Higher Education Commission policies criticism
HEC interference in KU affairs criticised
Karachi, Jan 21: The Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) on Wednesday
criticised policies of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), alleged corruption
in the university and its administration's "complacent attitude" in this regard.
The Kuts general body meeting that lasted for three and a half hours was
attended by over 200 teachers. It saw many senior professors strongly
criticising the KU administration for approving and implementing HEC-recommended
programmes pertaining to the acquiring of adequate funds, hiring of new teachers
and setting up the required infrastructure without any planning.
teachers termed a recent warning letter from the HEC "a tactic to pressure the
university administration", and declared that the federal body was going beyond
its mandate. Speaking on the same issue, a teacher showed another HEC letter
addressed to the KU zoology department chairman for the appointment of someone
who had been trained abroad.
"This is absolutely unacceptable. The HEC
is interfering in the university's affairs," the teachers said. They demanded
that the HEC be abolished and the 17th Constitutional Amendment that gave birth
to the commission be repealed so that the autonomous status of the university
could be restored.
Expressing concern over what they described as
growing malpractices on campus, the teachers remarked that "mafias have taken
over different administrative departments". Special references were made to the
examination and accounts departments along with the semester cell in this
regard. They said security had become a major issue as robberies had become a
There was also commotion over the KU administration's
decision of binding the university's permanent teachers, who had applied for
MS/PhD programmes, to take entrance tests.
The teachers criticised the
administration for adopting dual standards for morning and evening programmes
purely for, what they called, "money-making purposes".
is now running a four-year BS (bachelors of studies) programme in place of its
two-year honours programme and a two-year MS programme. When these programmes
were being introduced, teachers were told that adequate funds would be provided
and new faculty members would be hired. But that has not been done creating
severe problems," Prof Dr Fayyaz Vaid, the Kuts secretary told Dawn after the
He said the KU teachers' organisation had asked the HEC to
unconditionally withdraw the letter that warned that it would withdraw
recognition to PhD-holders if the students failed to get their research papers
published in time.
Kuts had also decided to take up the HEC's
controversial role with other representative bodies of teachers and adopt a
stand with consensus, Prof Vaid added.
The other demands endorsed by the
meeting through several resolutions included removal of the condition of
entrance tests for the university's regular faculty, provision of funds and
faculty for BS and MS programmes and immediate steps against corruption. Dawn
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365 degrees conferred
Karachi: Karachi university awarded a total of 365 degrees, to the passing out
graduates of 2008 and 2009 in various disciplines including, Bachelor of
Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor
Arts (BA), MS Telecom and Networking, BSE, and BCE.
It also awarded five gold
and four silver medals, besides four merit certificates to the outstanding
students who had secured top positions in different disciplines. The news
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Classes resumed at Sindh varsity
Hyderabad: Academic activities resumed at University of Sindh on
Regular classes were held in a peaceful manner in the
teaching institutes and departments in morning and evening shifts.
buses for students, teachers and employees plied on different routes of
Hyderabad, Latifabad and Qasimabad.
In the Mehran University of
Engineering and Technology, seven students belonging to the student wing of a
nationalist party were rounded up by the police for creating disturbances and
trying to force boycott of classes.
However, no case was registered
against them and they were released by the police after telephonic talks between
the university administration and the party leadership.
sources said that the students had demanded two point buses for a journey to
Karachi to participate in a rally scheduled for Thursday (today).
university authorities refused to provide buses to them on which the students
hurled stones at the buses and tried to force boycott of
Activists of the Sindh People's Students Federation held a demonstration outside
the press club here on Wednesday to protest against registration of a murder
case against their leaders belonging to the Sindh University.
protesters warned of widening the scope of their protest if the "false" case
against their leaders was not withdrawn.
Some SPSF workers have been
booked in the murder case of Asad Abbasi, an activist of the Jeay Sindh Students
On the other hand, the JSSF-A has condemned an attack on
their leader in Sindh University on Tuesday allegedly by SPSF workers.
JSSF-A leader Sajjad Shar, said in a statement that the murderers of
Asad Abbasi were creating disturbances at the campus. They warned of calling for
boycott of classes in the university if SPSF activists were not "reined
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Investment in youth
Karachi: In order to build a better future for our country, we need to
invest in youth by providing them opportunities to acquire quality education,
and help them understand the diversity of the global educational
These views were expressed by the Chief of Naval Staff
Admiral Noman Bashir, while speaking at the 6th convocation of Bahria
University, Karachi campus on Monday. "Universities and institutes of higher
education have a great responsibility to provide education to students with
clear sense of direction, and well defined goals.
