Pakistan Students Federation factions clash
Pakistan Students Federation factions clash at KU
Karachi, Dec 19: Two factions of Pakistan Students' Federation (PSF) clashed at
the University of Karachi (KU) after there was a disagreement between them on
"helping" the B.Com examinees using unfair means. One of the groups started
aerial firing that created panic in KU where more than 30,000 students were
taking their examinations.
According to sources, the PSF has been split
into two factions. One of the factions is headed by Basharat, a student at the
Political Science department and the other by Kausar, who is in the English
department. One faction is supported by the Political Secretary to the
President, Faisal Raza Abidi while the other faction has the patronage of PPP,
Karachi President Najmi Alam.
According to another source who requested
anonymity, two students, Kausar and Irfan, were arrested by the Rangers and
later handed over to the police where they are lodged. It is also reported that
Naveed Zubairi, a coordinator to the Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq
favours the Basharat group. The news
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KU meeting postponement
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers' Society (Kuts) has called for
the postponement of the December 24 meeting of the university senate until the
election for its representatives from the affiliated colleges.
president Dr Abid Husnain welcomed the summoning of the meeting
after a long time but expressed his concern over the lack of representation from
all stakeholders. He apprehended that any decisions taken by the forum without
the representation of all its stakeholders could invite a hostile response from
He stressed that the election pending for long should be
held first. "The election for the senate members representing the
KU-affiliated colleges are pending since the senate's previous meeting, which
was held over two years back," he said.
According to Dr Husnain, the
senate comprises 15 members from the affiliated institutions, besides KU
professors, deans, department chairpersons and 12 representatives of KU
"Recently, the SPLA (Sindh Professors and Lecturers
Association) had raised the same demand and we supported it. Kuts has conveyed
its reservations to the vice-chancellor," he said, adding that the elections for
KU teachers' representatives had already been held.
Apart from other
functions such as consideration of drafts of statutes proposed by the syndicate,
the senate grants approval to the annual report, the annual statement of
accounts and the annual and revised budget estimates. Since no meeting
of the senate has been held over the past two years or so, the annual budget of
the university is approved by the KU syndicate.
According to university
teachers, though the practice is not against the university code, as it gives
authority to the chancellor and vice-chancellor to take decisions on behalf of
the senate and syndicate, respectively, it definitely opens the door for
manipulation and makes the process less transparent.
No audit report for
2006, 2007 and 2008 has been presented in the relevant statutory forums so far.
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SPLA rejected uniform waiver
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association has criticised
the Sindh education department steering committee's decision to waive the
condition of compulsory uniform in public sector colleges, saying that such a
move will promote class culture, besides turning colleges into 'fashion houses'.
The SPLA leaders in a joint statement issued on Friday said that with
the implementation of the decision, students belonging to the affluent class
would compete with each other by wearing costly apparels, with the result that a
sense of deprivation would be created among the students belonging to poor and
Lashing out at the steering committee's move to waive
the condition of compulsory uniform, they termed the decision 'unwise' and
The SPLA leaders – Prof Ather Hussain Mirza, Prof Hemat
Ali Pitafi, Prof Muzaffar Rizvi – deplored that such a decision is the outcome
of the steering committee comprising maximum number of retired officials who,
they alleged, lack the courage to call spade a spade.
signatories to the statement include Prof Iftikhar Azmi, Prof Shafquat Hussain
Jokhio, Prof Ayub Marri, Prof Yaqoob Chandio and Prof Ghazanfar Shah.
Hailing the committee's decision whereby fees of government colleges had
been curtailed, they said that the Sindh minister for education should strive to
increase the annual budget of public sector colleges and ensure that the budgets
are provided to colleges at the time of new academic year, instead of giving the
same in four instalments and that too in the last stages of an academic year.
