KARACHI: A black day will be observed on Friday in Sindh’s 19 universities against controversial issue of appointing Registrars and Controllers of Examination. It may be noted that in the past, the universities had the right to make these appointments, but now Sindh government had decided to fill these posts. The black day will observed under the banner of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA).
Presiding over a meeting with Sindh Universities Officers Federation (SUOF) and teachers association held at NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi on Thursday, FAPUASA Sindh’s President Ayaz Ali Keerio threatened government to withdraw illegal advertisement of appointing these posts without following rules and regulation of universities till August 23, otherwise all 19 universities’ academic and non academic activities would be suspended for indefinite period.
The meeting was told that Sindh government did not withdraw the such advertisement despite the agreement to withdraw the it.
All members of FAPUASA and SUOF were concerned regarding the non-withdrawal of the advertisement. In this situation, government does not seem to pursue the talks to resolve the issue.
FAPUASA and SUOF have condemned violation of the commitment made by Sindh government to withdraw the advertisement.
This situation depicts that the government have ill-intention to politically take over all universities sabotaging their autonomy.
All universities will observe black day including protest walks on Friday August 21. Furthermore, it was resolved in the meeting that if the advertisement is not withdrawn by Sunday, all Sindh universities will go on complete shutdown strike from Monday, August 24, 2015 until the advertisement is withdrawn. During strike of faculty, officers and staff, all academic and non-academic activities will remain suspended in all universities.