NED university intensive restoration

NED City Campus poised to regain past glory
Karachi, Nov 16: The protected heritage building of the NED City Campus is undergoing intensive restoration, including cleaning the stone facade, liberating the entrance portal, screening the roof, replacing the asbestos roof with Khaprail tiles and repairing the tiled roof.

"The interior interventions also include structural repairs, repairing the damaged plaster and paint on the walls, cleaning and repairing doors, windows, and floors," said NED University of Engineering and Technology Architecture and Planning Department Chairman Dr Noman Ahmed.

The architecture and planning department of the NED University of Engineering and Technology is located at its city campus on Maulana Din Mohammad Wafai Road (behind DJ Government Science College). The university has been training engineering professionals since 1922 and has produced tens of thousands of engineers during the last 77 years. The NED City Campus Restoration Project was inaugurated on April 17, 2009, and is a milestone in the field of architectural restoration where a historically significant but physically-run down campus was brought to life. The campus is listed as a protected heritage building under the Sindh Cultural Preservation Act-1994.

Realising its historic significance and value as an architectural heritage asset of Karachi, the university decided to initiate an intensive restoration of the old building and rehabilitate the entire city campus by converting it into an exclusive campus for the architecture and planning department.

According to Dr Ahmed, the main objectives behind this initiative were ensuring that the campus is maintained as an architectural heritage site and historically significant landmark of the city; revitalising the NED City Campus as an educational campus and utilising "its full potential"; and undertaking the restoration project as an "exemplary exercise" which could prove to be a "role model" for similar projects in the city.

In addition to these objectives, a very strong aspect of the project was the research and training component which was developed parallel to the progress of this project.

The proposal and a brief working paper of the NED City Campus Restoration Project was submitted in September 2000 and was approved by university authorities on September 20, 2000. By November-December 2000, field work, data collection, documentation and measured survey kicked off; and by January-March 2001, preparation of measured drawings on CAD, all building plans, site plans and necessary sections and elevations were completed. By May 2001, the report was circulated to all agencies and departments concerned.

A well-facilitated, functional premises for the IT Institute was developed despite constraints such as short deadlines and tight budgets and by January 2004 decision was taken to shift the architecture and planning department to city campus. The academic session for architecture and planning students started at city campus in January 2005 with its entire five batches (150 students) accommodated within the new premises. Plans are underway to develop a NED Gallery in chimney room besides studio and lecture spaces. The original boundary wall has been restored, dilapidated structures have been removed and surgical operations conducted to restore the site.

"The major work for restoration has already been completed," said Dr Ahmed. "Teak wood work at exhibition hall is being done and spaces for theatre and workshops are being acquired. We have acquired a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Sindh Heritage Committee and restoration is being done in accordance with heritage laws."

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NED university professor passed away
Karachi: Prominent Marxist, an associate professor at the prestigious NED University of Engineering and Technology and a social activist Mohammad Nauman passed away on Sunday morning, leaving thousands of his students, friends and colleagues mourning.

He was laid to rest at the University of Karachi graveyard on Sunday evening. Born on December 19, 1951 in Bahawalpur, Nauman acquired his secondary education at Cadet College, Petaro, and then graduated from NED University in electrical engineering in 1974. He did his Masters in electrical engineering from North Carolina, USA.

After completing his education, Nauman initially joined Karachi Nuclear Power Plant for a while but his inquisitiveness prompted him to opt for NED University where he was teaching for almost 30 years.

He was a prominent student leader associated with left-wing National Students Federation (NSF) during late 1960s and early 1970s and actively participated in the democratic upsurge in 1969 against military dictator Gen. Ayub Khan. Despite having a brilliant academic record, he preferred to teach rather than acquiring lucrative jobs at multinational companies. However, one could find thousands of his students in different organisations across Pakistan at key positions.

Committed to the well-being of the common man right from the beginning, he helped Edhi Foundation to develop its wireless service on a voluntary basis and also served as technical advisor to the defunct Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) in the early 1990s when Fahimuzaman Khan was its administrator. He wrote hundreds of research papers on topics such as bonded labour, and water and power and campaigned for the displaced people of Chotiari Dam and other similar causes. He was widely quoted in national and international media.

Prof. Nauman was quite well till Saturday and attended a dinner in honour of his friend Prof. Tauseef Ahmed Khan who has been awarded a PhD degree recently, at the residence of an old friend Abid Ali Syed.

"Many old friends had gathered at my residence where we had arranged a dinner in honour of Prof. Tauseef Ahmed Khan and Prof. Nauman was also there chatting with eminent lawyer Ali Ahmed Kurd, politician Yousuf Masti Khan and other friends," Syed, former city editor of a leading English daily newspaper said.

"At about 6am he came out of his room complaining breathing problem and left us mourning," his uncle who lived with him said. Prof. Nauman was suffering from asthma for the last couple of years.

Thousands of students, friends, political leaders and activists bode him farewell at the University of Karachi graveyard. Prominent amongst them were Prof. S. M. Naseer, economists Aly Ercelawn, Haris Gazdar and Dr Asad Sayeed, Executive Director Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) Karamat Ali, ex-president Karachi Bar Association Akhter Husain, politician Yousuf Masti Khan, B.M. Kutty, Hameed Haroon, Fahimuzaman Khan, educationist Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed and actor and academic Khalid Ahmed.

