KU plagiarism charges | 5,000 Sindh schools poor condition

3 Karachi University teachers face suspension over plagiarism
Karachi, May 18: The University of Karachi's syndicate has unanimously approved the findings of a committee on plagiarism and decided that a formal inquiry should be instituted against three senior university teachers on charges of plagiarism.

The syndicate also decided that the services of the three senior teachers, whose research work was stated to be filled with plagiarism, should be suspended, reliable sources said, adding that they might be removed from their administrative posts at some later stage.

According to sources, the senior teachers are Prof Dr Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies, Prof Dr Saeed Arayne, the chairman of the Chemistry department, and Prof Dr Najma Sultana, the wife of Dr Arayne and a former dean of the faculty of Pharmacy, who is currently teaching at the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

The syndicate, which met on Saturday, also decided that the services of Zakia Bibi, a cooperative teacher at the department of Chemistry, be terminated immediately on charges of plagiarism.

The meeting issued a warning to a lecturer at the department of Food Science and Technology, Faiza Abdur Rab, asking her to apologise to the teacher who she wrongly accused of plagiarism.

The syndicate rejected the appeal of a storekeeper, Noor-ul-Amin, for review of his case pertaining to the change of date of birth in official documents. It was decided that the cases of both Prof Dr Jalaluddin Noori and Mr Amin would be forwarded to Justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui, a member of the syndicate.

Dr Noori is accused of holding two identity cards with different dates of birth. He allegedly changed his date of birth from 1950 to 1956. On this allegation, Dr Noori was once demoted from professor to associate professor. However, he was exonerated of the charge in a subsequent inquiry.

Taking a cue, Mr Amin requested the syndicate that he should be allowed to reduce his age in official documents by seven years by changing his date of birth. He cited the case of Dr Noori in support of his argument. However the syndicate, in its meeting last year, rejected the request. Later, he filed an appeal, which was rejected in Saturday's meeting.

Mr Amin is due to retire next year. Reportedly, the provincial minister for prisons, Muzaffar Ali Shujra, had also sent a letter to the syndicate to review Mr Amin's case. Mr Shujra couldn't attend both meetings of the syndicate.

Meanwhile, the syndicate approved the appointments of Prof Dr Rihana Firdous, Prof Dr Munir Wasti, Prof Dr Saleem Shahzad, Prof Dr Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Prof Dr Nusrat Idrees, Prof Dr Rahila Najam, Prof Dr Iqbal Azhar and Prof Dr Ihsan-ul-Haq as new chairpersons of the departments of Islamic Learning, English, Agriculture, Economics, Political Science, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Arabic, respectively.

The statutes of the National Centre of Proteomics and the minutes of the academic council held on Feb 17, 2009 were also approved during the meeting. Dawn

BSc Home Economics exam forms
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that the forms and the fee for BSc Home Economics part I and II, annual exams-2009 can be deposited by fresh and failure candidates from May 18 to June 4. The prescribed exam fee is Rs2,125. Ppi

KU VC appeals for donation for IDPs
Karachi: Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Karachi (KU), Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has appealed to the students, their families and other privileged people to come forward and support the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Malakand, Swat and Buner by offering donations into account # 373-0011-9, United Bank Limited (UBL), KU Campus Branch. According to a press statement issued here on Sunday, soon after the recent announcement of one-day salary donation by all the teaching and non-teaching staff of KU, the VC has donated a sum of Rs 50,000 from his personal account maintained at the UBL Campus Branch, for the IDPs. The KU VC also paid a visit to the camp office established at Baitul Maal near the staff town market on the campus. The camp will receive food items and other necessities which will be delivered to the IDPs of the frontier province by a team from KU, the statement added. The News

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5,000 Sindh schools on verge of closure
Karachi: Despite tall claims of successive governments, including present one, that a large number of closed school across Sindh have been reopened, as many as 6458 schools were still lying closed in the province, of them over 5000 mainly because of non-availability of teaching staff, official sources in provincial education and literacy department said.

The Tharparkar tops the 23 districts of Sindh where 1086 government schools are non-functional and of them 1016 only for this reason - non-availability of teaching staff.

Nawabshah, Khairpur, Kambar, Dadu, Badin, Umerkot, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Mirpur Khas, Thatta, Tando Muhammad Khan, Shikarpur and Jamshoro follow the desert district where 490, 425, 448, 443, 566, 371, 278, 312, 263, 294, 262, 263, 201 schools respectively are lying closed of them 423, 386, 357, 381, 355, 359, 273, 266, 233, 274, 203, 203 and 166 schools respectively are inoperative for the same reason, sources told quoting the data compiled by the department.

