DUHS set to depoliticise affiliated colleges
KARACHI, Aug 18: Ordering the enforcement of a ban on political activities in
the affiliated colleges of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), the
university syndicate has decided to approach leaders of political parties in a
bid to de-politicise these institutions, a top official said.
decided to approach the leaders of political parties whose subsidiaries are
involved in political activities at our colleges to de-politicise campuses and
ensure a peaceful academic atmosphere," Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Vice-Chancellor
of DUHS, said.
The DUHS syndicate held an emergency meeting at the
university's premises on Friday to discuss the law and order situation in the
aftermath of violent clashes between the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) and
Punjabi Students' Association of the Sindh Medical College (SMC). The campus
violence resulted in the killing of SMC student and IJT activist Abdul
The DUHS vice-chancellor updated the syndicate members about the
situation at the Dow Medical College and the SMC, including the management's
decision to get the boys' hostels of the affiliated colleges vacated.
syndicate members decided to enforce the existing ban on political activities in
the affiliated colleges in letter and spirit.
The syndicate decided that
political activities should strictly be prohibited in accordance with the code
of conduct devised by DUHS."Every student gives us an undertaking at the time of
admission that he/she would not take in political activities at the campus. They
have been violating this rule, but in future, every student will have to show
and practice what they have undertaken," said Prof Khan.
He said parents
would be involved if students violated the ban and show-cause notices would be
"We could rusticate a student as the last option if one continues
to be involved in political activities," he said.
The syndicate decided
to remove political graffiti and illegal notice-boards from both campuses before
teaching activities resume.
The colleges are scheduled to reopen on
Monday; however, Prof Khan said a final decision would be taken after reviewing
Meanwhile, officials at the DMC said they had the boys'
hostel vacated on Friday, while most rooms of the SMC boys' hostel had also been