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Karachi, Aug 17: Registration forms for B.A, B.Com, B.O.L, B.Sc and improvement of division for external examinations 2009 will be accepted till August 29, 2009, with the original fee of Rs1,800, University of Karachi (KU) Registrar Prof. M. Rais Alvi announced on Sunday. The registration forms are available at the NBP and UBL Counter at the KU Silver Jubilee Gate. The forms will be endorsed by the registration (external) Unit Examinations counter at the gate. The news

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Mounting KU budget deficit may add to students' woes
Karachi: Karachi University's administration seems to have taken a grave financial risk when it increased salaries of its employees from its own resources this July, ignoring the huge budget deficit that it claims has risen from Rs140 million in 2007-08 to Rs340.351 million in 2008-09.

With this increase in the salaries, the budget shortfall would further increase next year and could lead to a major increase in fees as well as to a compromise on student facilities, according to sources.

It is worth mentioning that the university's budget document 2009-10 is showing a 20 per cent increase in revenue from own resources. These resources, according to teachers, comprise the university's income from student fees under different heads.

The deficit, according to the KU's budget document, is on account of salary increases of 40 per cent during the last several years for which no supplementary grant was provided. The increase in the cost of utilities has also affected the institution's cash position. The university has not yet received the grant of this quarter starting from July.

The federal government had announced a 15 to 20 per cent ad hoc relief in pay and allowances along with pension in this year's budget. However, no funds have been released to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for this purpose.

Contrary to what the KU is doing, the NED University of Engineering and Technology refused to increase the employees' salaries till the finance division releases funds.

Justifying the increase in the employees' salaries, the KU director finance, S.M. Khalid, said that the KU was a big university with bigger problems and pressures. "Everybody is being affected by the rising inflation. We have asked the HEC to compensate and provide us with a supplementary grant."

The finance managers at the KU believe that the HEC would provide the said amount and there would not be any increase in student fees other than what is proposed in the budget.

At present, the university has about 500 teaching and 2,500 non-teaching staff whose increase in salaries and allowances cost Rs78.012 million. Apart from these expenses, the university has requested an additional grant of Rs47.4 million from the HEC.

Against the proposed recurring budget allocation of Rs1,350.342m, the HEC has approved a sum of Rs981.71 million.

Budget loopholes
An interesting aspect of the budget episode at the KU is that the proposed budget document, prepared by its budget officers, is sent to the HEC without getting it first approved by the finance committee, the syndicate and the senate. This practice has been in vogue for many years while no audit report for years 2006, 2007 and 2008 has been presented in the relevant statutory forums so far.

The senate, which, according to the university code, considers and passes a resolution on the annual report, the annual statements of accounts, and the annual revised budget estimates, has not held any meetings in the last three years and the budget is approved by the syndicate.

According to university teachers, though the practice is not against the university code, as it gives authority to the vice chancellor and the chancellor to take decisions on behalf of the syndicate and the senate, respectively, it definitely opens the door for manipulation and make the process less transparent.

The issue was raised in the last syndicate meeting held on July 25, which decided to set up a committee to bring improvements in the budget-making exercise.

Commenting, the syndicate's nominee in the finance committee, Prof Dr Shakeel-ur-Rehman Farooqui, said: "The committee set up by the syndicate has started working and for the first time the departments have been involved in the budget-making process, as they have been asked about their requirements and expenses in writing. The body will ensure regular meetings of the finance committee that will help prepare a better budget."

About the audit reports, he said the matter was taken up in the last syndicate's meeting and it was decided that the audit reports would be presented before the finance committee after they were finalised by the director-general audit, Sindh.

In reply to a question on long delays in the release of a recurring grant, Professor Dr G.A. Miana, the HEC nominee in the KU syndicate, said that the delay was in fact on the part of the government and not the commission.

On the KU's deficit budget, he said: "It's all manipulation of numbers. The universities show deficit to get more grant. That's all."

Students' interests
According to KU teachers, there has been a sharp increase in student fees in recent years along with the decline in government funding. For instance, the monthly tuition fees of MS/PhD programme has been increased 10 times in three years while its admission fees has been raised eight times.

According to the budget document 2009-10, there was an 11pc increase in revenue from own resources from2006-07 to 2008-09 and there would be a further 20pc increase in 2009-10. The university is expected to earn Rs490 million in 2009-10 as compared to the last year's income of Rs413.650.The university spent only 3.27 per cent of the total released grant of Rs631.645 in 2007-08 on research and survey; 2.68 per cent on the purchase of chemicals and glassware; 2.56 per cent on books and journals. Almost half of the amount was spent on pay and allowances.