They, however, deplored that the steering committee had reduced the fees
of colleges by withdrawing the college management fund and, as such, principals
of colleges will not be in a position to pay salaries to those teachers whose
services had been acquired by them to overcome the shortage of teachers in their
respective colleges. Dawn
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Coastal schools ignored by authorities
Karachi: The condition of schools in several coastal localities of Karachi
is awful - teaching staff are not available, and other facilities that a school
needs are also lacking. Bin Qasim and Keamari, reveal that many scattered villages do not have proper buildings
and schools are being run in makeshift structures, which the locals have to
rebuild every year after rainstorms demolishes them. The community activists say
that all the successive governments make promises to provide education and
health facilities to them but the promises never materialise.
after realising that help was not coming from the government the residents of
Dabla locality near Rehri Mayan, Bin Qasim Town took initiative first on their
own to run a two-room community school five years ago for which Pakistan
Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) hired three teachers. PFF calls it a "Community Model
School" and convincing community to educate their children.
chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah said that the coastal communities have been
deprived of all the basic facilities for long and in result the villages could
not produce sufficient number of educated youths. There are no schools in many
villages and the children have to travel long distances to get education in the
schools in some of the villages in Keamari Town, he added.
"We decided to
act in this regard and launched schools on our own and also provide teachers to
government-run primary and secondary schools in some areas. People's response
was encouraging for us," he said. However, he said, despite passage of a
five-year-long period they have received no response from the government
regarding maintaining of the school buildings and hiring teachers for them. He
said that they want the authorities to adopt these schools and teachers they
have hired. Because they could not continue to provide service to all the
schools due to lack of funds and said that it is the responsibility of the
government to provide education, he added.
The PFF is running seven
schools including one in Dabla. The irony is that whenever monsoon hits the
area, the Dabla school collapses and the community has to rebuild it again in
the hope that one day the government might come forward to own it and announce a
proper building for it. Meanwhile there is shortage of teachers in all the
state-run schools in the coastal villages.
PFF spokesman Sami Memon said that
their organisation has hired 19 teachers for primary classes, six
for secondary classes. For this, he said, community mobilisation is going on at
all levels. He said they are working to convince the government to do anything
in regard to providing education to the coastal localities.
PFF has also established four adult literacy centers in four different coastal
villages to educate the women and four female teachers have been hired for these
centers. Apart from that they claim that they have redesigned their school
management committees to utilise its funds properly to maintain the school
buildings and attract community people.
Through this they ensure providing
books, copies, school bags and uniforms to 1800 students, besides running adults
literacy centers to provide quality education to the community adults. PFF also
encourages co-curriculum activities including debate competitions, tableaus,
staging of plays, sports tournaments, and celebration of national days. PFF has
also constructed water tanks and repaired the school buildings and water tanks
of state-run schools.
Moreover the local activists want the government to
announce development packages for the indigenous communities that have been
deprived of basic facilities. The news
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Abolition of seat quota in SAU slated
Hyderabad: Students from provinces other than Sindh have condemned the
abolition of the merit seats of other provinces for admission to the Sindh
Agriculture University in DVM (Diploma in Veterinary Medicine).
press conference at the press club on Friday, Mehrab Mari (of Balochistan), Ali
Raza (NWFP), Atif Awan (Azad Kashmir) and others, said that the SAU had reserved
48 merit seats for students of other provinces/areas excepting Sindh for
admission in DVM but the same had been totally abolished.
They said that
only ten seats have been made available for other provinces and that, too, on
self-finance basis. They complained that under this scheme, the fees had also
been increased from Rs100,000 to Rs300,000.
They appealed to the Sindh
Governor to restore the original seats. Mehrab Baloch of the Baloch
Students Organisation said that no relief had been provided to the people of
Balochistan under the Balochistan package and alleged that 13,000 Baloch people,
including 1,500 women, were still missing.
He urged the international
community to take notice of human rights violations in Balochistan. Dawn
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Benazir University bill passed
Karachi: The Sindh Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a law for
establishing the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University in Lyari.
about the aims and objectives of the university, Sindh Law Minister Muhammad
Ayaz Soomro said that the present government was making efforts to establish
higher educational institutes in deprived areas so as to provide quality
education to the poor.
Humera Alwani said that there was a need to
establish the university in Lyari, because the University of Karachi (KU) was
not admitting students from rural areas and villages. She said that the KU
category system was against the constitution.
Nuzhat Pathan said that
residents of Lyari had contributed for democracy in the country, but the setting
up of a modern university in Lyari required ending the gang-war and reining in
the drugs culture so as to ensure that the area does not become "no-go
Another legislator, from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), said
that Lyari was an old area, which had produced fine academics in the past. He
regretted that there was no institute for higher study in the area.
Sindh Social Welfare Minister Nargis N.D. Khan said that although
residents of Lyari rendered tremendous sacrifices for democracy, they were
ignored in the past and the area remained the most deprived in the city. The news
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