Illegal admissions at Karachi University
'Illegal' admissions in KU irk teachers
Karachi, Feb 15: A majority of teachers at the Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi, are
annoyed over the alleged irregularities in the process of admissions to BS III
Year (Previous) in the department so much so that the Chairperson, Prof Syed
Muhammad Khalid, is even contemplating of tendering his resignation.
According to the details gleaned from Prof Khalid and other senior
professors, the department had only 45 seats, and according to the university
rules students in the K (Karachi) category are given preference followed by the
S (Sindh) and the P (Pakistan) categories.
The admissions committee,
headed by the Director of Admissions, Dr Saleem Shahzad, sent a list of 11
students, five each from the K and the P categories and one from the S
"It meant that there were no applicants other than those who
were admitted. But in a surprise and dubious manner another list of 64 students
was sent to the department and the minimum percentage of merit came to 46
percent in BSc examinations.
"Three applicants who had submitted only
the fee vouchers were also admitted. There were different percentages on the
transcripts and on the admission lists," said Prof Khalid.
surprises were in store for the department as another nine students were
admitted after they had filed the "claim forms". These students had 72 to 74
"And the students with 46 percent marks were admitted. It
is the height of corruption," Prof Khalid alleged.
"There was a trail of
deceit and dishonesty in the admissions. We processed the first list of the
candidates that came to our department. It had flaws, and we objected. It was
withdrawn, but after sometime the directorate of admissions admitted the
students without consulting us. It was a completely unilateral decision," Prof
The professor then sent a letter to Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi,
the convener of admission committee, pointing out the irregularities and
requesting her to allow the department to prepare the merit list. This letter
was followed by the merit list prepared by the department.
forwarded the letter and the list to Dr Saleem Shahzad for his comments. Dr
Shahzad wrote in a note that "the department has no right to refuse admissions
unless the eligibility is not followed...merit list could be in excess due to
various reasons, and the admissions could not be given even if the claims by the
candidates are valid".
Prof Khalid and his colleagues were not impressed
by the claims of Dr Shahzad and considered it flimsy and without substance.
A meeting was called by Prof Khalid on January 29 and all the teachers
attended it. The meeting passed a resolution reiterating their resolve to stand
by their demand that the students in the BS III Year admissions should be
admitted on merit prepared by the department according to the admission brochure
Dr Saleem Shahzad sent a letter to Prof Khalid recently telling
him (Prof Khalid) that a meeting of the admission committee was held on that day
on the order of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Pirzada Qasim, in response to Prof
Khalid's letter to Dr Kazmi.
Dr Shahzad informed Prof Khalid that the
meeting had resolved that: "Only the Admission Committee is authorised to give
admissions, and no department can prepare its own admission list".
Khalid, in his reply to Dr Shahzad on February 12, reminded him of the
violations of the rules laid down in the admission booklet that was not approved
by the KU academic council and reiterated their stand on being part of
admissions on merit. The news
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Sindh govt holiday; KU papers postponed
Karachi: All Sindh government offices and institutions as well as schools and colleges in the public and
private sectors across the province will remain closed on Feb 15 (the 11th of
Rabi-ul-Awal) that was declared a holiday by the provincial government on Monday
The institutions and offices will now resume on Feb 17, as the federal
government has already declared Feb 16 (12th Rabi-ul-Awal) a holiday.
According to a spokesman for the Chief Minister's House, the chief minister
has announced that Feb 15 will be observed as a holiday across the province. He
said all Sindh government offices and educational institutions would remain
closed on Tuesday accordingly. Dawn
Later speaking to , Sindh Education Secretary Naheed Shah Durrani said that
all schools and colleges in the public and private sectors across the province
would remain closed on Tuesday in the wake of the government announcement.
The University of Karachi will also remain closed on Tuesday, according to
pro-vice chancellor of the university Nasiruddin Khan. He said that all papers
of the ongoing BCom examination scheduled for the day had been postponed till
Sunday when these papers would be conducted at the same venue and time. Dawn
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KU announces admissions in MS programme 2011
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) registrar has announced
admissions on Monday in MS, PhD and MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicines) programmes 2011.
According to the schedule, the admission forms will be issued from Feb 14 to
March22, whereas the aptitude test will be conducted on April 3. The academic
session will be commenced from July 15. Daily times
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KUTS general body meeting
Karachi: The Karachi University Teacher Society (KUTS) has called a General Body Meeting
today (Tuesday) to discuss the breakdown of security system and overall
administration in the university. The President, KUTS, Dr Abid Hasnain said that it was a matter of great concern that the security system had
literally collapsed and there was no effective administration in the university.
"We have to take some action. We cannot be spectators to the gradual destruction
of the university", he commented. The meeting will be held in the Arts
auditorium at 11:00 am. The news
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MUET among top 400 varsities of world
Hyderabad: The Mehran University
of Engineering and Technology (MUET) has been declared one of the top 400
universities of the world in a survey conducted by an international
organisation, Quacquarelli Symonds.
According to the university authorities, the MUET has secured 351st position
in the list of best universities around the world.
In the category of engineering and technology, the top four universities are
Massachusetts Institute, of Technology, USA, (first), Stanford University, USA,
(second) University of California, Berkeley, USA (third) and University of
Cambridge, UK, (fourth).
