KU returning to academic routine

KARACHI, Sept 21: Academic activities at the University of Karachi (KU) campus are returning to normal, after last week's tragic event which claimed the lives of seven including four KU students, said a spokesman of the institution on Thursday.

Classes were held at all teaching departments at the campus on Thursday with active participation of the students.

Besides good attendance, all examinations including those of BEd and BDS are also being held according to the schedule.

Transportation facilities for the students through point-buses have also resumed.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim directed the faculty to revise its teaching schedule to ensure that the semester syllabus was completed before the terminal exams. KU Registrar Prof. Rais Alvi, however, said that the university started conducting examinations from Wednesday.

"BA, MEd, MBBS, BDS, etc. exams were conducted yesterday after a break of four days," he said. Public dealing at the campus has also resumed. The exams scheduled for Monday and Tuesday were postponed as a precautionary measure. Security has been beefed up in the campus and the entry of unrelated people and unauthorised vehicles is banned. No visitor is being allowed without proving his identity, he added. "The general impression among students is that no classes will be held because of the mourning, despite the fact that no such announcement was made by the university management," a senior teacher said.

Threats to KU employees condemned: The Employees Welfare Association (EWA), University of Karachi, which met Thursday, expressed concern over threats to the university staff by activists of a student organisation and demanded higher authorities to take notice of the situation.

The meeting was also attended by the employees of the university and KU Officers Welfare Association members.

EWA President Kabeer Khan said that some students were threatening employees of dire consequences for several days. He condemned such threats and warned that the association would retaliate if any of the employees was harmed. The non-teaching staff had nothing to do with students' matters and they wanted to keep a friendly environment in the university, said Khan. EWA General Secretary Muhammad Farid Siddiqui, Vice President Muhammad Akram and others also addressed the meeting. Later, the meeting expressed condolences over the killing of seven people in a bus attack on September 13. app/ppi

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