College principal who set an example denied office
Karachi, July 06: When he was assaulted by political activists for refusing to allow students to cheat in their intermediate examinations on May 3, Waseem Adil, the principal of the Government National College, gained newfound respect in the eyes of Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, who said the teacher's actions were "the only way to fight miscreants in the field of education."
But just a few weeks later, the same person was not allowed to take charge as regional director colleges Karachi by employees of the education ministry.
According to General Secretary Sindh Professor and Lecturers Association Iftikhar Azmi, in March this year, "Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah suspended Rani Ghani - who occupied the office of Regional Director Colleges Karachi - on charges of corruption."
When new candidates were short listed for the post, Wasim Adil's name was topmost in terms of seniority. He had been a professor of Physics at the DJ College for 35-years and was the principal of the Government National College for the past year-and-a-half.
"I received a letter from Sindh Services General and Administration and Coordination Department (SGA & CD) to take office, but when I reached the building, I was handed a copy of a stay order by Rani Ghani. It said that the post still belonged to her," said Wasim Adil, while talking to The News.
The SGA & CD is a department headed by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and looks over matters related to the postings of government officials who are deputed by the Sindh Government. Some of its responsibilities are 'transfer, posting and promotion' of government officials of all departments, including the education ministry. Iftikhar Azmi claims that the SGA & CD is the final authority and not the education minister.
"If the chief minister has ordered Rani Ghani to be suspended and appointed a new candidate, then technically, her stay in the office of regional director colleges Karachi is illegal."
All applications of retirements and pensions etc go through the office of the regional director colleges and are approved by his or her signature. However, if there is a dispute over Rana Ghani's eligibility to hold office, then all her signatures will become null and void.
Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar ul Haq was busy in a meeting till the filing of this report and could not be contacted for a comment. Meanwhile, his spokesperson said that "Rani Ghani has taken the matter to court.
Her retirement is only a month away and she wants to complete her term."
On the other hand, Wasim Adil awaits final orders. "I will do as the government says."
In a widely reported case on May 3rd, afterWasim Adil refused to allow political activists to cheat during an intermediate examination; he was threatened and thrashed by them.
The furniture of his office was vandalised and the computers in the labs were broken after the miscreants forcibly entered the premises of Government National College at the end of the exam and sought revenge. The news
Field trip inspires 300 youths to serve humanity
Karachi: The fifth and penultimate day of the Young Leaders' Conference (YLC) saw the participants learn about socio-development leadership as they explored local and global partnership synergies and the various ways in which economies riddled with poverty, lack of education and social growth can exploit potential for sustainable development.
The 300 youths departed for various locations as part of a field trip to learn, first-hand, about serving humanity. They visited the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Indus Hospital, Fatimid Foundation, Darul Sakoon and the Civil Hospital Karachi and met patients and doctors there. Many of them later said they were highly inspired by the commitment of the health professionals working at these institutions, who have devoted their lives to the cause of helping people.The Fatimid Foundation set up a blood donation camp at the hotel where the participants in the YLC are staying and most of them donated blood.
Fashion designer Yousuf Bashir Qureshi of YBQ was the keynote speaker during the afternoon session. His lecture "Does selflessness exist?" showed how one can find a cause to serve mankind.
Shaheen Atiq ur Rahman, founder of Bunyad, Lahore, conducted an engaging session on "Owning the mess". Having spent years of her life educating thousands of children in hundreds of villages, she spoke about the challenges one must face to improve their surroundings.
Saima Khan of the School of Leadership (SoL) led the capacity building session titled, "Breaking the glass ceiling", where the counsellor spoke of getting past internal barriers in order to utilise their God-given potentials.
Subjects such as providing unconditional service, managing tough challenges, enabling the disabled and giving back to society were tackled by Saleem Aziz Khan of Sahee, Talal Waheed from Islamabad, Saifullah Kazmi of Karachi Vocational Training Centre, Dr Zaidi of Indus Hospital and Shireen Naqvi of the SoL during the breakout sessions. Dawn
KU to hold discussion on Asian secularism
Karachi: University of Karachi's Area Study Centre for Europe is going to hold a discussion on the secular values prevalent in South Asia. The General Secretary of All India Secular Forum, Prof Ram Puniyani, will be the key speaker of discussion scheduled to be held at the centre's library on July 6 (today). Daily times
CM announces 450 laptops for special children
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that special children are an asset to the nation and they cannot be ignored. He observed that all the civilized societies provided the best opportunities to special persons to enable them make progress.
He said nature had deprived special children of few capabilities, however, they had been blessed with such other skills and talent, which even a normal person did not possess.
He announced that the Punjab government would give 450 laptops to special children in educational institutions throughout the province. He said that so far 125,000 laptops had been distributed among students in the province while a hefty amount of Rs 4 billion had been earmarked for laptops distribution in the next fiscal years. Chief Minister announced that, in the next phase of laptops distribution programme, brilliants students of vocational institutions and seminaries would also be included.
The chief minister was addressing laptop distribution ceremony amongst special children at the Chief Minister's Secretariat here on Thursday.
Shahbaz said the first phase of progamme of providing information technology in all educational institutions in the country which was launched by PML-N government was concluding.
He said the Punjab government had distributed laptops among brilliants students of educational institutions in the province and hoped that the youth would benefit from the computers. He said he was thankful to the Dell Corporation for providing a gift of 150 laptops for special children which would go a long way in enabling them to compete with others in life. The news