KU illegal appointments | FUUAST lawlessness
KU challenges FIA inquiry into 'illegal' appointments
Karachi, Jan 22: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notices to the interior
secretary and the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency
on a Karachi University (KU) petition challenging an inquiry being
conducted by the agency into alleged illegal appointments in the
The university, through its deputy registrar
(legal), submitted in the petition that the Federal Investigation Agency
(FIA) had initiated the inquiry on basis of a frivolous complaint filed
by a former KU employee, which, it said, was beyond the jurisdiction of
The petitioner's counsel, Syed Mehmood Alam
Rizvi, informed the court that the FIA issued letters to the university
and its officials, mentioning that an inquiry had been initiated into
the alleged illegal appointments from grades 1 to 20, non-crediting of
university funds into a bank and the allotment of contracts.
said the KU management had been directed to provide a complete record
of all the appointments made by the university since January 2008, and
details of all pre-qualified contractors who were given various
contracts related to the university.
The counsel said that
despite several reminders, the FIA provided the KU management neither a
copy of the complaint nor any relevant record on the basis of which the
probe had been initiated.
He submitted that the issuance
of notices to the KU and its officials on the basis of a frivolous
complaint amounted to harassing the university officials although the
auditor general of Sindh had conducted an audit of the university.
said all matters with regard to appointments, promotions and dismissals
of employees or other affairs would be dealt with strictly in
accordance with the law; therefore, the FIA had no jurisdiction to
initiate an investigation against the employees of the university.
the interior secretary and the director general and the deputy director
general of the FIA as respondents, the counsel prayed to the SHC to
quash the inquiry, and restrain the respondents from harassing the
management of the university.
A division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, issued notices to the respondents and called their comments. The news
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BIEK exams rescheduled
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi
on Monday announced fresh dates for all postponed exams of Part-II
groups and supplementary exams for special students along with
certificate in teaching and primary teaching course for the academic
year of 2012.
According to a notification issued by the board, the exams postponed
on Jan 3 will now be held on Jan 22 and those postponed on Jan 14 and
Jan 18 will be held on Jan 23 and Jan 24, respectively. The timings and
venues will remain the same nonetheless. Dawn
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When a varsity campus becomes a lawless town
Karachi: The semester examinations at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
and Technology's (Fuuast) Maulvi Abdul Haq Campus should have been over
by January 10.
But come 22nd, and its students are still unsure as to when will they be jotting down answers on their sheets.
examinations that began on December 15 were disrupted by a rowdy
student group affiliated with a political party. They harassed teachers
and students while forcing the university's administration to stop the
"They thrashed Dr Ashraf Khurram, a
professor who stood up to them during the paper scheduled on Tuesday," a
member of the Fuuast administration said requesting anonymity.
When the students who were sitting their examinations tried to interfere, they too were beaten up.
students then marched from the examination centre to the Karachi Press
Club, where they staged a sit-in and solved their question papers on the
footpath in protest.
The hooligans had torn the students' examination copies and forced them to leave the examination centre.
were the students who beat up a senior teacher rusticated, nor handed
over to police for their rowdy behaviour at the campus.
A scared administration
troublemaking students are backed by political parties and the
university's administration is too scared to take any action against
them," the member of the administration said.
teachers at the campus said that the group wanted the semester
examinations postponed as the degree classes' annual examinations had
not been conducted till that time.
Although both issues
were separate, but the management of the campus caved in to demand of
the hooligans and postponed the semester examinations for 10 days, they
The Fuuast administration had announced that the
examinations would resume from January 1. However, the group interfered
again and the administration kept announcing new dates.
semester examinations were supposed to be concluded within two or three
weeks because the campus lacks enough space to conduct several papers
on a single day.
The teachers said only one paper a day was scheduled for the students of the university's various departments.
the examinations proceeded as scheduled, the students would have been
enjoying their semester break after the announcement of their results.
The teachers are under great stress and the students and their parents
are also annoyed by the delay.
