KU teacher's torture OR cheating case

KU treats 'teacher's torture' as cheating case
Karachi, Feb 11: A meeting held at Karachi University (KU) on Thursday to discuss an incident of torture on a teacher during the BCom examination stopped short of taking into account grievances of the victim, who accuses the university administration of complicity with culprits.

According to a KU press release, the meeting presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui was informed by Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan, the pro-vice chancellor, that the student involved in the incident had been barred from entering the examination centre while his case would be dealt as a case of 'using unfair means'.

The meeting decided that the student's result would be withheld until the filing of a final probe report by the committee investigating the matter.

Anwar Rajput, a teacher at the Jinnah Govt College for Boys, Nazimabad, was beaten up allegedly by a group of student activists while he was performing his duties as an invigilator for BCom exam at the KU mass communication department recently.

The invigilator was thrashed when he reprimanded a student for using his cellphone during the paper.

The teacher alleged that he received no help from Rangers and the university, which, instead of preparing a report on the incident of torture, made it a case of using unfair means.

The Rangers also didn't take the student into custody so that the exact information about the other activists, who thrashed him, could be ascertained, he said.

The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), strongly supporting Mr Rajput's case, demanded resignation of Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan accusing him of indulging in corruption and "being a source of maladministration on the campus".

The association also demanded immediate intervention by the governor, chancellor of all public-sector universities in the province.

According to sources, the student at the centre of the episode led the group that subjected the teacher to torture. He appeared to be a former

student of the mass communication department who operated with the support of a political party, they said.

The incident has once again raised questions over the capability of the university to hold external candidates' examinations on the campus in a peaceful atmosphere when it is finding it difficult to run its own administrative and academic affairs smoothly owing to constant interference from various student groups.

Around 30,000 students have been visiting the KU campus to take their BCom papers these days.

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KU accused of taking sides in 'teacher's torture' case
Karachi: An invigilator for BCom exams at Karachi University, who was recently thrashed by a group of students, has blamed the campus administration for showing complicity in the case.

Anwar Rajput, a teacher at Jinnah Govt College for Boys in Nazimabad, alleged that that the KU vigilance team "prepared a report at their whims and took no action against the student whose sympathisers tortured me".

The invigilator was beaten by a students' group during the ongoing exams of BCom at the KU mass communication department where he was performing his duties.

Sources student that the student was not allowed to take the exam after the incident.

Speaking to Dawn , Mr Rajput said that he was thrashed by student activists after he had warned a student against using his cellphone during the exam. "I reprimanded the student who had not put his cellphone on the silent mode according to my instructions and was constantly talking over it. He misbehaved with me when I warned him the second time and took away his phone. In the meantime, a group of five to six students arrived and asked me to send the student to some other place on the campus for the exam. Upon my refusal, they misbehaved with me and then thrashed me. I received no help from KU's security staff," he said.

Mr Rajput alleged that the Rangers refused to intervene in the situation on the grounds that they could only act on the orders of the KU vigilance team.

He said: "The activists left the department after beating me, but the student on whose call they had come was still there. While the Rangers refused to take the student into custody till an official request was made by the KU vigilance team, the officials who arrived on the scene let the student go. Besides, they didn't take into account my grievances while preparing a report of the incident."

According to Mr Rajput, the team prepared a report of "use of unfair means" while he was pleading for "a case based on charges of misconduct and torture."

Unsatisfied over the KU's response, Mr Rajput wrote a complaint and handed it to the chairperson of KU's mass communication department. His note of grievance along with his clothes that got torn during the thrashing episode was later sent to the KU controller of examination, the sources said.

Mr Rajput's stance was wholly backed by the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) that held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation.

SPLA seeks governor's intervention
The SPLA demanded intervention of the governor in the matter and resignation of Prof (Dr) Nasiruddin Khan, the pro-vice chancellor looking after KU's security affairs, alleging that he was involved in corruption and maladministration on the campus.

"The malicious intentions of KU officials were evident from the fact that they didn't take into custody the student involved in the incident, though the victimised teacher identified him. Dr Nasiruddin must resign," said SPLA General Secretary Prof Iftikhar Azmi, adding that the resolution would be sent to the director-general of colleges and the provincial education secretary.

Prof Azmi said that Dr Nasiruddin Khan was once removed from the post of KU's controller of examinations on corruption charges but now had been made a pro-vice chancellor. "This is very unfortunate. The appointment of two pro-vice chancellors is also against the university's rules and regulations. Our representatives on the KU academic council would meet the vice chancellor soon and apprise him of their grievances," he said.

Expressing regret over the university's deteriorating law and order situation, Prof Azmi said that the university officials must take a cue from the adjacent NED University of Engineering and Technology being run smoothly. "Why are all troubles for Karachi University? The KU's vice chancellor is a silent spectator to all the wrongdoings on the campus while the quietness on part of the chancellor is beyond common comprehension," he remarked.