In Sanghar district there are 94 schools out of 123, Sukkur 78 out of 89, Tando Allahyar 93 out of 105, Ghotki 71 out of 128, Larkana 56 out of 66, Matiari 56 out of 50, Naushehro Feroze 59 out of 84, Hyderabad 07 out of 15 and Karachi 24 out of 90 schools are lying closed for non-availability of teachers.

In Badin district 22 schools are closed for low enrolment, 07 schools for other schools in vicinity, 03 for odd location, 43 schools for having no building, 27 schools for want of repair and 109 for other reasons.

In Dadu district 12 schools are closed due to low enrolment, 08 for other schools in vicinity, 09 for having no building, 12 for want of repair and 21 for other reasons. As many as 25 schools are closed in Ghotki district for having low enrolment while 05 for other schools in vicinity, 03 for odd location, 09 each for having no building and want of repair and 06 for other reasons.

The Hyderabad district has 03 schools closed for other schools in vicinity, 03 for having no building and 02 for other reasons while the Jacobabad district has 05 schools closed for having no building.

The number of schools closed in Jamshoro for low enrolment is only 03 while 06 for want of repair and 26 for other reasons. The data of closed schools for different reasons in other districts is as follows:

Kamber: low enrolment 14, other schools in vicinity 13, odd location 07, no building 19, repair 15 and other reasons 21. Karachi: odd location 01, no building 03, repairable 45 and other reasons 17. Kashmore: no building 06, other reasons 40. Khairpur: low enrolment 01, other schools in vicinity 13, repairable 05, other reasons 18. Larkana: no building 03, repairable 01, other reasons 05. Matiari: no building 02, other reasons 01. Mirpur Khas: low enrolment 30. Nayshehro Feroze: low enrolment 03, other schools in vicinity 01, no building 05, repairable 04, other reasons 12. Nawabshah: low enrolment 02, schools in vicinity 01, no buildings 22 and other reasons 42. Sanghar: low enrolment 02, schools in vicinity 02, odd location 01, no building 18, repairable 03 and other reasons 03. Shikarpur: low enrolment 01, no building 08, repairable 03, other reasons 48. Sukkur: low enrolment 02, repairable 02 and other reasons 07. Tando Allahyar: other schools in vicinity 01, no building 04, repairable 04, other reasons 03.

Tando Muhammad Khan: low enrolment 08, other schools in vicinity 01, no building 02, repairable 02, other reasons 46. Tharparkar: low enrolment 24, other schools in vicinity 01, no building 09, repairable 09, other reasons 27. Thatta: other schools in vicinity 06, odd location 02, no building 09, repairable 01, other reasons 02. Umerkot: low enrolment 06, no building 01, repairable 02, other reasons 03. The Nation

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Teachers receive salaries as
Karachi: In a recent development, 98 staff members of government schools in Keamari Town received their salaries for the month of April that were earlier withheld. Meanwhile, Chairman Anti Corruption Munawar Opal ordered an inquiry against the alleged financial embezzlement by a female Assistant District Officer Education (ADOE) Nilofer of the town.

The inquiry has been ordered to verify claims by the ADOE who said that pay cheques for the month of April had been issued to the staff members in the first week of May as against the teachers' claim that they had not received their salaries till the second week. Some staff members also complained that their salaries had been withheld for as long as two months, which they have now received, it was learnt.

There were over a hundred teachers and janitorial staff members who had lodged a complaint with Government and Nationalised School Teachers Association, a body for monitoring the functioning of government schools, following which chairman anti-corruption paid a visit to the ADOE office.

When contacted, ADOE Nilofer verified that an inquiry had been ordered, adding that the charges of corruption levelled against her were proven false during the inquiry as the salaries had been disbursed on time.

However, reliable sources confirmed that the pay cheques had been disbursed after Opal's visit to the ADOE's office. As against Nilofer's claim, the sources also confirmed that the inquiry was still underway and not over.

On the other hand, while the staff members are content to have finally received their salaries, some are reportedly being harassed by the department officials and fear they might be transferred from their present job at the school as a punishment.

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Exams, weather bane of students' existence
Karachi: Terminal examinations at universities and unusually high temperatures have forced students to stay indoors, who only step out on the day of the examination and hurry home as soon as they can. University of Karachi (KU), NED University of Engineering & Technology and the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) had very little campus activity. Private universities such as Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Jinnah University for Women (JUW) and Iqra University also followed the usual teaching and examination schedule.

