SAU employees seek removal of VC
Hyderabad, March 13, 2008: Administrative work remained suspended in Sindh
Agriculture University in Tandojam on Wednesday due to strike by the university
employees, who are protesting against non-acceptance of their demands including
removal of Vice Chancellor Professor Bashir Sheikh and contractual
A group of 25-employees led by Hussain Bux Veesar, chairman
Employees Action Committee, Mohammad Ali Rustamani, general secretary of the
committee, Shah Meer Lochi, Ghulam Shabbir Kaleri and others, continued their
long march towards Garhi Khuda Bux on foot in support of their demands. They
have decided to stage a hunger strike unto death on the grave of assassinated
PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto along with employees of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
College, Dokri, which is also affiliated with SAU, Tandojam.
demands of the employees included: appointment of family members or children of
those employees who had died, payment of compensation to heirs of employees who
lost their lives while performing their duties as per notification of Sindh
Governor, payment of medical allowance of Rs2000 that is being paid in other
universities, regularisation of employees working on contingency basis for last
"The VC is not ready to speak to us. We are demanding
removal of VC and all those employees who have retired from their service but
have been re-employed on contract basis. They are getting their pension and
salaries simultaneously", Hussain Bux Veesar, who was leading a group of
employees, said over phone from Bhitshah. The employees would resume their
journey and stay in Saeedabad and then in Sakrand.
Veesar said that
employees were being threatened by police that if they didn't call off their
protest, criminal cases would be lodged. "We have decided to stage hunger strike
unto death outside the grave of late Benazir Bhutto where we would be joined by
around 160 employees of ZAB college Dokri who are also part of our action
committee", he said. According to him, the continued walk have given the
employee blister in their foot.
The employees staged a sit-in outside the
VC office and refused their work, causing suspension of all kinds of
administrative work. They raised slogans in support of their demands and removal
of VC, officials and some professors, demanding inquiry into alleged
On Wednesday DPO Hyderabad Imran Shaukat also visited the
campus in connection with law and order issues. He also tried to speak to then
employees and VC but the former refused to sit with the latter for holding
negotiations. Then the DPO held talks with employees and VC separately. "To me
there were few points that were valid from both the sides and likewise there
were few points that were unjust from both the sides", said the DPO.
employees demanded that the VC should go to Bhitshah and persuade protesters to
call-off the protest. The pro-vice chancellor is supposed to meet the employees
but it hasn't been finally decided. There has been no comment from university
side and when its public relations officer was contacted he undertook to call
back but he didn't.
Professor's transfer slammed
Hyderabad: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association
condemned the Sindh Education Secretary Shafique Khoso for transferring Prof
Ghulam Akbar Sarki of the Government College, Jacobabad due to political and
Prof Riaz Ehsan, Prof Liaquat Aziz and other SPLA
leaders said in a statement a junior assistant professor had been posted in
place of the senior professor. The SPLA leaders warned of resisting dictatorial
orders if forced upon.
A meeting of the SPLA Sindh Council had been
convened for March 17 at the Government Sachal Sarmast Arts and Commerce College
Hyderabad to discuss problems of contract lecturers, promotions and upgradation
of lecturers and professors, reappointment of retired professors and other
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