LUMHS 9th Convocation | Islamia College closed

LUMHS Convocation
Hyderabad, Jan 12: The Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) is holding its 9th Convocation on coming Saturday (January 15) to confer degrees upon 500 students of the MBBS, the BDS and postgraduates.

Prof Khaleeq Ahmed Siddiqui told a news conference Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad will be the chief guest and Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Javed Leghari as guest of honour. Dawn

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PhD degrees
Karachi: The Board of Advanced Studies and Research, University of Karachi, in its meeting awarded 13 PhD degrees and seven MPhil degrees to researchers, according to a KU statement issued here on Tuesday. ppi

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Education minister vows to continue services of 7,187 employees
Karachi: Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq assured the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday that the services of 7,187 contract employees working in Education Department would not be terminated.

He gave this assurance on an adjournment motion moved by opposition legislator Ms Nusrat Abbasi.

She had drawn the house attention on the reported discontinuation of services of 1,787 employees who were appointed on contract basis by the previous government.

Ms Abbasi, who belongs to PML-F, stated that the provincial government was terminating the services of "trained and experienced" staff without showing any "reasonable cause" at a time when the Education Department had already made fresh recruitment of non-teaching staff from Grade-1 to Grade-14. She said that around 3,465 employees were appointed in district governments, 1,739 employees in regional Directorate of Colleges and 1,149 employees in District Benazirabad (formerly Nawabshah).

Responding to these apprehensions, the education minister stated that no injustice would be meted out to any employee. He regretted that the caretaker government had appointed employees just a day before the general elections. Pir Mazhar said that the present government had given them extension for three years, which would be extended further. He said that the present government had also continued the services of lecturers who were appointed on ad hoc basis by the former government.

Law Minister Ayaz Soomro also promised that the services of employees would not be terminated.

Following the assurances, joint opposition leader Jam Madad did not press the issue, and the adjournment motion was disposed of by acting Speaker Ms Shehla Raza.

Opposition's token walkout: Earlier, the joint opposition staged token walkout against the rejection of the privilege motion moved by PML-Q's Muhammad Shaharyar Khan Mahar MPA.

Through his motion Mahar pointed out that he had been in USA on a study tour organized by an American political organization when on December 8 last year he came to know through a local news channel that he was nominated in a case of firing on the registrar of a known business institute in Sukkur. He said that he rushed back to Pakistan and observed that the director of the said institute through press conference and official website of the institute levelled serious allegations against him of orchestrating the attack on the registrar and claimed that he (Mahar) had a land dispute with the institute.

The PML-Q legislator said that such allegations had not only breached his privilege but the privilege of the entire house as well. During the debate on the admissibility of the privilege motion, the PML-Q legislator and certain PPP MPAs exchanged strong words against each other, which were expunged by acting Speaker Shehla Raza. The news

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ICMAP moot on insurance on January 19
Karachi: A seminar on 'Insurance: Tool to minimise business risk' will be organised here on Jan 19. The moot would be held under the aegis of the Karachi Branch Council of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP). Nasreen Rashid, Executive Director, Insurance Division, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) will be the keynote speaker. Other prominent personalities of insurance sector will present technical papers on the occasion. ICMAP President Hasan A Bilgrami will also speak on the occasion. app

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Attendance row: Islamia College closed, 20 students held
Peshawar: The administration of Islamia College University on Tuesday closed the college section for boys till January 17 after the students held a demonstration against the administration, which refused to send their examination forms to the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education due to their low attendance and non-submission of outstanding dues.

Most of hostels of the college section were also got vacated and students belonging to far-flung districts have been asked to leave the hostels by Wednesday (today). The campus police also rounded up 20 students and resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling after hundreds of students took out protest procession and pelted stones on the administration block of the university.

The protesting students said that the administration had refused to send their forms to the BISE and imposed heavy fines on them. They said that the administration wanted to shut doors of education on them because they could not pay heavy fines. They demanded that their forms should be sent along with that of other students and they be exempted from the fine.

However, the university registrar Dr Anwar Syed told this correspondent that about 400 students had failed to fulfill the 75 per cent attendance criteria and the board was not accepting their examination forms. Mr Syed said that the boys section of the college had been closed till January 17 and it would be opened after reviewing the situation in a meeting on Friday.

Also on Tuesday, the class-III and IV employees of the university took out a protest procession for safe recovery of kidnapped Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan and his driver. One of the employees, Sabz Ali, sustained head injury during the protest allegedly due to police baton charge and the employees also announced complete strike till January 13.

A large number of protesting employees had gathered outside the Khyber Union Hall on the campus to hold demonstration. They were led by Zakir Hussain of class-III and Zafar Ali of class IV employees. Dawn

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Teachers voice concern over UoP Act amendments
Peshawar: The teachers of various universities in the province have expressed serious concern over the changes in the University of Peshawar (UoP) Act and warned against similar changes in other universities.

The concern was voiced at a meeting of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association presided over by its provincial president Prof Dr Muhammad Fida. The meeting discussed the recently made amendments to the University of Peshawar Act 1974. The participants were of the opinion that the changes in the UoP Act had raised grave concern and unrest among the teaching community of the university.

In view of their concern, the teachers' representatives took up the issue with the members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and representative of the provincial government. A formal debate on the issue has started and for broader discussion on the issue Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti has constituted a high-level committee. As discussion on the amendments to the UoP Act is in progress, statements should not be given about other universities for similar changes there, Dr Fida said. The news

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