"I never saw him hurting anybody even if he differed with him," said Tariq Saeed, a senior structural engineer and an old friend of Prof. Nauman. "He was always a helping hand and a true dervish," he said. "Right from the beginning Nauman was dedicated, committed and disciplined.

He was never late," said Shahab Aftab, another senior engineer and an old friend of Prof. Nauman. Prof. Nauman's Soyem will be held at NED University Staff Town on Monday afternoon. He has left behind an ailing mother, an elder brother and a sister. The news

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BSEK fee increase proposal rejected
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi's board of governors has rejected a proposed increase in the enrolment and certificate fees.

The BoG, which met on Saturday with BSEK chairman Shafiullah Qureshi in the chair, also turned down a request seeking exemption for police recruits from paying the fee for the verification of their documents from the BSEK, saying that the Inter Boards Chairmen Committee had allowed such an exemption to recruits of the armed forces only.

Taking notice of financial irregularities, the meeting directed BSEK officials to recover the one month basic pay from its employees in lump sum for the payment made to them in advance on the eve of Eidul Fitr but had not been deducted from their September salary. The BSEK had sought BoG approval for recovering the amount from its employees in six installments.

Referring to the meeting's agenda, the appointment of BSEK secretary and controller of examinations, some BoG members objected that why such an important issue was put up at the meeting as a "matter for information" only, and asked the officials to submit the minutes of the last BoG meeting and the entire record of appointment of the two officials. It also rejected the BSEK proposal for changing the nomenclature of 'research investigator' to 'superintendent'.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Sindh Board of Technical Education Chairman Saeed Siddiqui, Sukkur board Chairman Dr Mehboob Shaikh, Hyderabad board Chairman Dr Fazal Haq and Mirpurkhas board Chairman Alim Khanzada. Dawn

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Lyari Town to move extra schools to other areas
Karachi: The Lyari Town Municipal Administration is looking forward to move all extra schools which are combined in one building to other areas. The town administration believes that apart from the gang-war and the irresponsible attitude of the teaching staff, one reason for the absence of children of Lyari from schools is the state of these extra institutions.

Lyari Town Nazim Mahmood Hashim said that there are 120 schools running in 30 buildings; in most cases, there are three to six schools in the same premises. He added that the number of children in these schools is rapidly decreasing. "Ten years ago the enrollment was 26,000 in government-run primary schools in Lyari, which has reduced to only 6,000 now and the attendance of students in these schools is even much lesser," Hashim said.

These extra schools that the Lyari Nazim referred to are actually the schools which were established during General Zia's regime, which reversed the decision of nationalisation of private educational institutions taken by Z.A Bhutto in 1973. After the Zia regime decided to give the private schools back to the private proprietors, government teachers who had been teaching at these schools became jobless. In order to accommodate these teachers, extra schools were set up in Lyari in the buildings where the old schools had run previously. After all these years, the Lyari town administration has realised that these combined schools are creating problems for students and the management.

"Teachers are mostly absent from schools and the children are hardy regular; the education officials are unable to manage these combined schools," Hashim said. "I had provided a list of 65 'ghost teachers' to the education minister. When the minister forwarded the list to the Anti Corruption Department officials concerned for further action, I was told that no action could be taken against the guilty teachers."

The Lyari nazim said that he then wrote to the minister to look into the matter more attentively and take action against these irresponsible teachers regardless of their political connections. Hashim said that he also held a meeting with the educational staff concerned and sought a comprehensive report from officials focusing on the situation of all the government-run educational institutes, teaching staff, their attendance, enrollment of students and absent teachers. He warned strict action against the responsible teachers and management if he found any irregularity in the process. In the end, however, hurdled were created by 'black sheep' in the education department, Hashim said.

The Lyari Nazim also referred to the Government Girls' College in Moosa Lane as "Baigmati College", because "Begums (wives) of influential people are appointed there just for time-pass." Sharing his experience of the girls college, which he visited recently, he said that the "Begums" were "busy doing nothing".

"Innocent girls come to the college regularly but return home without learning anything, because 'Begums' are not interested in conducting classes," he alleged.

On the other hand, residents of the area said that one reason for the absence of children from schools is that after the fight between rival groups in Lyari many families have migrated to other areas. However they accuse the educational officials of not not paying attention to the schools of Lyari. 'This is why most people are forced to send their children to private schools,' they said. The news

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Students not getting WFP's oil, wheat
Mithi: Students of more than 152 primary schools are not getting cooking oil and wheat as promised under a programme to encourage enrolment of children, according to a survey conducted by the Sindh People's Students Federation. The oil and wheat are provided by the World Food Programme.

Mohammad Ismail Samejo, press secretary of the SPSF, Tharparkar chapter, told journalists that many schoolchildren in Chonhar, Sinhar Nangar and other villages of Bhakuo union council had not been given wheat or oil despite complaints made to relevant quarters. As a result, he said, enrolment was decreasing in the schools, which had enrolment of over 60 pupils each. Dawn

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