KU forms schedule
Karachi, Feb 04: Karachi University announced on Sunday that enrolment forms for LLB and LLM for 2012-13 may be submitted in colleges concerned with a Rs1,500 enrolment fee by Feb 28. After the deadline, additional Rs750 will be charged, said a notification issued on Sunday.
It also said Feb 4 was the last date for obtaining admission forms for BA, BSc and BCom from colleges. The forms may be submitted from Feb 6 to Feb 27 with a Rs500 fee. ppi
SU situation limping back to normal
Hyderabad: The Sindh University syndicate on Sunday discussed the situation arising out of the week-long agitation by members and supporters of an association claiming to be representing a large number of university employees, and decided to turn down demands for the removal of the SU registrar or any other official.
The meeting, chaired by SU vice chancellor Dr Nazir A. Mughal, constituted a committee and asked leaders of the agitating employees to sort out their issues with the committee.
The Sindh University Employees-workers Association (Sewa) has been spearheading a campaign for about five-six weeks to press the provincial government and the SU administration to remove the registrar, Mohammad Nawaz Narejo, and accept the charter of demands it has put forward to the administration. The campaign turned violent on Tuesday when police moved into the campus and tried to disperse participants in a sit-in held outside the administration block. A senior police officer and several other people were injured in the ensuring clash between police and agitators. Fourteen employees were booked and arrested after the clash.
The syndicate meeting was attended by Rais Ahmed Khan, Advocate Jhamat Jethanand, Dr Anwer Ali G. Syed, Dr Sarfraz Solangi, Dr Ghulam Murtaza Mastoi, Imran Halepoto, Badar Soomro, Dr Mumtaz Bhutto, Dr Asad Larik, Prof Dr Abdul Sattar Ansari, Mohammad Nawaz Narejo and Dr Imdad Ismaeli.
Observing that a dialogue with leaders of the agitating employees was in the best interest of the university, the meeting constituted a five-member committee comprising Prof Anwer Ali G. Syed (convener) Dr Sarfraz Solangi, Dr Ghulam Murtaza Mastoi, Imran Halepoto and Dr Imdad Ismaili and said a decision regarding the employees' grievances would be taken in the light of the committee's recommendations.
The committee was directed to submit its recommendations in the next meeting of the syndicate to be held in the last week of the current month.
The meeting also resolved to maintain a peaceful atmosphere on the campus through a cordial relationship between the administration and the employees.
The vice chancellor told the media after the meeting that all legitimate demands of the protesting employees would be considered but blackmailing through agitation was not acceptable. Regarding cases against SU employees, Mr Mughal said that some of the agitators attacked and injured policemen on the campus and also tried to disrupt water supply and point buses operation by indulging in violent acts. The law should take its course, he added.
Most of Sewa leaders have gone into hiding to avoid arrest after they were booked in cases pertaining to creating a law and order situation, attacking police personnel, disrupting water supply to the SU campus and employees' residential colony etc. The 14 agitators arrested after the Tuesday clash have already been remanded in judicial custody. Dawn
Preston University to hold 14th convocation
Karachi: Preston University is going to hold its 14th convocation on Wednesday, 06th February, 2013 at a local hotel.
According to a release of the university, as many as 1000 students are expected to attend this mega event. The programme would include awarding degrees in various disciplines, while medals, including patron, rector and sponsor medals on the basis of outstanding academic performance, will also be awarded to the students, who showed outstanding performence.
Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan would be the chief guest at the convocation. Chancellor Preston University Dr Abdul Basit and other prominent figures of education sector would attend the event. This ceremony will be attended by the students who have graduated between semesters summer 2006 to 2012. Daily times
Fate of over 1,500 schools hangs in the balance
Dadu: The Integrated Education Learning Programme (IELP), one of the biggest initiatives of the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), has been facing financial trouble since last year.
Even though funds for the programme were promised by the Sindh chief minister and provincial education minister, they haven't been received yet, trapping around 1,500 schools between a rock and a hard place.
In 2009, over 1,500 low-cost schools were established in 23 districts of the province under public-private partnership. They were set up by private individuals or social organisations on a 16-month contract. The SEF and the provincial education department had promised to release funds in the shape of second grant on the condition that the programme had to be successful.
In a meeting of Sindh IELP school operators held in Bhan Saeedabad town of Jamshoro district on Sunday, it was said that 8,000 teachers in these schools had not been paid for the past eight months.
The IELP meeting was also attended by teachers and community members while Community Development Council executive director Ibrahim Maznani, and heads more than 30 different civil society organisations also attended the meeting under the aegis of the Indus Rural Research Development Organization and the Community Development Network.
The schools operators demanded that funds be released immediately by the Sindh finance department so that the process of educating poor children in remote districts of Sindh could continue.
Participants in the meeting said that a meeting of the SEF board of directors was held on August 24, 2012. The Sindh chief minister presided over the meeting while provincial education minister also attended it. The participants said that it had been decided that the schools being run under the IELP would be regularised and registered by the Sindh education department.
However, they said, seven months had passed since the meeting but no financial support had been extended and this was worrying the school entrepreneurs, teachers and also students. If the funds were not transferred soon, warned participants, it will cause panic among the stakeholders who will not be able to sustain the schools risking the education of more than 250,000 children in the province.
School owners said that they had leased land and constructed rooms and washrooms in their schools according to the SEF requirements. They said that they had visited peoples' houses to create awareness regarding education but when the project had become to get popular among the people, its funds were stopped. They owners said that they hadn't received funds from July 2012.
School owners and teachers appealed to the chief minister, provincial education minister and the education secretary to take necessary action and release funds immediately. Dawn