Violent protest mars KU exams
Karachi, Jan 14: Students protesting against the Karachi University admission policy on Friday entered examination centres, snatched and tore up answer scripts, and forced thousands of candidates taking BCom and BA annual examinations on the campus to flee.
The KU administration failed to pre-empt the strike despite the fact that the students have been agitating against the admission policy since Wednesday.
BCom (Part-I) and BA (Part-I) male candidates were taking their Economics and Geography / Mass Communication papers, respectively, at the examination centres set up in different departments of the varsity when some students holding batons entered and threatened them with dire consequences if they did not leave at once.
Panic-stricken, most candidates rushed out of their centres leaving the answer scripts on desks, while most of those taking exams in the centres far from the administration block managed to complete their paper and deliver it to invigilators.
Despite having its own security force in addition to Rangers personnel on the campus, the authorities remained unable to take foolproof security measures for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the exams.
The BCom (Part-I) Economics paper for regular candidates and BA Geography-I / Mass Communication-I papers were originally scheduled to be held on Jan 9 but were postponed at the eleventh hour due to the public holiday declared by the Sindh government on account of the annual Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.
The papers were then rescheduled for Friday but male candidates, whose centres had been set up at various departments of the university, could not take their papers due to the violent protest.
However, girls taking the BCom and BA annual exams at the centres set up in different colleges in the city did not face any such problem.
The KU examination department has announced that the candidates of the affected exam centres could take the papers, scheduled for Friday, along with external candidates on Feb 1 from 2pm to 5pm at the same centres.
Interestingly, the university also announced that the candidates who did not wish to appear in the exam again would be given 'average marks as per KU rules'.
According to a spokesperson, the degree classes papers scheduled for Saturday (Jan 14) would be held as per original timetable and orientation class for fresh entrants would also be conducted on Saturday.
"The university administration has taken a number of security measures for the smooth conduct of the exams."
He said there would be a complete ban on the entry of vehicles of unconcerned people into the varsity and only students would be allowed to enter the university through Maskan or Silver Jubilee gates whereas only employees of the university would be allowed to enter through the Staff Gate.
The spokesperson claimed that those who disrupted Friday papers wanted to get 'unlawful' admission to the university.
Karachi University Teachers Society President Prof Mutahir Ahmed, who along with other office-bearers of the society had been monitoring the admission process, condemned the Friday incident.
He urged the university administration not to yield to the 'uncalled for' and 'unrealistic' demand of those who were using pressure tactics to get admission to the university.
"The admission process is absolutely transparent and based on merit," he claimed.
Voicing his concern over the prevailing inadequate security measures on the campus, Prof Ahmed said that he had brought the issue to the notice of the vice chancellor, Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, and the latter had assured him of foolproof security measures for the protection and safety of faculty members, students and employees.
He said that the faculty members of university would neither tolerate any external pressure nor allow the 'outsiders' to destroy the peaceful atmosphere of the university.
He said that the Kuts executive committee would meet on Saturday to discuss the prevailing situation and chalk out its future line of action.
Dr Channar's murder Employees support protest by SU teachers
Hyderabad: The employees of the Sindh University on Friday extended support to the protesting university teachers who were demanding removal of ViceChancellor Dr Nazir Mughal and arrest of the killers of Dr Bashir Ahmed Channar.
The president of the Sindh University Employees Welfare Association (SEWA) Ghulam Nabi Bhalai and secretary Allah Wadhayo Sehto expressed the support in a meeting with delegation of Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA) led by its president Dr Azhar Ali Shah and general secretary Dr Arfana Mallah.
The leaders also met representatives of civil society, including Pakistan Institute of Labour and Research and briefed them about the state of affairs on the campus.
The civil society representatives were informed that classes had been suspended and no academic work was being carried out because teachers were increasingly feeling insecure after the murder of Dr Channar who was killed on the campus during university timing.
They blamed maladministration on part of the vice-chancellor for the precarious conditions.
The representatives of civil society assured the teachers of full cooperation.
A delegation of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission led by Asad Iqbal Butt gathered details about the situation in the university.
The teachers also met officebearers of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association and sought the association's support for their demands.
The teachers also held a Quran Khwani for the departed soul of Dr Channar at the lawn of the Arts Faculty.
The Federation of AllPakistan Universities Academic Staff Association's Sindh chapter will meet on Saturday to chalk out its strate-gy with regard to situation on campus.
SUAT President Dr Azhar Shah said the association was preparing to move court against the decision of the university syndicate which had purportedly authorised the vice-chancellor to take any action against the president and general secretary of SUTA.
The meeting of the syndicate was illegal in the first place because the body was incomplete without representatives of university teachers.
Dr Channar's sons voice trust in VC's efforts
Five sons of the slain Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar have expressed full confidence in the university's vice-chancellor, Dr Nazir A. Mughal, and supported the steps he had taken and was taking for the welfare of the bereaved family.
Addressing a news conference at their residence on Friday, Aziz Ahmed, Nazeer Ahmed, Mohammad Dawood, Tahir Basheer Ahmed and Mansoor Ahmed said their late father and Dr Mughal were not only associates but also close friends.
They said they were surprised to see the people, who were against their father and had used objectionable language against him during his life after he was granted extension in service, doing politics on his body to serve their own vested interests.
They said that by raising hue and cry against the vicechancellor who was their benefactor, these people were rubbing salt into their wounds.
The vice-chancellor has named microbiology department after the late professor, offered jobs to two of his sons and daughters, waived fees of two daughters studying in the university and the university syndicate has sanctioned financial aid of Rs1 million for the bereaved family.
The vice chancellor has also announced posthumous award of a gold medal for the late professor. Dawn
HSC forms submission schedule
Karachi: The examination forms for private candidates of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-II or Part I and Part II (Combined) Annual Examinations-2012 could be submitted without late fee from Monday, January 16 to Thursday, February 9.
According to a notification issued here on Friday, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) would collect the examination forms for the Commerce (Private) Group, Humanities (Private) Group, benefit cases, improvement of division and additional subjects.
The BIEK would collect late fee of Rs200 from February 10 to February 27 and Rs500 from February 28 to March 12. Meanwhile, a surcharge of Rs1000 would be imposed from March 13 to March 21.
The controller of examinations, BIEK, directed the eligible (private) candidates to submit their examination forms duly filled and verification of entries along with fee at the booth of Habib Bank Limited, Board Office. The students could also submit their forms and fee at other authorised branches of the same banks, he said.
FUUAST launches book translated from Sindhi into Urdu
Karachi: The research and composition section of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) launched a book on Friday which was translated from Sindhi to Urdu based on Tib-e-Unani.
The title of the book "Asaan Ilaj" (Easy Treatment) was written by Shams-ul-Atba Hakeem Shams Uddin Ahmed and translated by the Chairman, Department of Sindhi, FUUAST, Dr Inayat Hussain Laghari. This book has also translated and published in 21 different languages, the spokesperson of the university said.
The launching ceremony of Asaan Ilaj will take place at the Abdul Qadeer Auditorium, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Campus, FUUAST. The chief guest of the occasion, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Prof Dr Javed Laghari said that Pakistan hardly used 1.7 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the education sector.
Owing to the situation that the resources of distribution of the funds by the HEC are declining nowadays, the universities are also getting lesser amount in lieu of their regular funds, he said.
However, the HEC has talked with the government to increase the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the universities, Prof Dr Laghari added. "The country has rich resources of minerals and other natural habitats. There is a need to conduct special research on them," he said. The HEC would take measures for the success of the subject of Tib-e-Unani at the university level, Dr Laghari concluded. The news