Karachi (Sunday, July 3, 2011) – In what can only be termed a tragic incident, the principal of a government college suffered a cardiac arrest and died after he was manhandled by a group of students during the intermediate practical examinations.
Principal of the Government Degree College Barkat Bhatti was at the campus when some students started bullying an invigilator in the laboratory, according to a spokesman for the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), Iftekhar Muhammad Azami.
The college staff was busy conducting the exams during the evening shift, when an invigilator allegedly caught one of the students trying to run away from the laboratory with his answer-sheet. Azami said that when the teacher demanded that the student submit his copy, the latter refused and the two got involved in an argument. A group of students later attacked the invigilator, who suffered head injuries, Azami alleged.
The SPLA spokesman added that upon hearing the commotion, Bhatti rushed out of his office and reached the scene. Before he had a chance to intervene, one of the students allegedly pushed him to the ground. Azami said that as soon as the professor hit the floor, he fell unconscious and was rushed to a hospital near the Super Highway. There, the doctors advised that the patient should be shifted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD). However, when Bhatti reached the NICVD, doctors pronounced him dead.
His family then traveled to Shahdadkot where the professor’s funeral and burial would take place at his hometown.
Meanwhile, the SPLA announced that it would boycott the practical examinations on Tuesday in protest against the incident.
The association has also called a meeting for today to discuss the matter with the teachers’ community.
However, Chairman Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Anwar Ahmed Zai accused the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association of misleading the public.
He claimed that Professor Bhatti had already suffered a couple of heart attacks and had a history of cardiac weakness. The chairman added that he lost consciousness when he saw his son-in-law bleeding from the head.
Meanwhile, the SPLA also appealed to the chief minister and the acting governor of Sindh to take notice of retired individuals who are holding posts at examination boards as their presence is creating lot of problems for teachers.
“The controller of examination of the BIEK was never associated with colleges and his role at the BIEK is controversial.” They also urged the concerned authorities to take notice of student activists at colleges.