Ex-chairman KU passes away | SU murder | NED construction
Ex-chairman KU Urdu dept passes away
Karachi, May 16, 2008: University of Karachi (KU)
Department of Urdu Former Chairman Syed Abul Khair Kashfi passed away yesterday
(Thursday). His funeral was held at the Central KU Masjid Ibrahim after Asr
Born in 1931 in Kanpur, India, Kashfi was a noted Urdu author,
researcher, critic, linguist and scholar. He earned his M.A. and PhD in Urdu
from KU in 1952 and 1971, respectively. The title of his PhD thesis was "The
Historical and Political background of Urdu Poetry from 1707 to 1857." In
between his studies, in 1968, he also earned a master's degree in Teaching
English as a Second Language from Columbia University, New York's Teachers'
Kashfi was associated with KU from 1958 to 1994 as Professor and
Chairman of the Department of Urdu. He was also a visiting professor at the
Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan. After retirement, Kashfi devoted his
time to writing, guiding research, public speaking and media appearances.
He was one such scholar of Urdu literature and criticism that none could
challenge him in his time and even the national poet and eminent Urdu scholar
Jamil-ud-Din Aali has lauded his contribution, saying that he was not only a
learned man but he actually had the spirit of the knowledge.
Aali said that Dr Kashfi, the late Ibn-e-Insha and he had been pals
and spent much of their time together during the 1950s. Kashfi was a genius and
had covered all aspects of Urdu, Persian and Arabic literature. He also engaged
with poetry but his domain of expertise was prose and criticism, Aali
Poet Arif Shafique said that Kashfi was a close friend
of his father Shafique Barelvi and had written the preface to his mother's Natia
bouquet. Shafique said that Urdu criticism is being eliminated and analysts
claim to be the real critics these days. Kashfi was linked to the circle of
Majrooh, Ehtisham Hussein and Mumtaz Hussein. However, he was the last
intellectual to have a profound knowledge of Urdu criticism. He was an
educationist and spread what he knew. According to Shafique, Kashfi was the only
person to help many eminent Urdu intellectuals in their PhDs and now Dr Aslam
Farrukhi is the only one to carry on this work.
Prominent Sindhi poet and
critic of Moro, Prof. Azeem Sindhi said that he believed Kashfi did
a remarkable job for the promotion of Urdu and no one could ever claim to be his
equal in this respect. He said that he was a great scholar and deserved the
utmost appreciation for his services.
His published works include
"Hayat-e-Muhammadi Quran-e-Majeed Ke Aaine Mayn" (The Life of Muhammad in the
Mirror of the Qur'an) which was awarded the National Seerat Award by the
Government of Pakistan in 1991, "Urdu Shairi ka Siyasi aur Tarikhi Pasmanzar"
(the political and historical background of Urdu poetry), "Hamare Ahed Ka Adab
Aur Adeeb," "Jadeed Urdu Adab Ke Do Tanqeedi Jaezay" (Two Critical Studies of
Modern Urdu Literature), "Hamare Adabi Aur Lisani Masail" (Our Literary and
Linguistic Problems), "Majlis-e- Matbuaat-o-Tahqiqaat-e-Urdu," "Yeh Log Bhi
Ghazab Thay" (personality sketches), "Ghalib Ki Cheh Ghazlen (Six Ghazals of
Ghalib) and "Naat aur Tanqeed-i-Naat." Condolences will be received at Omer
Homes, 11-C, Ittehad Commercial Lane 7, DHA Phase 6. Daily Times
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SU issues notices to accused students: Murder on campus
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has issued show cause notices
to all students nominated in the murder case of Abdul Nabi Brohi, a BSc
third-year student of sociology, and directed them to submit their statements in
writing within seven days.
The decision to this effect was taken at a
meeting of the university's Discipline Committee held here on
The committee has also directed the students to appear before
the committee in its next meeting on May 22 to record their statements failing
of which decisions will be taken in their absence.
Meanwhile, the acting
vice-chancellor of the University of Sindh, Dr Raffia Ahmed Shaikh, has visited
the boy's hostel and inspected the place of the incident.
about details of the incident from the staff and officials of the
Sindh University Registrar Mohammad Saleh Rajar and other
officials accompanied the acting vice-chancellor.
A high level meeting
was also convened which was presided over by the acting vice-chancellor. Deans
of all faculties, registrar, hostel provost, controller of examinations,
professor incharge of transport and other officials attended the
The meeting briefed the deans about the situation and measures
taken for the future on the campus.
The meeting also discussed security
measures on the campus from May 19, when the semester examinations will be
The activists of Sindh People's Students Federation,
Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology unit staged a
demonstration outside the press club against the killing of a student at Sindh
University Jamshoro here on Thursday, our Nawabshah correspondent
They claimed that the student killed in the clash was their
The protesters were carrying placards and were raising
slogans for the arrest of killers. They held the university administration
responsible for the clash.
The leaders of Jamiat Tulaba-i-Islam (JTI),
Larkana chapter, demanded that the government should arrest the killers of Abdul
Nabi Brohi, a student of University of Sindh, our Larkana correspondent
They called for taking effective measures to stop such incidents
from happening in the future and urged the government to solve the problems of
the students of Sindh University, MUET and SAU.
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NED again asked to stop campus construction
Karachi: The Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) has
advised the NED university to stop construction work on its old city
According to sources, the KBCA issued the advice on May 14 to the
university administration to inform it that obtaining a formal approval of
building plan from the KBCA for any construction at the site was mandatory even
after the issuance of clearance/NOC from the department of
Citing the relevant sections of the Karachi Building and Town
Planning Regulations-2002, the Authority asked the university administration to
submit the building plans before going ahead with the construction
The sources pointed out that the NED university administration had
started restoration/construction work on its old city campus - a site protected
under the Sindh Cultural Heritage Protection Act - more than a year back without
obtaining mandatory approvals from the KBCA, as well as the advisory committee
of the department of cultural.
While the construction was under way, the
KBCA tried to intervene but the university administration sought Sindh Governor
Dr Ishratul Ibad's help in the matter.
The department of culture had to
issue the permission for the construction work, though without the necessary
approval from the authorised advisory committee.
Since the university has
not yet sought the mandatory approval from the KBCA, a senior official of the
Authority during his routine survey a few days back took notice of the ongoing
According to the sources, the university
administration has expressed its strong reservations over the KBCA officers'
visits, arguing that they should not try to intervene once the department of
culture had allowed the construction activity at the site. However, they said,
the KBCA insists that the university will have to abide by its rules and
regulations before going ahead with its construction work. Dawn
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