SSUET budget 2012-13 | Libraries in Pakistan
SSUET's Rs 817 million budget 2012-13 passed
KARACHI: A surplus Rs 817 million budget of Sir Syed University of
Engineering and Technology (SSUET) for the fiscal 2012-2013 was passed
at a meeting of the institution's Board of Governors held here under the
chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid Hasan Rizvi.
spokesman of the university said on Sunday that in the budget the
university announced a 20 percent increase in the salaries of its
employees while it showed Rs 815 million as current expenditure for the
He said that the budget shows Rs 816.89 million as
current income and Rs 814.27 million as current expenditure thus making
it surplus by Rs 2.63 million.
According to the salient
features, the university will spend Rs 100.52 million on development, Rs
37.6 million on the purchase of additional equipment for laboratories
in all the faculties including newly established telecom faculty.
Rs 16.5 million have been earmarked for financial help to deserving
students and staff. The help will come out of profits on endowment fund,
while Rs 23.45 million would be spent on construction of new academic
block and Rs 9 million for development of new campus/IT park at its 200
acres of land in the upcoming Education City.
The university has
earmarked Rs 1.5 million for research projects, Rs 6 million for
research by faculty, Rs 1.6 million for PhD graduate programme while Rs 3
million set aside for purchase of new books, research journals and
equipment for its library.
As per budget documents some 10,818
students had been awarded degrees in six different engineering
disciplines since 1998 to date.
This year, the university
allocated Rs 16.5 million for development fund and the accumulated Fund
now stands at Rs 88.1 million.
The endowment fund, which was established with an amount of Rs 250 million in 2006 has now soared to Rs 310 million.
board approved the proposition of academic council according to which
syllabus has been amended with respect to the present demands and modern
The board meeting was attended, among others, by Lt Gen
(r) Moinuddin Haider, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Prof Dr MD Shami, Justice
Fazl-e-Ghani Khan, Engr Muhammad Adil Usman, Cdre (r) Salim A Siddiqui
and Provincial Secretary Education. app
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Libraries, reading habits and publishing in Pakistan
"Egypt writes, Lebanon publishes and Iraq reads", was the
mantra that used to succinctly describe the publishing industry and
reading habits in the Arab world.
The problem with this mantra was that it was considered a bit trite.
Then a survey a few years ago added a new dimension, rendering the old
notions outdated, too. The survey revealed that the UAE was the 'most
reading country in the Arab world', with Lebanon following closely
behind. In the realm of publishing, Egypt, Qatar and the UAE had risen
from the ranks to join Lebanon. As for writing skills, though Egypt's
supremacy was unchallenged till then, according to the survey, the 'most
reading Arab countries,' such as the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait and
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, might pose some threat in the future, as
these countries had left Egypt far behind in the field of reading.
During the communist era, Soviet Union claimed to be the most reading
country in the world, but that indeed included a plethora of books on
communist ideology. The Soviets used to publish translations in many
languages and I still remember buying some Urdu books, printed in the
USSR, from a roadside bookseller dealing in second-hand books. One of
them was Urdu translation of Maxim Gorky's 'Mother'. But that was some
two decades ago. Those translations in many languages meant for overseas
readers might have qualified the Soviets as 'the most printing' nation
but not 'the most reading' nation of the world.
Yet one feels the Soviets must have ranked much high on the table
that reflected most reading nations, as in the Soviet era, for Moscow's
population of about eight million, there were some 4,000 libraries.
After reading these statistics about the Arab world and Moscow, I
naturally thought of Pakistan, particularly Karachi. How many libraries
do we have in Karachi for a population of about twice as much? And the
mantra for Pakistan could be something like: Lahore writes, Lahore publishes and Lahore reads.
As for reading habits in Pakistan, a Gallup survey revealed a few
years ago that about 25 per cent of Pakistanis read. The optimistic
survey concluded that it was quite encouraging, considering the literacy
rate that was hovering around 55 per cent at that time. Some believe
that since then the literacy rate has gone up to 59 per cent in our
beloved country. But the 'definition' of literacy is quite different in
Pakistan and it says that anybody who has elementary reading skills,
such as ability to read newspaper headlines, should be considered
literate. In other words, the real literacy rate is much lower than the
perceived 59 per cent. That makes it all the more encouraging and
Do Pakistanis really read that much? I am not sure, but I can tell
you that quite a few publishers are doing a roaring business in the
country. Those 'God's chosen few' are the ones who are smart enough to
have been chosen by some bureaucrats as well.
