Karachi University irregularities
Karachi, Jan 07: A representative of a non-governmental organisation on Saturday moved the Supreme Court for an inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) into alleged irregularities in Karachi University (KU) affairs.
Mohammad Zahid Maqsood filed a petition with the Karachi Registry of the apex court, saying that several alleged irregularities had been committed in the affairs of the university with regard to appointments, out-of-turn promotions, confirmation of employees and forced removal of employees from service.
He submitted that as many as 700 persons had been appointed in sheer violation of the University of Karachi Act 1972 though the federal government had imposed a ban on appointments, while posts of associate professor and professors had been filled on a political basis.
The petitioner alleged that several employees had been removed from service illegally by the university administration.
He said that the national exchequer suffered losses of million of rupees due to the irregularities, and prayed to the court to direct NAB to conduct an inquiry into the illegal appointments, out-of-turn promotions and misappropriation of KU funds as per the auditor's report. The news
KU reschedules B.Com exam timings
Karachi: The University of Karachi announced on Saturday that the examinations of BCom from January 6 to 12 would be held in morning from 10am to 1pm. Daily times
Course on molecular medicine at KU
Karachi: The 4th International Symposium-Cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research will begin from January 7 and continue till 10 at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU).
Over 350 scientists, including 30 researchers, from 15 countries will be attending the international event, organised by the Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), KU. Director ICCBS Prof Dr Iqbal Choudhary stated this on Friday while presiding over a meeting of the symposium's organising committee held at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, KU. He said the aim of the event was to develop understanding and appreciation of this emerging field (Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) in Pakistan, to bring together leading experts in the field of molecular medicine.
The inaugural ceremony of the event will be held on Monday at 9:00am at the Prof Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium-ICCBS. KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser will inaugurate the symposium while Coordinator General COMSTECH and former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman will be the guest of honour on the occasion.
Besides, KU Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Managing Trustee Muhammad Hussain Punjwani Trust Nadra Punjwani and Dr Asmat Saleem will also express their views in the inaugural ceremony. Choudhary said, "The scientific programme of the symposium will include plenary and invited lectures by eminent scientists and poster presentations by young scholars from 15 countries of the world. The training sessions will focus on developing concepts of molecular medicines and its applications in understanding diseases at the molecular levels. These sessions will be conducted by international experts."
NTS announces HST results
Karachi: The National Testing Service (NTS) on Saturday announced the results of recruitment test conducted for the post of Higher School Teachers (HSTs) under the Reform Support Unit (RSU) Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh.
According to the NTS official, 7,464 male candidates appeared in the HST-General test and 2,697 managed to clear it and 7,323 female candidates appeared of which 1,503 candidates were declared passed.
In the HST-Science category, 1,409 male candidates appeared and only 236 cleared the test whereas 2,145 female candidates appeared and 250 candidates cleared the written test, the NTS official said. He further said that overall 18,341 candidates appeared of which 4,686 candidates passed the test. The news
SALU seeks Rs202 million
Khairpur: Participants in a meeting of the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) have appealed to the Sindh chief minister to release Rs311 million as grant-in aid to meet the financial deficit of Rs202 millions faced by the varsity.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Parveen Shah presided over the meeting held to review the financial matters of the university on Saturday.
Dr Parveen Shah briefed the meeting that the university was facing a financial deficit of Rs202 million. "We paid the salaries of employees last month by taking a Rs75 million bank loan. The Higher Education Commission is reluctant to release the third quarter of its grant. We have to increase our own resources to generate funds."
The VC directed sectional heads that part time allowance of the university officers should be decreased, affiliation fees of colleges increased and admission seats of M. Phil/MS, PhD and B. Ed and M. Ed be increased.
The meeting was attended by director of Shikarpur Campus, deans of various faculties of the university, director finance, registrar, controller of examinations, director planning and development, director admissions, and other officers. Dawn
Book on Ali Brothers launched at SSUET
Karachi: Eminent speakers highlighted the struggle steered by Ali Brothers during the freedom movement at a ceremony organised at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) in connection with the launch of book on 'Ali Brothers'.
The function was presided over by Engr Adil Usman, Member SSUET Board of Governors and Vice-President Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association.
The voluminous book was written by Khalid Ali, a senior Aligarhian, now settled in the US. The launching ceremony coincided with the Jauhar Day, which is observed on January 4 every year.
The author acquired his education from Aligarh Muslim University, where he was elected as Union's general secretary in 1945 and later also in the Provincial Muslim League Council. He also served as Attaché of Pakistan in various countries.
After migration, he served English daily Dawn in Karachi besides in the ISPR for some time. He started his career as a journalist and worked in the Associated Press of India and later Dawn Delhi and London.
