Sindh University activists clash

Student injured in Sindh varsity clash
Hyderabad, Jan 20: A student received head injuries in a clash between activists of two student organisations at the Sindh Universitys Jamshoro campus on Tuesday.

However, the injured is reported to be out of danger.

According to a decision taken on Monday evening in a meeting, presided over by the Sindh education minister, academic activities at the campus were resumed on Tuesday.

Earlier, no classes were held at the campus for two days due to a protest of the Sindh People's Students Federation against registration of a murder case implicating their leaders.

Classes were held in the morning, but at about 12.30pm, the activists of two student groups clashed over some petty matter.

Both the parties used sticks and bricks freely. A final year student of the sociology department, Din Mohammad Jatoi, received head injuries by a stone.

He was rushed to Liaquat University Hospitals Jamshoro branch where he was given medical treatment.

Classes were, however, held in the evening shift, but the situation remained tense at the Jamshoro campus.

University of Sindh Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Nazir A. Mughal has urged students to develop a concept of civility among them and promote habit of learning and listening.

Expressing concern over disturbances at the campus and stopping of point buses, the vice chancellor said that suspension of education activities was a great loss to the students and nation. He said that students should help the university in stopping unhealthy activities.

He was speaking at a welcome and a farewell ceremony organised in honour of new comers and outgoing students of the department of public administration at the Hyderabad campus, on Monday evening.

He said that for academicians, his doors were open and announced to dedicate one day in a week for the students to come to his office without appointment and share their problems.

Greeting the passing out students and welcoming the new ones, the vice-chancellor said that education was the only area which could be helpful in building a strong society.

He said that good character went a long way in career development and added that respecting and listening to others was a part of civilisation.

He said that hard work was key to success in life. He said that after completion of education the youth had to enter a new world and added that new world for them was full of hope.

He said that there were a lot of expectations from youth by parents, society and the university.

He advised the students to continue hard work and explore the world through their abilities and qualities. He said that determination was important and added that with determination and hard work, the youths could achieve aim of their life.

He advised the students to involve themselves in research which was the backbone of nation.

Addressing new comers, the vice chancellor said that they spent their precious time in pursuit of education. "Do not follow wrong advice and do not involve in politics," he said.

Principal of Cadet College of Petaro Commodore Mohammad Rana Aslam, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Parveen Shah and chairperson of the public administration department Dr Zarin Abbasi also addressed students. Dawn

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Career counselling centre inaugurated at KU
Karachi: The newly-established career counseling centre at the Pharmacy Department was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Karachi (KU) Prof. Qasim Pirzada on Tuesday.

The counseling centre will enable students to choose their career according to their aptitude and level of excellence in their respective fields.

"This project is unique as no other public university is offering such facility to its students. It is lamentable that majority of students do not have the understanding of their potential and usually proceed to a career that hardly suits their aptitude," Prof. Qasim remarked.

The centre is the result of direct interaction between a pharmaceutical company and Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy Dr Syed Waseemuddin Ahmed.

Dr Ahmed said that earlier the pharmacy students faced problems regarding career choice due to the absence of career counseling centres in universities or elsewhere. He hoped that the centre would help students advance their careers in the right direction.

On the occasion, gold medals were given to the position holders of the department.

Secretary Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) Dr Fayyaz Vaid, former chairman of Pharmacology department, Dr Rafeeq Alam Khan, Chairman Department of Pharmacognosy Dr Iqbal Azhar and faculty members from other departments also attended the event. The news

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Misuse of educational funds
Karachi: No progress has been made for a month in the enquiry ordered against Landhi Town Assistant District Officer (ADO)-Education Chaman Lal over allegations of misuse of funds, The News has learnt.

The enquiry had been ordered by former Education Secretary Rizwan Memon, after the Government and Nationalised School Teacher's Association (GNSTA) had demanded of Senior Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Executive District Officer (EDO)-Education Ibrahim Kumber to suspend Lal, and conduct an enquiry against him.

The association had alleged that Lal had collected conveyance allowances for the months of June and July from the Sindh Accountant General through two cheques, but the amount was not distributed amongst the headmasters of schools located in Landhi Town. The GNSTA had also asked the authorities concerned to recover the amount that had been embezzled, and distribute it amongst the affected head masters.

