Karachi university tuition fees issue
KU senate rejected proposal to raise fee
Karachi, Dec 25: The 17th Senate meeting of the Karachi University (KU) has unanimously
discarded the idea of increasing the tuition fees at the university.
meeting was explained that the total expenditure of the university is
Rs1,852.542 million and the income that university generates from its own
resources is Rs490 millions.
The meeting was held after 3 years' gap, while
Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui headed the meeting. Sindh
Professors and Lecturers' Association (SPLA) held a protest in front of the
meeting place of Senate, as KU administration did not allow them to enter the
meeting hall despite of giving invitation to the SPLA leaders.
administration was of the view that the leaders of SPLA had been allowed to
enter the meeting but as observer because election of the senate of KU from the
constituency of affiliated colleges could not be held till date.
Registrar Prof M Rais Alvi and Director Finance SM Khalid accompanied him.
Members of Syndicate and Senate were also present. After the formal inauguration
of the meeting, the proceedings of the 16th meeting of the Senate held on
December 20, 2006 were confirmed.
Speaking in the meeting, the KU chief said,
"Academic meetings should be organised on regular basis that's why we have
planned to hold the meeting of Senate in two sessions every year. One session
should be held in November, the agenda of which should exclusively be budget.
Another session should be organised in March in which other academic matters
will be discussed."
Later it was told in the meeting that the budget has
been prepared taking into consideration the most genuine requirements of the
University. The total expenditure of the university is Rs1,852.542 million and
the income that university generates from its own resources is Rs490 million.
grant as approved for the year 2009-2010 is Rs981.271 million
which is spent on account of wages and salaries, whereas the research grant
which is received on request is Rs7 million and CDGK grant amounts Rs2.5
The HEC has been requested for revision which is under
consideration and allocation of additional funds is required particularly for
academic purposes. It was also told that in order to overcome the financial
crisis, the university is trying to cut down its expanses. Through such efforts
the deficit of Rs362 million has now been reduced to Rs150 million.
university never compromise on the standard of education in the university's
classroom and labs. This year the university's budget has been designed in
co-operation from the heads of all the departments. All the members of Senate
agreed on the agenda of no-inflation in academic fees. Allocation of endowment
fund was also approved.
A committee will begin work on it very soon. The VC told
the meeting that Ministry of Education and Higher Commission Education has
approved the university's own power generation project and an amount of
Rs263.258 million has been allocated for it and work on this project will begin
Senator Abdul Haseeb said that MPAs and MNAs should speak for an
increase in the funds allocated to the university at the government's forums.
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FJMC likely to get varsity status
Lahore: Fate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) is going
to be changed with its upgradation to the Medical University and a summary in
this regard has been sent to the Chief Minister Punjab by a committee
constituted on the directives of Shahbaz Sharif to resolve the issue of
affiliation of the college.
It is worth mentioning here that students of
FJMC have been protesting for the last three weeks against the decision of
government wherein it has changed the affiliation of the FJMC from University of
Punjab to University of Health Sciences (UHS).
A couple of days back a
representative delegation of the female students visited Chief Minister House
and held negotiations with the committee comprising Secretary Health, Anwaar
Ahmad Khan, Dr Asad Ashraf, MPA Mohsin Latif, UHS Vice chancellor Dr Mubashir
Malik, Dr Amir Aziz and Principal FJMC, Professor Majid Chaudhry.
were assured that the committee would send a report to the Chief Minister Punjab
recommending the up-gradation of FJMC as Medical University, said a senior
member of the committee. Fatima Jinnah Medical College is a premier medical
institution of the country, which was established keeping in view the acute
shortage of doctors, especially when female doctor ratio was alarmingly low. As
only 121 registered female doctors were left in Pakistan, 118 in West wing and
only 3 in East Pakistan after independence in 1947.
Visionary person like
Prof Shujaat Ali thought of establishment of Medical College exclusively for
women and abandoned site of Balak Ram Medical College was selected. Mohtarma
Fatima Jinnah herself a dental surgeon appreciated this great idea and supported
Later Quaid-i-Azam approved the name of his sister to be associated with this
institution in March 1948. FJMC started functioning in October, 1948 but was
formally inaugurated on March 31, 1949 by the then Prime Minster Khawaja Nazimud
Din and first batch of 39 students passed out in 1953. Since then the college
has produced 9,098 graduates out of which an appreciable number belonged to
other Muslim and friendly countries.
Fatima Jinnah Medical College is the
premier and second oldest female medical institution of Asia. At the moment FJMC
admitting 254 students annually and total strength is 1,250, which includes 120
students from 27 friendly countries, like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Nepal,
Palestine, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Jordan, Oman, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt,
Fiji Ghana, US, UK, Afghanistan, Bangladesh.
