Speakers at a seminar organized by Students Tutorial, Counseling and Guidance Services University of Sindh have appealed to the Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi to take notice of withholding the grants of Sindh University by the Higher Education Commission.

The PM should ask the concerned quarters of HEC to release the special grant of Rs 500 millions as requested by the varsity administration immediately in order to help the institution come out of the financial crunch.

They said that the discrimination adopted by the HEC authorities against the University of Sindh was not acceptable. The seminar was held at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium of Arts Faculty Building to mark the World Literacy Day.

Addressing the seminar, Muhammad Younis Leghari said that the government was trying to enhance literacy rate in the country but the HEC authorities were reluctant to release the funds to the University of Sindh.

He said that the funds should immediately be released to the varsity in order to save Pakistan’s oldest institution of higher learning which he said was facing financial bankruptcy.

“Strict action should be taken against the HEC authorities for violating Higher Education Commission Ordinance 10H, which says the commission is bound to extend financial support to those varsities facing monetary crunch”, he said.

Dr. Ghazala Panhwar expressed her views on the importance of World Literacy Day and said that the Bureau of STAGS had an important role to play in mobilizing the students studying at the university.

“There is full participation of students who are celebrating World Literacy Day today on the campus”, she said.

She said that due to the efforts of the Bureau of STAGS, a trend of competition had taken place among the students of the University of Sindh and they were taking full advantage of the curricular and co-curricular activities so that their energy was not wasted.

She said that the process of non-issuance of grants to SU by the Higher Education Commission had left the varsity in lurch.

“HEC officials are violating Article 10(H) of the HEC Ordinance, therefore, the federal government should take notice of it and provide relief to the institution”, she demanded.

Dr. Ishaq Samejo said that the current situation of education in Pakistan, especially in Sindh was worrisome and the people belonging to every walk of life should have to think about it.

He highlighted various issues related to education and literacy.

Students Nadeem Ahmad Mugheri, Fida Panhwar, Furqan Khan Panhwar, Mansoor Ali and others criticized the policy of HECK Islamabad and said that the HEC authorities showed hostility to education by withholding the grant of Sindh University.

They further said that HEC officials were resorted to continuing discrimination against the University of Sindh and they wanted to stop provision of quality education to the youths of Sindh.

They said that on the one hand the federal government was engaged in efforts to increase the literacy rate in the country and on the other hand institutions like HEC were wasting the government’s efforts.

They demanded that the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi must take notice of the ill-treatment meted out to the University of Sindh by the commission and get the University out of the crisis immediately.
Jami Chandio and others also spoke on the occasion.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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