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Proposed hike in fee: Students threaten protest
Peshawar, Sept 28: The students of different universities have expressed
grave concern over the government's plan to increase the tuition fee
and threatened to launch a protest movement against it in the province.
The students, led by People's Students Federation leaders Malik Amjad
Khan, Ameenullah Farooqi, Faheem Khattak and Alamzeb Utmanzai, said
during a press conference here on Monday that materialisation of the
plan would be a tough challenge for the government.
that with implementation of the plan, the morning shit fee would be
increased from Rs1,000 to Rs1,300 while the evening shift would be
considered as self-finance scheme.
They said that students of
the province had already been affected by militancy and floods and now
the government was planning to keep them away from the educational
"All the students are united and in case of
implementation of the proposal we will start agitation against the
government and the rulers will be responsible for all the consequences,"
Meanwhile, students of University of
Peshawar, belonging to Bannu district, on Monday held a demonstration
outside Peshawar Press Club against police for their failure to arrest
the accused involved in the killing of an engineer student, Adnan.
The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with
anti-police slogans. They also chanted slogans against the university
administration for what they called not taking interest to force the
government to arrest the accused.
They said that the accused were freely roaming in the engineering university but police were least bothered to arrest them.
They threatened to hold demonstrations outside offices of the governor
and chief minister if the accused were not arrested at the earliest.
Meanwhile, hundreds of labourers belonging to different government
departments led by Pakistan Workers Federation staged a protest
demonstration outside the press club against the conviction of Dr Aafia
and termed the verdict in violation of the human rights.
The protesters were holding placards inscribed with anti-US slogans.
They demanded early and safe return of Dr Aafia to her country. Dawn
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Early recovery of VC demanded
Dera Ismail Khan: The syndicate of the Gomal University here Monday
asked the government to recover the kidnapped vice-chancellor of the
Islamia College University, Ajmal Khan.
The demand was made at a
meeting of the Gomal University syndicate presided over by the
Vice-Chancellor Mansoor Akbar Kundi. The meeting was attended by
Registrar Muhammad Jan Khan Kundi, former vice-chancellor Wazirzada
Muhammad Idrees Sadozai, Additional Secretary for Higher Education
department Syed Liaqat Ali Shah, Deputy Secretary for Establishment
Muhammad Naqeeb Khan, Additional Secretary for Finance Muhammad Idrees
Khan, syndicate members Dr Gul Majeed Khan, Prof Dr Muhammad Ayaz, Prof
Syed Sajjad Shah, Salim Pervez Khan, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Kundi, Farida
Khanum, Dr Hassan Khan Wazir, Director Finance Khalid Delawar and
The meeting condemned the kidnapping of the Islamia College
University VC and asked the government to recover him forthwith. It
asked the government to provide security to the teachers, especially to
the heads of the institutions.
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Teachers demand autonomy for universities
Karachi: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAPUASA), an umbrella organisation for all public
universities' teachers associations, has demanded complete autonomy for
public sector universities in order to enhance the educational standards
and remove the bureaucratic tangle of government.
FAPUASA made this
demand in a meeting with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in
Islamabad on Monday. Many teachers' associations of public sector
universities attended the meeting through video conferencing, including
Dr Abid Hasnain and Dr Fayyaz Vaid, the respective president and
secretary of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS).
said that FAPUASA has no issues in accepting the Rs 15 billion
that the government has already given to the HEC and which would be
distributed to various public sector universities soon. "Our main demand
is autonomy for public universities. We can not allow the dictatorial
attitude of the HEC for long. Unnecessary meddling in the universities'
affairs has created administrative and academic problems for the
universities," Dr Vaid informed.
According to Dr Vaid, the public
universities are quite capable of handling their affairs through their
statuary bodies like Board of Studies (BoS), Board of Faculties (BoF),
Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), Senate, Academic Council
and Syndicate. "All these bodies have educated and experienced teachers.
We do not need the bureaucrats to tell us what to do," he remarked.
has also demanded a change in the promotion criteria, which it termed
quite unpractical, for the induction of Assistant Professors. "We accept
that a candidate with a PhD could be taken as an assistant professor
without any teaching experience but we also demand that a Masters Degree
holder with six years teaching experience should also eligible. Another
demand is the acceptance of BASR-approved journal for the publication
of research papers by the teachers along with the HEC-approved
journals," he said.
"The great flaw in the constitution of
decision-making committees by HEC is that it has no representation by
the teachers. It is so strange and illogical that the decisions about
the teachers and the universities are made by others and the teachers
have no say. We want teachers' representation in such committees.
FAPUASA can tell the government bodies what is good or bad for the
universities," Dr Vaid said.
Dr Vaid reminded that KU and other
public sector universities all over Pakistan had postponed their
two-hour teaching strike up to October 4. "We do not want the students
to be affected so we have postponed the boycott of classes. We hope that
the HEC will reason and accept our demands. It is in the best interest
of all – the students, teachers and the universities. Giving freedom to
universities will usher them into a new era of good governance and
quality education," he concluded.
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KU students distribute fifth batch of relief aid
Karachi: The students of the University of Karachi (KU) distributed the fifth batch
of relief goods among the flood victims in Thatta and nearby areas. A
spokesman of the university said on Monday that the relief goods were
sufficient for one month's need of some 300 families of the flood
victims. He said that the relief goods were distributed under the
guidance of Dean Faculty of Arts, Prof. Dr Abdus Shaheed Nomani, and the
Student's Adviser, Prof. Dr Mansoor. The relief goods included
eatables, utility goods as well as water coolers, etc. The news
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