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NED girl student killed in accident, Poor transport system exposes Varsity’s negligence

KARACHI – Defective transport system of the two largest public universities of the country, Karachi University (KU) and NED University, have once again been exposed after the horrible accident of NED girl student which occurred near the KU Silver Jubilee Gate on April 18, 2009.

Conversely, KU has constituted a three-member inquiry committee, comprising of Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi as convenor, Prof Dr Waseemuddin Ahmed and Prof Dr Tanvir Khalid to probe into the incident and furnish a report immediately.

Teachers’ community has expressed their grief over the demise of the victim, Faiza Nadeem Zaidi, lived in Ghazi Town, Malir, and strongly criticised over the shortage of busses, causing fatal accidents of students in different span of time.

On the contrary, students have already staged protest in front of NED University to condemn the accidental death of the NED girl student. It is pertinent to mention here that the lack of sufficient transport facilities has once again surfaced at the campus, as only 25 point-buses out of 32 are available at the campus to provide transport facility to over 25,000 students of the university, who come to the campus from various parts of the City.

There are 6,000 students studying at the NED University, while there are only 14 buses to cater the transport need of such huge students’ quantity. It is worth mentioning that KU has suffered a deficit of Rs2 million to run the transport system for the students, while students did not cooperate with the administration as 50 per cent of students travelled with the KU point-buses without tickets of worth Rs3.

Prof Abid Hussnain, a leader of Karachi University Teachers’ Society (KUTS), said that this accident was not new for them. Such type of terrible accidents had become the feature of our substandard KU transport system, which was in short of buses. He said that the criminal negligence of KU drivers could not be ignored, saying that

KU administration was required to have more buses to protect the students from such fatal accidents.
A KU student, Zahid, said, “Precious lives of several students, belonging to both the varsities, have been lost due to over crowded point-buses of the varsities during the last one and two decades. But the basic right of the students (transportation facility) has never been heeded by the authorities concerned.”

On the other hand, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr M Shamsuddin, deans of the faculties, Registrar Prof
Muhammad Rais Alvi, advisors and other administrative staff have expressed their deep sorrow over the demise of Faiza Nadeem Zaidi. They have also condoled with her parents, teachers and friends and prayed for the departed soul for eternal peace and offered Fateha.

According to KU statement issued on Sunday, the administration has stressed that the actions are being initiated to prevent this type of fatal incidents.
Source: The Nation
Date:4/20/2009

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