DJ Science College - A majestic structure defaced
Karachi, Jan 18: The majestic sandstone domed structure of the DJ Science College stands tall in the heart of Saddar. Its graffiti-laden boundary wall, however, has become nothing but an eyesore for students and passersby alike.
A welcome message is smeared across the wall in black paint; 'Madr-e-Ilm ki dehleez pay naey anay walay bachon ko khushamdeed – Welcome all newcomers to the doors of knowledge.' The sign underneath reveals that the greeting is extended by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). A few steps away, a coaching centre advertises the facilities it offers.
Inside the gate, faded insignias of the 'APMSO' adorn the sand stone pillars. Attempts have been made to remove them, but have merely resulted in barely-visible signs and abhorrent white patches on the 19th century building.
"Wall chalkings on this beautiful heritage building are an enormous loss. The college building was designed by British architect James Strachan during the colonial era," said Dr Noman Ahmed, the chairperson of NED University's Department of Architecture.
"The unique sand stone building has 12 well-ventilated verandas, with domes to signify its skylight. The boundary wall was originally made of wrought iron. It not only added a touch of elegance to the entire structure but also ensured that building remained visible to passersby. It was converted to the present state much later and, to say the least, is nowhere near as elegant now," he added.
Constructed in 1887, the college building was a gift to the city by Sindhi businessman, Diwan Dayaram Jethmal, after whom the college was later named.
There was time when the college was dominated by several student political groups. Those were also the worst days borne by the college's ancient walls. "It was a fight for turf. Every student group would smear the walls with slogans. The next day, however, another group would paint its message over the rival's," said Prof Syed Maroof, who has taught in the college for thirty two years.
Things are relatively better now. Wall chalking is restricted to the outer boundary wall. Several attempts have been made to clean the actual buildings, mostly by whitewashing the black paint.
But Dr Ahmed laments that this is not the right way of cleaning up the historical structure. "Proper chemicals should be used to remove the paint. After the chemical is sprayed on, one can easily clean the paint with cotton."
When contacted, the IJT was surprised to learn that their workers had damaged the college building. "Students resort to such activities when they are frustrated. When the media does not highlight the students' problems, they write on walls to vent their feelings. However, in any case, we don't ever support such activities," said Sohaib Ahmed, an IJT spokesperson.
3,148 students appear for KU aptitude tests
Karachi: A total of 3,148 male and female students appeared for the University of Karachi's aptitude tests for admissions to BSSE BSCS Computer Science, BSC Honors Applied Physics and MBA evening programmes.
The aptitude test for BSSE BSCS Computer Science and MBA was held in the morning and that of applied physics at noon.
A monitoring team comprising Administration Director Dr Khalid Iraqi, Prof Dr Ansar Rizvi, Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Zaki, Dr Shabih ur Rehman and Prof Badar Sami kept strict vigil on the candidates. Six impersonators were caught and handed over to Rangers for disciplinary action. The university's administration had imposed a ban on the entry of all unauthorised to the test centre to prevent any untoward incident from occurring. The list of successful candidates would be issued on January 16.
The University of Karachi has announced two days' extension in the submission of improvement forms for the BCom improvement examinations. Candidates have been advised to submit the forms along with Rs2,700.
Food festival at Hamdard Public School
Karachi: Hamdard Public School on Friday organised a food mela on the occasion of the 94th birthday of Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Saeed, at its premises at the Bilawal Stadium, Madinat al Hikmah. The mela was held one week after his birthday due to winter holidays. Mutawallia of Hamdard Dr Mahum and Fatima uz Zehra were present on the occasion. "Hamdard Public School along with education to the students proper training is also being imparted in very civilised manner, which is commendable effort on the part of school," said Zubaida Tariq, the celebrity chef and chief guest of the festival. She prayed that this centre of education, morality, culture and character be lived for long, "This place and school is very deer to me and I wish that every child must study here for some time for character building, as well as education," she added. The news
Extension denial to SU VC explained
Hyderabad: The Hyderabad circuit bench of the Sindh High Court was informed on Thursday that the Sindh government had not given any advice to the chancellor to grant 'further extension' in service to the vice-chancellor of Sindh University, Dr Nazir A. Mughal.
