B.A. Supplementary Examinations-2008 for regular external candidates
Karachi, Sep 14: B.A. Supplementary Examinations-2008 for regular and external candidates will commence on September 14 (today). This was announced by an official of the University of Karachi on Sunday. As many as 4,774 candidates will appear in these examinations to be conducted from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Examination centres have been set up at various teaching departments of the University of Karachi. Vice Chancellor of Karachi University Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has formed vigilance teams to check unfair means during the examinations. The news
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Proposals sought for raise in lecturers pay
Karachi: The Pay and Pension Commission-2009 has sought proposal from leaders of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) to give raise in salaries of the college teachers.
Leaders of SPLA, including Prof Ather Hussain Mirza and Professor Muzaffar Rizvi, gave suggestions in a meeting with Pay and Pension Commission-2009, held recently under the chairmanship of Dr Ishrat Hussain, former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, a participant of the meeting on a condition of anonymity said on Sunday.
The meeting was also attended by Federal Secretary Establishment, Federal Secretary Finance, President Habib Bank, Dr Shams Qasim Lakha and Provincial Secretary Finance, he said and added that teachers' representatives, in their proposal, shows concern over the government proposal to separate professional services, including education, from the government's unified pay scales, and said that a new allowance should be created to financially assist the teachers' community.
He said, "Teachers suggested that five annual inflation allowances, giving to teachers, should be merged in the basic of the salary. House rent should be increased while running basic pay should be 60 percent of the salary. The issuance of health allowance has been stressed through insurance company, as the health allowance is considered one of the most important problems for teachers. Teachers recommended Rs 10,000 for teachers on account of PhD allowance while Rs 5000 for MPhil allowance."
It is pertinent to mention here that Pay and Pension Commission is expected to finalise its recommendations before December this year, as the government gave interim-relief of 20 per cent increase in pays and pensions in the budget 2009-10 and has vowed to implement the commission's recommendations from January 1, 2010. This proposal will now be discussed with the provincial governments before its finalisation. The commission also formed various subcommittees to finalise the recommendations on the modalities of proposed pay and pension reforms.
It is also worth mentioning that leaders of SPLA have already showed their concerns over the deterioration of education at college level in Sindh. They are of the view that college teachers are considered as the major hurdle in term of privatising the colleges that is why they are being deprived from their basic service rights, including health insurance, job confirmation, housing project, up gradation of teachers and increase in salaries.
The teachers are waiting for their due promotions for the last many years. However, the department is unconcerned towards the genuine rights of the teachers, because education enemies know that the provision of such facilities will help teachers to do their work with more concentration. The nation
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