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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' tenure.

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
Islamabad: The 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.

In his speech, Mirza highlighted the importance of objectivity in the presentation of news and views over radio and TV channels.

"With 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.

They 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.

A large number of producers of electronic media from all over the country are participating in the course. App

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