ups
and accounts officials stopped his salary for seven months by
considering him dead.
Mr Mir Ahmad became a rolling stone
between different offices to make the officials realise that he is alive
and actively working and that his salary should be restarted.
The education department, declaring him dead, stopped his salary in July
last year and transferred his general provident (GP) fund to another
teacher who actually passed away owing to illness. Officials say it was
just a computer mistake but they have no answer why it took seven months
to rectify the wrong that placed the teacher under debt.
teacher's trouble is far from over as the department has started issuing
him salary but through the personal and GP fund number of the deceased
(teacher). As only his account number is being used, he says, he may be
deprived of the benefits that are given to any government employee after
Mr Ahmad has been serving at the Government
Primary School, Chak 141-RB, II, Saddar-wala as PTC teacher and will
retire after a few months. When his salary was stopped in July last
year, he submitted an application to the district education officer,
requesting him to issue his salary (along with arrears) that had been
stopped by the department.
He sought restoration of the account
that was wound up by the district accounts office on the orders of the
education department authorities but his plea fell on deaf ears. He then
approached the EDO (education) on June 22 this year and repeated his
ordeal, mentioning in the application that he had contacted the deputy
district education officer many times for solution to the problem but to
"I also contacted the accounts office where the
employees claimed that I have been declared retired from the service. In
fact, I didn't submit any application for retirement," said the teacher
who again contacted the department and informed it about the situation.
The officials were kind enough to inform Mr Ahmad that he had
been mistakenly declared retired in place of Mir Ahmad, a teacher of the
Government Primary School, Chak 141-RB, Aqil. The officials assured him
that his personal number would soon be restored but the promise did not
After six months, the education department
officers asked him to contact the bank concerned as his salary had been
transferred. However, this time another problem started for him as the
officials just changed his personal number with the teacher who had
expired. Now Mr Ahmad's salary is being released on the number of the
Another shock awaited him as the department
paid him Rs43,000 instead of Rs100,000 due to be paid to him. Of the
Rs36,850 arrears amount, the accounts clerk had given him Rs28,000. He
has also been forced to sign a bill of Rs20,394 under another head,
though he has been given only Rs15,000.
Mr Ahmad alleged that
the accounts branch clerk, Malik Anwar had been employing delaying
tactics instead of resolving the issue. Owing to the department
officials' mistake, he said, he had been facing difficulties in getting
promoted to scale 14 that the government had recently announced.
Of late, the desperate academic has met District Coordination Officer Nasim Sadiq but a response is awaited.
It is learned that the department retired Mr Mir Ahmad, son of Abdul
Ghani, on medical grounds as a medical board had on July 5, 2009
declared him unfit for further service. While issuing the medical
certificate the board clearly mentioned the identification card number
(33101-1698001-9) on the documents.
The education department
officials were also well aware of the ID card number (33101-1350538-1)
and father's name (Noor Ahmad) of Mr Ahmad but no attention was paid to
EDO Sohaib Imran admitted that the teacher's salary
had remained suspended because of a computer mistake. He said the names
of both teachers and their fathers' names were same and that created
confusion. The EDO's claim that the fathers of both teachers had same
name was not corroborated by records.
When asked why no action
was taken against the negligent officials, he said the clerk responsible
for the case would be brought to book. As for the payment issue, he
said the situation would be clear after an inquiry. Dawn
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