Karachi University teaching jobs
Oldies outweigh merit at KU
Karachi, June 26, 2008: Despite the availability of nearly 700 teaching faculty members and
300 non-teaching staff, nearly all top positions in the administration of the
Karachi University (KU) are occupied by retired officers and teachers.
list of retired officials include the names of Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Akhlaq Ahmed, Registrar Prof Rais Alvi, Director Finance S M Khalid, Secretary
Vice chancellor Shamss-ul-Haq, Chief Accountant Muhammad Iqbal, Librarian Syeda
Arjumand Bano, Auditor Ashfaq Ahmed and Public Relation Officer Qazi Saleem, it was learnt on Wednesday.
Among others who have retired from their
positions but working still at the KU, include Salary In-charge Anis Ahmed,
Accountant Khalil-ur-Rahman, Bursar Iqbal, Bookshop In-charge Saeed Baba and
Deputy Director Health and Physical Education.
Conversely, the university has
around 17 higher learning research institutes and centers out of which many
institutes, including Centre for Molecular Genetics and AQ Khan Institute of
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering are also being headed by retired
professors, namely Prof Dr Syed Irtifaq Ali and Prof Dr Nuzhat Ahmed.
senior professor of the KU, on the condition of anonymity, said that due to the
domination of retired officials in the administration the KU was not acting out
as good as it could in the fronts of research, academics, management etc because
retired officials perform their duties on the bases of expedience not on
principles. He said, "They even can not enforce the write of the government in
any institution. This is unfortunate that young talent, pertaining to teaching
and non-teaching staff of the KU, is discouraged in this situation, while the KU
is considered as largest university of the country."
It is pertinent to
mention here that in the year 1953 it started its teaching and research
activities at two Faculties of Arts and Science. Opened with an initial intake
of 50 students, the university is now a sprawling structure of 53 Departments
and 17 world class and highly reputable Research Centers and Institutes, under
eight faculties of Arts, science Islamic Studies Pharmacy Commerce &
Business Administration, Law, Education and Medicine. At present the enrolment
of a regular student at the Campus is slightly over 24,000. There are more than
600 teachers and nearly 3000 supporting staff.
When contacted Dr
Abid Hasnain, General Secretary Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) to
know his opinion about the issue, he said that retired officials had usually
been found incapable in term of exercising their power to implement the
He said, "It is not appalling for the
administration to give an extension to retired teachers on account of teaching
purposes, because the KU needs experienced and qualified teachers for imparting
knowledge and giving training properly. The present KU administration is
required to provide opportunities to young and energetic people in place of
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