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Admissions to Class XI begin on Tuesday
Karachi, July 27: The process of admissions to colleges in Class XI in
the city's 123 public sector colleges for the academic year 2009-10
under the Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) 2009 will begin on July
This was announced by the Director-General of Colleges, Sindh, Prof Dr Rafiq Ahmed here on Friday.
He said that the admission forms would be available at the Al- Habib Bank branches in the metropolis.
Dr Rafiq, who heads the 18-member CAP committee formed by the
provincial education department, said that the admission forms would be
issued until August 8 and applicants were required to submit the duly
filled up forms at the issuing bank branch.
He said that the
admission policy this year was unchanged. He recalled that about 92,000
applicants were given admission to the government colleges, including
five newly opened colleges, of the city last year.
This year, he added, some 98,000 applicants would be accommodated in the colleges.
Dr Rafiq said the classes were expected to commence by the second week of September.
He said the price of the admission form along with the prospectus had been reduced to Rs50 from Rs100.—APP
Sources in the education department said that admissions would be
offered to fresh matriculates in six different faculties at the city's
government colleges, our staff reporter adds.
faculties included pre-engineering, pre-medical, computer science,
commerce, humanities and home economics, they said, adding that most of
the admissions, numbering around 22,630, would be given in the
pre-engineering faculty, followed by the commerce faculty for which
there would be about 22,500 seats. There remaining seats expected to be
available are: humanities (over 20,500), pre-medical (16,345), computer
science (1,255) and home economics (600).
According to the
sources, the students who have passed their Secondary School
Certificate/Technical Board exams, GCE (O' Level) or equivalent annual
examinations in 2009 could apply for admissions to Class XI in the
city's government colleges. Moreover, all those students who have
passed their above-mentioned examinations last year, or indeed in any
year up to five years ago, are also eligible for admissions but with
the condition that five marks for each year between 2009 and the year
they obtained their results will be deducted from their total marks to
determine their merit.
The students who will be passing their
SSC or equivalent supplementary examinations-2009 will not be eligible
for admission in the 2009-10 academic session. Besides, all those
students who have already appeared in the HSC (part-I or II)
examinations from the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi or from
any other educational boards of the country will not be re-admitted to
Regarding the students who have given their O'
Level examinations, the sources said that it would be imperative for
the students passing GCE O' Level examinations to have passed their
exams for the subjects of English, Urdu, Islamiat, Pakistan Studies and
four optional subjects. Besides, the students belonging to this
category would also be required to get an equivalence certificate from
the Inter-Boards Committee of Chairmen in Islamabad. Dawn
"please mention list of branches from where we purchase CAP forms "
City, Country: Karachi
"Can anybody let me know the following, Please: 1- Is it Bank Al Habib or Al Habib Bank & Names of Designated Branches. 2-Last date of submission of the forms and the docoments required to be attached. "
Name: Noor Ahmed
City, Country: Karachi
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Curious case of a dean holding seven KU posts
Karachi: The faculty of arts in Karachi University seems to be
facing an acute academic and administrative crisis these days, as the
faculty's dean is currently holding seven posts, including the
directorship of two institutes and the chairmanship of three
departments, on the grounds that "eligible candidates" are not
available, it has been learnt.
to sources, the KU dean faculty of arts, Dr Shamsuddin, is currently
working as the chairman of the philosophy, general history and Islamic
He is also holding the posts of director of
the Institute of Clinical Psychology and the Applied Economics Research
Centre (AERC), besides being the dean of faculty of education and
special adviser to the vice chancellor.
Although KU officials
state the unavailability of associate professors and professors as the
primary reason for such an administrative arrangement, the sources say
that the excuse is not entirely based on facts.
code states: "Provided that where there is no professor or associate
professor in a department, it shall be looked after by the dean of the
faculty with the assistance of the most senior teacher of the
Removals and resignations
At AERC, Prof (Dr)
Shahida Wizarat and Prof (Dr) Nuzhat Ahmed, being the only two
professors at the centre, remained its director, by turns, for many
years till 2005 when the latter went abroad and the former assumed the
charge of the centre.
In 2007, Prof (Dr) Wizarat was removed from the post when she allegedly refused to comply with the vice chancellor's orders.
Dr Shamsuddin took over the AERC as there was no professor or an associate professor available at the centre at that time.
