Sindh University protests and exams – 6,500 stopped from taking viva voce exams

Published on January 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Sindh University protests and exams - 6,500 stopped from taking viva voce exams

Hyderabad, Jan 24: Approximately 6,500 candidates could not appear for viva voce examinations on Monday at the Sindh University because of the protest by teachers, since last 21 days, over the murder of Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar.

MA regular and external candidates made their way here from the colleges in different parts of the province affiliated with the university.

A large number of university employees supporting the teachers took out a rally from the Central Library and marched on campus roads while the environment kept reverberating with the voices demanding “remove vice- chancellor, save university” and “arrest murderers of Prof Channar.” Later a sit-in of over two hours was also staged by them.

A heavy contingent of police and Rangers was deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

Leaders of protesting teachers Asghar Burfat, Ishaque Samejo, Prof Badar Soomro and Prof Amar Sindhu demanded of the vice- chancellor to tender his resignation in the interest of the university as it was a unanimous demand of 500 teachers and thousands of employees.

They questioned the rationale of the government in keeping a mum over the whole issue. They assured the students and parents that they would hold extra classes to make up for the lost time once their demands were accepted.

They branded the vice-chancellor as the enemy of education and demanded de-weaponisation at campus to let students gain their academic pursuits in peace, and teachers and employees, their duties without fear.

The university administration in a statement issued on Monday announced postponement of viva voce examinations of MA Final students.

It said that some agitating teachers forcibly closed the main entrances of the buildings of Sindh Development Study Centre, Pakistan Study Centre and Area Study Centre Far East and South East Asia and stopped the candidates from appearing in viva voce examinations, although senior teachers engaged in conducting the examinations tried to convince the agitating teachers but to no avail.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Parveen Shah immediately called a teachers meeting which decided postponement of the viva voce examinations to prevent situation getting out of control, it said adding a new date will be announced later.

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