University teachers protest | SU admissions
Varsity teachers continue protest
Karachi, Sept 24: Representatives of the Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association and different college and
university teachers' associations have announced that they have not
ended their protest against major cuts in funds being given to the
public-sector varsities and a decision on the issue will be made after
mutual consultation on Friday.
Addressing a press conference on
the Karachi University campus on Thursday, they said they would not toe
the line of the Higher Education Commission or vice-chancellors on the
funding issue, arguing that they had not initiated their struggle on the
directives of the HEC or VCs. They claimed that they would make their
"own independent decision".
The press briefing had
representation from Fapuasa, Karachi University Teachers' Society, the
staff associations of the NED University of Engineering and Technology
and the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology and the
Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association.
Prof Dr Badar
Soomro, who heads the Fapuasa's Sindh chapter, said it was regrettable
that the decision to cut the budget of universities had been taken by an
elected government. "The government strategy is nothing but a
reflection of the lack of a vision and bad governance. It has been the
tactics of dictatorial regimes to give a low priority to such key issues
as health and education in budgetary allocations. The two sectors,
however, should have been close to the heart of a democratic
government," he remarked.
He categorically rejected the setting
up of a committee by the prime minister for negotiations and termed it a
At the time of budget, the HEC had requested
for allocation of Rs30 billion, he recalled. However, Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani instead showed "generosity" towards his hometown by
announcing a development package of Rs30 billion for Multan, Dr Badar
The professor added: "The prime minister preferred his
hometown over the rest of the country. This is unfortunate. Over 150
scholars have been waiting in Sindh alone to go abroad for many months
after passing the relevant exams, but the HEC has no money to offer them
scholarships," he said, adding that a number of projects launched on
the commission's directives were in pending due to financial crisis.
In reply to a question about the government's reported agreement to
release some funds to the HEC initially, Dr Hasnain said that university
teachers across the country had not initiated the struggle on the
directives of vice chancellors nor they would end it on their request.
"The FAPUASA represents the will of teachers and it would make an
independent decision and announce a strategy on Friday after consulting
all colleagues," he said.
KUTS Secretary Dr Faiyaz Vaid said
that university teachers had serious reservations over the unilateral
role of the HEC in the affairs of the varsities. He explained that the
HEC imposed its policies on educational institutions instead of making
them part of the decision. The HEC had been reminded time and again to
include senior teachers from public sector universities while
introducing new programmes and policies, but to no avail.
"Fapuasa had held two meetings with the HEC a few months ago over some
academic matters. But, there has been no response yet," he said.
The HEC's policies were dictatorial in nature and the commission's
establishment had seriously affected the autonomous status of
universities, Dr Hasnain said.
Raza Ali Khan, who represented
the staff association of the NED varsity, deplored what he termed
"anti-education attitude" of the government. He regretted that people,
who were unaware of the significance of education, were making national
Voicing similar sentiments, Nasir Abbas of the Urdu
varsity was of the view that the government decision was a conspiracy to
privatise the institutions of higher education and deny the right to
education to students belonging to the middle and lower-middle income
Meanwhile, classes remained suspended for two hours in
major public sector universities in the city. The protest will continue
on Friday when no classes will be held for similar hours.
Karachi University Employees Welfare Association, meanwhile, issued a
statement condemning what they called "an indifferent attitude" of the
government officials towards the financial woes of varsities. "This
mirrored the feudal mindset," the association said, reiterating the
demand for immediate release of funds so that academic activities could
resume in universities.
Post your comments
SU extends deadline for admission
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has extended deadline for
obtaining and submitting admission forms to Sept 30 in view of
difficulties being faced by candidates who belong to flood affected
The director of admissions said in a notification issued
on Thursday that last date for obtaining and submitting forms for
bachelors, masters (morning and evening) in all disciplines and
MS/M.Phil degree program had been extended to Sept 30.
deadline for admission to Sindh University Laar College Badin and Sindh
Universitys Mirpurkhas Campus had also been extended to Sept 30, it
The notification advised interested candidates to obtain
admission form from prescribed branches of Habib Bank or download it
from the university's website www.usindh.edu.pk
controller of examinations (annual) of the University of Sindh on
Thursday announced schedule for submission of examination forms for
postgraduate degree (college side) annual examination of 2009.
The controller Mohammad Nawaz Narejo said in a handout that deadline
date for submission of forms for M.A, M.Sc, M.Com previous and final had
been fixed as Oct 10 without late fee.
SU VC allows combined examinations
Hyderabad: The vice-chancellor of the University of Sindh has
allowed conduct of combined examinations (annual system) for the same
degree for regular and external candidates of various affiliate
colleges, according to a handout.
He took the decision in light of recommendations of the 17th meeting of Vice Chancellor's Executive Council, it said.
Post your comments
Many injured as students clash in QUEST
Nawabshah: A number of students of Quaid-e-Awam University of
Engineering, Science and Technology, Nawabshah, were injured in a clash
between two groups on Thursday.
Muslim Latif Bhutto, an
activist of Muslim Students Federation-Functional was seriously injured
as he received bullet injury in a clash between MSF-Functional and
Peoples Students Federation (Shaheed Bhutto) whereas few other students,
including Shahraiz Dehraj of PSF-Shaheed Bhutto, Darban Ali Panhwar,
Zainul Abideen Rajpar, Irfan and Amanullah were also injured during the
clash at the university premises.
The injured were removed to
Peoples Medical College Hospital where Muslim Latif Bhutto was referred
to Karachi due to his critical condition.
However, refusal of
providing ambulance from the hospital administration enraged the
students who later smashed the window pans of administration and other
blocks, broke down other furniture and misbehaved with the acting
medical superintendent and other staff. He was later taken to Karachi
through a private vehicle.
Panic and tension spread in the
university and a number of students living in the hostel left for their
homes. No FIR was lodged till the filing of this report. Dawn
Post your comments
Government plans tent schools for regular classes
Karachi: The Sindh government intends to establish tent schools for holding
regular classes that have been suspended for the last two months as
flood-affected people were staying in government school buildings
throughout the province.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah
informed this to a delegation of different United Nations organisations
which called upon him at the Chief Minister's House on Thursday.
delegation included Louis Georges Aresnault of United Nations
International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Dr Eric Laroche of World
Health Organisation (WHO) and David Kaatrud of World Food Program
According to an official handout, the chief minister
informed the delegation that most of the relief camps were established
in schools buildings and the government wanted to resume classes by
establishing schools in tents, for which the government needed tents at
He told the representatives that over 7 million
people have been affected in the province and underlined the need for
cooperation from the whole world as the government was facing
difficulties to rehabilitate the displaced population.
said the government needed water-purifying units to provide clean
drinking water to the flood affectees at relief camps and avoid the
spread of water-borne diseases.
The province, which depended on
agriculture, has suffered the worst damage to crops, including wheat,
rice, cotton, sugarcane and others, he said, adding that the whole
infrastructure has been destroyed.
The representatives of the UN
organisations assured the chief minister of their continued cooperation
in relief and rehabilitation of people.
The chief minister
appreciated the role played by world organisations and international
community for the rescue and relief of the flood-hit population. Daily times
Post your comments