While Dr Nasiruddin Khan was not available for comments despite repeated calls, KU officials refused to talk on the issue arguing that only Dr Khan was authorised to comment, citing that he was dealing with these matters. Dawn

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Mehfil-e-Milad held at University of Karachi
Karachi: The Officers Welfare Association, University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday organised a Mehfil-e-Milad. Speaking on the occasion, KU VC Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said that the greatest personality of history is Holy Prophet (PBUH). "His teachings, actions and deeds have set examples for a balanced practical life. His preaches have an element of universality through which he delivered the message of mutual love, tranquility and patience. These qualities are also needed in these days," he said. Dr Fareeduddin Qadri and others speakers said that the basic aim of organising this sacred ceremony was to pay rich tributes to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and to recall his message. The speakers said: "We have left the preaching of the Islam far behind that is why we are facing severe socio-economic and moral problems. Daily times

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KU, Rhode Island University ink accord
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) and the University of Rhode Island (USA) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish productive cooperative relations between the two institutions. The KU has signed this memorandum on behalf of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research). The aim of this MoU is to develop the academic and cultural interaction between the two institutions in education, research, and other areas of mutual interest. The news

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Sindh may compel schools to admit vaccinated children only
Karachi: The chief minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on Thursday said that the government had been considering a law which would bind the schools to admit only those children who had been vaccinated against polio and hepatitis.

He said this while chairing a meeting at the CM House to review the "CM's initiative for hepatitis-free Sindh".

It was decided to extend the hepatitis-free Sindh programme for another three years, according to hepatitis control programme chief, Abdul Majeed Chutto.

Talking to The News, Chutto said under the extended programme, schoolchildren would be vaccinated against hepatitis. He said this initiative would be extended to 44 taluka hospitals and 47 rural health centres. The meeting also gave approval for recruitment of staff for 74 hepatitis control centres.

Dr Chutto said the meeting decided to approach the Centre for provision of share to Sindh under the Prime Minister's programme against hepatitis as health department was being devolved to the province following implementation of 18th Amendment. Chutto said the PM's programme was worth Rs13 billion.

Meanwhile, a handout issued by the CM House said that the meeting underlined the need to create awareness among masses about causes and remedial measures against Hepatitis B and C.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah informed that the draft law for regulating hospitals prepared by Sindh Health Department was also under active consideration and necessary decision would be taken soon.

The chief minister expressed his satisfaction on progress and achievement on implementing the Hepatitis programme. He appreciated that the Health department had achieved more targets than fixed for the programme.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah stressed the need to encourage precautionary and preventive measures on Hepatitis.

Earlier, the Sindh Health Minister, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, and Health Secretary, Hashim Zaidi, highlighted the progress made in the Hepatitis programme.

Dr Abdul Majeed Chutto in his detailed briefing said that the chief minister had taken steps to launch the programme in the year 2008-09 at the cost of Rs2.9 billion.

He said that the goal was to prevent the acute infections, addressing the chronic infections, raising the public awareness, changing the policy environment and health system strengthening.

He said that 1,135,000 individuals, 139,843 high risk population, 775,000 newborns and 18,439 inmates were vaccinated against Hepatitis-B and 1.5 million syringes were provided to public sector hospitals during the period 2008 to 2011.

He said that four molecular biology laboratories had been established in Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana and Mirpurkhas.

Besides, 80,000 patients had been treated against Hepatitis-C, 500 against Hepatitis-D and 1,261 treated in jails, he added.

Dr Chutto said that during the floods, 23 camps were established in 13 affected districts of Sindh and 94,000 people were vaccinated in the camps.

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NED students clinch award for promoting oil industry
Karachi: Four students of the Petroleum Engineering Department of the NED University made headlines internationally when they clinched the honorable title of "Ambassadors for Pakistan" from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPEI) International. The team got praise for their year-long hard work for the promotion of oil and gas industry and launching an energy awareness programme across educational institutions of the country. The Global Team consists of M Turab Mehdi (team leader), Syeda Hassan (Coordinating Officer), Tabinda Saeed (task manager) and Muneeb Burney (presenting officer).

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MUET working to help rural students realise their potential
Karachi: The Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) admits a large number of tudents from rural backgrounds, and helps them realise their potential. And these efforts have been fruitful.

MUET Vice-Chancellor Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput says the university's contribution can be gauged from the fact that at present the heads of many power generating firms in the country are MUET graduates.

"Yes students from rural areas do not have more opportunities to show their talent as compared to the students belonging to the urban areas, but they are fertile as far as their brain is concerned," the VC says while talking to The News. "We have developed research culture here, offering all the facilities to deserving students and teachers. We believe that no university can nurture talent in isolation," he added.

