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HYDERABAD, April 18, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Participants of Save Education for Future of Sindh conference agreed here Sunday at a hotel on the broader outlines to rid University of Sindh of the campus violence which has been marring the process of learning. The event was organized by Sindh University in backdrop of a clash which occurred between two student groups during Pakistan-India match which claimed life of one student Rameez Sohag. The participants included political leaders and their representatives, scholars, educational experts, social activists, notable persons, the universitys administration and faculty heads, and journalists. Prominent among them were PPP General Secretary Sindh Taj Hyder, MQMs Aftab Shaikh, Dr. Suleman Shaikh of SZABIST university, Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Vice Chancellor Sindh University Nazir A Mughal, Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party president Qadir Magsi, Ghulam Rasool Palejo, Ayaz Latif Palejo, Prof Qalandar Shah Lakiari, Dr Fehmida Hussain, Imdad Hussaini, Dr Safdar Sarki and Ayub Shar. Although the conference could not achieve its goal of forming a monitoring committee which can carry out vigilance over the violent events taking place at university and to fix responsibility, but a 10-member consultative committee was constituted. Meanwhile, the participants agreed on as many as 30 recommendations discussed on the occasion to improve teaching environment at the university. The recommendations said that all political leaders would work for improvement of academic activities. Student unions will be revived and union elections will be held after obtaining approval from the university syndicate and the chancellor of universities in Sindh. As to ensure uninterrupted learning process, the students would not boycott their classes or exams nor become a part of any such boycott. Political slogans and posters will not be written or pasted at the campus walls and students residing at hostels would abide by their solemn oath of following the code of conduct. Political parties will stop their involvement in settling the students disputes and that such cases be referred to the concerned offices of the university. The university will promote transparency in allowing admissions on merit. Political parties will debar their wings from forcefully availing the university facilities like its buses and hostel for accommodation of outsiders. Deans and institutional heads will be empowered to ensure discipline in their faculties. Teachers will not be allowed to take private classes during their lecture hours at the university. A subject on anger management will be introduced in the universitys curricula. Earlier, while addressing the moot Vice Chancellor observed that under the influence of political factionalism a majority of students was being drawn towards unproductive activities. He asserted that a handful of students affiliated with political groups were holding 23,000 students of the university hostage. More than 10 political parties are running their wings at the university, he informed. Giving details of the violence, deaths and demonstrations which took place at the campus during the past 3 years, Mughal informed that 38 incidents of boycott and sit-ins happened in 2008, 33 in 2009 and 37 in 2010, 12 incidents of brawls and firing occurred in 2008, 12 in 2009 and 10 in 2010 in which 12 students were injured. Similarly, he told a student was killed and 29 students were injured in 2008, one students was killed in 2009 and one more lost his life to violence in 2010. The vice chancellor recalled that before 2008 a regime of rigid regimentation was the order of the day. PPP General Secretary Taj Hyder in his speech rejected the proposal of banning student unions, rather he called for holding elections of the unions after the PPP government lifted the ban from over them. Hyder said the teachers could not cultivate a refined youth by circumscribing their activities but this in fact required the strengthening of the academic institutions so much so that even youth with violent tendencies were turned into respectable members of the civil society. Ibrahim Joyo, Ghulam Rasool Palejo, Dr. Suleman Shaikh of SZABIST university, Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Ghulam Rasool Palejo, Ayaz Latif Palejo, Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, Jami Chandio, Prof Abdul Ghafoor Siyal, Dr Safdar Sarki and Ayub Shar besides others also spoke on the occasion.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 18, 2011
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