Shah Latif University clash | DUHS bank loan

Five injured in Shah Latif University clash
Sukkur, Feb 02: Five students were injured in a clash among student groups in the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, on Wednesday.

Fear and panic gripped the students of the Salu as shots were fired and bricks thrown at each other in a clash that erupted among two student wings political parties. As a result, five students were severely injured.

Witnesses told this scribe that the police were also scared away when one of the clashing groups fired shots at them when the former tried to step in and take control. The injured students were shifted to the Civil Hospital here, and were identified as Ali Nawaz Narejo, Sain Bakhsh Narejo, Muhammad Haneef Narejo, Ghuda Hussain Narejo Zaheer Sohu. Hanif Narejo was shifted to Sukkur as the doctors said he was in critical condition.

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DUHS to get bank loan to pay increased staff salaries
Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) has decided to a acquire loan from a local bank to pay the 15 percent raise in staff salaries that were increased through a notification by the government. The University has no other alternative, especially since the funds required for the increased salaries were never given by the authorities concerned.

"The university syndicate has decided to take a loan to pay the increase in salaries to avoid protests by the staff and to retain qualified and experienced faculty members," Vice Vhancellor DUHS Dr. Masood Hameed Khan said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

The university administration also has decided to slow down a few university projects in view of the short flow of funds from the Sindh Government and HEC and increase its recurring expenditures, he added.

He said that faculty members and staff of the university are still awaiting a 15 percent increase in their salaries even six months after it was announced by the government. Currently, the university is managing 65-70 percent of its expenses from revenue generated by its own resources. It is paying increased salaries to lower staff by minimizing our expenses, but can only practise austerity to a certain limit, Dr. Hameed Khan observed.

He further stated that the University is pressing the provincial government to increase the grant so that it could pay increased salaries to the faculty. The Government of Sindh and the Higher Education Commission has given no response to various correspondences regarding issuance of funds, he claimed, adding that DUHS administration is continuously discussing the matter with the authorities concerned.

In this situation, DUHS was compelled to either utilise its own resources or divert funds from development projects, for the time being, to at least meet the salary and allowance components of its budget. The news

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Students get two more chances to clear matric exam
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has allowed all those candidates who could not clear their matriculation examinations despite exhausting all their five attempts - three annual and two supplementary exams - to clear their remaining papers in the forthcoming annual examinations-2012, it emerged on Wednesday.

It means that all those candidates who first appeared in Class IX annual exams in 2009 but could not clear their matriculation exam in the remaining four attempts made by them in two annual and two supplementary exams held in 2010 and 2011 would now have two more chances - the Secondary School Certificate annual examinations-2012 and its supplementary - to clear the remaining papers.

The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) had already given a similar relaxation to all those students of Higher Secondary Certificate examinations who had first appeared in their Class XI annual examinations in 2009 but failed to clear all papers in four more attempts made.

Sources in the BSEK and BIEK said that in all, 18,000 students - 11,000 of SSC and 7,000 of HSC examinations - would benefit from the relaxation offered to such students in compliance with the decision of the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).

The BSEK secretary, Hoor Mazhar, issued a notification on Tuesday stating that the board's chairman in pursuance of a decision taken by the IBCC in its meeting held on June 24 and 25, 2011 and the Sindh educational boards' committee of chairmen (COC), which met on Jan 30, 2012, allowed all those students who first got themselves registered/enrolled in the SSC Part-I (class IX) in 2009 but could not clear all papers of the SSC examinations by 2011 to clear their remaining failed papers in the SSC annual examinations-2012.

All such candidates may now submit their examination forms along with required documents after getting them checked from the board's relevant section latest by Feb 15 without any late fee, the BSEK notification said, adding that there would be no extension for submission of examination forms for such candidates.

However, when BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai was contacted to know whether the issue pertaining to the relaxation allowed to the students was debated in the COC's meeting held in Hyderabad on Jan 30, he replied in the negative, saying that the decision was, in fact, taken by the IBCC in its meeting held in June 2011 and hence all the educational boards of the country were bound to implement it in letter and spirit.

Asked if such candidates were required to clear failed papers of their SSC and HSC examinations only in the annual examinations-2012 or they would get one more chance to do so in its supplementary exams to be held the same year, he said that it would be prerogative of those who would be declared failed in the annual examinations-2012, to clear their remaining papers in the supplementary examinations of the same year.

Earlier in the day, some members of the Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) had staged a protest demonstration in front of the Karachi Press Club, demanding the BSEK to comply with the IBCC decision of allowing two more chances to those who failed to clear their matriculation exams. Dawn

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30 protesting contractual teachers not to be regularised
Karachi: Almost 30 contractual teachers who took part in a protest against the education department on Tuesday will not be regularised for the time being.

The statement came on Wednesday from Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, who said the IBA-qualified teachers were assured that they would be regularised on the completion of their three-year terms. However, some teachers opted to launch a protest outside the Karachi Press Club against the department and took to the streets, creating problems for law enforcement agencies and passers-by during their protest, he further said.

Such teachers had violated the terms and conditions of the World Bank and "their behaviour gave a bad impression to society", he said, adding that the education department had therefore decided that they would not be regularised right now.

The education minister said that their cases would be reviewed later. Meanwhile, the department decided that contractual teachers who passed the test from Sindh University would be regularised after the completion of their contract terms, he said.

The education department would advertise the posts of teachers in the local media as it had decided to appoint over 14, 000 teachers on merit, he added. On Tuesday evening, police used water canon and batons to disperse hundreds of contractual teachers, who had gathered outside the press club and wanted to march on the Chief Minister House to press the government to regularise them.

During the protest, the governor issued an ordinance giving permanent jobs to 5,800 teachers. MBA for executives employees: The education department has decided to offer Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme to its employees working on executive posts in the department. At least 50 people would get the opportunity to do MBA at government expenses.

The Secretary, Education, Sindh, Muhammad Siddiq Memon, on the directives of education minister, conducted a meeting on Wednesday and announced this decision. At least 107 applications from supervisors, lecturers, and subject specialists had been received in this regard, he said.

The Institutes of Business Administration, Karachi and Sukkur, would conduct entry tests on March 18, 2012, and those clearing the test would be eligible to MBA classes and English language course, he further said.

The decision has been taken to increase the administrative skills and educational qualification of the staff, he added. According to the secretary, education, the finance department has approved the summary of Rs40 million for the scholarship for students of Class-V and VIII.Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology would conduct the tests of students aspiring for scholarships, he said. The news

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