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 university.
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 agency.
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.
He 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.
He 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.
Citing 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
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
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.
The 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 examinations.
"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.
The 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.
Neither 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
"Those 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.
Some senior 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 added.
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.
The 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.
Had 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.
The teachers claimed that the student groups have harassed teachers and students on several occasions, but the administration was totally helpless against them.
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.
He dodged the actual issue and blamed the law and order situation in the city for the delay in the semester examinations at the campus.
"I 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
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
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 administration.
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 position-holders.
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 prospectus.
"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 said.
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