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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 affiliated colleges.

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 a statement.

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 certificates.

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 institution.

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.

Meanwhile, the 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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