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Heavy rains affect academic activities

KARACHI, Aug 23: The heavy rains on Wednesday caused significant suspension of academic activities at the educational institutions across the City, including schools, colleges and universities, while the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) and DHA had announced school holiday on Wednesday due to heavy rains, measured as 80mm, claming 9 lives of the people in the City.

However, CDGK did not announce school holiday on Thursday, following the worse civic situations in the city due to heavy rains.

While the private schools associations of the city, including Private School Managements Association (PSMA) and All Private Schools Management Association Sindh (APSMAS) proposed the authority concerned that the schools should be remained close on Thursday due to worse situation of city due to heavy rains.

Till the filing of this report no confirm announcement for school holiday was made by the CDGK but has predicted for such order in case of further rainfall at night. Private School Management associations however supported to remain close on Thursday as well to avoid any possible loss of life, pleading that rain water could be washed out from the main roads, but they are still in suburb areas, it would be very difficult for students to come to schools in this situation.

Although, the University of Karachi and its associated educational institutions will remain open on Thursday, despite the fact that these institutions on Wednesday, opened officially, reported to have zero percent attendance of students, teachers and employees.

The torrential rains starting from Tuesday night till Wednesday afternoon (12pm) did not give a chance to the administrations of the academic institutions to resume their academic activities.

Whereas, zero percent attendance of the students was reported at the institutions especially at the private and public schools, because heavy rains forced the parents of such students even not to think about sending their children to schools in such a bad weather of the city.

Conversely, the academic activities at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and its affiliated institutions, including Dow Medical College (DMC), Sindh Medical College (SMC) and Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Institute of Oral Health Sciences, had already been suspended, following the clash between two rival students groups at SMC last week. As per past experience the largest institution of the provincial capital, University of Karachi suffered lot due to the heavy rains. The presence of the academic and non-academic staff of university was reported zero at the campus, while administrative staff of the KU also reported absent due to pouring rains.

"The University of Karachi and its associated educational institutions of the city will remain open on Thursday despite the bad weather. The decision of opening the university was taken just to achieve the target of students' 46 weeks of academic duration," the KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said on Wednesday.

Some parts of the university was depicting the view of ponds with rain water, while the area of the KU Muskan gate was inundated with the rain water, causing great trouble especially for pedestrians, entering to the varsity. Likewise the faculty of arts was badly affected by the heavy rains, portraying scene of lake, affecting the entrance of some important departments of the KU, including International Relations, Urdu, English, Sindhi, and General History etc.

While, till the filling of this report no institution, including the Federal Urdu University, NED University, Sir Syed University and Sir Syed University announced holiday on Thursday on account of the heavy rains. The nation
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