A new university without 'objects and reasons'?
Karachi, March 02: Without any "objects and reasons", which is necessary to show why legislation is tabled, the Jinnah Sindh Medical University Bill is "illegal", according to Syed Sardar Ahmed.
"Another black chapter was written today," declared the Muttahida Qaumi Movement parliamentary leader while talking to the media outside the Sindh Assembly. The bill had been pending for the past 15 days but the treasury introduced a new bill all of a sudden, Ahmed said.
"Our main objection is that the syndicate of the proposed university should be empowered [for admission] and not the government or the chief minister," said Faisal Subzwari. "This is an academic institute not a political institution!"
"The bill was presented through an undemocratic and uncivilised way," he claimed. "We are not against the university but the mindset, which wants to control the university."
There were 40 clauses in the bill which was withdrawn but only 20 in the new bill, Ahmed said.
Govt university, govt's will
"This is a government university and the government will determine the admission policy," declared Sharjeel Memon, the information minister, who claimed that the bill copies were given to all legislators.
The Daud university bill passed on Wednesday also contained the same clause, he added. The university was being set up in Karachi and it was "incomprehensible" why the MQM was opposing it, said Memon. National People's Party legislator Arif Mustafa Jatoi said the previous bill stated that Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, National Institute Of Cardio Vascular Diseases and National Institute of Child Health would be affiliated with the new university but the new bill was silent about the affiliation of these medical institutions.
SHC CJ seeks comments on 'illegal sale of govt school buildings'
Karachi: The chief justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC), Justice Mushir Alam, on Thursday took notice of a report published in The News a day earlier about the alleged illegal sale of the buildings of 126 government school.
The chief justice (CJ) directed the chief secretary, the education secretary and the administrator of the Karachi Municipal Corporation to file comments in three days.
The News published the report on Wednesday regarding the alleged illegal sale of the school buildings to private parties which had little or nothing to do with education.
The report stated that land earmarked for the government schools was given to investors at the behest of officers of the provincial education and law departments in different parts of the city.
Plea against Sindh HEC
The SHC issued notices to the attorney general of Pakistan, the advocate general of Sindh, the Higher Education Commission and others on a petition challenging the constitution of the Sindh Higher Education Commission by the provincial government.
Dr Attaur Rehman and PML-N leader Marvi Memon have assailed the Sindh Higher Education Commission Act 2013, submitting that the act was unconstitutional.
They said the HEC was the exclusive domain of the federal legislature, and neither the provincial government nor the provincial assembly could make any law that was governed under the fourth schedule of the Constitution.
They further contended that no law could be promulgated which was contained in the federal consolidated list after the deletion of the concurrent list, while the function of the HEC could not be usurped by the province.
They submitted that the Supreme Court had already decided that the HEC was a federal subject and was protected under the constitutional provision mentioned under the federal legislative list; therefore, any act on part of the Sindh government against the dictum laid down by the Supreme Court was unlawful and liable to be quashed forthwith unless a fresh piece of legislation was formulated by the federal government.
A division bench headed, by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, observed that since the matter related to vires of legislation, notices be issued to the attorney general, the advocate general, the cabinet secretary and others, and the matter be fixed with identical matters already pending before the SHC.
PU schedule for admission
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission forms for BS 4-Year Programme, First Semester Examination, 2013.
Last date for submission of admission forms for exam with single fee is 11-03-2013 while forms can be submitted with double fee till 15-03-2013.
Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department has announced the results of BEd. (Special Needs) supplementary examination (session 2010-11) and annual examination (session 2011-12).
Teachers Front sweeps PU election
Lahore: Punab University's Teachers Front, the pro-administration group, clean swept the varsity's Academic Staff Association (ASA) annual election for the year 2013 held on Thursday.
Dr Ahsan Sharif (Chemistry Department) of Teachers Front defeated his Academic Group rival Dr Khalid Mahmood (Library Science Department) on president's seat with 303 and 193 votes, respectively.
Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry (Institute of Education & Research) defeated Abdul Majid Khan Rana from the IER on Vice President (Arts) seat with 318-253 votes while Dr Fahim Aftab (Institute of Education & Research) defeated Dr Asmatullah of Zoology Department on Vice President (Science) seat with 315-254 votes.
Javed Sami of Space Science Department defeated Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar of Law College with 362-172 votes. Maleeha Azmi Agha and Sardar Asghar (Old Campus) were elected while Amna Umer Cheema, Dr Nayyab Jabbar, Sonia Umer, Dr Amir Hashmi and Mudassar Azam (New Campus) were elected executive committee's members.
PhD: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degree to Abdul Majid s/o Muhammad Ibrahim in the subject of South Asian Studies.
Government College University (GCU) has also awarded PhD degree to Muhammad Shoaib Shah in the field of Physics. Meanwhile, PU has declared the result of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) 3rd Prof Annual Examination 2012. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
PU student kidnapped
Gujrawala: A student of the Punjab University was allegedly kidnapped by unknown people on Friday. Usman, a resident of Usmania Road, had gone to the PU for studies but did not return home till evening. His cell phone has also been turned off. On the complaint his father Muhammad Tariq, the Model Town police have started investigations.
BISE Lahore scholarships
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, on Thursday announced scholarships for 32 students who passed 2012 Annual Matriculation Examination.
In a press release, a BISE spokesman said out of total 32 scholarships 30 would be given to teachers' sons/daughters and two would be given to special children. The forms would be accepted till March 16, 2013. The news