Iqra University convocation | SU resume boycott

300 students awarded degrees at Iqra University convocation
Karachi, Feb 06: Around 300 candidates were conferred with graduation and masters degrees at the 10th convocation of the Iqra University which was held on Saturday. The degrees were awarded in Business Administration, Computer Science, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Telecommunication, Engineering & Media Sciences programmes.

Senior Minister of Sindh for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq was the chief guest.

As many as 12 students showing significant performance in their higher education at the university were awarded gold medals by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad.

The Iqra University awarded three PhD degrees in Management, Education and Telecommunication Engineering.

On the occasion, Pir Mazhar said that it was a matter of honour that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had awarded the top category to the Iqra University for maintaining higher education and infrastructure, while the chartered inspection and evaluation committee had also awarded first position to the institution. Vice-Chancellor U.A.G Isani in his address spoke about the performance of Iqra University. The news

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SU teachers resume boycott of classes
Hyderabad: The Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff of the Universities Association, Sindh University, has resumed the boycott of classes following non-issuance of notification regarding agreed points between the federation representatives and a committee formed by the Sindh governor.

They vowed to continue their protest till removal of Vice-chancellor Dr Nazir Mughal.

Teachers boycotted classes and marched on the campus in protest against what they termed backing out of the agreement from the government. Some students also joined them.

Leaders of Sindh University Teachers (SUTA) also met adviser to the governor on higher education affairs and Vice-chancellor of LUMHS Dr Noshad Ali Shaikh and asked him to explain the position. He said he was unable to do anything in this regard. Protesting teachers asked him to arrange their meeting with the governor.

President of SUTA Dr Azhar Ali Shah said that teachers' representatives had held talks with the committee constituted by the Sindh governor, who is also chancellor of the provincial universities.

It was agreed upon in the meeting that Vice-chancellor Dr Mughal would go on medical leave immediately and Dr Parveen Shah would be appointed as acting VC. But such notification was not issued by the governor secretariat, which reportedly was stopped by Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar Haq, he said.

He said the education minister in his TV interview also said that the vice-chancellor was not being replaced on the demands of teachers and he would resume his duties on Wednesday. Therefore, teachers were compelled to resume the boycott.

He said teachers would resume their boycott of classes and observe a token hunger strike from Monday near Sindhology building on the Super Highway while on Wednesday teachers and employees of the university would hold a long march from Sindh University to the Hyderabad press club.

He said they would also observe a sit-in at the Governor House next week to press for acceptance of their demands. He said PPP leaders and ministers should have more concern than the governor about the suspension of classes at Sindh University where a large number of students from rural areas were studying.

General secretary of SUTA Dr Arfana Mallah sais the education minister did not come forward when teachers were protesting for the past one month and classes in the higher education institution remained suspended. He chose to intervene in the matter when the issue had been resolved and classes resumed.

She said the intervention had resulted into the suspension of classes once again.

The Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA) has always demanded of the administration of the University of Sindh for improvement in its internal security service and withdrawal of police and rangers from the campus.

The administration has turned a deaf ear to the demand, leading to several murders of students in the recent past. The situation has worsened to the level that now even the teachers are being targeted.

In a statement mailed to Dawn here on Saturday, president of SUTA Dr Azhar Ali Shah said that after the assassination of Prof Bashir Ahmed Channar, the worsening law and order had reached to such an alarming level that no one felt secure enough to work and move around the campus. Dawn

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DCET constitutes committee
Karachi: A seven-member committee has been constituted to look after the problems of the students of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, acting principal of DCET Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said on Friday. He said that this committee would look after the administrative issues, financial matters and other related businesses. The committee would discuss the affairs of the institution with the concerned stakeholders. The news

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