FDE partially opened for Dr Shahnaz
Islamabad, June 07: Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) on Wednesday finally handed out Dr Shahnaz A. Riaz a notification appointing her not as Director General (DG) but as Director Research and Monitoring in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
Besides a summary has been sent to the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani for the appointment of new Director General FDE and the name of Dr Shahnaz has also been included in it.
Dr Shahnaz was repatriated in the FDE on instructions of Supreme Court and had been hoping to get the post of DG since Friday last.
She visited the FDE many times earlier but returned home dejected as the former director general Atif Kayani was reportedly occupying the office.
A day earlier, Director (Admin) Tajamul Shah did not allow her to work as DG and her room was locked, asking her to
produce a notification of CAAD to the same effect.
On Wednesday, however, lady luck smiled partially on the lady as the CADD issued notification of her appointment as director and also sent a summary to the PM for her appointment as DG.
Secretary CADD, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said Dr Shahnaz was a highly educated woman so it was decided to give her the job of monitoring of the department.
"Besides, a summary has also been sent to the PM to consider her appointment as the DG," he added. Dawn
17 dept heads resign against MAO principal's 'misbehaviour'
Lahore: Almost all heads of departments of the Government MAO College on Wednesday resigned en masse from headship of their respective departments in protest against the principal's alleged insulting attitude.
On the other hand, the college principal Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan also "attempted" to resign from the post which was "foiled" by the Secretary Higher Education Department, Punjab, the controlling authority of public colleges across the province.
It is learnt that the heads of various departments held an emergent meeting on Wednesday, strongly condemned alleged insulting attitude of the principal and unanimously decided to resign from the headship of their respective departments. The teachers submitted a copy of en masse resignation in office of the principal as well as the Higher Education Department.
It is pertinent to mention that The News on Tuesday had published a story highlighting growing anxiety among the faculty members because of the principal's alleged misbehavior. However Dr Farhan Ebadat had categorically denied the charge.
Out of 21 heads of departments, as many as 17 resigned in the Wednesday meeting. It was also decided in the meeting that if the government did not take any action against the principal all the staff of the college would also tender resignations. After the 17 heads, the sources said, the rest of the heads were also ready to resign. Some of them were not present in the meeting on Wednesday.
Those who resigned from headship of departments included: Azam Hasan (Botany Department); M Akbar (Chemistry); Ashfaq Ahmad Waraich (Head of I.Com/ BCom/BBA (Hons) programmes); Muhammad Afzal (Persian); Kehkashan Ali (Social Work); Khalid Mahmood (English); Nazir Ahmed Khalid (Geography); Saeed ul Haq (History); Farzand Ali (Mathematics); Qamar Waheed Khan (Physical Education); Akbar Ali Shah (Physics); Mehmood Farid (Political Science); Zafar Jamal (Psychology); Hamayun Hassan (Statistics/I.T); Muhammad Arif (In-charge 2nd Shift/Zoology and Mass Communication); Muhammad Mushtaq (Punjabi); and Dr Mahmood Ahmed (Arabic).
According to sources in the Govt MAO College, the principal left the college before the faculty members' meeting ended. Afterwards, the teachers submitted en bloc resignations to the vice-principal.
Knowing the development taking place at the college, Dr Farhan got his own resignation typed from the post of principal and contacted Higher Education secretary Dr Ijaz Munir to inform him that he wanted to resign from the post. However, he was told to wait. He 'complied with' the order and changed his mind, the sources said.
The News could not reach Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan for comments despite repeated attempts on his cell phone. However, when contacted, Higher Education secretary Dr Ijaz Munir said he had come to know that the heads of various departments had resigned from their posts but had not seen en masse resignation. He said the principal, Dr Farhan, also wanted to resign but he had stopped him from doing so. "The department has no issue with the principal", Dr Ijaz Munir said, adding that he himself would listen to both sides before taking any action in this regard.
Enthusiasts gather at KU for Venus transit
Karachi: The planet Venus put on a cosmic show for the few people present at Karachi University's (KU) observatory in the wee hours of Wednesday.
As the eager stargazers looked up into the skies, their eyes shielded by thick black glass, they saw Venus, looking no bigger than a dot, slowly makings its way across the surface of the sun.
This will possibly be the last time any one alive today will see this cosmic event. According to Dr M Shahid Qureshi, renowned Pakistani astronomer and astrophysicist, the event takes place in pair of eight years which occurs after every 100 years.
"The next time the pair occurs will be in 2117 and 2125, 105 years from now."
It was still dark when media persons turned up at the KU gates at 5:30am. The security guards seemed baffled by the presence of the early risers at the campus. "All we know is that we have strict orders not to let anyone, particularly females, to wander around the campus before seven. For security reasons," they said.
Behind the gates, droopy-eyed journalists stood impatiently to catch a glimpse of the event through the six-inch thick lens of a telescope that was donated to KU in 1965 by the German company Carl Zeiss. It is the only observatory sized telescope in Karachi.
Though there were initial worries about the heavy cloud cover, the sun eventually revealed itself from behind the clouds at about 7am. Protective eyewear came out, as did pieces of broken eye glass that are normally used when welding metal.
"One should never view the sun with the naked eye, hence the precautions. Either X-ray sheets, or eye wear made of thick black glass should be used," said Javed Iqbal, Chairperson of the Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics at KU.
Those who were there to witness the event returned to their homes happy – but not before hearing rumors that witnessing this once-in-a-lifetime event would make them millionaires and grant them beautiful children. The news
Varsity teachers observe black day
Hyderabad: Teachers in almost all public sector universities of the province observed a black day by wearing black armbands on Wednesday to impress upon the authorities concerned to accept their demands.
The call for the protest was given by the Sindh chapter of the Federation of All-Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations.
In the University of Sindh, leaders of the Sindh University Teachers Association Azhar Ali Shah and Arfana Mallah submitted a charter of demands to acting vice-chancellor of the university.
The demands included raise in the Higher Education Commission's grants for the universities of Sindh, revision of laws about universities to ensure autonomy, efficiency, transparency and accountability based on the principle of shared governance and responsibility, reinstatement of dismissed SU teacher Prof Anwar Mangrio and appointment of VC in accordance with HEC's criteria in the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, appointment of a permanent VC in Sindh University, allotment of unutilised land of the university or state for housing schemes, payment of encashment of leave, removal of retired personnel, strict regulation of conduct and discipline of students and improvement in law and order in all public sector universities.
The teachers expressed hope the chancellor's secretariat would respond to the demands and vowed to continue protest by observing black days and marching to the VC's office every day if their demands were not met.
In the next phase, teachers would observe token hunger strike outside the Governor's House, said the SUTA leaders.
Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Teachers associated with the Shah Abdul Latif University Teachers Society observed a black day and presented a charter of demands to the acting VC of the university. Dawn