KU VC stays in office till 'further orders'
Karachi, Jan 05: Karachi University Vice Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, whose second term in office was set to end on Thursday, has been asked to continue to perform his duties as VC till further orders, said a spokesperson for the Sindh governor on Wednesday.
The spokesperson said that Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, who is also chancellor of all public sector universities in the province, had extended the tenure of the incumbent VC till further orders.
Sources said that the decision had been taken to provide one more opportunity to the 'search committee' entrusted with the task of finding a suitable candidate for the post of KU vice chancellor, which is a four-year tenure post.
They said that the next meeting of the search committee, headed by Chartered Institutions Inspection and Evaluation Committee's chairman S.M. Qureshi, was scheduled to be held on Jan 15. Other members of the search committee are retired justice Haziqul Khairi, Dr Ali Mohammad Ansari (former director-general of health), Prof U.A.G. Isani (former head of the University Grants Commission and vice chancellor of Iqra University), Dr Ishrat Hussain (IBA director and former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan), Prof A.Q. Mughal (vice chancellor of the Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam) and Mumtaz-ur-Rehman (principal secretary to the Sindh governor).
The search committee had started its proceedings in November with the scrutiny of names of the candidates who had applied for the KU vice chancellor's tenure post. It invited 11 applicants for interview at its next meeting held on Dec 11, 2011 but the meeting was abruptly postponed till Jan 15, 2012 after interviewing just one applicant. The lone candidate was the KU Faculty of Science's dean Prof (Dr) Darakhshan Haleem.
According to the sources, the search committee had called a number of educationists and senior professors for an interview for the KU VC post in its Jan 15 meeting and they include Prof (Dr) Shahana Urooj Kazmi and Prof (Dr) Nasiruddin Khan, the two pro-VCs of the KU, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology's Vice Chancellor Prof Mohammad Qaiser, KU Faculty of Arts' dean Prof (Dr) Zafar Iqbal, Faculty of Administrative Sciences' dean Prof (Dr) Abuzar Wajidi, Faculty of Science dean Prof (Dr) Darakhshan Haleem and Sindh University's former senior faculty member Prof Qasim Bhugio.
However, the sources said that although KU incumbent VC Dr Pirzada Qasim, who had shown no inclination to become VC for a third-term and, as such, had not applied for the post, had also been invited for his interview at the search committee's Jan 15 meeting.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Karachi University's senior officers called on the vice chancellor to persuade him to withdraw his decision to not become a candidate for the varsity's VC post, according to a KU press release issued on Wednesday.The delegation also appealed to Sindh governor to use his good offices to get the KU VC's decision to not become vice chancellor for a third-term changed, the release added.Your Comments
Private schools continue to collect June, July fee
Karachi: Most private schools in the city continue to collect tuition fee for summer vacation (June and July) from students in advance in violation of a relevant directive issued by the education department, it emerged on Sunday.
Parents of many private school students complained that they were being forced to pay the tuition fee. Some of them said that they had received a circular before the start of the winter vacation asking them to ensure payment of June fee along with the fee for the month of January and the July fee with the fee for the month of March.
Strangely enough, such circulars have been issued also by the management of those schools which hired teachers on a meagre salary and that too on a contract basis with the condition that they would have to submit an affidavit promising not to demand the salary for the months of June and July.
The parents complained that private schools also asked Class X students, who would complete their studies by taking the final exams in March and April at their respective schools before the summer vacation, to deposit fee for the months of June and July in advance.
Asked about the aggrieved parents' complaint, a senior official of the Sindh education department's directorate of private educational institutions said that the management of all private schools had already been directed not to collect the summer vacation fee from Class X students. "If the school administrations are found violating the directive, they will have to face action under the Schools Registration Act."
Regarding a complaint by parents of the students who wanted to take admission to other schools in the next academic session that they were also being asked to pay the fee for June and July, the official said that a school could not collect the vacation fee from such students if the management of the school concerned was informed in writing about the student's intention to leave the school.
Most private schools argued that the vacation fee was charged because they have to pay the June and July salaries of their teachers and other staff. However, it has become a practice by private schools' managements not to pay the June and July salaries to teachers and the condition is generally set in their appointment letters, which are issued in two parts - one mentioning April to May and the other August to March as the period of their service.
Accusing the Sindh education department of giving a free hand to fleece them, a number of parents urged the provincial education minister to issue orders to collect the June and July fees in the respective months as their offices mostly remain open during the vacation period.
