KU employees union vs Administration
A university of discontent
Karachi, Aug 30: The employees union of the University
of Karachi (KU) has stopped the rampage at the university (albeit for
the time being). The union wanted the KU to pay them the leave
encashment (LE) amount in one go, instead of two equal installments.
Although nothing wrong with that demand, they faltered when they locked
the departments, disrupted the classes and warned their co workers, who
wanted to continue working, of dire consequences. If it was not enough
they kept the students and the administration hostage for two days.
students who are the main stakeholders were aghast. "Why it is being
done to us," a third year student of Mass Communication Department asked
the teacher while standing outside the locked department. The teacher
had no answer. Some other students had the answer. "It is because the
administration is weak. All the top notch officials' main concern is to
project them. They love the photo sessions and their conscience is not
pricked by the sufferings of the students. And we do not have a students
union to protect our interests", others agree.
The employees union
is not a Collective Bargaining Association (CBA) as it had ceased to be
two years earlier and no elections were held to elect new CBA. So the
question is why the university administration is playing a silent
spectator's role? Is it afraid of the muscle flexing by the employees or
some strings are being pulled from the citadels of power?
officer in grade 20 said that even if the present union was a
CBA, it has no right to deprive 24,000 students of their basic right –
the education. "They (CBA) could protest only after the office hours.
The protest should be in a civilized manner, not the way showed by them
recently. The Sindh High Court has already given many rulings and some
employees of Garden department have been suspended because their protest
was illegal", he elaborated.
The painful thing about the episode was
the inaction and disinterest shown by the administration. The two Pro
Vice Chancellors proved to be white elephants because instead of taking
any action they were waiting for the VC. The VC, is keeping aloof with
the day to day affairs of the university. He is only happy with the
assenters and shows his fangs who try to tell about the bad governance
of the university. He is perched in his elevated seat knowing well that
it is safe because he has the blessings of high and mighty in the
In the meantime, the university is being run like a
badly-managed factory, the classes are not held due to one or other
reasons. Nobody is interested. Some, very minute minority among the
teachers, employees and the officers, know it was not right but they
have no power or sufficient courage to say: Enough is enough. Stop
plundering and destroying the university, after all you get your bread
and butter from here.
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Entrance test for PhD Law held at KU
Karachi: The entrance test for admission to PhD Law at the University of Karachi was
held on Sunday from 10am to 12:00 noon in the Arts Auditorium.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Karachi (KU), Professor Dr Shahana
Urooj Kazmi said that at least 140 candidates had applied, whereas 101
candidates appeared in the test while 39 were absent. The list of the
successful candidates in the test will be displayed on the university's
website www.uok.edu.pk soon, a spokesperson for the KU said. The
successful candidates will be interviewed by the committee, along with
proposed research project, synopsis duly prepared in consultation with a
qualified supervisor. The date and venue for interview will be
communicated later, he added.
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Land mafia occupies plot tagged for girls' college
Karachi: Powerful land grabbers have been
occupying an eight-acre government amenity plot allotted for setting up a
girls' college in Shahnawaz Shar Goth, UC-12, Gulshan-e-Iqbal town, for
almost two years, while police and concerned civic departments seem
reluctant to take action against the land mafia.
It was learnt that
some two years back, the villagers had written to the Sindh education
minister to set up a girls college in this low-income area, as 80 per
cent of matriculation passed girls could not get higher education
because their poor parents could not afford their commuting and other
expenses for getting education in other parts of the city.
this college would also be beneficial for the girls of Sachal Goth,
Ayub Goth, Abdullah Shah Gazi Goth, Marroura Goth, Muhammad Khan Goth,
Chapel Sun City, Sohni Chalet, Bilawal Shah Noorani Goth, Ganhwar Khan
Gabol Goth, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Goth, Haji Ramzan Gabol Goth,
Pario Gabol Goth, Abdullah Raho Goth, Baloch Khan Goth, Qasim Goth,
Safoora Goth and the adjourning areas. They also offered an eight-acre
plot of their village for this purpose.
On March 11, 2009, Nazim
Union Council 12, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Dr Shaikh Sultan wrote to the
district officer (Education Works-II), W&SD, CDGK, that the
villagers had voluntarily surrendered their land for setting up a girls'
college there, and the director general of colleges had also approved
the scheme; therefore, the construction work for the proposed college,
already included in the provincial ADP No 1199 (2008-2009) should be
started. He also offered all-out help from his union council for the
construction of the said project.
However, the powerful land mafia
covertly backed by some influential ruling politicians, encroached upon
this amenity plot and set up cattle pens and shanties (Jhugis) there.
The villagers then approached the DIG East and the home secretary, who
ordered the concerned police officers to remove the encroachments;
however, due to the influence of land mafia and their powerful backers,
the police could not take any action to get the college amenity plot
On May 6, 2009, the City Nazim Secretariat, CDGK, ordered
the executive district officer, revenue, and the executive district
officer, works and services, to submit a report regarding encroachment
of this amenity plot so as to take further necessary action.
April 22, 2010, the Mukhtiarkar (Revenue)/, Scheme 33, CDGK, wrote to
the DDO (Rev), Scheme 33, CDGK, requesting him to ask the SHO Sachal
police station to take action against the encroachers and retrieve the
grabbed government land.
On May 5, 2010, the chief engineer, Works
and Services Department, CDGK, told the District Coordination Officer,
CDGK, that the land earmarked for construction of a girls college had
been occupied; therefore, construction work was not possible till the
encroachment was removed.
On May 14, 2010 the DO (Revenue), CDGK,
wrote to the deputy inspector general of the Karachi Police, East,
requesting him to ask the concerned SHO to deploy sufficient force at
the time of removal of illegal encroachments from the land, for which
date and time would be communicated by the Mukhtiarkar and the DDO
(Revenue). Later, it was decided to launch an operation to remove
encroachments on June 15, 2010, and the concerned departments requested
to provide line staff and required machinery for the purpose; however,
the operation could not be launched due to bureaucratic reasons.
July 22, 2010, the EDO (Revenue), CDGK, wrote to the director general
Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and the DIG Operations (East) and the CCPO that
the CDGK was planning to launch an operation for removal of
encroachments from the site that would last for 2-3 days.
requested provision of adequate police force along with leady searchers
to make the operation successful. However, the operation was again
postponed due to the 'law and order situation'.
The residents of
Shahnawaz Shar Goth and adjourning localities feel that some powerful
hands are moving behind the curtain to sabotage the efforts regarding
removing encroachments from this precious eight-acre plot worth millions
of rupees. They said the delay in construction of this proposed
college would deprive girl students of this poor locality from getting
higher education. The news
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