About 450 graduates of Fatima
Jinnah Medical College are working in United States of America alone and some of
them are distinguished in their fields of specialisation. Fatima Jinnah Medical
College is known as the best training provider in the basic subjects like,
Anatomy, Physiology Biochemistry, Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Community
Medicine, as the institution has been lucky enough to have galaxy of faculty
members like Prof R K Madan, known not only in Pakistan but the world over.
All the basic departments of the college have been upgraded as well as
equipped with stat of the art electro-medical and laboratory equipments.
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200 KEMU medallists waiting for degrees
Lahore: As many as 200 gold medallists of King Edward Medical University of
sessions 1998 to 2005 are still a waiting the award of their medals and degrees
despite the lapse of 10 years.
The university is awarding medals and degrees
to new graduates instead of giving priority to the old graduates.
to a hand out, the students who graduated from King Edward Medical College a
decade ago are still waiting for their medals and degrees because of negligence
on the part of medical university.
The varsity administration held its
maiden convocation in December 2008 after 10 years in which graduates of 2006
were awarded medals while graduates of 2007 were given medals and
All old graduates, some 2,500 in numbers were neither allowed to
attend the event nor were they given medals and degrees.
A delegation of the
gold medallists that met YDA President Dr Rana Sohail and General Secretary Dr
Salman Kazmi said the previous convocation of December 2008 was an event planned
to award medals to the wards of previous and present vice chancellor but the
ordinary old graduates were denied their medals.
The KEMU administration had
been assuring them in this regard since December 2008 but no initiative has yet
been taken to fulfil the promise.
It is pertinent to add that a private TV
channel held a talk on the issue and the university spokesman promised that if
YDA provides a list of 500 graduates who wanted to have the convocation, the
university would arrange it on the date proposed by the graduates.
list of graduates was provided to the administration, they turned a deaf ear to
the demand and never fulfilled the promise they had made to the young doctors.
Recently Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) has announced that a
convocation would be held on December 30 for all the graduates of the previous
ten years. Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) has also accommodated all its old
graduates but KEMU is still trying to avoid giving medals and degrees to its old
graduates without any cogent reason.
Young doctors have urged the Punjab
chief minister to take notice of the issue and direct the KEMU vice chancellor
to accommodate all old graduates and fulfill his promises. The nation
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Quaid Day at Hamdard University
Islamabad: A special programme with regard to the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was
held here at the Islamabad Campus of Hamdard University in which a large number
of students participated.
According to a press release issued here Thursday, in
the first programme, the audience had the opportunity to listen to a
presentation by the students and teachers of the extracts from books written on
the different aspects of the Quaid's life. A show of historic pictures of the
Quaid was shown to the participants in the second programme.
Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus Dr Masood A Malik spoke about our great
leader and thanked the guests as well. Director Admin Col Mushtaq A Qureshi was
also present on the occasion.
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FJWU tribute to GR
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) held a
reference in memory of legendary artist Ghulam Rasool here on Thursday.
The reference was organised by the Fine Arts Department to pay a humble
tribute to the late painter, who had a long experience of teaching the FJWU
students. He was also a member of the Board of Studies of the Fine Arts
FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan,
while speaking on the occasion, said Ghulam Rasool was not only a great
Pakistani artist, but also a precious asset of our university. She was of the
view that Ghulam Rasool's art speaks to the viewer and his paintings represent
Pakistan, while the generosity of spirit is rich in his work.
further said that his name would be written in golden words in the history of
painting, as he was a vibrant painter who painted land and nature in an
enchanting and vibrant way.
Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, dean of the
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, in her address, admired the eminent
artist and said that Ghulam Rasool's devotion and commitment to the university
was long-lasting. She added that he was associated with the Fine Arts Department
throughout its existence and opened the doors of imagination, helping the
faculty to improve their academic standard. "He is no more with us in person but
will remain with us through his work," she said and called his demise a great
loss for the university, his family and the entire nation.
Abbass, a famous artist and a well-known painter, also spoke on the occasion and
briefed the audience on the splendid work done by the renowned artist and
admired the uniqueness and quality of his work. Baroosh Ehsan, lecturer at the
Department of Fine Arts, and Dr. Tabassum Shaheen, in-charge of the Department
of Fine Arts, also spoke on the occasion. The news
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Medical colleges reserved quota
Gilgit: The education department of Gilgit-Baltistan has nominated 75 students against
reserved quota in different medical colleges of the country.
to officials, 40 students were also given nomination letters to engineering
colleges. The approval was given on merit by the chief secretary of the region. Dawn
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