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KU lacks departments and disciplines

Karachi University, one of the premier varsities of Pakistan
Karachi, April 04: University of Karachi (KU), one of the premier varsities of Pakistan, still lacks many vital departments and disciplines and students are deprived of varsity level education in those particular disciplines.

The KU still lacks departments and institutes for important subjects like law, disaster management, nuclear physics, defence studies, forestry, medicine, music and theatre, archaeology and anthropology.

KU presently runs eight faculties including science, engineering, arts, Islamic studies, pharmacy, management and administrative sciences, medicine and law with 58 departments and 23 institutes.

The faculty of science under Dean Prof Dr Darakhshan J Haleem has the departments of agriculture and agribusiness management, applied chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, computer science, food science and technology, genetics, geology, geography, health and physical education, mathematics, microbiology, petroleum technology, physics, physiology, statistics, and zoology. The faculty of engineering has a lone department of chemical engineering.

The faculty of Arts under Dean Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal has departments of Arabic, Bengali, economics, Education, Economics, Education, English, General History, International Relations, Islamic History, library & information science, mass communication, Persian, philosophy, political science, psychology, Sindhi, Shah Latif Chair, sociology, social works, special education, Urdu, visual studies, and research facility centre.

The faculty of Islamic Studies under caretaker Dean Prof Dr Hisamuddin Mansoori has departments of Islamic learning, Quran Wa Sunnah, usulal Din, and Sirah chair.

The faculty of Pharmacy under Dean Prof Dr Ghazala H Rizwani has departments of pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, and pharmacognosy.

The facility of Management and Administrative Sciences under Dean Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi has the departments of business administration, commerce and public administration.

The facility of medicine is being run under Dean Professor SM Abbas Hussain and seven medical and dental colleges are affiliated with it, including the Karachi Medical and Dental College. However, the KU itself doesn't run any medical college, department or medical school. The same case is with the faculty of law under Dean Prof Khursheed A Hashmi.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, when contacted by PPI, said that KU covers almost all disciplines. She, however, admitted that there was a need of certain departments like disaster management, music and theatre, law and veterinary medicine. At the same time she emphasised that instead of establishing new departments the existing departments should be upgraded.

Prof Kazmi further added that the existing departments should design certificate, diploma and postgraduate courses. "Right now there are 58 departments and 23 institutes in our university".

She admitted the fact that her varsity has limited funding and scarce resources for establishing new departments whereas old department buildings need to be repaired.

Pro VC also pointed out that one main library is not enough to cover all the 58 disciplines although every department has its own seminar library 'but still we need more libraries so that students could be facilitated'. She also stressed on the need to extend the retirement age of professors from 60 to 65 years.

She further affirmed that besides departments, the decision for a four-storied students alumni building is in pipeline as its very necessary to have a place where meetings of management, students activities, food court and mini mart could be established so that students could be benefitted.

Quality Enhancement Cell Director, Prof Muhammad Sajidin when asked about the need of increasing departments in KU, said that there is a wide range array of disciplines and so there is an obvious need to introduce new departments in the KU.

He elaborated that for opening a medical school it would also need a tertiary care hospital so that students of medicine can practice within the varsity. Commenting on the need of department of forestry he expressed his view that department of forestry could be setup outside the city limits as students of forestry needs a practical demonstration of forests so it is not possible to set up such a facility at the present campus premises. He accepted that it would be difficult for the students to commute in case such a department or facility that is set up outside the city limits.

He said opening new departments and facilities is not an easy job, as it needs hiring an experienced faculty, setting up laboratories, libraries and other facilities. He said this requires a lot of financial resources, besides approval from the statutory bodies. ppi

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Software show at KU held
Karachi: The Skaikh Zaid Islamic Centre, University of Karachi (KU), organised a software exhibition at its premises here on Saturday.

The software programmes invented by the students of the Centre were displayed at the exhibition. The software related to various walks of life, including hospital information system, school management system and textile industries were included in the display.

KU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nasiruddin inaugurated the exhibition. Dr Nasiruddin said that Pakistani youth were well equipped with abilities to form computer software of international standards. He said that presence of high quality software at the exhibition revealed the vigorous hard work of both students and teachers.