New admissions at the
campus have also declined as the activities of political parties'
student wings there have spoiled its image.
claimed that the student groups have harassed teachers and students on
several occasions, but the administration was totally helpless against
A VC-less university
Speaking on the
issue, the Anjuman-e-Asatiza (teachers' association) of Fuuast said the
university had no vice chancellor for the past 10 months.
The vice chancellor of the University of Karachi has been looking after its affairs.
It said such matters could only be addressed if the university had its own vice chancellor.
When contacted, the controller of examinations at Fuuast, Professor Dr Waqar-ul-Haq, came up with foggy replies to the queries.
dodged the actual issue and blamed the law and order situation in the
city for the delay in the semester examinations at the campus.
have heard some student group created trouble at the campus during the
exams, but I am sure that the issue will not delay the exams further and
the papers will conclude in the near future," he said.
Haq added the university's departments were responsible for scheduling papers and managing the examinations.
When tried to contact the acting vice chancellor of Fuuast,
Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser, he did not respond to the phone calls. The news
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4th literature festival from Feb 15
Karachi: The fourth three-day Karachi literature festival will begin at Beach Luxury Hotel on Feb 15.
To be held under the auspices of the Oxford University Press, the festival would be open from 10am to 6.30pm. app
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Disturbances at Larkana college MBBS students move court for reholding of two papers
Larkana: A group of MBBS final (10th semester)
students on Monday filed a constitutional petition in the Sindh High
Court seeking reconvening of the Dec 7, 2012 surgery and medicine papers
at the Chandka Medical College (CMC).
The group of 121 students through their counsel, Babu Sarfraz Jatoi,
filed the petition in the Larkana circuit stating that they had appeared
in the medicine-I and surgery-II papers but some miscreants entered the
examination hall and became embroiled in a dispute with the college
The petitioners said that their answer sheets were not only snatched
but were also torn up in the presence of invigilators and other staff.
They further stated that the respondents - the CMC principal, vice
principal and LUMHS (Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences)
controller of examinations for undergraduate studies, and the Higher
Education Commission - had assured them that the papers would be
convened afresh within the next few days.
They apprehended that they would now be made to take supplementary examination.
The petitioners submitted that most of the affected students had been
passing the past semesters with flying colours and some of them were
They said that the results of supplementary exam might ruin their academic career.
The petitioners prayed the court to direct the respondents to hold
the papers afresh and restrain them from announcing the results of the
MBBS 10th semester exam for the year 2012-13 without reconvening the
medicine-I and surgery-II papers.
According to the counsel, the petition would come up for hearing before a division bench on Wednesday.
Two students rusticated for six months
The disciplinary committee probing the tearing up of candidates'
answer sheets during the Dec 7 papers has decided to rusticate two MBBS
final year students (batch 36) for a period of six months from the
college and issue a warning to three other students for creating serious
trouble during the examination.
The committee was headed by CMC principal Prof Dr Asadullah Mahar,
Prof Dr Khursheed Abbasi, director academics, and Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed
Shaikh, head of the pharmacology department, being its other members.
A spokesman for the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU)
said in a press release issued here on Monday said that the committee
decided to rusticate Mohammed Suhail Sarki and Majid Ali Gorar for a
period of six months in accordance with the clause 1(IV) a:9 and b:2-3
of the prospectus and issue a warning to Rohal Khan Khoso, Abdul Hameed
Sarki and Taufeeq Ahmed Khoso as per the clause 16 (IV) a: 2 and 9 of
"The inquiry report will be sent to the Liaquat University of Medical
and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, and it is now the prerogative of the
LUMHS management to decide about the fate of the students," Prof Abbasi
He said that CMC vice principal Prof Dr Sher Muhammed Shaikh
submitted his report about the incident on Dec 8 and the principal
through a letter dated Dec 15 and addressed to the LUMHS controller of
examinations recommended reconvening of the two papers (medicine-I and
surgery-II). The principal again submitted a detailed report to the
SBBMU vice chancellor on Dec 20, he added.
"Now, the LUMHS has to decide about the fate of the affected students," he said. Dawn
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