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FUUAST admissions termed faulty
Karachi, Jan 06: The Students Action Committee (SAC) of the Federal Urdu University for
Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has described the recently
concluded admission process as "faulty", alleging that many candidates
with third division have been admitted to the university.
umbrella organisation of various student groups, including Anjuman
Talaba Islam (ATI), Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), Punjabi Students
Association (PSA) and People's Students Federation (PSF), has been
fighting against alleged mismanagement and unfair dealings at the
According to the students, the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) has a rule that no one having below 45 percent marks
shall be admitted to the university. "Owing to the absence of student
unions the university officials are doing what they should not. They
have no fear of accountability. What will be the standard of education
if the university continues to admit students in a clandestine manner?
This is [a] federal university. Is the university so desperate as to
grant admissions against the rules?" a final- year BS student said
angrily, who introduced himself as Fawwad and requested to withhold his
There are many glaring flaws in the admission list
(Admission list-2011 for Arts) of the Abdul Haq Campus. A student has
been admitted to the first-year BS programme in the Psychology
Department without his submitting the marks-sheet. This has opened the
floodgates to unfair means as certificates sometimes turn out fake and
do not show the percentage. Another student having 44 percent marks has
also been admitted to the same department.
Two students having
44.45 and 44.27 percent marks have gained admission to the Department of
Philosophy, while three students having second division have been
admitted to the first-year BEd classes. No percentage was mentioned
against their names. Another student having 44.69 percent marks has also
been admitted to the same programme.
The Students Action
Committee has expressed its reservations especially with regard to
granting admissions to the first-year LLB classes. Thirteen students
with second division have been admitted to law classes and the committee
said that the process was highly dubious. The names of two other
students with 44.43 and 44.29 percent marks have been included in the
admission list. "Law degree is a professional degree. We need law
professionals who have some substance and are admitted lawfully. How
could they be honest and competent lawyers if they are admitted in such a
manner?" asked an office-bearer of the committee.
Tauseef Ahmed Khan, who is the convener Admission Committee, defended
the Admission Committee's decisions, calling them fair and meant to
accommodate the students who might not be admitted to other
institutions. "Those who secured less than 45 percent marks have been
awarded 'Division Raised', a sort of grace marks to enable the students
to obtain a second division. This raise in division has been awarded by
the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, and we have nothing to do
with it. We are not engaged in any unfair dealing," Prof Khan explained
the FUUAST's viewpoint.
We also talked to Vice Chancellor
FUUAST Dr Muhammad Qaiser, who brushed aside the allegations by the
students. "We are engaged in providing education without being dishonest
and incompetent. We are sure it is perfectly right to admit such
students," he claimed.
"the big big mistake is that fuuast pharmacy mention in its website that final selection of candidate taken by using the formula which is....50% test result and 50% inter result....but in real ..they deny and said that we show this formula n website by mistake...that is the reson which make lot of hardworking candidate out of the merit list ..i apeal to govt kindly ake a strong action on it...plz ....this is a university not a jock"
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HEC raises research grant for DUHS
Karachi: The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has raised its research
grant for the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) by 15 per cent on
the basis of its performance.
The increase in the research
funding is effective from January 1, under the HEC's National Research
Program for Universities (NRPU) Programme.
DUHS sources said that
the raise has been made on basis of the submissions made through the
research proposal report by the research department of the university.
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has also selected five other
universities namely Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, University of
Punjab in Lahore, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in
Lahore, University of Agricultural Sciences in Faisalabad and PMAS-Arid
Agricultural University in Rawalpindi for its NRPU Program.
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Karachi: Candidates seeking admission to the morning programme at the Karachi University
and were issued with fees vouchers but could not deposit the fee so far
for any reason, have been directed to do so by January 8. This was
announced by the University's Director of Admission Committee on
Wednesday. The candidates should deposit the fee by January 8 up by 12
noon at the UBL Branch of the Karachi University.
