KU students, teachers crying foul
Karachi, Aug 8 : A majority of teachers and prospective M.Phil/PhD students of
the University of Karachi have disapproved of the unilateral decision by the
university that requires research students to attend a research methodology
course conducted by the faculty of arts.
The main objection to the
decision centres on the fact that the blanket decision was taken by the vice
chancellor without approval from the academic council, board of advanced studies
and research (BASR) or KU syndicate. "It is like whim of an adolescent youth
that acts without analysing the pros and cons of his action," said one irritant
research student. "Even the admission process to the M.Phil and PhD has not been
finalised and the course has been announced, Rs1,000 fee levied from the
students," he said angrily.
A senior professor who holds important
portfolios in the university had the same idea about the course. "It is a very
hasty decision, without taking the university bodies in confidence. It smells of
autocracy." The university has formed two committees, one each for Arts and
Science faculties that will look into the matter and present its report to the
BASR in a few days. The course is a part of the research programme and students
are charged the fee for it after receiving approval letters from the BASR.
Most of the teachers expressed their surprise for the fact that the
course had been introduced in the Arts Faculty only. "It is discriminating and
humiliating. Does it imply that Social Sciences students are less accomplished
than the students in other faculties?" he asked. The news