They publish, say, 1,000 copies of a book and find some good
bureaucrats. Yes, believe me! Just like cops, there are good bureaucrats
and bad bureaucrats, too. The good ones are those who tell these
publishers that they are well-read, cultured and understand the
importance of libraries and literature. They are always willing to
promote reading habits in our beloved country by helping some
publishers. Through the magnanimity, cultured-mindedness and courtesy of
these 'rightly placed' bureaucrats a few hundred copies of these books
are purchased by our culture-loving, beloved government. In the case of
the province of Punjab, this figure may go as high as 700 copies as
there are more government libraries in Punjab (don't even think of
comparing these figures with the libraries in Moscow, ah, those
There are some even better bureaucrats. These are the ones who can
write, or at least that's what they think. They look for some good
publishers. Yes, believe me! Just like cops and bureaucrats, there are
good and bad publishers, too. The good publishers are those who help our
beloved government promote reading habits in our beloved country by
sending books to the government libraries, though they have to charge a
bit of money for this philanthropic little deed (handling and postage
charges are not included, they are billed for separately). Now the
surest way to promote reading habits in the country is to write a book,
get it published by a 'good' publisher and, just by chance, get paid in
the process. Somebody has said that when men and mountains meet, great
things happen. Similarly, when good bureaucrats and good publishers
meet, great things happen: great purchasing orders are generated, great
amounts are paid, libraries receive great books, some great writers are
born overnight and, call it a coincidence or bonus, economy gets a boost
since bank deposits, too, get a boost. In such cases, the 'royalty'
paid to such bureaucrats who at the same time happen to be writing
geniuses could be astounding in a country where merely uttering the word
'royalty' makes publishers burst into laughter.
But then what happens to the books shipped by the good publishers to
these libraries? Though the visitors to our public libraries may not be
in great numbers, the permanent residents of these libraries, rats,
cockroaches and, in some cases, termite, have great literary 'tastes'
and are very 'fond' of books. Unlike readers, the discourtesy of library
staff cannot discourage them (though some of them suffer from bad
breath after devouring the books written by good bureaucrats).
I have seen libraries where bookshelves are locked and they have been
locked for ages as the rust on them will tell you. Even the librarian
may not remember where they had put the keys after locking the shelves
years ago. The biggest hindrance in promoting reading habits is the
staff at some of our public libraries.
But let me add here, in all honesty, that some of the most courteous human beings I ever met in our society were library staff.
For example, the staff members at Punjab University Library were
astonishingly courteous and cooperative. During my visit last year, I
found the library well-stocked, well-lit and well-managed. The
notoriously long load-shedding was not a problem since generators kept
the power supply uninterrupted. With huge number of rare books and with
what is known as 'open access' in library science's terms, I found some
old gems and got them photocopied at my convenience. The library opens
early and remains open quite late into the evening. What was a treat to
watch was the fact that all the reading halls were filled with readers -
though mostly students, teachers and scholars - till the closing hours.
The recording and issuance of books is fully computerised.
Similarly, the halls and shelves at Lahore's Government College
University Library are a sight for the sore eyes. Its staff, its
collections and the facilities are of the kind a book lover dreams of.
Another library that has the most courteous and cooperative staff I have
ever found in a library is Karachi's Bedil library. But more about it
some time later.
What we need most is the libraries with courteous staff who does not
consider the visitors a cause of inconvenience but a guest and
incidentally a reason for the very existence of the library that employs
them. by email@example.com (Dawn)
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KU offers admissions in Masters, Diploma
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) Evening Programme Director Prof
Dr Abuzar Wajidi announced admissions for the Masters and Diploma
programmes, here on Sunday. Admission forms and prospectuses can be
obtained and submitted at the UBL Counter, Silver Jubilee Gate till July
4 from 09:30am-05:00pm.
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KU announces MA subject change date
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced the date of subject
change in MA private on Saturday. As per details, students who want to
change their subject in MA private can submit their forms till June 25
with Rs 500 fees. It is pertinent to mention here that examination of MA
private I and II will start from July 2 and 3 respectively. Daily times
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Environment at KU
Karachi: Though I am proud of being a student of the University of
Karachi, one of the prestigious universities of Pakistan, on the other
hand I am quite depressed at being left at the mercy of politic4al
activists at KU, who often use force to disrupt educational activities
at the varsity.
They not only spoil the environment of the university, but also beat
up innocent students. They mostly force students to attend their events
or meetings, and students have no choice but to attend the events if
they wish to remain unhurt.
Though these students belong to political parties, they don't know how to protest. Whenever they protest, they create tension.
The university walls are disfigured with graffiti featuring slogans of political parties.
The authorities concerned must take strict action against all such anti-democratic elements at the university. IQRA EJAZ, Karachi University (Dawn)
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