Besides, a large number of participants, Shaikh Zaid Islamic Centre's Director Dr Noor Ahmed Shehnaz and others were also present. Daily times

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Pros and cons of HEC devolution
Karachi: Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Javed Leghari on Saturday firmly opposed the devolution of HEC to the provinces, saying it would be a dismemberment of HEC and not devolution.

Talking to the media after meeting with Sindh Senior Minister for Education the constitution is supreme for everyone. He said that the problem was that higher education and some other matters of education were on the federal legislative list 1 and 2 which were still in force. He reminded that only the concurrent list was abolished after the passage of the 18th Constitution Amendment, and the scope of the higher education is beyond the sphere of concurrent list.

However, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq disagreed with Dr Leghari, asserting after the approval from the federal cabinet the subject of education is duly transferred to the provinces and the Higher Education Commission does not exist, constitutionally.

Pir Mazhar said that higher education was also a provincial matter. He regretted that in the history of HEC there was not a single meeting held between the HEC officials and provincial handle all subjects devolved to them including education. "We will manage each and every thing which has been done by the HEC."

He said that education was purely a provincial subject as promised in the 1973 constitution, but the actual devolvement took place in 2010.

He, however, said that Mian Raza Rabbani shall arrange a meeting soon in which Dr Javed Leghari will elaborate his reservations.

Dr Leghari told the media that there were a lot of issues including standard of higher education, authenticity of varsity degrees and such other sensitive matters, which the provinces could not handle aptly.

He said that the Chairman of Constitutional Implementation Committee Senator Mian Raza Rabbani had called many meetings regarding devolution of federal education ministry to the provinces but did not invite him (Dr Leghari) or any vice-chancellor of any public university in these meetings.

He said that later he met Mian Raza Rabbani along with 12 vice-chancellors of public universities and informed him about their reservations regarding the devolution of higher education. The news

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US scientist visits SSUET
Karachi: Academic institutions must be given a chance to contribute to policy making and the time has come to put education at top priority.

This was stated by US based scientist Dr Shaheer Ahmed Khan while speaking at a reception held in his honour by the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET).

Dr Khan, the senior Aligarian, also said that existence without education for a nation particularly in present era was just a dream that could never come true.

He said that universities must give due importance to the endowment, even the heavily funded universities in the West had endowment accounts. "Under the brand of Aligarh Endowment, we are guiding competent and deserving students and supporting them to get higher education in the universities of America and Europe without any discrimination.

The funds are provided directly to the institutions for education of the students," Dr Khan said. He also emphasised to develop such organisations or associations to help students to get higher education in foreign countries and offered his support and guidance for this noble cause. ppi

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Nafisa Shah gets Ph.D from Oxford
Karachi: The University of Oxford has awarded a Ph.D degree to an MNA from Sindh and former district nazim of Khairpur Nafisa Shah for her study on honour killing in Upper Sindh.

Praising the quality of the thesis, the examiners said that the argument and the data mustered to support the theses were original, persuasive and lucidly and coherently presented.

Ms Nafisa Shah is daughter of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. She heads the National Commission for Human Development.

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Teachers protest
Larkana: College professors and lecturers took to the streets here on Saturday in favour of their demands for timescale, withdrawal of transfers orders of their colleagues and posting of the promoted professors.

Addressing the protesters, central vice-president of SPLA Syed Asghar Shah and Prof Moharram Kalhoro criticised what they described as government's double-faced policy.

They said that on one hand the government had awarded timescale to primary school teachers, but was reluctant in case of college teachers.

They criticised the Sindh education minister for what they said inhuman treatment meted out to professors in Karachi where batons had been used against them during a protest. Dawn

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Engineering student kidnapped
Karachi: Family members of a kidnapped engineering student, Azib Imtiaz, have appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, to take notice of the kidnapping of Azib and direct the law enforcement agencies to recover him.

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Azib's father Nafees Ahmed Qidwai said that he along with his son Azib were going to offer Fajar prayers in Steel Town area when unidentified armed persons kidnapped Azib, a final year student of engineering university.

Qidwai said that the incident, witnessed by area people and security guards, was reported to Steel Town police. He also appealed to the authorities concerned to take steps for the recovery of his son. The news

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