6 more months granted to Sindh ad-hoc lecturers
Karachi, June 17, 2008: The fate of 860 Sindh-based
ad-hoc lecturers recruited in 2005 still hangs in the balance as a summary
approved by Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah merely gives them another six more months'
Zulfikar Kolachi, Mohammed Chhuttal Bozdar and others, the
leaders of the Ad-hoc Lecturers Action Committee of the Sindh Professors and
Lecturers Association, sent an e-mail to PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari with a
request to regularize their jobs.
The lecturers were recruited in 2005
after they fulfilled all prerequisite conditions but the government has only
been making promises that they will be confirmed. Zardari previously asked
former senator Taj Haider to talk to the education authorities and the Sindh CM
to put up a case for their regularization, they said. Haider who contacted the
chief minister and education minister of Sindh in the light of instructions from
Asif Zardari and were promised early regularization, they said. Haider in a
letter to Sindh education minister conveyed him the advice and instructions of
the co-chairperson of PPP and said that 860 ad-hoc lecturers were working in
different colleges in Sindh for several years.
The services of ad-hoc
lecturers were regularized in other provinces but former Sindh CM Dr Arbab
Ghulam Rahim delayed the case as they were appointed prior to his becoming CM,
they said. The former leader of the opposition moved a resolution in the Sindh
assembly for their regularization and the then Sindh education minister promised
before the house to confirm them. Despite the commitment, this did not happen.
Their jobs were renewed every six months through a Sindh government
notification. Without any fresh notification, their salaries have been stopped
for over 5 months now, they said.
The summary for the next six-month
extension has awaited the CM's approval for two months now and he did not
mention anything about their regularization while giving them another six
months' tenure. Daily Times
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IIU starts orientation course for media producers
International Islamic University (IIU) here Monday started the second
orientation course for electronic media Producers. The 10-day course has been
organized by the Dawah Academy of the University while Managing Director,
Pakistan Television Corporation, Yousaf Baig Mirza was the chief guest on the
occasion, says a statement issued here today.
speech, Mirza highlighted the importance of objectivity in the presentation of
news and views over radio and TV channels.
the advent of private media channels, it is necessary for media organizations to
arrange such courses for their producers to fulfill their responsibilities
keeping in view our historical, religious and social values," he added.
Director, Iqbal International
Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD), Zakir Muhammad Jauhar and Director
Dawah Academy, Prof. Abdul Jabbar Shakir also spoke on the occasion.
were of the view that both the IIU and Dawah Academy would take every necessary
step to prepare media managers for shouldering their responsibilities in
accordance with Islamic values and teachings.
number of producers of electronic media from all over the country are
participating in the course. App
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