"There is a need to commercialise the potential of the students belonging to rural backgrounds so they may give input in the country's development."

The VC said: "Universities in other countries contribute more substance in the national policymaking process, but here this culture is yet to be developed. Otherwise, we have potential. We have competent professors who can provide their expertise in the policy designing to make the system sustainable and productive. We want the government to provide a chance to the teaching staff and students of the MUET for this cause. We can support the government in the fields like water management, improving irrigation system, promoting agriculture and energy production."

Talking about energy generation and needs, Dr Rajput says, "There is no check on how the power sector is losing energy through illegal means. There should be a proper mechanism to check and save this facility. We have also potential to generate more resources."

"The MUET now is ranked as second in the country. This is because we charge limited fees as per the affordability of students, who mostly come from rural communities. We receive larger numbers of students from catchment areas and work more.

We believe that every poor student in this era must have a computer so they may benefit and be productive. We were advised to raise fees, but we said that since students we are receiving cannot afford to have two meals a day properly, we should not put extra burden on them in the name of fees and other extra charges. No we believe that we are playing a key role in educating poor students, who may lead the country in future. We see potential among the students and want to commercialise the same through sustainable and better education."

The VC said that now their demand was that the industrial sector should give opportunities to the MUET graduates on a merit basis. "We have observed that more firms visit the university frequently and arrange interviews to hire technical staff directly. They qualify the tests and are working there. This is because they have potential. We can prove that all the projects running in Sindh have 90 percent staff comprising MUET graduates. We suggest to them to arrange tests here."

"We have potential to undertake studies on underground water resource be it the Kotri downstream or the issue of Machhar Lake water quality. We can help the government and authorities concerned to understand the water quality," said, adding that but it was up to certain authorities how they reacted to the offer.

During the monsoon floods last year, MUET teachers and students had visited various areas to extend a helping hand in providing potable water or suggesting how stagnant water could be purified and supplied to the flood victims living in relief camps.

"We pump water ourselves from the KB feeder - a canal feeding Keenjhar Lake to supply water to Karachi - to meet the university's demand. We have developed linkages with foreign universities such as those functioning in the USA and the UK, promoting the culture of research. This expertise we can offer to the country's institutions," the VC said.

He claimed that they had eradicated politics from the campus through an effective strategy. Students affiliated with political groups now might protest after the end of their classes, but they were not allowed to violate the system, he said. "There is strict monitoring. Students have been convinced to make their future instead of indulging in such subversive activities. We do not like to stay back in terms of imparting professional education." The news

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Clerks lock BISE offices in protest
Larkana: Routine office work at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Larkana, remained suspended on Thursday for the fourth day running because of prolonged protest by clerks against new appointments in the board.

The board went ahead with making 56 new appointments despite stiff opposition by the Larkana unit of the All-Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) which termed the process illegal.

After putting locks on the board offices, APCA leaders Mohammed Ali Depar and Abid Ali Mangi led a procession of clerks and held a demonstration outside the press club.

They carried a banner inscribed with a request to the director general of audit to initiate inquiry against the board chairman into charges of misappropriation of funds.

They accused the chairman of levelling unfounded charges against lower staff in a bid to hush up reports of his own misdeeds.

They condemned what they saw as his anti-employees attitude and called for reinstatement of Ghulam Farid Kalhoro, former president of APCA's Larkana unit.

They challenged the chairman to debate in the presence of journalists to prove who was at fault and announced blocking the appointments, which they claimed, were being made on political grounds.

The clerks had demonstrated in front of the mausoleum of Benazir Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto on Wednesday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

They criticised the board's announcement to hold a job test in Shikarpur which could not be held due to obvious reasons.

According to the chairman, the job test for data entry operators was held at I.T. Centre in Shikarpur and advised the candi- dates who could not attend it to reappear in the test on Feb 12.

He said that he could sow a bank statement to prove APCA wrong and claimed that every thing was pre-audited.

The chairman termed APCA's locking the offices illegal and in contra- vention of talks held in the presence of additional superintendent of police in which they had agreed not to hinder the process of appointments.

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88 flood-ravaged schools repaired
Larkana: Approximately 88 flood-damaged schools in Larkana, Shikarpur and Qambar-Shahdadkot districts have been handed over to the district governments.

These schools were jointly repaired by the army and the government under a phased plan.

Speaking during restoration of middle school of Hatri Ghulam Shah in the kutcha of Larkana on Thursday, Brig Mirza Khawar Baig said that army had played an important role during floods in Sindh.

He said under the second phase 100 more schools would not only be repaired but rehabilitated in these districts and currently 11 schools and one basic health unit has been rehabilitated and equipped with all required facilities. Dawn

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