MA paper rescheduled due to power outage
Karachi, June 19: The Examination Department, University of Karachi (KU) has announced that due to non availability of electricity in the city the papers of MA final (Regular & External) annual examination 2009 has been rescheduled. The paper -II of MA final (all subjects) scheduled to be held on June 18, 2009 will now be held on June 27, 2009. The exam centre and timings of the paper will be the same as already announced in the schedule, earlier. The News
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Ombudsman's office barred from hearing plaint against KU probe
Karachi: The Sindh High Court restrained the provincial ombudsman's office on Thursday from proceeding on a complaint against a plagiarism probe involving three teachers of the University of Karachi.
The inquiry has been instituted by the university following a communication received from the Higher Education Commission in respect of articles contributed by Dr M. Saeed Arain and Dr Zakia Bibi of the chemistry department and Dr Najma Sultana of the pharmacy department. The university syndicate requested Justice Salim Akhtar, a former judge of the Supreme Court, to hold the inquiry.
While the probe was under way, Dr Zakia, a 'co-operative' (part-time or temporary) lecturer filed a complaint with the provincial ombudsman. Retired Col Ghulam Mohiuddin, regional director of the ombudsman's office, summoned the registrar, who met him along with the deputy registrar (legal) on June 10. Deputy registrar (legal) Asif Mukhtar informed the director that the matter was beyond the ombudsman's purview and there was no need for the university to produce any document relating to the inquiry.
Subsequently, the deputy registrar addressed a letter to the director saying that the complaint related to a service matter, which the ombudsman was barred from considering under Section 9 (2) of the Ombudsman's Act. He only cited Section 10 of the Act to emphasise that only the aggrieved party can approach the ombudsman under the law and the cases of two permanent lecturers could not be taken up 'suo motu' along with that of the complainant. There was no response and the director scheduled another hearing on June 19. Besides the registrar and the deputy registrar, he summoned all the members of the KU committee of plagiarism and one senior member of the syndicate from the faculty along with the entire record of the case.
The university moved a writ petition seeking an injunction against the director's summons through Advocate Mohammad Tasneem. The counsel submitted before a division bench consisting of Justices Mushir Alam and Mohammad Afzal Soomro that the ombudsman or his office had no jurisdiction under the law and the Constitution to entertain and decide the complaint as it relates to the terms and conditions of the lecturers' service.
Issuing a notice to the director of the ombudsman's office, the bench stayed the proceedings initiated by him. Dawn
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