Sindh government, private universities reopening

Sindh governer ordered opening of all universities
Karachi, Oct 22: Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Wednesday directed that all the public and private sector universities be kept open from Thursday.

Chairing a meeting with vice-chancellors and high officials at Governor House, the Governor issued the directive after an assurance form vice- chancellors for maintaining fool proof security in their respective institutions.

The meeting was attended by Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Huq, DG Rangers Maj Gen Liaquat Ali, Special Secretary Universities Aftab Lodhi, CCPO Karachi and other officials.

"We have to carry on our day today responsibilities without coming under pressure and machinations of terrorists and ant-state elements", the Governor said. He pointed out that objective of terrorists is to create chaos, unrest and destabilise the state system and this had been the objective of their recent actions.

He said the nation will fight against this challenge with full preparation and alertness and convert this potential threat into an opportunity.

Now when the decision to keep the Universities open has been taken, these institutions should ensure to maintain full security arrangements, the Governor said.

He added that besides teachers and staff of the universities, an awareness be created in young students and they should be sensitised about the present challenge so that they could play their role for protecting not only their ulma mater but also every part of the country from extremists and terrorism.

Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad directed that besides immediate measures, long term planning should also be made.

On the occasion the Governor decided the formation of a committee comprising of five vice-chancellors of public and private sector universities which would also include his Principal Secretary, Special Secretary and Police and Ranger's representatives.

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Karachi university cancelled rebels membership
Karachi: A strong group of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has disowned its four members for not cooperating with the faction's executive body. They have been alleged of supporting different stance of the establishment of university.

Conversely, Karachi University Teachers Society is going to hold its election to select new office bearers. A senior member of the KUTS, Prof Dr Abid Hasnain said that the former Sohail Burkati group had disowned Dr Shakil Farooqui, Dr Aquil Ahmed, Dr Anila and Saba Masood; these members are currently serving on important positions in the KUTS cabinet. The members of Sohail Burkati group, in a general body meeting, have already demanded such four office bearers to leave the positions from KU Syndicate voluntarily; Dr Farooqui and his companions has misused teachers' mandate on different occasions, which shows he does not believe in democratic values, he said. Dr Farooqui and his companion have failed to obtain confidence to any further extent of large number of teachers, belonging to the Burkati group, he said.

"The large number of teachers, who believe in democracy, self-respect and integrity of the teachers, are supporting our group, which is the leading group in the KU. Burkati Group has nominated six members for the forthcoming election; as per the nomination, Prof Dr Abid Hasnain nominated as president, Dr Mutahir Ahmed as Vice President, Prof Faiyaz as Secretary, Samina Qureshi as Treasurer, Dr Haris Shoaib and Moiz Khan as Joint Secretary," Prof Hasnain mentioned.

It is alleged that Dr Shakil Farooqui is seeking help from Sindh Teachers Forum (STF) and Former Pervez Siddiqui Teachers' Group to produce strong contestant in the forthcoming KUTS election. Commenting on the issue, Dr Shakil Farooqui said that this was propaganda against him that he had tried to find help from Sindh Teachers Forum (STF) and Former Pervez Siddiqui Teachers' Group to produce strong contestant in the forthcoming KUTS election. However it is true we are going to contest separately in the election for which we have already announced nominations of our candidates, he said.

Some members in the Burkati group do not want me and other three members to work on top positions in the group, he said and added that the only reason behind the said split in the group is the matter of liking or disliking.

"As many as six names of teachers have been recommended for contesting in the forth coming election. These names include Dr Shakil Khan for the slot of president, Dr Anila Amber Malik for vice president, Dr Shakil Farouqui for secretary, Saba Masood for treasurer, Naheed Perveen and Adnan Khan for joint secretary. We hope large number of teachers will support us in the election," he said. The nation

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Security plan made for Sindh private schools
Karachi: On the directives of Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, the Sindh education department's directorate of inspection/registration of private institutions has chalked out an elaborate security plan for private schools in the province in view of the prevailing security situation in the country.

In a circular issued to the heads of private schools on Wednesday, Sindh director for private institutions Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui has advised them to implement the plan in the letter and spirit and intimate the directorate about the measures taken by them for the security of their students as well as teaching and non-teaching staff.

The director has also advised the heads of private schools to issue identity cards to their staff, students and teachers and restrict the entry of unknown persons into the schools without proper identification. Besides, private vehicles should not be allowed to enter school premises. Employees should be asked to park their vehicles adjacent to the boundary walls or preferably outside the schools. In addition, the management of private schools may also take other appropriate measures which may deem fit under the present situation for the security of students, teachers and employees. Dawn

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