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Rs12b for Sindh universities | UoP students strike

Rs 12b allocated for developing universities
Karachi, Sep 17: At the inauguration of three new buildings at NED University of Engineering and Technology, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan revealed that Rs 12.60 billion is being spent on 96 university development projects in Sindh.
Dr Ibad stated that even though the financial crisis in the country has affected the development of higher education institutes, the government is trying its best not to upset university development projects. He added that funds would be suspended temporarily at the most and the flow would resume when the country's economic condition gets better.
The government is committed to developing all universities in the province, including the University of Sindh, where projects worth Rs 1.3 billion are being undertaken.
Out of the funds for NED, Rs 3 billion was spent on upgrading and constructing new departments on campus. Around 60 percent of the work is complete and the buildings inaugurated will accommodate the new Urban and Infrastructure Engineering Department (UIE), the university's Medical Unit and Foreign Faculty Section, which will house teachers and students who visit.
These additions bring the total number of departments to 19. Suhail Ahmed, assistant to the UIE department's chairmen, stated that it was separated from the department of Civil Engineering as urban and town planning explores a broad range of construction and social environment aspects that need to be placed in a separate field of study. "The purpose of the separation is to produce experts in the field of urban planning and infrastructure engineering," said Ahmed.
Urban planning also focuses on restoring inner city areas by adapting modern planning methods to cities with long-term infrastructure decay. Daily Times

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UoP students threaten to go on hunger strike
Peshawar: University of Peshawar students, while resenting the sharp increase in the admission fee and hostel charges, have urged the varsity administration to review what they termed as an "anti-student" decision.

The activists of Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) organised a protest demonstration on the campus premises Tuesday and condemned the recent UoP decisions.

Led by their central leader Iftikhar Ahmad, dozens of activists after the protest rally called on Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan and apprised him of the students concerns.

On this occasion, the speakers lashed out at the varsity administration for what they called making education out of reach for the students.

They set a three-day deadline for the university administration to review the fresh increase in fees or they would go on hunger strike till acceptance of their demands. They said the university administration has made 200 per cent increase in fees making it difficult for the middle class to afford study in there.

The students claimed the hostel charges had gone up from 7,000 per year to Rs19,000 and admission fee from 9,000 to Rs14,000 which, they said was unbearable for the poor students. "Education is the fundamental right of every individual of the country, therefore, the government must take concrete steps to facilitate people in getting education," the protesters demanded.

The speakers also condemned the Higher Education Commission decision on reducing grants to the public sector universities, which brought the institution of higher education at the brink of collapse. It was due to the cut in grants that the varsities remained with no other option but to increase fees to run their affairs smoothly. They also demanded of the provincial government to award special grant to the public sector universities to ally the burden on students.

The vice-chancellor informed the students the decision was taken under severe compulsion, as it has become impossible to run the university affairs in a smooth manner. He, however, assured the students that the varsity administration would review the spike in university charges and would try its level best to bring them down. The News

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"its a good news i mean teahers most of them do push u up to that limit where there r no second option they act more like babies these days r not polite or encouraging at all."
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Three MBBS students attempt suicide
Mirpurkhas: Three students of a medical college in the city tried to commit suicide on Tuesday after having failed in an examination.

Jazib Nisar Ansari of Jacobabad, Jameel Shaikh of Pano Aqil, and Ayoub Jogi of Thari Mirwah, who lived in a rented house in Adam Town, were taken to a private hospital by friends and neighbours after they took overdose of lethal drugs.

Later they were referred to the Civil Hospital where doctors saved their lives by washing their stomachs.

They were now out of danger, said Dr Ved Parkash.

Mohammed Khalid, a final year student of the same college, told journalists that no official of the college administration had visited the hospital to inquire after the students.

Dr Syed Mohammed Razi, managing trustee of the Mohammed Foundation which runs the college, rejected a charge that the administration had something to do with the students' failure.

The exams had been conducted by the Sindh University, he contended.

About 30 students of MBBS third year had failed due to their own ineptitude, Dr Razi added.

Old Mirpur SHO Bhuromal Khatri said that police would lodge an FIR against the students after recording their statements.

Local leaders of the JSQM, JSM, JST and HRCP held the college principal and staff responsible for the students' failure and suicide attempt.

Several students of the college, office-bearers of NGOs and activists of political parties held a demonstration in the Civil Hospital in protest against the college administration's "indifference to students' problems". Dawn

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