Dr Riaz Ahmed Memon, secretary to the chief minister for universities and boards, stated in comments submitted to the court in reply to a constitutional petition filed by Dr Mughal that the incumbent VC had already completed two terms. Dr Mughal has challenged the government move to place advertisement for appointment of a new VC for SU.
Dr Mughal had remained VC from July 1995 to July 1999 in his first tenure and then again from January 2010 to January 2014 in the second term, he said.
The government had, therefore, advised the chancellor to relieve the VC and the post had already been advertised in the newspapers and a search committee had been tasked with selecting a new VC, he said.
He said the government had not given any advice for further extension in Dr Mughal's tenure. "Any extension without the government's advice is in violation of Article 105 of the Constitution as well as Supreme Court judgement," he said.
Dr Mughal claimed in the petition the Sindh government was terminating his service although he had already been given extension for two years. He urged the court to declare the search committee and its actions as illegal.
The court adjourned the case to Jan 30 with directives to respondents to maintain status quo. Dawn
Rs20m grant for Larkana Cadet College
Larkana: A grant of Rs20 million has been approved for the Cadet College.This was announced by the Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, at a ceremony at the college here on Monday. Shah emphasized the need for education to overcome the menace of terrorism and sectarianism. The chief minister said that the Cadet College in Larkana was the brainchild of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Earlier, the Principal of Cadet College, Lt-Col (Retd.) Iftikhar Hussain, presented the welcome address. The news
CNG cylinders in school vans
Karachi: All school owners have been advised to get CNG cylinders in their school vans tested from a reputed organisation within 15 days, said Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui on Thursday.
Speaking at a meeting attended by traffic police and transport department officials at his office, the commissioner directed them to carry out random checks on the vehicles from Feb 1 to see if CNG cylinders fitted in school vans had been tested from a known organisation.
He said that schools / their owners would be held responsible and stern action would be taken against them if vans transporting students of their schools did not have certified cylinders. He said that substandard and old cylinders must be replaced immediately. Dawn
Schoolteachers demand removal of education secretary
Karachi: Several primary schoolteachers from interior Sindh staged a sit-in outside the Sindh Secretariat on Monday against the provincial government and the education secretary, accusing them of not resolving their problems.
The teachers took out a rally from the Karachi Press Club to the secretariat. However, the protesters were intercepted by policemen in front of the assembly gate.
After a slight scuffle with the law enforcers, the demonstrators managed to successfully reach the Sindh Secretariat where they staged their sit-in.
All Sindh Primary Teachers Association (ASPTA) President Rafiq Jarwar demanded the Sindh government to immediately remove the education secretary because of his "anti-education steps".
Jarwar proposed 19 demands for the government. He said several of the demands were earlier put forward during meetings with Education Minister Nisar Khuhro and the education secretary and they had assured them that the demands would be met.
He claimed that despite the approval of demands seven months ago, the government had not shown any interest in implementing them.
Announcing some of the demands, Jarwar said the government should immediately promote to grade-16 those teachers who had completed 25 years of service.
He also demanded providing teaching allowances as announced in 2010, putting an end to teachers' pay cuts in summer and winter vacations, restoring the son quota, increasing medical allowances, opening all schools in urban and rural Sindh, reinstating increments stopped in 2001, increasing house rent and building a teachers' society.
ASPTA General Secretary Liaquat Ali Deedar told PPI in a phone interview that the sit-in concluded after they were assured by authorities at the Chief Minister House that their demands would be met.
Deedar claimed that Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah wanted to approve the demands of the teachers, but the education secretary was creating hindrances in this regard.
The general secretary said that if their demands were not met, they would stage hunger-strikes in all districts of the province from January 16 until their demands are met.
He said the teachers would not perform election duties until the approval of their demands. Similar protests were staged in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and other cities of the province, he added. The news