SPLA protest: Shortage of teaching staff in Sindh colleges

College teachers baton charged; 19 arrested, released
Karachi, Nov 11: The Sindh Professors' Lecturers' Association (SPLA) on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the camp office, DJ Sindh Government Science College against not getting timescale and the acute shortage of the teaching staff in the colleges of Sindh.

SPLA conducted a meeting at the library of the college and decided to march towards the chief minister (CM) house to claim their demands. However, policemen foiled this attempt. The police baton-charged the teaching community and at least 19 teachers were arrested by the police. The policewomen also manhandled the female teaching staff.

Police said that 16 teachers were detained but they released after a few hours. Rangers were also present at the scene but later they left the place.

The representatives of the association said that around 4,500 teaching posts are vacant till to date and this shortage is increasing burden on the teaching staff at the colleges. "There are numbers of colleges in the provinces where teachers are under strength and one teacher has to conduct numbers of classes on regular basis," President, SPLA, Mirza Ather Hussain said.

"There is no teacher available to teach English in 250 colleges of Sindh while few subject specialists are available in the college," he said. The government has given a timescale and other benefits to the school teachers but they have overlooked the college teachers, SPLA representatives said.

According to the representatives of the association, Senior Superintendent of Police, Saddar had threatened them not to conduct any rally towards the CM House. "We want to handover the declaration of our meeting at the CM House to bring the issue into their notice," Hussain said.

"The police has told us that they will use tear-gas, water canon gun and other resources if the teachers attempt to conduct a rally in front of CM House," General Secretary, SPLA, Karachi, Professor Iftekhar Azami said. "The police intercepted the teachers outside the main entrance of the library and misbehaved with them," he also said.

The CM Sindh should solve these problems at earliest and no adhocism would be accepted in this regard. Meanwhile, the advisor to CM to Information and Archives, Sharmila Faruqui, who reached at the spot, said that the problems would be solved in due course of time.

She also asked the representatives to call off their sit-in which was initially turned down by the teaching community. Faruqui said that she would arrange a meeting with the officials to resolve the matter but number of teachers insisted that government should issue a notification of timescale and only then they would give up their sit-in.

"I will also join the meeting and representative of SPLA can place their demands in the meeting but they should call off the sit-in," she said. "The meeting is scheduled today at 10:30am. If the delegation of SPLA will not agree with the meeting results, then we would arrange a meeting with CM to solve this issue, she further said.

After a brief discussion, SPLA agreed to stop sit-in but they asked Faruqui that she should declare her opinion in this regard. "If you tell the media and teachers waiting outside the office that we would try your best to resolve our problems then, we can ensure you that SPLA will stop their sit-in and spend night within the college premises," they said.

The teachers refused to return to their respective districts and homes. They said that they would wait for an end to the meeting between SPLA and officials.

If the officials accepted their demands and release the notification, then they would go back to home happily but if they did not entertain their demands then SPLA would again stage a sit-in, they added.

The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) would hold a meeting with Sindh Chief Secretary on Thursday for discussing the issues being faced by the teachers.

President SPLA Professor Mirza Athar Hussain told PPI that a two-point agenda, including time-scale and shortage of teachers, would be discussed in the meeting. He said that their protest, however, would continue till the acceptance of our demands.

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Increased security at KU
Karachi: In view of the prevailing security concerns, Registrar, University of Karachi (KU), Professor Kaleem Raza Khan, on Wednesday has issued a notification on special instructions from the Vice Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui.

According to notification, all the students and staff members of KU are directed to wear their University ID cards in the Campus otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the campus premises.

Moreover, all the teachers have also been requested to wear their cards so that the students and other staff get motivated by them. Along with this, the security staff have been ordered that any vehicle which does not have the University's entrance pass or sticker on it should not be allowed to enter the campus. They are directed to immediately report the concerned officer if they find any unidentified person or vehicle inside the University.

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Admissions at Federal Urdu University
Karachi: Admissions to BS and masters classes in the faculties of Arts, Science and Business Administration at the Karachi campus of the Federal Urdu University will commence from November 11.

An official of the institution said here on Wednesday that forms are available from the National Bank's Urdu University, Malir City and Nazimabad branches and United Bank's Baba-i-Urdu Road Branch and Allied bank's University Road and Baba-i-Urdu Road branches.

The last date for submission of admission forms is November 26, it was further stated.

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OUP to launch English-Sindhi dictionary
Karachi: Oxford University Press will launch its seminal regional language dictionary Oxford English-Sindhi Dictionary in Hyderabad today.

Compiled by a team of distinguished scholars and lexicographers of the Sindhi language, this dictionary is the first and most comprehensive work in English-Sindhi bilingual lexicographical history.

It offers the most extensive and up-to-date coverage of modern, specialist, colloquial, and archaic words. Emphasis on grammar and correct usage of words is a unique feature of the dictionary.

Speakers at the launch will include Prof. Qalandar Shah Lakiari, Dr Fahmida Hussain, Dr Ghulam Ali Allanna, Ibrahim Joyo, Dr Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Dr Nazir Mughal, Badar Abro, and Ameena Saiyid. Sassui Palijo, Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism, will be the chief guest at the function. The news

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