Dr Nuzhat Ahmed has now returned and joined the centre a few months ago. But Dr Shamsuddin still continues to lead the centre.
the Islamic history department, Prof (Dr) Nigar Sajjad Zaheer, the only
full professor at the department, reportedly developed some differences
with her colleagues a year ago.
A fact-finding committee was set
up to probe into the alleged charges of "attitude problem and
misbehaviour" that had been levelled against her.
the report could be presented at any statutory forum, she was removed
from her post and the dean of the faculty was given the charge of the
department, as there was neither an associate professor nor a professor
available at the department.
Assistant professor Shakeel Siddiqui was made the "in-charge" without any notification.
February this year, Prof (Dr) Nigar wrote a letter to the vice
chancellor, who also heads the Board of Advanced Studies and Research,
about Dr Shamsuddin. She wrote in her letter that Dr Shamsuddin had
supervised his own sister-in-law in doing her PhD thesis, which she
said was unethical. His sister-in-law, Uzma Perveen, was a lecturer at
the Islamic history department.
At the general history
department, Prof (Dr) Nargis Rasheed left the chairpersonship after
developing differences with other teachers last year. She left the
post, stating that she was unable to fulfil her duties due to health
The other professor and associate professor, Prof (Dr)
Javed Hussain and Prof (Dr) Shama Habib, respectively, who were
technically eligible to be made chairperson, declined to take the
The situation at the philosophy department is,
however, different. The department has no professor or associate
professor since 2004 and the dean is looking after the affairs of the
department. An associate professor, who applied for the post in 2004,
was appointed in the department in July this year.
Prof (Dr) Seema Munaf, who headed the Institute of Clinical Psychology, reportedly left her post under pressure over a year ago.
the absence of any associate professor or a professor at the centre,
the dean assumed the responsibility of the director of the department.
is important to mention here that all these professors who left their
administrative posts due to some conflicts still serve at their
respective departments as teachers with the exception of Dr Wizarat,
who is now retired.
The aggrieved teachers have expressed grave doubts about the dean's impartiality and his role in their conflicts.
Shamsuddin also serves as the dean of the faculty of education, as
there is no full professor at the education department to work as dean.
is worth mentioning that the faculty of education is basically meant
for attending to matters relating to colleges affiliated with Karachi
University. The past practice was to appoint a full professor from
either of the departments of education and special education, which are
under the faculty of arts, as dean of the faculty of education.
on Dr Shamsuddin's case, Dr Aqeel Ahmed of the Karachi University
Teachers' Society (Kuts) said that the society had always condemned the
appointment of teachers on more than one post.
"I think the
disputes among teachers need to be resolved instead of giving charge of
many posts to one person. There is one or two departments where there
is a genuine problem of not having eligible persons, but in other
departments there are conflicts which need attention," he said.
This is the second tenure of Dr Shamsuddin as dean who is retiring in November this year.
to the sources, his first tenure ended on Dec 1, 2007, but he continued
as dean without the governor's orders till his extension orders were
issued on January 1, 2008.
Defending his position, Dr Shamsuddin
said: "I have been assigned all these posts as there was no associate
professor or professor available in the relevant departments. In case
of AERC, I have already sent a letter to the VC in this regard that Dr
Nuzhat be given the charge of the centre."
KU Vice Chancellor
Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui admitted that the faculty of arts
faced a major deterioration of standards. He said that the situation
was the result of a lack of planning in the past.
"There was a
time when there used to be 11 PhDs in the general history department
that had produced many renowned historians. The sorry state of affairs
has come about because our predecessors did not make any plans for the
faculty's development and it has been only two years since we took up
the task. There is also a lack of motivation on the part of teachers to
pursue higher studies and acquire foreign fellowships which could help
them hone their skills."
About the disputes among teachers, he
said: "Every teacher cannot do an administrative job and,
unfortunately, we don't have the good manners to say no when we are
unfit for a job. Being the head of a department, you have to take
everybody on board, which everybody cannot do. The administration has
to intervene if a department is paralysed by conflicts." Dawn
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Rs1849m KU budget approved
Karachi: The Syndicate of the University of
Karachi (KU) which met last Saturday has approved the budget of
1849.842 million rupees for the fiscal year 2009-10. The budget has a
shortfall of 492.5 million rupees that the university has to meet other
than the grant it receives from the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The KU had asked for 1350.34 million from the HEC in a parallel
development but the former approved approximately 900 million rupees
for the current budget resulting in the current deficit budget. The KU
will face an additional burden of 924 million owing to the increased
pay and allowances of the employees announced by the government.