They said that not only the schools' managements but also the drivers of school/college vans always demanded their monthly charges for June and July to be paid in advance.
A majority of students' parents were from the salaried class and felt overburdened when asked to pay double the school fee and van charges twice in the first quarter of the year, they argued.
According to the fee schedule just issued by the All-Private Schools Management Association, students of Class X are to be charged the tuition fee up to March in February and all their dues before the issuance of admit cards. Dawn
Schools told to submit exam forms by Feb 2
Karachi: The private schools that have not submitted the examination forms of students of IX and X classes must do so before February 2, stated the Directorate of Private Institution (DPIS) chief on Wednesday. Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui said the school administrations must take care not to miss registering any student with the board office, or their academic year would be wasted. "Schools should apply at the DPIS for the registry of new schools and the renewal of old registrations," he added. The news
Teachers call for removal of VC
Hyderabad: Slogans of "remove the vice chancellor, save Sindh University" reverberated around the campus on Wednesday as teachers staged a sit-in to press their demand for a judicial inquiry into the murder of Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar, who was shot dead on Monday inside the varsity premises.
Academic activities remained suspended while the administration and members of the faculty held condolence meetings.
The university teachers, after holding a meeting, marched up to the vice-chancellor's office, where they staged the sit-in and raised slogans against Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazir A. Mughal.
The vice-chancellor came out of his office and met office-bearers of the teachers association.
President of the association, Dr Azhar Ali Shah, presented a charter of demands to Dr Mughal and called for appointing a judicial commission to probe the professor's murder.
He also called for removal of Rangers and police from the university and cleansing the campus of all weapons, along with restoration of student unions. He asked the vice-chancellor to resign voluntarily.
Mr Shah warned of launching a movement if their demands were not accepted in seven days. He also announced a boycott of classes for three days.
Police were reported to have detained three suspects.
An official at the Jamshoro police station said that police approached the Sindh University authorities and Prof Channar's relatives for lodging an FIR, but they said the case would be registered only after burial. However, they had not approached police as yet.
The official declined to disclose the names of arrested suspects on the plea that murderers would go underground.
Condolence Meetings: Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Mughal constituted an eight-member committee to conduct an inquiry into the murder of the microbiology professor and ordered submission of a report in 10 days.
Dr Nazir Mughal said the committee would be headed by Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Parveen Shah.
Dr Mughal said that Prof Channar was not only a professor but also a good administrator who sacrificed his life for the cause of education. He said he would request the government to appoint a judicial commission into the murder. He vowed to arrest the professor's killers.
The vice chancellor announced waiving of the tuition fees of two daughters of the professor who are studying in the Sindh University and transferring the official residence in the name of Prof Channar's wife, who is serving as a teacher in the Model School.
Dr Mughal said that the Governor of Sindh had expressed sorrow on Prof Channar's murder. "I will recommend to the government to confer Presidential Award on the late professor while a gold medal will be announced for him in the forthcoming convocation," he said.
Condolence meetings were convened by the Sindh University Officers Welfare Association and the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association.
It sought an inquiry into the murder and of students killed on the campus last year.
Vice Chancellor of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Dr A.Q.K. Rajput, expressed sorrow over the murder and called for arrest of his killers. Dawn
Book on Sindh history launched
Karachi: The Oxford University Press (OUP) launched its latest book entitled 'A Children's History of Sindh' at a ceremony, at a local hotel on Wednesday.
Former Sindh education minister and famous historian Dr Hamida Khuhro is the author of the book. Speaking on the occasion, she said that Sindh province had a very rich cultural and historical heritage spread on a span of about 5,000 years. She said that the book would introduce children the history of the province. To attract children in the history of reign, the book was decorated with a large number of beautiful illustrations.
She claimed that the book not only provides interesting historical information to children but also develop a sense of pride among Pakistani children in regard with historical and cultural heritage.
It is pertinent to mention here that the author was a famous politician, historian, professor and writer. She has taught at the University of Karachi, University of Sindh and Oxford University. She also served the Sindh province twice as education minister.
In her book, she informs children about the old inhabitants of Sindh and how 'Aryans' came to the reign and later how Persians, Alexander, Buddhas, Arabs, Mughals, Britons and others, influenced the land and how they won their freedom.
OUP Managing Director Ameena Saiyid expressed her views on the services of author. She also talked of the history of Sindh and said that the book would help children to know about the rich history of their motherland. Daily times