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Universities suspend academics over no funds

22 September, 2010

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KARACHI: The academic process is being boycotted in all the universities of the country, as these universities were denied any grants from the federal government, our sources reported Wednesday.

Students and teachers boycotted the classes at Bahaud Din University Multan.

The boycotted has backing from Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association and the office-bearers of High Court Bar Association.

The teachers of Islamia University of Bahawalpur are observing Black Day with sporting black bands round their arms.

Also, the teachers at Faisalabad’s GC University continued the boycott of the academic process at the university.

The teachers’ strike has been called off till Thursday thanks to the entry tests for the admissions at Agricultural University.

Sindh University Jamshoro and Mehran University are also observing the boycott. The teachers of Khairpur’s Shah Abdul Lateef University have also suspended the academic process.

According to Vice Chancellor of Gomal University Professor Mansoor Kundi, Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan is not conducting any educational activities; however, admissions and examinations are in progress.

Meantime, Muzaffarabad’s Azad Jammu Kashmir University is also witnessing the boycott process for receiving no grant from the federal government.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is currently presiding over federal cabinet meeting to mull over the issues including an issue relating funds to the universities across the country, our sources reported Wednesday.

The session being held the PM Secretariat, started with the Fateha Khawni for the Federal Minister for Local Government Abdul Razzak Thahim, Dr Shama Khalid and Mumtaz Gilani’s mother.

The session mulled over the overall law and order and economic situation in the country and also the issues relating the rehabilitation in the wake of the flood devastation.

According to the agenda set for the meeting, the cabinet is primed to take stock of its decisions made in the previous meeting; also, a report regarding import of sugar would be presented.

It is expected that the cabinet will give thumbs-up to the commencement of the negotiations with Bulgaria and German for defence cooperation.

The session is also giving thought to the funds availability to the universities.

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