In reaction to Tuesday’s syndicate meeting chaired by the education minister, the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) announced that all academic activities at public sector universities of Sindh would be suspended from February 9 (today) to February 13.
After the meeting at Governor House in Karachi, two faculty members at Sindh University (SU), who were leading the protests against the vice chancellor, were sacked and seven others were served show-cause notices.
However, in an attempt to smooth over troubled waters, the university’s spokesperson told the media on Wednesday that Mughal would give permanent jobs to 252 members of the administrative staff and had started to allot subsidised plots to employees. On the other hand, the university’s faculty upped their game by organising a 15-kilometre march from SU to the Hyderabad Press Club.
“Mughal is mistaken if he thinks his cheap tricks will discourage us,” she said. “The voice against authoritarianism which emanated from Sindh University is resonating in all universities now.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2012.
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