NED Teachers back Fapuasa’s Protest Call

Karachi:April 16:Following the announcement for observance of a ‘black day’ by the Karachi University Teachers’ Society (KUTS) on April 18, the NED University Teachers Association (Neta) has also decided to support the call.

The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (Fapuasa) had announced that a black day would be observed at all government run universities in Sindh against the provincial government's interference in the autonomous status of public sector universities.

Neta President Professor Dr SM Usman Ali Shah strongly condemned the direct intervention in the university’s affairs by the Sindh government challenging the university autonomy.

Dr Shah, who is also an executive central member of Fapuasa, mentioned that recently the Sindh government made a direct appointment of pro-vice-chancellor in Sindh University violating the SU’s seniority list, as well as hiring of a junior lecturer as pro-vice-chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University and appointment of registrar in Dow University of Health Sciences were some examples of the breach of trust.

“These actions are against the spirit of the agreement between Fapuasa and the Chief Minister Secretariat regarding the implementation proposed by the Fapuasa in the Sindh Universities Act,” he said.

Neta's general secretary, Dr Muhammad Imran Aslam, mentioned that the body has joined hands with all public universities of Sindh in the struggle for restoration of autonomy.

Dr Aslam, who is also a member Sindh Fapuasa, said that Neta will observe black day on Monday, April 18 to support Fapusa’s demands:

“The Neta demands revocation of amendments in the controversial Sindh Universities Act, restoration of university autonomy, and removal of wrongly appointed pro-vice-chancellor in the University of Sindh.”The news.