In his address, Khalid Ali described Ali Brothers as shining stars of the hopes for Muslims of South Asia and their political acumen and talent was also mentioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mahatama Gandhi.
He said the struggle waged by Ali Brothers for the establishment of a separate homeland for the Muslims of South Asia had been a ray of hope and inspiration in the darkness.
Prof Afsar Sultana described the book as the most important and valuable contribution, highlighting the personalities of Jauhars and their achievements and discussed the condition of Muslims in India at that time as well as events taking place during the independence movement.
Azad Bin Hyder said that Khalid Ali had done a great favour to the history of sub-continent by writing that book, which could be described a master piece among the books written so far since 1947. ppi
FUUAST VC issue hits education activities
Karachi: The imbroglio for the selection of vice chancellor Federal Urdu University of Arts Science & Technology (FUUAST) has still not been resolved due to multifarious conspiracies, leading to impediments in routine operational matters of the varsity.
As per details, on 10 January 2011, Muhammad Qaiser of FUUAST was appointed new VC of the University of Karachi, however, he was also directed to perform additional duty as FUUAST VC till the appointment of new VC.
Later, an advertisement for FUUAST VC appointment was issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) after a delay of one month. Almost 48 candidates applied for the position of VC from all over Pakistan. Following the advertisement, first search committee meeting for VC was held in Islamabad, where candidates were short listed and eventually, 12 of them were called for interview and presentation at the Governor House, Karachi.
The Convener of Search Committee was Chairman HEC Dr Javed Laghari.
Four candidates were short listed, who were Dr Altaf Hussain former VC Allama Iqbal Open University, Dr Moinuddin of FUUAST, Dr Zafar Iqbal Dean of Arts Faculty KU and Dr Shahid Mehboob of Faislabad Agriculture University.
Later on, a senate meeting of FUUAST was held in which aforementioned names were discussed. The meeting selected best three of them and ousted Dr Shahid Mehboob through voting and sent remaining names to the Presidency for final selection on July 29, 2011.
FUUAST teaching and non-teaching staff was waiting for final selection and for their new VC, but suddenly HEC Chairman Dr Javed Laghari raised an issue by sending letter to the Presidency and levelled objections on final names. His objection on last moments created a difficult environment at the university.
After one-month, another advertisement was issued by HEC for FUUAST VC appointment on October 26, which disturbed everyone as there was no limitation of age and PhD restriction in new advertisement, which was also against the charter of HEC.
However, again 38 candidates applied for the post, meanwhile, a letter was also issued from the Presidency to Dr Laghari in which he was directed to complete process by December 5, but he failed to submit final names to the Presidency within stipulated time. But this time, Laghari short listed applicants and called seven of them for interview without scrutiny. An interesting fact was witnessed that those rejected in the earlier interviews were also incorporated in the list of second selection.
However, after interviews four names were
finalised that were Dean Arts KU Dr Zafar Iqbal; former Dean of Islamic
Learning KU Dr Shams Uddin, Registrar FUUAST Dr Kamarul Haq and former
VC Islamic University Prof Fatah Malik.
Senate meeting conducted interviews, which sent the names of three best candidates to the Presidency yet again on December 29, 2011. The senate ousted the name of Fatah Malik from the list.
However, objection was again raised and some of HEC officials demanded to include name of Fatah Mailk but later this demand was rejected.
FUUAST Teachers Association Vice
President Syed Tahir Ali said that HEC Chairman Laghari did
not play positive role throughout the issue, and he was the responsible
for such deal. "For sake of personal interest some people are also
creating rifts in the final selection of VC," he said.
Ali further asserted that FUUAST senate members were also responsible for issue because they did not take stand on the right time.
"Letters of the Presidency for first three names rejection were received by unconcerned person of the FUUAST, however, it should have been sent to chairman of senate," he expressed. There were no solid reasons over rejection by the Presidency in first process of names, he said.
He further said that Muhammad Qaiser completed his tenure in FUUAST but never ever had done any affective work or plan in favour of the varsity and now his attention was totally towards KU, which was ultimately affecting the academic activities at the varsity as minor issues were pending for last 12 months.
FUUAST Student, Farid Sani, commented that due to absence of VC, academic activities at the university had badly been affected. He termed the whole issue as a conspiracy to spoil reputation of the varsity. He said that relevant authorities wanted to appoint VC on nepotism basis and unfortunately some of university members were also involved in it.
Despite several attempts, HEC Chairman could not be contacted. Sources told that the process initiated under merit for VC selection might be called off again due to political pressure. Daily times