Urdu varsity fails to go beyond college status
Karachi, June 06, 2008: The new administration of the Federal Urdu University for Arts,
Science and Technology (FUUAST) is facing tough time in promoting varsity
culture at its campus as it is still in the grip of college culture due to the
lack of infrastructure and teachers' politics and grouping.
However, the new
Vice Chancellor FUUAST Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar, willing to do remarkable
services for the university, adopting key measures to replace college culture
with varsity customs at the FUUAST. Conversely, his predecessor Prof Dr
Kamaluddin had been alleged for not using the university funds provided by
Higher Education Commission (HEC) for provision of infrastructure and
development of the teaching faculty.
It may be noted that Prof Dr Pirzada
Qasim Raza Siddiqui, then Vice Chancellor of the KU, was the first VC of the
FUUAST, but after his appointment as VC KU, Aftab Ahmed Khan was appointed as
the acting vice chancellor of the FUUAST.
Prof Dr Kamaluddin took charge
from Prof Dr Iqbal Muhsin who was removed from the post because of his
inappropriate performance. Prior to the present administration, the university
had been facing enormous crisis in performing administrative jobs.
contacted, VC Prof Dr Qaisar said on Thursday that new administration
was making all-out efforts to upgrade the standard of the FUUAST with millions
of rupees while the prevailing college culture at the university will take some
time to be converted into varsity culture. In this regard, the administration
has taken some major steps including development of faculty, provision of
infrastructure, organisation of conferences, workshops and seminars at the
FUUAST, he added.
FUUAST Registrar Prof Dr Qamarul Haq said the university
culture was being promoted at the campus under the directions of the present
vice chancellor. He said the administration is spending enormous funds to bring
the university on the path to progress. Nearly 35 departments have been directed
to develop their seminar library, for which the administration has provided huge
funds for purchasing books. The physics department alone has been provided Rs 25
million for the development of necessary infrastructure. However, many
departments have been funded for organising seminars and conferences so that
university culture could be promoted. In this regard, the mass communication
department will organise an international conference, while the varsity will
also hold the first Urdu and Sindhi National Conference. However, Higher
Education Commission is playing vital role in the promotion of university
culture at the FUUAST, Dr Haq added.
Chairman Mass Communication Department,
Prof Touseef Ahmed Khan said the university was passing through transitional
phase, whereas the new administration has done something noticeable to attain
He said that lack of infrastructure was the main hindrance in the
way to promote varsity culture. However, previous administration, under
leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Kamaluddin, failed to take benefit from
the HEC policies for developing infrastructure and teaching faculty. The Nation