Ironically it seems that the government is not willing to inject the
increased amount into the KU coffers to enable it to comply with the
A reliable source informed that
the Syndicate has formed a committee that has Dr Shakeel Farooqui, an
Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, as the Convener and
Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, A.G. Miana, a representative from HEC in KU
Syndicate; KU Director Finance S.M. Khalid and MNA Khushbakht Shujaat
as the members to ensure that improvements incorporated in the budget
are practiced in Toto.
Provincial Minister for Jails Muzaffar
Ali Shajrah, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan and MNA Khushbakht Shujaat
assured the KU Syndicate that they would use their influence to get
more financial support for the KU.
The KU Syndicate also
confirmed the action taken against the three professors for misconduct
and plagiarising the research literature and who were subsequently
suspended in the last meeting of the KU Syndicate. Justices (Retired)
Haziq-ul-Khairi and Saleem Akhtar are currently making enquiries and
conducting hearings for the final decision.
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Mass Communication moves from one crisis to another
Karachi: While Pakistan is facing a media boom with
Karachi as its centre, the Department of Mass Communication of Karachi
University that should have undertaken the task of producing graduates
for this industry continues to waddle in uncertainty.
situation is caused by both the teachers of the department and
nonchalant behaviour of the KU administration, including the Vice
The department which was once sandwiched between
other departments of the Arts Faculty has now shifted to a new spacious
building, thanks to the philanthropy of Nadira Feroz Ahmed, the widow
of Dr Feroz Ahmed, who bequeathed Rs15 million to upgrade the
department to an institute.
Unfortunately the generous
donation and the lofty vision of Ms Ahmed did not seem to improve the
overall fortunes of the department – the fathers of the department
including Dr Muhammad Shamsuddin who is also the Dean of the Arts
Faculty and the current chairman Prof Mahmood Ghaznavi, are not very
famous for their academic prowess.
On the contrary the former is
known for his behind the scene manoeuvrings that have been corroding
the foundation of the university, while the latter who refuses to exit
despite being tainted by a proven case of plagiarism.
Shamsuddin and Professor Ghaznavi were contacted to give
their version of events, they refused to do so. But the controversy of
the department refuses to go away. Dr Aqeela Islam, who is currently
associated with the Jinnah University for Women (JUW) as a registrar
was one of the many who were selected to be the member of Board of
Governors of the proposed Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass
Communication. "We have not received any official notification and it
seems that even those have been shelved by the concerned authorities
for the time being. The teachers are running the institute as a
department", she explained.
Giving further details of her
disillusionment with the MCD she added that "It was agreed that a
Director would be hired from the media with adequate field knowledge.
That was sabotaged by the faculty members fearing that competent people
will indirectly expose their mediocrity. The team left by Dr Feroz
Ahmed in 1997, has broken up after the death of Dr Feroz due to
Students at the department are quite
worried about the pathetic condition of the department. Several
students have clearly stated that excepting a few they were not
satisfied with the standard or disposition of their teachers. A student
who is in the final year wrote a letter stating that the
courses taught at the department are archaic, outdated and unrelated to
the modern media world.
Speaking about the dilapidated
facilities at the department, a recent graduate informed, "The
department has only one outdated camera for the students of electronic
media. The camera is so outdated that its cassettes are no longer
available in the market."
Other courses like film making,
script writing, investigative reporting, and business journalism etc,
have not been added to the syllabus despite the introduction of a four
year degree programme, he said adding that "this year a camera was
provided by a working journalist for a few days in order to conduct the
Yet another student puts in "this year instead of
making new sections, 40 more students were admitted to the class of BS
third year while the original class was forced to study two courses
again for the sake of new comers." The News
"In response to the news subjected "Mass communication moves from one crisis to another" The news is absolutely based on facts and one more growing industry all over world is "PUBLISHING INDUSTRY". Not a single line is taugh about Publishing & Publishing Process in the Institute "
Name: Ahmed Noman
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
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