KU Vice Chancellor Prof. Pirzada Qasim looked perturbed with the goings-on in the university and finding himself unable to do anything about them. Dean of Islamic Studies Faculty Prof. Noori appeared jubilant, as all the facts about his alleged plagiarism and other irregularities have had little impact thus far. He continues his routine tasks at the university with the landmark skull cap on his head and a sheepish smile on his face. Sources claim that the cases of Prof. Noori and one Nurul Amin, a trade union leader, for presenting counterfeit documents that decreased their ages by five years will be taken up at a KU Syndicate meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Senior professors are wary of the Registrar Prof. Rais Alvi, who, according to them, "will be the cause of downfall of the VC with his scheming and intrigue that is undermining the good efforts of the poet VC. A senior professor, while commenting on the wily Dr Shamsuddin, the Faculty of Arts Dean, complained about the continued wrangling by him (Dr Shamsuddin). "It will be a black day for the university if he rises further in the university hierarchy. I wonder why Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad is not taking notice."

There was a time when people were left aghast by the two or three-room private 'English schools', and demanded an explanation from the Education Department regarding inaction against such pseudo-schools. Now there are universities that are housed in homes built on 400 and 600 square yards. Such universities are causing problems to the residents of the particular area, as the students and university staff parks their cars everywhere, thereby suffocating the area. The 'City Campuses' continue to flout the rules and regulations of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) without any action from the former.

Bahria University's convocation was a lackluster event where tight security and overactive security personnel at the gates discouraged many visitors from entering the venue. Many journalists turned their back and returned to save their self-respect from the harshness of the security staff stationed at the university.

Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has had good tidings from Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) that accorded accreditation to the BS (Electrical Engineering & Electronics) of First Badge of 2004 (Morning & Evening) students of the university. This has been a bone of contention between the university and PEC.

The university had another feather in its cap when students of Electrical Engineering & Electronics Department won the first prize at the event 'Electrical Microcontroller and Communication Application' held at Abbottabad. The students won the prize on their project "Unmanned Air Vehicle". The News

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ICMAP suggests ban on import of luxury cars
Karachi: The Institute of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) has proposed a complete ban on the import of luxury cars in the coming budget.

In its budgetary proposal for 2009-10, the ICMAP suggested that luxury cars having 1600CC or above capacity should be banned while a ban should also be announced on the purchase of cars by the government for five years. The ICMAP has submitted a set of proposals to the federal government this week.

According to ICMAP, the defence expertise should be utilised for the uplift of civil society in respect of health, engineering and agriculture sector to boost the economy. It stressed increase in dependency on agriculture sector, unutilised agricultural land to be given on short period lease to the group of people with agriculture background for cultivation.

The institute further proposed that the government-run schools should be developed on modern lines to improve the education system and the standards. Manufacturing should be encouraged instead of trading business based on imports; all support should be given to the industrial sector to avoid slowdown and complete halt in the sector while in addition to catering high cost of production, provision of utilities (gas, electricity) should be made efficient and uninterrupted.

ICMAP further said that a medium to long term policy framework for the development of the manufacturing sector should be prepared. For proper identification of industries the country should and can concentrate, based on its economic fundamentals and then a facilitation process be implemented through cascading of duties to be levied for the same while documentation of economy by compulsory issue of receipt for every transaction made by any business.

Tax net to be broadened, no new tax should be levied on the existing tax-payers; rather taxing those who are earning well and are still out of tax net and industrial development banks must be encouraged to support the industrial sector instead of commercial banks that are focused in consumer finance, it said. The trade development authority be given targets to find out new avenues for boosting our exports, curb smuggling of tyres & tubes and electronic items by various measures including reduction in high tariffs.

According to proposals, the government should not allow Pakistan to become dumping market for exporters from different countries; and antidumping duties to be imposed as and when required; under the concurrent list of the constitution, sales tax on goods is a federal subject whereas sales tax on services is a provincial subject which needs to be decided.

In case of Afghan Transit Trade, like all other landlocked countries, the agreement [treaty] for facilitation of imports with Afghanistan should be revised and there has to be quantitative ceiling for imports required for Afghanistan.

Exchange control mechanism to be streamlined so that economic barriers are placed for financing under invoiced goods. At present, liberation of exchange controls are being abused to finance such under invoiced imports while automation is the only answer for mal-administration. Unfortunately, the urge for automation has dropped down. Perception is being built up to demonstrate that solution lies somewhere else.

This perception needs to be removed with a conviction that the only answer is automation. There is a need to make a policy change for the same and automate the processes as soon as possible.

The fiscal reforms and policies must have wide support of the society. For this, tax policy and administration must be based on sound principles of (i) Equity, fairness and facilitation to tax payers (ii) No harassment to tax payers under any circumstance, but zero tolerance for tax fraud and tax evaders & (iii) Risk based audits and use of IT to identify potential tax revenue. It would require a major effort by FBR and provincial governments and the will and commitment of the federal and the provincial governments.

It is essential that the tax policy and administration reforms are conceived and implemented as a National Tax Policy Reforms and not just confined to the federal government. The Nation

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