Sindh University clashes | KU honour Prof Shahana

'Armed' group keeps SU closed for two days
Hyderabad, Sept 25: Academic activities at Sindh University remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as a group of activists describing themselves as the 'People's Students Federation-Baghi' forced closure of faculties and did not let the point buses operate over entry of a Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz leader to the university a day earlier.

PSF-B chief Imran Brohi said he believed that JSQM leader Zohaib Qureshi was involved in the murder of a PSF-B activist Lala Ramees Sohag in an armed attack that also caused bullet wounds to Mr Brohi.

The PSF-B leader said he approached the SU registrar and requested him to ensure that Mr Qureshi did not enter the campus and the official promised to see to it.

The PSF-B enforced a boycott of classes on Tuesday alleging that the university administration wanted to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere on the campus. Point buses did not operate and all faculties remained closed on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Sindh University Teachers' Association (Suta) on Tuesday convened a special meeting of its executive council on the issue of recent academic disturbance on the campus.

Suta acting president Asghar Burfat chaired the meeting, which noted that the unrest was being caused by a handful of activists led by Imran Brohi. It also noted that Mr Brohi objected to Mr Qureshi's entry to the campus during JSQM's education rally on Monday.

The meeting observed that Mr Brohi leading members of his group stopped point buses at gunpoint on Monday in order to prevent Mr Qureshi from entering the university. All academic activities remained suspended as a result. However, the group failed in its attempt and Mr Qureshi did manage to enter the campus along with participants in the rally. The Baghi group continued to enforce a boycott of academic activists on Tuesday.

The meeting recalled that only a few days back some other students, also associated with Mr Brohi, were seen involved in firing at the commerce and political science departments and they misbehaved with faculty members.

"Suta condemns these acts of barbarism and incapability of SU administration to deal with goons. It is disappointing that a handful of goons held the university hostage.

The university administration along with police, Rangers and internal security failed to provide a secure transportation to students and employees," the Suta executive council said.

It said that the dual nationality-holder SU vice-chancellor was spending more time in Karachi and abroad than at the university. It regretted that the university administer had not evolved a strategy to prevent disturbances that had been occurring on the campus frequently. "The alleged links of Mr Brohi with ISI officials indicate that it is a deliberate effort of state agencies to cause disturbance at the SU just to settle their political scores."

The Suta council said it believed that peaceful protest was a right of every individual and association but protest enforced at gunpoint was indeed an act of terrorism and the SU must take disciplinary action against those responsible for such disturbances. It requested all stakeholders to play their role in restoring peaceful academic activities on the campus and eliminating external political inference.

According to a university spokesman, classes were held but attendance of students remained thin due to an announcement of strike.

He said that administrative staff also attended the campus but students did not turn up in the required number after the strike call. He said that a students' group had given a strike call.

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SALU workers protest
Khairpur: Office-bearers and members of the Shah Abdul Latif University Employees Welfare Association (SALUEWA) Khairpur observed a token strike for about two hours on Tuesday in support of their demands.

According to a press release, they marched on the university premises and staged a protest demonstration in front of the administration block and the VC's office.

Protesters alleged that the university had budget for luxurious activities, but it had no money to fulfil workers' demands for leave encashment, promotion, health policy and other facilities.

They said they had been struggling for resolution of workers problems, but the commitments made with them always proved fake. Dawn

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KU to honour Prof Shahana Urooj Kazmi
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) will hold an academic reference in honour of its former dean for Science faculty, Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi on Thursday. On the occasion reference will also be arranged for Associate Prof Dr Mujeeb Ahmad of the Geology department.Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser will preside over the session, said a KU official on Monday.

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HEC receives complaint against 3 teaching staff members
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has received a written complaint against three teaching staff members - two from Islamia College Peshawar and one from Sarhad University - for their alleged involvement in plagiarism regarding an article and the relevant department is likely to start probe into the case in next couple of days, and likely to give clean chit to the accused, the sources informed on Monday.

In his letter sent to HEC, Dr. Hussain Farooq said the act of plagiarism has been done by the two teaching staff members of Islamia College Peshawar, Department of Islamic Theology, along with one staff member of Department of Education, Sarhad University, Peshawar.