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Teachers training project
Karachi: The purported slow utilisation of CIDA's (Canadian International
Development Agency) funds by the Sindh government for a project for "the
capacity building of teachers' training institutions and training of
elementary school teachers" has been worrying the federal government,
according to official sources and documents obtained by The News on
The Centre has observed that though funds were
released to the Sindh government after permission from the institution
concerned converting the Canadian loan into a grant, the provincial
government has been found wanting to utilise the grant for improving the
quality of education in the province. It is feared that such
callousness may cause further delays in getting more funds for identical
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between
the governments of Canada and Pakistan for converting Pakistan's
official debt into a grant to improve the quality of elementary
education through imparting training to teachers. Accordingly, PC-I to
this effect was prepared at a cost of Rs1,261.773 million, which was
approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec)
for five years (2006-2011), which has now been extended to June 2013.
project aims at providing training to elementary teachers and awarding
scholarships to students of BEd and diploma in education, besides
carrying out some civil works and procurements.
sources said that the Planning and Development Division had evolved a
"new mechanism" for releasing development funds allocated under the
Public Sector Development Programme for the financial year 2010-11.
a special waiver was obtained from the Planning Commission to release
funds over and above the authorised percentage (i.e. 14 percent of the
total allocation instead of 10 percent) for the implementation of the
Accordingly, Rs34 million was released during the first
quarter (July-September) of last year to the Education and Literacy
Department Sindh/Programme Monitoring Unit Sindh under the CIDA project.
Federal Education Secretary Muhammad Athar Tahir, in his recent letter
to the Sindh government, has pointed out that out of the released funds
during the previous quarter, Rs15.244 million has so far been utilised,
leaving a balance of Rs18.756 million. The federal education secretary
described the slow utilisation of the funds as "most discouraging" and
warned that such attitude may result in slowing the implementation pace
of the project. He has apprehended that it might also frustrate every
effort of the federal education ministry to process the case for further
releases of funds for the project.
The Centre has asked the provincial government to expedite the utilisation of released funds.
privy to this development said that the new Sindh education
secretary, Naheed S Durrani, in a letter to the federal education
ministry dated 29th December, stated that the CIDA project's funds were
received from September to November, 2010, instead of July to September.
pointed out that the funds were released at a time when Sindh had
already been hit by devastating monsoon floods. The provincial education
secretary believed that many teachers training institutes were being
used as camps by internally displaced persons and as such the activities
on that count had slightly slowed down.
Despite these perceived
hurdles, the secretary claimed that around Rs27.6 million was spent
during this period. However, she was hopeful that all "necessary
measures" would be taken to expedite the implementation of the project
and facilitate intended purposes. She said any "past lapses or delays"
would be taken care of to put the project back on track.
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2011 declared Year of Chemistry
three-day International Conference on Chemistry and its role in science
was organised from January 3 to 5 under the auspices of the Department
of Chemistry Jinnah University for Women (JUW).
the Department, Dr Rafia Azmat, said that for the conference some 220
abstracts were received from various countries.
She paid tributes
to Prof. Dr Attaur Rehman, Prof. Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary and the Chairman
of HEC for extending all support for the conference.
the Pakistan Science foundation, Prof. Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro, in
his message pointed out that the year 2011 has been declared as the
International Year of Chemistry by the International Union of Pure and
Applied Chemistry and UNESCO.
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University-industry liaison highlighted
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has decided
to form a Directorate of Research in the university that will liaison
with researchers from various universities and industries that will
enable them to share the latest research and learn from each other's
The Registrar, FUUAST, Dr Qamarul Haque, who holds a
PhD in inorganic chemistry, has been appointed the Director of Research
with assistance from his staff that will include an Assistant Director,
Researcher, and many other auxiliary staff.
Dr Haque said that it was of paramount importance that universities and
industry close ranks to initiate meaningful research in Science, Social
Sciences, and Management Sciences. "We (FUUAST) are relatively young
university but occupy 22nd rank among 72 Public Sector Universities. It
is our intention to go further and engage industry to come forward and
give material and technical support to the universities. A local
Pharmaceutical company has offered to build a Pharmaceutical Research
Laboratory in our university. They will bear all the expenses", he gave
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has recently
asked the universities to initiate this step to enhance the quality and
quantity in research and stop the possibility of repetition in the
research and possible plagiarism that has plagued the higher education
in the country.
A meeting is scheduled to be held on January 23
to finalise salient features of the association and ways and means to
run it in a way that it is sustained and the aims are achieved. The
Vice-Chancellor, FUUAST, Dr Muhammad Qaiser, and Dr Muhammad Iqbal
Choudhary, Professor and Director of HEJ Institute of Chemistry,
University of Karachi (KU), both eminent scientists, will be the anchor
persons while other scientists, including social scientists, will be
part of this association. Dean Faculty of Arts, FUUAST, Dr Seemi
Naghmana, and Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Karachi Dr Zafar
Iqbal, prominent Social Scientists of the country, have also been
invited to the meeting. The news
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