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Hyderabad teaching institute students protest

Students ransack private institute
Hyderabad, Aug 23: Students of a private teaching institute ransacked its premises on Saturday in protest against an indifferent attitude of teachers and management towards holding classes for pre-entry tests of different universities.

They said the institute had failed to complete their preparation for pre-entry tests, though different universities had announced their schedule for the entry exams.

Several dozen students of 'Students Inn', located in Saddar area here, after clearing their intermediate examinations were preparing for pre-entry tests. They have paid Rs12,000 to Rs13,000 for a four-month preparation course.

Agitating students said they had been asking the institute administration to complete the course to enable them to appear in the pre-entry tests, but to no avail.

On Saturday, students in protest burnt advertisement banners of the institute, their copies and smashed windowpanes of an adjacent private drug company's office.

They raised so much hue and cry that people of the area gathered there. Cantonment police also arrived there to bring situation under control.

"We are preparing for pre entry tests and for the last two months teachers are not holding our classes. We have paid them Rs13,000 for this four months course," said a student Mohammad Ali, who lives in Tandojam, around 30 kilo meters from here and studies in the institute. He was leading the protesting students of the institute.

There was a complete chaos in the institute and its management officials failed to control students. They were persuading students to clam down and telling them that the issue would be resolved amicably, but the students were in no mood to listen to them in the presence of media men.

Ali claimed that the institute administration had changed timing of the classes from 9am to 2pm and it would now be held between 12 noon to 4pm. He claimed that only four chapters of class XI were completed and said that books that were to be given to students as part of package had not been provided.

Another student Irfan Ali endorsed his view, saying that in a space where only 80 students could be accommodated, 140 students were being taught. He said that pre-entry tests would soon be held, only one month had left and the course was incomplete.

The institute was owned by a man, Siafullah Saffee, who lives in Karachi while Rizwan Rajput is the coordinator or principal of the institute.

The students claimed that they had been making complaints to both of them, but they did not take any notice. When students created that ugly situation, was the principal seemed ready to resolve the issue.

The students believed that teachers were not turning up in the institute owing to non-payment of their fees and that other staff of institute was also not being paid their salaries.

A student, Saddam Hussain, said: "We are to be given 17 books, but only three are provided."

He said students were puzzled that how they would prepare for pre entry tests for which their parents had paid a huge amount to the institute.

"Our teachers tell us that the institute management doesn't call them for holding classes and even staff of the institute didn't get salaries for the past six months," he alleged.

He said that when they complained in this respect, the administration threatened them with sacking from the institute.

Rizwan Rajput, the institute's administrator, rejected charges of students and said that the issue stood resolved amicably. His claim was however later rejected by students on the ground that he was making incorrect statement just to hush up the matter.

Mr Rajput claimed that extra classes of students had been scheduled and the books that had not yet been provided would be given soon to them.

"The students in fact got excited that's why they reacted," he said.

He said that only two teachers didn't turn up for some domestic reasons and they would be taking classes very soon. He added that next classes would be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and even on Sunday.

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LUMHS staff stop work to protest PRO's killing
Hyderabad: Doctors and paramedics suspended work in protest on Saturday for two hours in Liaquat University Hospital on a call of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) against the killing of hospital PRO Dr Sajid Arain on Friday.

A protest procession was taken out from the outpatient department (OPD) to Liberty chowk, led by Medical Superintendent Dr Nawaz Abbasi, Additional MS (general) Dr Ghulam Mustafa Abbasi and Hyderabad PMA president Surgeon Dr Mohammad Hussain Leghari.

They were condemning the murder of Dr Arain and demanding arrest of the culprits.

Work remained suspended in wards and OPDs due to a two-hours token strike by doctors and paramedics.

They however provided emergency cover to patients and resumed work in the afternoon.

The situation in hospital remained gloomy since Friday when Dr Arain was gunned down by a lone assailant in Latifabad Unit-2 on Autobhan road, outside a private school where he had gone with his wife to drop his children.

Meanwhile, Rangers personnel remained deployed outside the administration block of hospital. The MS of the hospital is making efforts for the permanent deployment of Rangers in the hospital.

LUMHS boycott
Hyderabad: The Academic Council of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences of Jamshoro has decided to boycott all work except for emergency cases unless foolproof security is provided to hospital doctors and the murders of Dr Sajid Arain are arrested.

The council took the decision at a meeting held here on Saturday, expressing grief and anger over the murder of Dr Sajid Arain, PRO Liaquat University Hospital.

Doctors would continue to provide emergency cover in serious cases during the boycott period.

The meeting condemned the murder of Dr Sajid Arain and violence in the office of the MS. It deplored harassment of doctors and paramedics in wards by attendants and miscreants.

The meeting demanded arrest of the murderers of Dr Sajid Arian and the hooligans who attacked the medical superintendent on Aug 20. It demanded round-the-clock foolproof security at all the entry and exit points of the university hospitals in Hyderabad and Jamshoro.

It also demanded that entry of private vehicles in the hospitals should be banned and all those who had occupied the hospital wards, laboratory rooms and offices should be thrown out.

It said the hostels at the city branch, which had been illegally occupied by some people, should be vacated and thoroughly searched for illegal weapons.

The meeting urged the Sindh government and health department to furnish funds to establish foolproof security system at the university hospital and appoint a senior chief security officer and a law officer to deal with legal matters.

It said that all the political leaders should be sensitised and requested to use their good offices to stop political workers from interfering in the hospitals and university affairs.

University Vice-chancellor Professor Noshad A. Shaikh presided over the meeting also attended by university hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi and Addition Medical Superintendent Dr Ghulam Mustafa Abbasi.

SPSA appeal
Hyderabad: The Sindh Punjab Students Association (SPSA) has condemned the target killing of Dr Sajid Arain and appealed to the chief justice to take a suo moto notice of his murder and to establish the identity of those people who had registered a false FIR against him one day before his murder.

Speaking at a news conference at the press club here on Saturday, Haji Saifur Reham, Dr Javed Arain and Qamar Zaman deplored what they said victimisation of Punjabis who had adopted Sindh as their motherland for centuries.

They said they had never created any hurdles in the struggle for the rights of Sindh nor had demanded any share in the Sindh government.

They, however, regretted that highly-qualified Punjabi youths, including those who had earned scholarships, were not being provided any job and added that if anyone was lucky enough to get a job, he was killed under a planned conspiracy. Dawn

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