"A sorry state of affairs obtains at the university. The administration is increasing fees every year, but providing few facilities to students. The meagre lab recurring grant is a shame which is received after much delay. It is unfortunate that the university has paid no attention to improving old departments when it was getting huge amounts from once thriving HEC. Instead, it set up a number of new infrastructures without developing a sustainable plan for their smooth functioning," remarked a teacher. Dawn

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First Convocation of Dow University
Karachi: First Convocation of Dow University: The first convocation of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi will be held on Sunday August 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm at Ojha Campus. Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan, who is Chancellor of DUHS, will preside over the convocation. The news

Ebad gives Rs100m grant to DUHS
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad announced Rs 100 million research grants for Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on the request of Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed. He also declared the increment in the stipends of Postgraduate Doctors in Sindh from Rs 12,000 to Rs 22,000 following the initiative of the Punjab Government.

He was speaking as chief guest at the first convocation of Dow University of Health Sciences held at the Ojha Campus of Dow University on the August 16, 2009. The Minister of Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed the Pro-Chancellor of the University also attended the convocation.

Almost 800 Medical and Nursing graduates of the two batches of 2008 and 2009 were awarded their degrees. A large number of dignitaries, parents and physicians attended this convocation. The Governor of Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ebad as the Chancellor of the University in his address to the Convocation congratulated the graduates and their parents. He lauded the efforts of honour holders and reminded all graduates of the responsibility that has been placed on their shoulders as medical practitioners. He also appreciated the efforts of Professor Hameed Khan and his faculty members in the establishment and the development of the University. He said that it is essential for us to ensure that the investment of country into our education would well return to the society. He reminded the young graduates even then the Pakistan is an under-developed country but quality medical education was provided to them on very subsidised rates the country supports health care system with aim of the providing good quality medical care to all its peoples. The Governor said that health care system was in state of evolution and it was the efforts of government to make it not only affordable but also provide quality to all. He appreciated the role of medical institutions in assisting the government to achieve its objectives by producing good doctors with their academic and research activities.

Dr Sagheer Ahmed Minister Health said that nurses and other Para-medical staff were the backbone of health care system and quality of health care cannot be possible without nurses. Dr Sagheer Ahmed Said that not only Pakistan but also whole world was facing shortage of trained resources in Para medics specially Nurses. In his address Professor Masood Hameed Khan, the vice-chancellor of the University recounted the progress of the University since its establishment. Since it was first established in 2003 from three constituent institutions to now with almost 23 institutions and university has considerably expended, he said. The Governor then distributed gold medals, certificates and shields among the honour holders. Dr Sahar Mahmood was the best Medical Graduate for 2008 while Dr Hafiz Moiz Fakih had been declared as the best Medical Graduate for 2009. Shirin Ameen and Baroz Khan have declared as best Nursing Graduate for 2008 and best Nursing Graduate for 2009 respectively. Other position holders of all the professional examination of both batches were awarded their medals and certificates. The nation

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JUW professor selected as HEC-approved PhD supervisor
Karachi: Dr Afshan Wasti, an associate professor at the Jinnah University of Women's (JUW) Department of Biochemistry, has been selected as a Higher Education Commission (HEC)-approved supervisor for PhD students, funded under various HEC scholarship programmes in Pakistan.

One such programme is the Indigenous PhD Scholarship Scheme which requires its recipients to be supervised by a faculty (with a PhD degree) duly approved by the HEC.

Dr Wasti obtained her PhD from the University of Karachi (KU) in 2008, for the clinical and genetic studies of antipsychotic drugs. She is the youngest PhD scholar among the JUW faculty, and has three Young Scientist Awards, as well as various national and international presentations and publications to her credit.

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Student volunteers join SIUT
Karachi: Student volunteers joined the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) after attending Independence Day celebrations at their respective schools.

They started the day by visiting children in the paediatric wards, after which speeches were delivered, skits were performed, and national songs were sung.

Ayesha Shaikh presented the speech given by Mohammad Ali Jinnah on August 11, 1947, which strengthened the idea that Pakistanis need to work for people as a whole and not create divisions and strife over issues of religion, caste and creed.

Over the years, student volunteers have been participating in different activities at the SIUT, from cleaning wards, to organising record rooms, making data entries and most of all, caring for the patients.

According to the SIUT administration, over 1,800 students have so far attended the volunteer course and have completed a total of 65,000 hours of community work.

Dr Adib Rizvi appreciated the effort of all SIUT student volunteers. At the Q&A session, Dr Rizvi hoped that the day might come when the youth, which comprise 64 per cent of the population of Pakistan, will, by virtue of their proactive attitude, wash off the stains of terrorism and the shame of organ trade. The news

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