Karachi University three-year honours degree
KU restores three-year honours degree
Karachi, June 27: The Karachi University Academic Council on Saturday
decided to restore the three-year BSc, BA, BCom (honours) and two-year MA, MSc
and MCom programmes with effect from the academic year 2012.
However, the four-year BS (bachelor of studies) programme of eight semesters
which the KU introduced in 2007 on the directives of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) would be retained as well and, as such, this programme and the
BSc, BA and BCom (Hons) programmes of six semesters would run concurrently and
the students would have the option to choose any of them.
The meeting presided over by the KU Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim
Raza Siddiqui was attended by all faculties deans, departments chairpersons,
directors of different KU institutes, all professors and elected members from KU
There are over 200 members of the KU academic council.
The KU in the light of the academic council's Saturday decision decided to
offer admissions in 2012 to the following degree programmes simultaneously: BS
four-year (eight semesters); BSc, BA, BCom three-year (honours) (six semesters);
and MA, MSc, and MCom two-year (four semesters).
According to KU officials, the existing batches of students who are at
various stages of BS programme will be allowed to opt for either: BS on
completion of eight semesters; BA/BSc/BCom (Hons) on completion of six
semesters; MSc, MA, MCom on completion of four semesters; MA/MSc/MCom on
completion of two semesters (after honours).
Emphasising the need for restoring the three-year BSc, BA, and BCom (Hons)
and two-year MA, MSc and MCom programmes, the KU officials said that though the
KU had introduced BS 4-year programme in 2007 and it was running successfully in
almost all departments of the University of Karachi, those passing BS were not
being accepted for their rightful place in the competitive job market. The BS
students were not considered eligible for grade 17 and grade 18 jobs, while the
Master's degree holders produced by other public and private sector universities
were getting these jobs since the requirement of such jobs was a first class
master's degree and not the BS, they said.
The academic council felt that before asking the universities to introduce
the four-year BS programme, the HEC should have taken initiatives to sensitise
the Federal and Provincial Public Service Commissions/R&D institutions and
other employers to the equivalence status of the BS programme to Master's degree
(MA/MSc/MCom) so that the same might had been reflected in their job
advertisements, they said.
The academic council pointed out that during a survey of different public
sector universities it was found that they were offering admissions to BA, BSc
and BCom (Hons) and Master's programmes (MSc/MA/MCom) together with the new BS
programme, they added.
"In order to address all issues related to the BS programme and to save the
career of our students, the only way out seems to continue our four years (eight
semesters) BS programme in addition to our previously approved programmes:
MA/MSc/MCom (two years/ four semesters); MA/MSc/MCom (one year/ two semesters);
and BA/BSc/BCom (Hons) three years/six semesters," the academic council said in
It said that the Master's and BS programmes would remain same as their
courses had been updated and, as such, the KU students would be able to compete
better for right positions in the job market.
The students who are in different stages of BS programme or have completed
eight semesters of BS will be given an opportunity to opt either for
BA/BSc/(Hons) and MA/MSc or to remain in the BS programme, it said.
All students will be graded according to the examination and assessment rules
of Semester Rules 2002 Booklet (pgs 6 and 7) as per the registrar's notification
dated March 13, 2009, the statement added.
Teachers' society reaction
Commenting on the decision of the academic council, Karachi University
Teachers' Society president Prof Abid Hasnain said that though both the
three-year BA, BSc and BCom (Hons) programme and the four-year BS programme
would run concurrently, the later programme would naturally die out as most
students would opt for the former programme. He said the students would have the
option of either getting honours degree after passing their six semester or a
Master's degree after successfully completing eight semesters.
"In fact, the BS programme was introduced in haste and under the pressure of
the HEC," he said. Dawn
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Sacked KU employee moves SHC against removal
Karachi: Former Chief Security Officer Karachi University, Muhammad Zahid
Maqsood, has filed a petition against KU, challenging his removal order issued
by the varsity as Chief Security Officer, TheNation has learnt.
The KU vice
chancellor, registrar, deputy registrar general and Senior Security Officer Syed
Iftikhar Alam are cited as respondents in the petition. The petitioner has
submitted that after he joined the KU as Chief Security Officer, he worked well.
He due to his mother's serious illness proceeded on leave on emergent basis to
take her care with due process of law and submitted applications for four days
leave to his immediate officer i.e. the security advisor, where after he sent
two more letters via TCS to inform the administration about his extended
absence. Besides, the petitioner also informed the vice chancellor on telephone
about his absence and the same fact was also brought to his notice by the
immediate officer of the petitioner.
The registrar on the basis of false
information allegedly conveyed to him by security staff that the petitioner has
not been attending office since November 16, 2010, advised the petitioner vide
his letter/order dated November 23, 2010 to see the said respondent on November
26, 2010. The petitioner furnished his reply to the above explanation and denied
the allegation of remaining absent without any intimation and/or application and
stated the fact of his leaving the station on emergent basis on account of his
mother's ailment who remained hospitalised for over 10 days in CMH Okara and
Lahore. The office of the registrar with malafide intention and ulterior motives
conveyed false and fabricated facts before the syndicate orally and without any
agenda and succeeded in getting the resolution passed from the syndicate about
the termination of the petitioner's service, which resolution otherwise is
without observing the due process of law.
