Sindh University armed clash & student death
University wears deserted look
Hyderabad, Feb 12: A pall of gloom hung over Sindh University campus in Jamshoro on Friday following death of a student
on Thursday in an armed clash between the student wings of the Jeay Sindh
Muttahida Mahaz and Pakistan People's Party-SB.
The campus wore
a deserted look as very few students turned up to attend classes. Girl students
kept away from the classes and many university point buses from different areas
of Hyderabad returned empty.
The university administration had made strict security arrangements and
set-up check-posts at many places where the vehicles entering into the
university were thoroughly searched.
Jamshoro police is reported to have taken a five-day remand of Agha Abbas
Pathan, who was allegedly involved in the murder of Babar Ali Sandhilo, student
of second year, BCS, at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Reports said that a meeting of the student wing of the JSMM was held under
the chairmanship of Hafeez Pirzado in Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur district. The
meeting decided not to boycott classes in the educational institutions but
announced three days of mourning for the deceased.
Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Funeral prayer of Babar Sandhilo was held in
his ancestral village Jan Mohammad Sandhilo, taluka Kingri, on Friday.
A large number of students, relatives and residents of surrounding areas
attended his funeral. Sandhilo was later laid to rest in a mournful atmosphere
in Shaikh Tayyab graveyard. Dawn
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SALU employees go on strike
Sukkur: Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Employees Welfare Association Khairpur observed strike against
the re-employment of retired employees in the university.
employeesí body, on the call of the All Sindh University Employees Federation,
took out a protest rally and later staged demonstration at the lawn of the SALU.
They also observed pens-down strike in their offices.
the body alleged that the budget of millions of rupees of the university was
being spent on retired employeesís re-employment on contract.
there were strict orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the authorities to
remove contractual employees, but the SALU administration was not implementing
it and disobeying it openly.
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KU arts faculty on their toes after dean's surprise visits
Karachi: Most of the departmental heads and other faculty members of Karachi University's Faculty of
Arts have started to come on time after the Dean Arts, Dr Zafar Iqbal, began
paying surprise visits to their departments.
According to reliable
sources, including students of various departments, there have been positive
changes in their departments after Dr Iqbal started visiting the departments,
Earlier, it had been a common practice that a majority of
chairpersons and senior teachers, despite living on the campus, did not turn up
at 8:30am, time for the first period. Sometimes classes would not open on time
and the students had to wait for the arrival of office staff.
Dr Iqbal, a former chairperson of the Department of Urdu, said the
step (to pay surprise visits) should have been taken long before. "I always
arrived in the department even when I had no early class. Now I as a dean want
to send the message to the teachers that they have to be the role models for the
students. For that they would have to come on time. We have to do something to
stop the 'free for all' culture in the university."
Alveena Ali from the
Department of Sociology expressed her approval of what she called "forced
change" for the erratic teachers, but at least it had happened. "It is a good
beginning. I still remember the days when I was in the first year and would come
to the department for English compulsory class.
Our teacher would be
there, the students would be there but the locked room would dampen our spirits.
The office peon will come after some time without any remorse and of
course there were no teachers at that time. It was pathetic."
student from the Department of Islamic History, who requested not be named, said
that she was happy with the change. "Our department office seldom opened before
10 and a few teachers would come early. Now with the visits of the dean and a
letter or a telephone call has made the difference."
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'IBMS to develop academic faculties'
Peshawar: Vice-chancellor of Khyber Medical University (KMU) Prof Dr Mohammad Hafizullah Friday said the
main purpose of establishing the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IBMS) at
the university was to achieve the long-awaited requirement of developing the
academic faculties in basic medical sciences of medical institutes in the Khyber
Welcoming the newly-admitted scholars at the IBMS,
the vice-chancellor said that every year new medical colleges were being
established both in public and private sectors of the province. He said there
were no institutions of higher education producing qualified faculty in the
field of basic medical sciences. He emphasised that one of the top priorities of
the KMU was to revamp the medical education and bring it on a par with the
The vice-chancellor said the KMU had been
striving to provide opportunities for basic training and research leading to
MPhil and PhD for the doctors of the country in general and that of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa in particular.
Dr Hafizullah said that no such facilities
existed in the province for the doctors but now after establishment of the IBMS
this important problem would be resolved and the young scholars of KP would be
able to acquire high level of knowledge and training.
Dr Jawad Ahmad,
director, IBMS, said that entry test for admission to MPhil was conducted by
NTS. A total of 136 candidates appeared in the test and the admission process
had been completed. He said 70 scholars had been enrolled in the programme and
regular classes started from February 7, 2011.
The director said that the
prime objectives of the IBMS was to establish state-of the-art teaching and
learning opportunities for faculty, to promote culture of international quality
research.At the end, the VC KMU responded to the questions from the
scholars. The news
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