The MUET had already been declared second best public sector universities in
Pakistan, according to the standards set by the Higher Education Commission,
said a university press release.
"The MUET had a challenge set by the HEC to be declared one of the 500 top
universities in the world but have secured a place among top 400 universities,"
it said. -Bureau
Three universities of Pakistan have been included in the list of top
universities of the world. The University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore,
has secured 281st position and the National University of Science and
Technology, Islamabad, 274th. Dawn
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Governor orders standardisation of varsities' rules
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has directed that the rules and regulations of
all government-run universities in the province should be standardised.
He has also constituted a committee, headed by the chairman of the
Charter Inspection and Evaluation Team, in this regard.
Presiding over a
meeting at the Governor House on Monday, he said there was a need to have
similar rules and regulations in all government universities of the
The committee includes the pro-vice-chancellors of the Sindh
Agriculture University, Tandojam, and the NED University of Engineering and
It will present its recommendations within a week.
It will also review that incentives given to employees of the government
universities should be uniform.
The governor said that the raise of
Rs500 in medical allowance to the employees of universities would stay. He
directed the committee to contact the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the
universities of the other provinces, the Sindh Law Department and related
officers so that the employees could get increased allowances as per the
He said that the land of universities
allocated for the research and educational activities would be protected, and
occupied land would be retrieved from the land mafia.
Khan also issued
directives to make policy for announcing residential schemes for university
employees. The news
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45 DUHS students' fate hangs in the balance
Karachi: The fate of 45 second-year MBBS students of the Dow University of Health Sciences hangs in the
balance after the federal education ministry's Inter-Board Chairmen Committee
(IBCC) refused to issue equivalence certificate of their A level qualification
to them, it was learnt on Monday.
Sources in the Islamabad-based IBCC said that the students' qualification did
not meet the eligibility criteria for admissions to medical colleges and
universities across the country. The sources explained that according to the
admission criteria, students seeking admissions were required to have passed
"physics, biology and chemistry" papers in the intermediate or A level exams,
but all the 45 students had passed their A level exams with "mathematics,
biology and chemistry".
They said that the Dow varsity granted admissions to these students in 2008
on the condition that they would later provide an equivalence certificate of
their A level qualification.
Since the IBCC decision could affect their studies and career in future, the
issue had been included in the agenda of a two-day meeting of the committee
scheduled to be held in Karachi on March 1 and 2, the sources said.
The students belonged to the category of foreign nationals and overseas
Pakistanis. The DUHS' prospectus of 2008 while describing the eligibility
criteria for foreign nationals and overseas Pakistanis clearly states that all
those who will be admitted to the MBBS under the category of foreign nationals
and overseas Pakistanis will have to produce IBCC equivalence certificate with
minimum 60 per cent marks or SAT II (science subjects) with minimum score of
While referring to DHUS' prospectus, the sources said that it was beyond
their comprehension as to how the university administration had granted them
admissions without prior asking the IBCC if it would issue equal qualification
certificates to the students having passed A level with biology, chemistry and
The sources said that if the IBCC issued equivalence certificates to the A
level students, it would open a Pandora box as students who had passed
intermediate exams with mathematics, biology and chemistry would also seek
They said these students had an option to get their admissions to the DUHS
confirmed by appearing in the SAT II (science subjects) exams. However, for
this, the students would have to score 700, the sources said. Dawn
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Teachers' body demands inquiry against Bin Qasim Town ADO
Karachi: The government schoolteachers of Bin Qasim Town have called for an inquiry against
an education official of the town for her alleged involvement in
The All Sindh Primary Teachers Association (ASPTA) of Bin
Qasim Town has accused the assistant district officer (ADO), Education (Female),
of demanding money from the headmasters of schools in the public
According to the teaching association of the town, the ADO had
been demanding money from every elementary, primary and lower secondary school
of the town.
"She has no fear of any inquiry. She openly tells
headmasters and teachers who refuse to pay her of her contacts," they
They further alleged that the ADO had told the employees in
Grade 11 to pay Rs3,000 each to get endorsement for documents of their
timescale. The employees in Grades 14 and 15 were asked to pay Rs4,000 and
Rs5,000 each, respectively, they claimed.
The ASPTA claimed that the
headmasters of schools were forced to pay Rs200 each from the canteen fund and
Rs500 on account of office decoration every month.
The ADO also wanted a
share from the School Management Committee and forced the headmaster of each
school in the town to pay a handsome amount from that account, it
In their application to the executive district officer,
education, Karachi, Muhammad Ibrahim Kunber, the members of the association
further charged that the ADO had informed the town's employees that she shared
the money with the district officer of education (female) regularly.
Quoting the ADO, the ASPTA claimed that the district officer of
education (female) had withdrawn Rs565,000 in June 2010 when she had the charge
of the distributing drawing officer of the town.
They demanded of the
education authorities to recover the amount from the DO and remove the ADO from
The association has sent an application to the chief justice of
the Sindh High Court, the chief secretary and to other officials, requesting
them to take stern action against the people who have been allegedly misusing
Meanwhile, this correspondent made several attempts to
contact the ADO, bu1t all those attempts were in vain. The news
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