Sindh Professors, Lecturers Association white paper
SPLA to release white paper on education department
Hyderabad, Nov 27: Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association would
release a white paper after Eidul Azha about alleged moral and
financial malpractices in the provincial education department, said the
association's president Athar Hussain Mirza at a news conference on
The central president of the association Athar
Hussain Mirza, secretary general Himmat Ali Pitafi, vice-president
Ayoub Mari and others demanded that the prime minister, president and
chief minister should take notice of excesses of Sindh education
minister against college teachers.
They urged the authorities
to take notice of moral and financial malpractices in the education
department, right from the college directorate to Sindh secretariat.
They said the only answer the minister had to numerous problems of the
college teachers was that "SPLA should not indulge in politics".
Teachers in 256 colleges had been waiting for promotions for past many
years and many of them had reached retirement age, they said.
They said that teachers in Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Sukkur had been
transferred to Karachi and even female teachers had been posted in
remote places. The SPLA president said that 60 per cent of
colleges were being run without permanent principals and in-charge
principals were working on their posts as OPS, while senior teachers
had been superseded by junior ones.
He said the condition of
laboratories was deplorable because no scientific equipment had been
supplied over the years. No less than 2,600 posts of lecturers had been
vacant, which had seriously affected academic activities, he said.
Similarly, he said, many posts in senior grades were vacant.
He rejected a statement given by the spokesman for education minister
that 3,500 college teachers had been promoted and said that only 915
teachers had been promoted.
He demanded that on the pattern of
other provinces, time-scale promotion system should be introduced in
Sindh, college teachers should be upgraded on the pattern of university
teachers, parity should be maintained in salaries of teachers working
in rural and urban areas, ad hoc teachers should be paid salaries for
the past six months, non-attractive allowance for the teachers working
in rural areas should be restored and permanent principals should be
appointed in colleges on seniority-cum-merit basis. Dawn
SPLA accusations baseless
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association's (SPLA)
allegations regarding the promotion of teachers are baseless, Sindh
Education Minister Pir Mazhar Ul Haq has said.
The minister said
that SPLA members should avoid making such allegations and pay more
attention towards the education process. He added that the government
has never posted any teacher on personal grounds and all transfers and
postings were made according to the requirement and on the basis of
He said that the government promoted 521 lecturers
to assistant professors recently and further promotion would be made
soon. He added that some headmasters and headmistresses of schools were
Moreover a spokesperson of the senior minister
said that the SPLA was "spreading propaganda" against Haq because the
minister was "not entertaining the SPLA". The spokesperson added that
the government has lifted ban on teacher's union and SPLA's accusation
in this regard are not true.
The government has been trying to
promote teachers to higher grades but there were some genuine reasons
which caused delay in the process, said the spokesperson, adding that,
they do not have good numbers of professors in grade 20 and most of the
candidates have not submitted their Annual Confidential Report.
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15,000 jobs to be provided to youth
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah announced on Thursday that
15,000 jobs would be provided to the youth in the province through the
Sindh Public Service Commission.
Addressing a press conference
after inaugurating a media cell near the Bilawal House, he said that
Rs10 billion have been earmarked for development in Karachi.
said that a broad-based development programme for all cities of the
province would be launched soon.
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DHA college for women to initiate MA English programme
Karachi: The University of Karachi has granted affiliation to Defence Authority
Degree College For Women Ph-VIII to initiate a two-year MA English
programme based on semester system.
A DHA press release on
Thursday quoted Administrator DHA Brig Khalid Tirmizi hailing the
decision of the KU and expressed the hope that the principal and
faculty of the college would leave no stone unturned to develop the
institution as a centre of excellence for the newly introduced
discipline of English.
He said the courses of English
literature and language should be so designed that the college produces
dynamic and enlightened graduates who have the ability to express
themselves effectively both in written and oral expression.
classes are scheduled to begin from January 1, 2010. The college is
already running MA Economics classes since 1997. Admissions to the
above two master's programme have already started.
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Urdu, a sweet beautiful language
Karachi: Urdu is a sweet and beautiful language and is still loved and learnt in
Bangladesh, despite the trauma of the separation of East Pakistan,
after which it was presumed that there will be no prospect for Urdu in
the new country (Bangladesh), Dr Kulsoom Abul Bashar, a professor at
University of Dhaka, has said.
Dr Bashar was in Karachi recently
to attend the 2nd International Urdu Conference. She is currently a
professor at the Department of Persian, University of Dhaka and has
Masters degrees in Urdu and Persian from the same university. Dr
Bashar, who has done her PhD from Mumbai University, India, is one of
the many people in Bangladesh who enjoy learning and teaching Urdu
language despite the fact that her mother tongue is Bengali.
Bashar said that after the creation of Bangladesh, many people thought
that Urdu would not survive because Bengali would be the national
language of the new country. She said, however, that Urdu became
popular and more people began learning the language. She added that
presently more than 10 PhD holders in Urdu language teach around 300
undergraduates and graduates at the University of Dhaka's department of
"People were attracted towards Urdu through Bollywood
films, which have Urdu songs and dialogues; Pakistani drama serials of
the late 1970s and 80s also played a part," she said, adding that
another reason for the survival of Urdu was that it was taught in the
Medressahs of Bangladesh. "Urdu is taught in Madressahs all over the
subcontinent, from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu and from Maharashtra to Assam;
Bangladesh is no exception" she said.
University of Karachi (KU)
Department of Urdu Chairman Dr Zafar Iqbal said that languages have no
frontiers, and Bengali, Urdu and Hindi are inter-connected with each
Dr Iqbal has attended a number of Urdu Conferences in
Bangladesh and hosted many teachers of Urdu from Bangladeshi
universities and knows the basic facts about the unexpected growth of
Urdu there. He credits the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh, commonly
called Biharis, for retaining their language (Urdu) despite all the
hardship that they have encountered for more than 20 years. "They are
the people who have guarded their cultural asset, Urdu, zealously," he
Moreover Dr Iqbal added that Urdu is equally popular in
India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and it acts as the Lingua Franca for the
people of the subcontinent. "I think it is the cultural bond that has
kept the language alive in all these countries," he said. "It is
interesting to note that 60 percent of the people who have decided to
learn Urdu are Bengalis. It was not compulsion to learn the language
for business or teaching purposes. It was the love for the language." The news
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Teachers boycotted classes
Dadu: Primary school teachers boycotted classes in Dadu, Mehar,
Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi and took out a rally here on Thursday,
which terminated in a demonstration outside the National Bank in
protest against registration of case against 23 teachers.
Dadu town police registered the case on a complaint lodged by the bank
manager Ali Bux Charn who accused 23 teachers, including office-bearers
of Primary Teachers Association of holding him hostage and subjecting
him to torture during duty hours.
Office-bearers of Dadu
chapter of PTA Abdul Rehman Panhwar, general secretary Mansoor Kalhoro
and Lala Haider Qureshi said that in addition to the 23 nominated in
the FIR, 20 more teachers had been booked.
They alleged that
the bank manager had lodged the FIR to hide corruption in the bank.
Police used teargas and batons against the teachers who were protesting
against the bank and registered case against them, they said. They said
that police were conducting raids on the houses of PTA office-bearers
and primary teachers. They would boycott classes in Dadu if the case
was not withdrawn, they warned.
The protesters later observed
a token hunger strike outside the press club and demanded cancellation of FIR. Dawn
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