Land mafia grabs university land
Karachi, July 03: The land mafia has grabbed the precious land of the Karachi University (KU) and started construction work at the premises of the university illegally, it has been learnt.
The land mafia has grabbed the costly land in front of KU Silver Jubilee Gate in broad daylight but the university administration is playing the role of silent spectator, which shows the involvement of the big fish in this crime. KU Engineering department has shown criminal negligence towards the issue and providing support to mafia by conducting fake survey of the KU land.
The fake survey has encouraged the mafia to do so, a well-placed source in the KU administration said on Wednesday. He said that land mafia had grabbed the precious land of the university with out any fear due to the support of the KU State Department and Engineering Department.
It is pertinent to mention here that the KU was established by an Act of Parliament in September, 1950. The present campus, to which the University shifted in 1959, is spread over 1279 acres of land, situated 12 Km away from the city centre.
He said, "Few months ago both the said departments, under the supervision of KU Executive Engineer Adeel A Siddiqui and State Officer Naeem-ur-Rehman, had conducted a counterfeit survey to calculate the area of the KU land.
The survey misconstrued deliberately to reduce the area of the land; present situation shows that the survey was conducted to provide the members of the land mafia an opportunity to grab such extra land freely.
The grabbed land is situated opposite to the main gate (Silver Jubilee Gate) of the KU on main University Road. The captured portion of the land is considered as highly precious.
According to the map made in 1954, the grabbed portion of land is integral part of the university, while the attack on the land of the country's great institution is tantamount to devastate the culture of knowledge and wisdom.
It is may be noted here that the survey, conducted by the Sindh governor house from 2001 to 2005, has also shown that the said grabbed fraction of the land is legal part of the KU.
The map prepared by the governor house shows its association with the captured piece of the land. When we contacted on the mobile phones of KU Executive Engineer Adeel A Siddiqui and State Officer Naeem-ur-Rehman, their phones were found unanswered. The Nation
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Court moved over BISE appointments
Hyderabad: The Sindh High Court, Hyderabad circuit bench, here on Thursday issued pre-admission notices to chairman, secretary, controller of examinations, inspector colleges, deputy director research and 60 others of the Hyderabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on a petition filed by 15 job seekers.
Barrister Zamir Hussain Ghumro filed a joint petition and its preliminary hearing was fixed for July 9.
The petitioners stated that they applied for various posts in response to a BISE advertisement appearing in the newspapers on November 7, 2008. The posts advertised were of librarian, PA to secretary, junior clerk, typist, data entry operator, driver and plumber.
The petitioners said that they were issued interview letters and in some cases appointments were made only two days prior to interviews thus depriving them of their fundamental rights to be treated equally.
It was further stated that appointment rules were flouted by disregarding 60:40 ratio of rural and urban quota.
The petitioners, including some already working in the board on contract and work-charge basis, applied for the posts and were issued interview letters, they stated.
It came to their knowledge that the interview committee ignored the rules and regulations by appointing candidates of their choice, including sons and close relatives of the committee members.
However, petitioners maintained that although the governor's secretariat on Jan 6, issued a letter informing appointment of two officers to oversee the recruitment process but the BISE wilfully proceeded without their participation in interview process.
The BISE authorities kept assuring the contract and work-charge employees of giving them priority in appointments but they were neglected by the committee though many among them were experienced, petitioners stated.
The counsel in the petition stated that the appointment process was not at all transparent and respondents, included sons and close relatives of interview committee members.
He said that the interview committee members should disassociate themselves from the process for maintaining conflict of interest. He added that the governor's nominees were not consulted showing the malafide intention of the selection committee.
He said that the contract and work-charge employees were ignored in the recruitment process and not a single person was appointed from among them despite standing orders and haphazard interview process shows malafide intentions of respondents.
He requested the court to declare appointments as cancelled and that the BISE officials should make the process transparent by following rules and regulations. He said that the respondents should be restrained from removing work-charge or contract employees. Dawn
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FUUAST announces biochemistry result
Karachi: FUUAST announces biochemistry result: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology on Wednesday announced the results of B.Sc. Honours Biochemistry Third Year Annual Examination 2008 and of MSc. Annual Examination 2008. The pass percentage stood at 91.67 and 80 per cent respectively. The News
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