KARACHI Central leader of Sindh Professors Lecturers Association (SPLA), Prof Ather Hussain Mirza has said that college teachers have once again become united against the Provincial Government to get their basic rights. that have resulted in the assurance from the government to appoint 3,500 new teachers across the province in March 2011. He was speaking at a press conference here on Thursday at Sindh Government DJ Science College. The Government has assured the college teachers that they would be promoted on the basis of time scale format. Following the assurance from Chief Secretary Sindh Ghulam Ali Pasha and Advisor to CM Sindh Sharmila Farooqui for fulfilment of their demands, including removal of teachers shortage and promotions on time scale format, the SPLA has suspended protest campaign till Nov 25, he said. Other central leaders including Prof Iftikhar Azmi, Prof Muzafar Rizvi, Prof Yaqoob Chandio and Prof Asif Zaidi were also present on the occasion. Prof Mirza said that in an official meeting of the Governments representatives and SPLA leaders the Chief Secretary and Sharmila Farooqui assured us that the appointment process of 3,500 new teachers would be completed in March 2011 through the Sindh Public Services Commission. They also assured us that college teachers would also be promoted on the basis of time scale format, while their notification would be issued on Nov 25, he added, saying that hence SPLA has suspended their protest. In the meeting, Secretary Services Iqbal Durrani, Secretary Education Alam Din Billo, Special Secretary Waseem Akhter Ursani and Additional Secretary Muhammad Akhtar Ghori were also present, he retreated. He said, Only 6,400 teachers are working across the province in 250 public colleges, while thousands of students are studying in these colleges. The shortage of teachers in public colleges is one of the foremost issues in the educa