SHC stays key appointments in govt universities
Karachi, May 31: The Sindh High Court on Friday restrained the Universities and Board secretary and others from finalising the appointment of the registrar, director finance and controller examinations of different public sector universities in the province till further orders.
The interim order came on a petition filed by Sohail Ahmed and others, who were the controller of examination, the registrar and the director finance of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro; the Quaid-e-Awam University of Science and Technology; the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah; and the NED University of Karachi. They challenged the impugned advertisement for the appointment of the registrar, director finance and controller of examination for the MUET, NED, SBBU and QAUST.
The petitioners' counsel, Barrister Zamir Ghumro, submitted that his clients were validly appointed after a legal process at the posts, however, the Sindh government for mala fide reasons had floated an advertisement in various newspapers inviting applications for the appointments against the said positions of different universities, including MUET, NED, SBBU and QAUST although the same were positions were not lying vacant.
He submitted that the posts of registrar, director finance and controller examination happened to be permanent posts and were held by the petitioners on a permanent and regular basis. He said the posts never fell vacant and there were no analogous posts, consequently it was beyond understanding that in the presence of permanent and regular officers, how fresh advertisement could be published for making direct appointments.
He submitted that a fresh appointment against a permanent post could not be made unless the said post fell vacant, whereas the University and Board secretary had advertised the posts occupied by the petitioners on regular and permanent basis, which was tantamount to dismiss/remove/terminate the petitioners without any basis.
The counsel argued that the respondents had grossly misused powers conferred on them without any rationale in floating the advertisement for the said posts and without considering the laid down rules, which was a blatant misuse of authority and promoting nepotism and unnecessary political interference.
The counsel submitted that the impugned advertisement was against academic freedom and positions were not available to be filled and the same should be filled in by the universities concerned. The counsel said the impugned advertisement would amount to the termination of the petitioners. An SHC division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar observed that the points of the petitioners required consideration and issued notices to the chief secretary, the principal secretary to Sindh governor, the Universities and Board secretary and others for June 4. The news
SU launches mini hospital
Karachi: The Sindh University has launched its comprehensive health care facility (Mini Hospital) for women & children; which has started operational activities after it was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal & Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed here on Friday. The keys of ambulance provided by the university were also handed over to the in-charge of the Mini Hospital Dr. Arbeela Agha.
The Mini Hospital for Women & Children is an epitome of technological excellence. The state of art equipment like High Frequency Oscillators, Nitric Oxide delivery system, Total Parental Nutrition, Pneumatic Chute, Laminar Flow system in the intensive care and Operating Theatre areas greatly enhance the quality of service and clinical outcomes. After inaugurating the Mini Hospital near Marvi Girls Hostel at Sindh University Jamshoro, the vice chancellor & commissioner along with other notables visited different parts of the hospital including ward rooms, staff rooms, medical dispensary, autoclave & labour room. On the occasion, Dr. Arbeela Agha said: in order to broaden its horizon to include older infants and children, the Hospital is adding the Pediatric Division which is going to provide the highest quality paediatric medical and surgical services.
USAID awards scholarships to Sindh students
Karachi: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships to 102 students enrolled in Associated Diploma in Education (ADE) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) (Hons) programmes in Sindh as part of the $165 million Pakistan Reading Project. USAID provincial Director for Sindh and Balochistan Leon S Waskin also acting US Consul General for Sindh attended the event with Sindh Additional Chief Secretary of Education Dr Fazlullah Pechuho. The scholarships will pay for tuition and supplies as well as provide a stipend to recipients.
The US government will provide more than 4,500 scholarships to aspiring teachers. During the ceremony, 11 future teachers who recently completed a US-funded ADE programme were awarded graduation certificates. Waskin said, "The quality and improvement of the education system depends critically upon the quality of teachers. The USAID funded Pakistan Reading Project is a significant initiative of the US government in collaboration with the government of Pakistan to improve the standard of basic education." Dr Fazalullah Pechuho thanked US government for their support in improving the standard of basic education in Sindh. The Pakistan Reading Project will improve the reading skills of at least 2.5 million children to ensure they are reading at or above grade level by 2019.† The Project works closely with 28 Pakistani universities and 116 elementary teacher-training colleges throughout Pakistan to improve the quality of teaching skills and curriculum. Over the next five years, the Pakistan Reading Project will award a total of 1,066 ADE and B.Ed (Hons) scholarships to students from Sindh.
The US partnership with the government of Pakistan supports the rehabilitation and construction of over 1,350 schools in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The United States is establishing centres for advanced education studies at four Pakistani universities and expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students. The United States has awarded more than 4,800 scholarships to university students to pursue higher education through the Pakistan-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Programme. Daily timesYour Comments
Over 850 schools in Thatta, Sujawal closed
Thatta: Out of 3,226 girls and boys primary schools, more than 850 are closed in nine talukas of Thatta and Sujawal districts and those operational are also not up to the mark.
These primary educational institutions identified as 'closed schools' are located in 55 union councils of talukas Thatta, Mirpursakhro, Mirpur Bathoro, Ghorabari, Kharochann, Shah Bunder, Keti Bunder, Jati and Sujawal.
According to facts compiled from the education department documents, it is due to negligence of the quarters concerned that academic career of some 180,948 children is at a stake and due to closure of these schools more than 50,000 students have been deprived of primary education.
An official of the district education department on condition of anonymity said education standard in the remaining operating schools was not up to the mark.
He said, despite hectic steps taken during a campaign jointly launched by the district judiciary and education department in recent months, nothing could be achieved positively.
Civil society, parents, socio political activists and the district and education department authorities seem to be blind folded on the subject.
In this connection, a number of donors from Islamabad and Karachi had tried to help the poverty-ridden population of these coastal district to get streamlined the primary education. Dawn
Karachi: The final year semester examinations at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology start from today (May 26) and would last for about two weeks. Teachings in all the classes have already been completed on May 16 and the ongoing week has been allowed to students for the preparation of exams.†The news
FAPUASA suspends academic activities
Karachi: Despite protests and lobbying by the Federation of all Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA); the Sindh government has issued an advertisement for the appointment of registrars, and director finance in all the universities of Sindh.
FAPUASA issued a statement on Sunday, which said, "It is a blatant violation of autonomy of the universities and would damage hierarchy in institutions. The FAPUASA has already rejected the Sindh Universities Act 2013 and has suggested eleven amendments."
The Sindh government's representatives have assured their support and have accepted the FAPUASA demands in letter and spirit.
TechLabx, PAF KIET University to launch job-oriented courses
Karachi: TechLabx in collaboration with the PAF KIET University is launching job oriented courses to help students get jobs in a competitive and conducive environment. The students can avail these summer courses on perfect platform of PAF KIET with purely skilled professionals of the TechLabx.
The courses starting from June 7 in the PAF KIET, North Nazimabad Campus are CCNA, networking, graphic designing, web designing, Linux (RHCSA), and SQL. The courses are aimed at preparing students for international certifications. PAF KIET would issue course certificates to the students. Speaking about the importance of courses, Sarah Zahoor, senior official at TechLabx said that continual learning and time saving is mandatory for students to become successful in their fields. She said there are many capable and talented people who want to work and grow but they do not have necessary skills for getting suitable job. Skilful short courses are the perfect way for them to start their learning process and boosting skills for getting lucrative jobs.
Short courses help students to fill gaps in their knowledge and gain particular skills that may be needed for promotion, she added. It also shows the employer that you are proactive and that you value on continual learning, Sarah said. She said that short courses allow you to continue to learn new skills and ways of thinking. These are perfect for people who want an introduction into various fields to discover what they like before making a full qualification commitment. Daily times