With the premise that our
national interests, cultural and religious ethos, are always safeguarded,
students should also be taught to respect global values and traditions, and
other religions," he added.
Meanwhile, Rector Bahria University Vice
Admiral (R) Mohammad Haroon said that Bahria University has greatly improved its
academic infrastructure, worked for the betterment of faculty development,
revision of curriculum, and introduction of additional academic disciplines.
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Youth centre in Lyari
Karachi: Following the instructions of the federal government, the Lyari
Town Administration has decided to establish a youth centre in the area, which
will launch various skill development programmes for both, boys and girls.
The youth centre will be established in Union Council-11, Eid Gah and
will introduce information technology (IT), and other professional education
Town Nazim Lyari Mahmoood Hashim told The News that the
proposal of the project which has been named as Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari Youth
Center, has already been sent to Islamabad and is under consideration. After its
approval, the concerned authorities would design the PC-1, and work on the
project would start accordingly, he added.
"The project is being
launched in an effort to address the issue of unemployment, which seems to be
the primary cause that compels the youth to engage themselves in unlawful
activities. My administration is keen to launch various other development
schemes, specially, for skill enhancement of the area youth," said Hashim.
He said that President Asif Ali Zardari, during his recent visit to
Karachi, had called in a special meeting with the representatives of Lyari to
personally listen to their grievances, and attain their suggestions to remove
them. The representatives raised the issues they have been facing, and
complained that they have not seen the same commitment from the present Pakistan
People's Party (PPP) leadership, which they used to see from the slain PPP
chairperson Benazirt Bhutto, Hashim said.
"The representatives told the
president that their neighbourhood has been neglected in past in terms of
development, and now the area needs proper attention from the government. The
president, during the meeting, announced housing schemes for the poor, and
dedicated activists of PPP, and provision of rickshaw and jobs for the
unemployed youths," he added.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Lyari told
The News that the PPP government has also initiated the Benazir Bhutto Support
Programme for the benefit of women. It is running smoothly, and they expect that
the initiative would help address the issues the women have been facing for
Moreover, officials of the Town Municipal Administration Lyari
claimed that they have improved the water supply and drainage systems, and have
replaced the old pipes to facilitate the residents. They added that an
international football stadium with separate park and jogging tracks is also
being renovated in the area.
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IVSAA school's gallery
Karachi: The fifth edition of Faculty Art at the Indus Valley School of
Art (IVSAA) and Architecture opened at the school's gallery on
The show has gained annual regularity and presents a showcase
of creative work by the school's teaching staff. Art books by teachers from all
of the faculties were on display in the exhibit.
The fifth edition, by no
means the largest show that the IVSAA has held, brought together the different
disciplines that are taught, namely from their three major faculties of
architecture, design, and fine arts. Among the pieces on display, reflecting the
courses being taught, were fine arts, sculpture, ceramics, textile design,
graphic design, videography, and photography.
Teachers who took part in
the exhibit displayed their works, new and old. In all nearly 44 artists
displayed 95 pieces of art at the exhibition.
These included Faiza
Habib, Uzma Bawany, Wardha Saleem, Tariq Alexander, Muzammil Raheel, Sohail
Abdullah, Sumaira Tazeen, Mahmood Ali Ahmed, Rabia Shoaib, Meher Afroze, Manizhe
Ali, Sheeraz Wania, Fraz Mateen, Shakeel Siddiqui, Muhammad Ali Khan, Naveed
Sadiq, Arshad Farooqui, Farah Mahbub, Waheeda Mansoor, Abeer Asim, Parvez
Ansari, Samia Rajar, Najaf Bilgrami, Ather Jamal, Sheeba Akhter, Sohail Zuberi,
Shakeel Siddiqui, Sana Burney, Uzma Zeeshan, Aisha Darr, Ammad Tahir, Qazi Fazli
Azeem, Rabeya Jalil, Khurram Alavi, Abdul Jabbar Gul, Tazeen Qayyum, Warda Umar,
Fareena Chanda, Seher Bukhari, Sadia Salim, Taimur Suri, Hamir Soomro and Aliya
The most interesting of all the exhibits were Bonsai plants by
Hamir Soomro. Bonsai is the Japanese art of making figures in cultured trees.
Indus does not teach the art of Bonsai - yet. The faculty show is open
for all forms of arts produced by the faculty staff.
and videos are departments which are not formally offered at the department,
side course and diploma respectively, they were featured prominently, with Najaf
Bilgrami, Sohail Abdullah, Farah Mahbub, and Sana Burney all utilising the
camera for their artistic expression.
Unlike on previous occasions, the
textiles, architecture, and design faculties were poorly represented with only a
handful of teachers presenting their work. The exhibition continues till the
30th of January. The news
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