The petitioner filed an appeal dated December 18, 2010 against the arbitrary and
discriminatory decision taken by the syndicate on November 27, 2010 and brought
the actual and correct position to the notice of the authorities and in the end
he prayed that the impugned resolution may be recalled and the petitioner may be
allowed to continue to his post/position.
He was verbally assured by the KU
Vice Chancellor that his appeal would be placed before the next Syndicate to be
held on January 29, 2011 and in the meanwhile suspended the termination decision
and accepted his joining report allowing the Petitioner to resume his duties and
issued the salary as well. However, in the said meeting of the Syndicate dated
January 29, 2011, some amendment was made vide Resolution No.1, according to
which word 'Lihaza' (therefore) used in the earlier resolution passed as to the
termination of the Petitioner was deleted and before that sign "-" was inserted
with a malafide intention to give impression that the termination of the
Petitioner was not due to the Petitioner's absent from duty. The nation
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Languages exam results
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi on Sunday
announced the results of oriental languages examination-2010.
According to the statistics, a total of 2,016 candidates were registered in
different language courses including Urdu, Arabic, Sindhi and Persian and 1,902
of them appeared in the exam. Of them, 1,734 were declared successful - 763 in
first division, 916 in second division and 55 in third division. ppi
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SSUET approves Rs 712m budget for 2011-12
Karachi: The Board of Governors of Sir Syed University of
Engineering and Technology (SSUET) passed Rs 712.30 million surplus budget for
2011-2012 at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Saiyid Nazir Ahmed. The budget shows the income at Rs 714.84 million with Rs 627
million as current expenditure and Rs 84.90 million set aside for development
thus making the budget surplus by Rs 2.54 million. According to the budget's
salient features, the highest amount of Rs 37.50 million has been allocated for
purchasing additional equipments for all Faculties including newly established
Telecom Faculty. Besides, Rs. 16 million have been earmarked for financial help
to be provided out of profit on Endowment Fund, wile Rs. 12.30 million would be
spent on construction of new academic block, Rs 8.80 million provided for
development of New Campus/IT Park.
The budget shows an allocation of Rs 1.5
million for research projects, Rs 3.5 million for research by faculty, Rs 1.5
million for PhD Graduate Programme. During the new fiscal the University will
spend Rs. 3 million on purchase of new books, research journals and equipment
for library. The university allocated the same amount for award of scholarships
to students as was kept in the year 2008 and afterwards. During 2010-11, the
university had provided financial assistance to 28 employees and 473 students
out of profit on endowment fund and the same was expected in 2011-12. According
to the budget documents some 9,819 students have been awarded engineering degree
from 1998 to 2011 while three Faculty members cleared PhD comprehensive exams
and are pursuing research work. With an allocation of Rs 13.70 million for
development fund, the accumulated Fund now stands at Rs 74.40 million. ppi
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BSEK record of private candidates computerised
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has
computerised its entire record pertaining to the registration of private
candidates while the process of computerising the record of its examination
department will begin soon.
Syed Anzar Hussain Zaidi said that the computerisation of the private
candidates' registration record would help board officials detect forgery cases
such as change of photos, tampering with candidates' particulars and documents,
etc, besides eliminating the possibility of tampering with mark-sheets and
Though the board had chalked out an elaborate plan aimed at computerising its
entire record of the examination department and enrolment section, initially it
managed to computerise its private candidates' registration department.
Answering a question about the two proposals pertaining to the raise in the
remuneration of teachers and other officials assigned examination duties and the
increase in fees of examination forms, mark-sheets, migration certificates that
would be discussed in a meeting of the BSEK board of governors on June 28, he
said although the matter relating to the remuneration of exam duties would be
discussed, the fees of examination forms, mark-sheets and migration certificate
would not be increased. Dawn
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KUST VC defends action against protesting students 16 students sent to jail
Kohat: Vice-Chancellor Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) Nasir Jamal Saturday said that
the students staged protest after the administration lodged a first information
report (FIR) against a few students for ransacking the offices of the
He said some students of the KUST
attacked the secrecy (examination section) of the University and locked the
offices on June 23. He said the students also took one of the officers hostage
for hours and the university management lodged an FIR against this illegal and
unethical step by the students.
The vice-chancellor said the students
started the protest in a bid to force the administration to withdraw the cases
against their colleagues. Nasir Jamal said on June 24, the students forced their
entry into the Examination Hall, stopped some candidates from attempting their
papers, misbehaved with the staff on duty and destroyed the answer sheets after
snatching them from the candidates. He said that the protesting students forced
the candidates to leave the Examination Hall.
The vice-chancellor said
the university administration asked the district administration for help to
conduct the examination smoothly and protect the university property from
damage. He added that the police arrested only those students who were involved
in violence and caused damage to the university property.
police sources said that about 16 students out of 255 had been sent to Kohat
District Jail while others were set free. They added that the arrest of the
students was unavoidable after the university administration lodged cases
against them. Around 25 students were injured and 255 others arrested after the
police resorted to baton charge and teargas to break up a protest against the
university administration on Friday. The news
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