Karachi University teachers tests

KUTS threatens HEC chairman with legal action
Karachi, Jan 24: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has reiterated its stand regarding not testing university teachers for MS and PhD programmes; it has also warned Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Javed Leghari of legal action if he "continues to meddle in the affairs of public-sector universities".

In a joint statement issued on Saturday KUTS President Dr Abid Hasnain and Secretary Dr Fayyaz Vaid praised the university administration for exempting teachers from appearing in tests before being enrolled in MS and PhD programmes. "Teachers who had passed all their examinations with distinctions, and passed selection boards, need no other tests," they said.

Dr Hasnain said that the HEC was continuously "harassing" the university. "This has now assumed alarming proportions. We are in contact with lawyers for legal advice," he said.

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Promotion of 1,348 doctors approved
Karachi: Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah approved the promotion of 1348 doctors, on Saturday.

As many as 898 doctors will be promoted to grade 18, while 399 to grade 19 and 51 will be promoted to grade 20.

The decision of the chief minister has, however, come under criticism by members of the Sindh Doctors Committee (SDC) Karachi, who allege that some 11,000 doctors have been awaiting promotion for the past 20 years and so far no one in the government has bothered to listen to their oft repeated pleas.

Senior Pediatrician Civil Hospital Karachi Dr Nawaz Ali Mallah said that the doctors working in province must be provided relief packages along with promotions and in this regard the members of SDC have put forward a charter of demands in a press conference earlier in the week.

The charter of demands includes relief packages for doctors, increment in salaries, and increase in the stipend of the post graduate trainees from Rs12,000 to Rs 28,000.

Sindh Minister for Health, Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that the summary requesting the promotion of doctors was sent to the CM House on 16 April 2009. He added that he also appealed to the CM to approve Scheduled New Expenditure (SNE) of various hospitals in Sindh which has been pending for a very long time.

He added that the recruitment and increment of health consultants is also pending in the CM house and hopefully the issue of promotion and hiring would be dealt with soon.

Later, Government of Sindh announced to set up a women university in Sukkur and is implementing a policy to give equal opportunities to the women in each sector.

In this regard the Federal Government, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad will be the sponsoring agency to establish the women university and Rs2303.295 million has been earmarked under the Public Sector Development Programme (2009-10) for the purpose.

The scheme was considered in technical committee and cleared for Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) with the recommendation of the committee.

This was approved in the PDWP meeting held under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Munawar Opel here on Saturday.

It was decided that the scheme was cleared for consideration by the PDWP, and added that cost of land may be included in PC-1 as provincial share, Rs.20 million proposed for project staff and enumeration of P&D, Education and Literacy Department and exact of Land may be included in PC-1. Carious market oriented discipline will be established at Women University at Sukkur included Departments of IT, IR, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Zoology, Psychology, English, Islamic Culture and Pakistan Studies.

It was also decided that no project shall be implemented without the approval of the environment assessment by EPA. The nation

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DUHS Faculty Research Day
Karachi: Department of Research, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) organised the first Faculty Research Day on Saturday.

The Faculty Research Day, which was organised by the Dow Medical College, Karachi, aimed at showcasing the research being conducted by the DUHS faculty members and to serve as an interactive forum.

Seventy four researches conducted during the year 2008-09 were presented on the occasion.

Vice Chancellor DUHS Prof. Masood Hameed Khan said that the motive for such activities is to enhance quality research, adding that the vision of the university is to improve the standard of education as well.

Khan said that a research department has been established where funding is available for research activities, and a Clinical Research Associate Program was also initiated a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile Director Department of Research DUHS Prof. Nazeer Khan, on the occasion, said that their department is providing facilities which include, undergraduate research program, registration of research projects, faculty profile, abstract books etc.

He added that 46 studies have been conducted and presented by the DMC undergraduate students during the last two years. "We are also publishing the journal of DUHS which was initiated in 2006. It is a peer-reviewed journal and is approved by the PMDC," Prof. Khan added.

He further said that the research department would soon launch faculty profile on DUHS website.

On the occasion, shields for the best poster presentation were also awarded to Dr Nisar Rao of OJHA Institute of DUHS, Dr Talat Mirza of DIMC and Wajiha Iffat from Dow College of Pharmacy, DUHS. The news

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Establishment of SU
Hyderabad: Speakers at a seminar on "Sindhi Language as a national language" here on Friday evening demanded the status of national language for major languages of the country - including Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pashto, Seraiki and Brohi - under constitutional cover.

The seminar, jointly organised by the provincial ministry of culture and Sindhi Language Authority, said in a resolution that in theory, Sindhi language was to be used as a medium of correspondence in government offices and as medium of instructions in educational institutions in the province, but the related law was not being implemented in letter and spirit.

The seminar adopted another resolution, demanding the introduction of Sindhi as a compulsory subject in private schools and cancellation of registration of those schools where Sindhi was not being taught as a compulsory subject.

The seminar demanded that a Sindhi university be established on the pattern of Urdu university, and signboards be written in Sindhi language.

