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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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