KU teachers protest over new law
Karachi, Sep 05: The Karachi University Teachers' Society has decided to suspend all educational activities on Thursday on the KU campus in protest against the passage of the Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2013. The decision to observe a strike was taken at the Kuts' general body meeting held on Wednesday morning, which was later announced at a press conference at the Staff Club.
The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (Fpuasa) had earlier given 15 days to the government to amend certain clauses seen by Fpuasa as an attempt to take away the autonomous status of universities. Speaking at the press briefing, Kuts president Dr Mutahir Ahmed deplored that the government supporting the provincial autonomy had usurped the autonomy of universities and had used words such as 'control' for managing university affairs in the 'controversial' law.
The aim of calling a Kuts general body meeting, he said, was to inform teachers about the consensus reached at the gathering of Fpuasa and to take them into confidence.
"It was also decided at the Fpuasa meeting that all universities were free to decide their own course of action on the law so the government was forced to review it," he said in reply to a question.
All university teachers, he said, were on the same page and there were no differences of opinion over the 'controversial clauses' of the law.
He also clarified that the issue of university admission policy was also discussed at the Fpuasa meeting and it was decided that the policy would be decided by the academic council of respective universities.
The society, he said, would challenge the law if negotiations with the government remained inconclusive.
"A meeting of our executive body would be held tomorrow whereas the six-member committee set up at the Fpuasa meeting would present its recommendations on the bill on Friday," he said, adding that Kuts was trying to meet the chief minister on the issue.
In reply to another question, he said classes missed on Thursday on account of the strike would be rescheduled next week.
Reiterating the stance of university teachers, he said that the teachers had strong reservations over the articles relating to transfer of powers to make key appointments - which were a prerogative of the university syndicate - to the government. The appointments included those of registrar, controller of examination, chief accountant, resident auditor, bursar and finance director.
He also called upon the government not to appoint retired people on administrative posts.
Kuts vice president Prof Dr Syed Jamil Hassan Kazmi and secretary Dr Haris Shoaib also spoke. Dawn
Two 'KU students' remanded in kidnapping for ransom bid case
Karachi: A young man and a woman, who claim to be students of the Karachi University, were remanded in police custody on Wednesday on a charge of attempting to kidnap a businessman for ransom.
The investigation officer told the Anti-Terrorism Court-I that Faisal Iqbal and Hina Siddiqui allegedly tried to abduct businessman Muhammad Azmat and demanded Rs500,000 in ransom near the mausoleum of the Quaid-e-Azam on Tuesday.
However, Azmat resisted and managed to escape to safety. He lodged an FIR with the Brigade police, saying that the suspects had established contact with him by phone.
The police arrested both the suspects on the same day. Iqbal and Siddiqui accused each other of planning the kidnap bid.
As the ATC-I remanded the two in police custody, Special Public Prosecutor Abdul Maroof requested judge Nadeem Raza Baloch to order that Siddiqui be kept at a women's police station and interrogated by policewomen.
The prosecutor contended that the Anti-Terrorism Act empowered the presiding officer to pass such orders in case the suspect was a woman.
The court granted the plea and directed the investigation officer to keep Siddiqui detained at the women's police station concerned. The next hearing is scheduled for September 7. The news
KU website hacked
Karachi: The official website of Karachi University (KU) was hacked, but data on the website remained safe, said a KU handout issued here on Friday.
It added that a day earlier hackers tried to hack the official website of Karachi University and later it was closed down. However, the hackers could not reach the data posted on the website.
The messages displayed by the hackers indicated that they belonged to India. "The website will be restored in 24 to 36 hours," it stated.
"The KU website is visited by about two million people every week," the handout added. ppi
KU students robbed in bus hold-up
Karachi: In a rare incident of campus bus hold-up in the metropolis, nearly half a dozen armed robbers on Tuesday morning got onto the moving vehicle of Karachi University in Orangi and deprived students of their cash and belongings at gunpoint, police and campus sources said.
They added that the university bus with around 50 students on board was on its way from Qasba to the campus when some five men got onto it near the Banaras bridge where the vehicle had slowed down due to potholes in the road.
Only three of the students, most of whom were carrying their semester fees, were boys, said KU students' adviser Prof Dr Ansar Rizvi.
The armed men held them hostage at gunpoint and started snatching cellular phones, cash and even documents from them, according to the students.
The adviser quoted the victims as saying that the robbers collected their mobile phones, handbags, money, books, university and national identity cards, USBs and an MP3 player before fleeing.
Shortly after the incident, the students staged a protest demonstration by making a human chain near Abdullah College on main Manghopir Road.
As a result, traffic remained suspended on the main road from 8.15am to 9.30am.
Dr Rizvi said that 50 students were on the bus when the incident took place. Of them, 15 were deprived of their personal belongings.
"There were only three boys on the bus at that time. With the exception of two students who went back home, all the victims reported the incident to the campus officials and lodged their complaints with the university authorities," he said.
As many of the students were carrying fees for the current semester, the university authorities had decided not to charge fees from them, he said.
"The university administration is shocked over the incident. We have never heard of such an incident before," Dr Rizvi said.
While there was a suggestion to change the route of university buses that passed through such areas after holding a discussion with students, the university for the time being decided to use vehicles whose door could be locked in trouble-hit areas, he said.
Names of the student victims and their departments: Amna Tabassum (geography), Rubab Aftab (Centre of Excellence for Women Studies), Lubna (General History), Uzma Lateef (Chemistry), Humna (Mathematics), Irfan-ul-Haq (Commerce), Shayan (Chemistry), Muneeba (Microbiology), Rida Naz (Commerce), Sehrish Atiq (Physics), Sehrish Hafeez (Chemistry), Aqeel Ahmed and Ali Hassan (both PhD students at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry).
The departments of Shehnila and Safiya, the two other victims, couldn't be immediately ascertained as they left for home soon after the incident, university officials said.
Pirabad SHO Abdul Moid said that five gunmen snatched cash, purses, mobile phones from the students.
He said that an FIR was later lodged against the unidentified robbers on the complaint of the students.
He quoted the students as saying that the armed men also 'misbehaved' with the girls that prompted them to stage a protest demonstration on the main road.
Orangi SP Chaudary Asad Ali said that some robbers had attempted to loot university students in the morning but they fled after snatching 'one or two mobile phones' from the students.
He said the protest demonstration later staged by students caused a traffic jam there for some time but a police party reached there and got the road cleared for traffic. Dawn
KU semester fee schedule
Karachi: The semester and examination fee can be deposited without any late fee up to October 31.This was announced by an official of the University of Karachi (KU) on Monday.With a late fee of Rs500 the Semester and Examination fee can be deposited from November 1 to 9. The news