It said that advertisement, pharmaceutical, mobile phone and other companies should be bound down to publish advertisement in Sindhi language and the names of roads, streets and railway stations should be written in the language.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Minister for Culture Ms Sassui Palijo congratulated the Sindh Adabi Sangat (SAS) for launching a movement for the acceptance of Sindhi as a national language.

She said that there was unanimity of opinion that Sindhi should be given the status of a national language, and added that other major languages of Pakistan should also be recognised as national languages.

She said that the recommendations of the seminar would be sent to the federal government.

She said that Pakistan was a multi-lingual country and it was wrong to assume that only one language was spoken and written in the country.

Eminent scholar, educationist and intellectual Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo said that in the absence of a language committee in the country, the issue of languages had been pending for too long.

He said that Pakistan was in the grip of crisis and urged the intellectuals to perform their due role in extricating the country from the crisis. He said that intellectuals had a very important role to play in the society as it were they who guided the people and brought about changes.

SLA chairperson Dr Fehmida Hussain said that Sindh Assembly had adopted the Pakistan resolution before any other assembly did so in the pre-partition India.

She said that even in the British regime, officials correspondence in the province was done in Sindhi language which was on record.

She said that in India all the major languages enjoyed the status of national languages.

Director of Bureau of Curriculum Idris Jatoi, Professor Aijaz Qureshi, SAS secretary general Yousuf Sindhi, Jami Chandio, Dr Habibullah Siddiqi and Professor Dr Ghulam Ali Alana also expressed their views.

A nine-member committee, headed by Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo, was appointed to prepare recommendations for ensuring that Sindhi enjoyed the status of national language.

Dr Fehmida Hussain, Dr Ghulam Ali Alana, Habibullah Siddiqi, Imdad Hussaini, Dr Mohammad Ali Mangi, Professor Aijaz Qureshi, Yousuf Sindhi and Taj Joyo are members of the committee. Dawn

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Education dept failure
Karachi: The visits of children of CDGK schools to the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah have been suspended for the last one year despite the directives of City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil to revive the programme of visiting, but the education department failed to comply the directives, informed sources said on Saturday.

When this issue came into the limelight, naib city nazim took notice of the suspension of visits of the CDGK schools' students to the mausoleum, and directed the EDO education department to revive the practice again and chalk out a complete programme so that all schools would be facilitated in this regard. But the practice could not be initiated so far.

It is pertinent to note that Nasreen took this decision on the request of the parents of children who informed her that schools management in past took the children on the visit of Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum and other historic places but now this practice has been abolished.

It may be noted that it was a common practice in the public sector schools that education department made arrangements for the visit of schools children at the mausoleum in order to make them aware about the history of different historical places, personality of Quaid-e-Azam and his struggle for the independence.

Keeping in view the importance of this issue Quaid-e-Azam Management Board (QMBB) has made arrangements for the visits but unfortunately no benefit is being taken by the schools administration in this regard.

It is interesting to note that two years have been lapsed, a former EDO Education Fakhar Karim, when visited a school in Gadap Town, a group of students requested him that they did not see the mausoleum of father of the nation and want a visit. The EDO education had promised them to fulfil their desire and wrote a letter to City nazim for necessary arrangements in this regard.

Nasreen, when issued the directives for the visit of students, mentioned that the healthy and extra curricular activities are necessary for the students and these activities would be organised gradually. She said that the practice of visits of school children at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam should be revived.

"It is necessary that students should learn more about their founder and his struggle of Pakistan."

Nasreen further said that the visits at other historic places of the City and other extracurricular activities would also be arranged by the education department in near future.

But despite issuing of directives for more than one year, the education department have failed to chalk-out a plan for the visits. The news

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Textbooks stealing attempt
Mirpurkhas: People foiled an attempt to steal away textbooks meant for distribution free of cost among poor students when they caught a donkey-cart laden with the books in Johar Colony here on Saturday.Hizbullah Mari and Junaid Mahar told journalists that when they saw the donkey-cart loaded with more than 2,000 textbooks for class VII and VIII published by the Sindh Textbook Board in shopping bags passing through their area they stopped it and caught the cart driver.

The cart driver told them that he had loaded the books from Government Boys High School for sale in the market, they said.

He slipped away with his cart leaving the books behind when he saw his captors busy in unloading the shopping bags, they said. They said they called journalists and police and informed them about the incident.

SPO Mohammad Ayoub Dars and SHO of Town police station Mir Mohammad Mangrio reached there and shifted the books to the police station.

EDO (education) Abdul Majeed Hur who was called to the police station tried to belittle the incident, saying the books were tool old to be of any value.

Nevertheless, he said, he would form a high-level inquiry committee to look into the incident and take strict action against the officials found involved in the theft of books.

The head master of the high school did not receive the correspondent's calls.

In the meantime, hundreds of people from the Johar Colony and other areas gathered outside the police station and held a demonstration against the EDO (education). They raised slogans against the EDO and demanded legal action against him.

Police have filed a complaint lodged by Hizbullah Mari against unidentified donkey-cart driver and other accused. Dawn

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