The letter stated, "The research article was first published in 'The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences' in March 1988 and now the same article is again published in the 'Biannual Research Journal 'Al-Idah' in June 2013."

According to more details, Two staff members published a paper in the 'Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. VI' in 1998 on "Blood and Flesh in Quran and Science." The main accused was Assistant Professor in Islamiyat at that time in Islamia College Peshawar and he became Associate Professor (Grade-20) taking benefit of this article and later in February 2010 he became Professor (Grade-21).

He published the same article in 'Al-Idah, Vol. 26' June 2013 and even removed the name of first co-author. He included the name of his brother, who is assistant professor of education, and his colleague in the same paper.

The complainant has maintained that it is the worst case of plagiarism to publish your own paper where you were co-author and include the name of those who were even not matriculated when this paper was wrote initially in 1998.

Interestingly, the main accused admitted and submitted an affidavit stating that he made the plagiarism but requested not to be punished for this illegal activity.

He further stated in the letter, "I request in your kind honour that the plagiarism is an intellectual theft which is very unethical and immoral, so, necessary action may please be taken against them as per HEC Plagiarism Policy."

The sources said HEC is preparing a summery to give clean chit to the accused, having alleged sympathies of a director.They added that awarding indemnity to the accused would dent trust of researchers and educationists in HEC.

When contacted an official of Quality Assurance Department of HEC said they have zero tolerance for plagiarism and whenever any complaint is submitted to them in this respect they launch a thorough probe and if any one found guilty action is taken against him irrespective of his/her status or slot.

"We have received a complaint against three teachers of two universities and we would probe the issue thoroughly in line with the existing rules and procedures. At the moment we cannot say anything but we assure that if found guilty actions would be taken against these teachers," he said.

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ICMAP sets up campus in Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi: ICMA Pakistan President Zia ul Mustafa Awan along with National Council members and Islamabad Branch Council inaugurated yet another state of the art campus of ICMA Pakistan Rawalpindi to provide cost and management accountancy learning to the underprivileged, deserving and needy students especially in the neighborhood, says a press release.

Speaking on the occasion, ICMAP president highlighted, "The opening of ICMAP Rawalpindi Campus demonstrates our commitment to develop this campus as a center of excellence for accountancy education and with professional training and grooming gained by the students here will certainly make them thorough professionals with in-depth understanding of the field". The other speakers on the occasion envisioned that the campus in Rawalpindi would prove to be a big education hub of accountancy in Pakistan. The news

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Spelling Bee contest starts in Skardu
Skardu: The 9th Dawn in Education Spelling Bee Competition 2013 started in Skardu and competitions for children in the age groups of 9-11 and 12-14 were held on Tuesday. The competition for the age group 15-17 will be held on Wednesday (today) at the Mashabrum Hotel, Skardu.

According to a press release, over 200 children from nearly 30 schools of Skardu district are participating in the competitions despite security issues.

On Sept 24 the children competed in the age groups of 9 to 11 and 12 to 14.

Details of the winners of each group and their schools, who shall be participating in the Regional Championship of Dawn in Education Spelling Bee Competition Islamabad 2013, are as follows:

AGE GROUP 9-11: Skardu Regional Champion of 9-11 is Zuhair Ahmed from Pepper Dine Schools Network, Boys Campus, Skardu; 1st runner-up is Mohammad Danial from Pepper Dine Schools Network, Boys Campus, Skardu; and the second runner-up is Shehnawaz Haider from Uswa Public School and College, Boys Campus, Skardu.

AGE GROUP 12-14: Skardu Regional Champion of 12-14 is Filza Ayub Wazir from Pepper Dine Schools Network, Girls Campus, Skardu; 1st runner-up is Wazir Ahmed Salman from Pepper Dine Schools Network, Boys Campus, Skardu; and second runner-up is Abida Parveen from Pepper Dine Schools Network, Girls Campus, Skardu.

According to the statement, the 15-17 age group competition is expected to take place on Wednesday and the winners will be announced soon. Dawn

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