Sources told The News that the main reason in the inordinate delay in the enquiry being conducted is Lal's behaviour, who has not responded to the questions asked of him by the investigation officer thus far.

While Lal had submitted some documents to disprove the charges, they were not deemed as satisfying response, sources said. "Lal had attached a few papers, apparently signed by the head masters of the schools, but these sheets do not bear any office order number on them - which is a necessary part of office procedures," sources explained. Similarly, they said, signatures on the receiving documents are identical, and it seemed that the same person had signed on all papers.

Moreover, sources added, Lal had affixed stamps against school names to prove that the headmasters received the amount given in lieu of conveyance allowances. However, those stamps bear a "cross" mark, while no signature was present on these stamps either. "If the stamps are put on pay receipts, then they must be signed, as per the official requirements," sources said.

Sources further said that Lal had not mentioned the exact amount paid to the various schools, and now, he has to appear with the payroll and pay register to confirm that he has cleared the dues of the head masters. In case Lal returns the conveyance allowances to the head masters, sources said, then he has to show the receipt of the government's miscellaneous account.

Sources also said that Lal has not paid the allowances for winter vacations either, but had asked the head masters of schools in Landhi Town to aid him in escaping charges. "Chaman Lal has been telling the affected teachers that he would furnish a written apology, and would also transfer to another town if all charges levelled against him are withdrawn."

At least 58 head masters out of 64 government's school were deprived of the allowance, sources alleged, claiming that each head master was entitled to Rs1,840 as conveyance allowance. Sources alleged that some teachers also tried to bribe Lal's assistant to secure their dues. However, all attempts failed to deliver any result.

At one stage, sources said, Lal promised the teachers that he would pay off the allowances in a couple of weeks, but he even failed to keep his word, and later on, kept giving new dates to the affected. Lal did release some cheques to several teachers, but all of them bounced back. When the affected approached Lal, he intimidated them instead of providing an explanation. The news

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Pukhtoons students admissions
Karachi: The Pukhtoon Students Federation (PkSF) has claimed that conspirators have formed biased admission policies in the educational institutions of the city whereby students belonging to other provinces, especially Pukhtoons, are deprived of admission and higher education.

In a meeting with Karachi Bar Council (KBC) President Mehmoodul Hassan, the PkSF delegation - that was led by PkSF Sindh President Ismail Mehsud - said the National Database and Registration Authority was creating hurdles for the Pukhtoon community to acquire their computerised national identity cards.

The KBC president assured the delegation that they would work for the rights of the Pukhtoons. Daily times

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Job letters non-issuance
Sukkur: More than two dozen candidates, who passed test/interviews for the post of junior schoolteacher, staged a demonstration outside the press club in Thul on Tuesday in protest against not issuance of job offer letters to them.

They shouted slogans against the Sindh government for not issuing the offer orders.

Mohammad Malook Buriro, Kamal Kanrani and Liaqat Sarki told journalists that six months ago, they had passed test/interviews for the post of junior schoolteachers and were declared successful. But despite a lapse of six months, they were awaiting job offer letters.

They said 26 out of the 108 candidates from Thul had been issued the letters while the remaining were being ignored.

They demanded that the Sindh government should issue job offer orders to dispel a sense of disappointment. Dawn

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AMI Graduation ceremony
Karachi: The graduation ceremony of the Primary Course in Aviation Medicine was held at the Aero Medical Institute (AMI) at PAF Base, Masroor.

Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Arshad Quddus was the chief guest of the ceremony, said a PAF statement issued here on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest emphasised upon the role of Aviation Medicine Specialists or Flight Surgeons, in flight safety, accident prevention and operational effectiveness of an aviation organisation.

Air Vice Marshal Arshad Quddus, awarded certificates to the successful participants of the course.

Moosa Khan Trophy for best graduate in Course in Aviation Medicine was awarded to Flight Lieutenant Shahjahan.

The post graduate studies in the discipline of Aviation Medicine in Pakistan are only imparted at AMI, PAF Base, Masroor. APP

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