KU announces exam form submission date
Karachi, Feb 18: The controller of examination, University of Karachi, has announced that the examination form of the LLB (Final) Supplementary Examination-2010 will be accepted with a late fee of Rs500 from February 19 to 25. The news
KU syndicate okays campus security measures
Karachi: Although the Karachi University syndicate discussed and approved a number of security measures in its meeting held on Thursday, it failed to come up with a strategy to root out hooliganism from the campus.
There was no mention of the thrashing of an invigilator, a college teacher, by student activists during the recent BCom examinations. The university had decided to treat it as a case of 'using unfair means', ignoring the demand from the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) that the culprits be punished for beating up the teacher.
It is worth mentioning here that the law and order situation on the campus has gravely deteriorated over the past two months as a number of KU employees have been beaten up by student activists and a bomb blast has also occurred during the period.
So far, the university has acted selectively and, with the exception of couple of cases, it has failed to identify the culprits and take action against them in most cases.
According to teachers, the university should have realised by now that the chancellor's direct intervention to reign in lawless elements was needed. Unless political parties stopped backing students indulging in violent acts, there was no hope for peace on the campus, they said.
The security steps approved by the KU syndicate included strengthening of the watch and ward system, activation of disciplinary committee and expansion of student advisory in the first phase. Installation of surveillance cameras would be considered in the second phase, it decided.
The meeting noted that the recommended security measures would be taken by the university using its own resources. The syndicate also gave approval to the setting up of a department of teachers education spread over an area of 15,000 square feet on the campus with the help of the Community Rehabilitation Infrastructure Support Programme, which is funded by the USAID-Pakistan.
A four-year BS programme would initially be run at the department which would have a learning resource centre, library and science labs.
It was also decided that teachers with a professional engineering or medical degree would get an advance increment and that teachers, in the last five years of their employment, would be allowed to get non-refundable loan from their provident fund.
The syndicate also approved the transfer of Dr Naseer Akhtar, an associate professor, from the department of Islamic learning to the department of Asool-ud-deen. This was done to fill the gap of a permanent faculty member at the department of Asool-ud-deen. A committee was set up to check Dr Akhtar's credentials.
The meeting unanimously endorsed the request made to the chancellor by Dr Aqeel Ahmad, Dr Anila Amber Malik, Dr Shakeel Farooqui and Ms Saba Masood to enhance the PhD allowance to Rs10,000 (from the current Rs5,000) as was being given by the public sector universities of Punjab.
Education dept staff rally baton-charged
Karachi: Riot police resorted to a baton charge and used a water cannon to break up a protest rally staged by dozens of contractual employees of the Sindh education department when they attempted to march on the Chief Minister's House on Thursday, officials and witnesses said.
The crowd comprising non-teaching staff of the education ministry was protesting against non-payment of salaries for the last three months and the termination of their service contracts.
The protesters most of whom had come from the interior of Sindh, earlier staged a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club, seeking permanent employment in the education department as was promised by the previous government. They also chanted slogans against senior officials of the department, accusing them of causing 'hindrance' in their cases.
"There are more than 2,000 non-teaching contractual employees associated with the Sindh education department," said Darya Khan, president of the All-Sindh Education Lower Staff Association. "They were appointed in 2007 by the previous government on a four-year contract with a promise that their services would be regularised within six months."
However, he said, their services were not regularised neither were their contracts extended. Besides, he added, most employees had not been paid salaries for the last three months.
"We brought the situation to the notice of many senior officials and political leaders, but in vain. Hundreds of employees finally converged here today from different parts of Sindh, including Pano Aqil, Naushehro Feroze, Mithi and Dadu, to lodge their protest," he added.
Mr Khan said the protesting employees were employed in pay-scales one to four and were serving mostly as peons, gardeners and watchmen in hundreds of government schools across the province.
Following the speeches, as the demonstrators moved towards the CM's House, they faced police restrictions and a scuffle ensued. The situation turned ugly when the anti-riot squad of the Saddar Town police, who were equipped with sticks, teargas shells and water cannon, turned assertive. A dozen protesters suffered minor injuries as the riot police resorted to a baton charge and used their water cannon to disperse the crowd.
The violent episode on Maulana Deen Mohammad Wafai Road paralysed traffic system in the area for some time. A number of vehicles were seen stranded on Sarwar Shaheed Road, Abdullah Haroon Road and several other connecting arteries.
The situation improved after three representatives of the protesting employees were called to the CM's House for meeting with senior officials. The leaders of protesting employees agreed to end their protest when the senior officials assured them of possible action on their pleas.
"They were not allowed to march towards CM's House and that message had already been conveyed to their leaders," said SSP Irshad Ali Raza of the Saddar Town. "Despite clear instructions, they insisted and defied the defined rules that triggered police action. No one was arrested neither any protester suffered serious injury due to the police action."
Following the violent episode, a number of protesters reached back and staged a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club where senior members of the provincial cabinet and political leaders met them.
Sindh IT Minister Raza Haroon and senior PPP leader Waqar Mehdi assured them of their support to solve the problems being faced by the protesters and vowed to take up their case before the authorities concerned.
SU contract employees not paid salary
Mirpurkhas: Over dozen contract employees of the Mirpurkhas campus of the Sindh University held a demonstration in the premises of the campus on Thursday in protest against non-payment of salary for two months.
The protesters led by Yousuf Qureshi and Wazir Ali, demanded regularisation of services and release of salary.
They told journalists that even though they were appointed on contract and were receiving a fixed amount as salary but even that meagre amount had been withheld.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Mirpurkhas campus Prof. Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Panhwar said that he had apprised the university administration of the demands and grievances of the contact employees.
SU to hold APC on law & order on the campus
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh is holding a one-day all-party conference on Feb 27 to discuss with heads of political parties ways and means to improve law and order on the campus and create an education-friendly environment in the university.
A meeting convened by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal here on Thursday decided that leaders of all political parties would be invited to the conference to seek their help in the cause of education.
The VC briefed the meeting about the need for holding the conference and discussing with heads of political parties issues related to law and order on the campus.
It was the need of the hour, he said, to make concrete efforts to improve standard of higher education with cooperation of all stakeholders, including political parties.
The meeting further decided that an invitation letter would be sent to the heads of political parties to formally invite them to the APC.
The meeting was attended by deans of faculties, provosts of boys and girls hostels, registrar and other officials concerned.
In another chaired by the VC, the university decided to hire consultants for different construction works and rehabilitation of its entire water supply system to supply filtered water to students and employees on the campus.
MUET Project Director Niaz Ali Shar brief the meeting about the project, which envisaged replacement of existing water scheme.
Eminent educationist Prof. Dr S.M. Qureshi advised that the university should hire consultant for supervision of development works and other projects.
He said that that the university should take measures to provide filtered water to students and employees with separate lines for raw water and drinking water.
DATE EXTENDED: The director of the Centre for Rural Development Communication of the University of Sindh on Thursday extended last date to March 3 for submission of forms for admission to four-month professional diploma in the Rural Development Communication. Dawn