KU MA, LLM exam forms | HEC tenure track system
Karachi University MA exam forms schedule
Karachi, May 04: The University of Karachi has announced that the examination
forms and fee for regular candidates of MA annual examinations 2008 can be
deposited from May 5 to 9 with a late fee of Rs700.
All the candidates
who were enroled in 2003 or earlier will have the last opportunity to appear in
the MA annual examination 2008.
The university has also announced that the examination forms and fee for LLM annual examinations
2009 can be deposited from May 11 to 26. The forms will be accepted from
May 30 to June 6 with late fee of Rs500.
BA, BSc and BCom Enrolment
The enrolment section of the university has extended the date for enrolment in the BA, BSc and
BCom for the academic session 2008-09. The forms and fee will be accepted from
May 4 to 30 with a late fee of Rs500. Ppi
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Spirit of HEC tenure track system compromised, say teachers
Karachi: Major irregularities are being committed in the tenure track
system (TTS) presently under implementation in over 40 universities of the
country. In order to gain the monetary benefits offered by the system to PhD
faculty members, the relevant rules have been relaxed to such an extent that the
basic purpose of the TTS seems to have been compromised, it has been learnt.
The TTS, introduced by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) about five
years ago, offers hefty salaries to PhD faculty members of public sector
universities if they meet a certain criteria. The objective was to stop the
'brain drain' phenomenon, encourage research and make faculty members
Over the years, not only has the HEC come up with more
relaxed versions of the TTS one after the other in order to bring more
candidates on board, but educational institutions have enacted their own
statutes, which do not comply with even the relaxed rules of the HEC, say
At present, the TTS has been approved by the board of
governors/syndicates of 55 universities, degree awarding institutes and centres.
There are 67 public sector universities in the country, of which over 40 are on
the TTS. Some have, however, not yet begun implementation of the system.
About 408 science teachers and 267 social science teachers are on the
TTS across the country. Last year, the HEC spent Rs154.904 million on the
Under the HEC's model tenure track process statutes, version 2.0
released on January 1, 2008, institutions are allowed to enact their respective
tenure track statutes following their respective process of enactment of
However, the documents states, "The modifications, however,
are to be minor in nature and may not alter the fundamental spirit of the tenure
track process of an open recognition of merit, with grant of permanence of
employment only on demonstration of excellence as determined by a body
containing international experts in the relevant subject matter."
statutes enacted by a number of educational institutions, however, are a
complete deviation from and a compromise on the principles of merit.
instance, the commission's TTS statutes say that the dossier of each candidate
from all applicants other than assistant professors should be sent to an
independent Technical Review Panel (TRP) to be constituted by the university and
to be composed of eminent international academics and researchers in the
relevant area, drawn only from technologically advanced countries.
a copy of the dossier, along with names of the TRP members, should be sent to
the HEC. Strict guidelines have been mentioned for selecting TRP members.
However, the statutes enacted by the Allama Iqbal Open University,
Islamabad, and the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, have
ignored this criteria completely.
While defining the TRP panel, the AIOU
document, which is available on the internet, merely says it is "a panel in the
relevant field chosen by the vice-chancellor from the approved panel of
According to the TTS statutes of the NWFP Engineering
University, the TRP is a panel constituted by the university for a candidate,
comprising two external eminent international academic/researchers from
technologically advanced countries. There is no mention of how these experts
would be selected.
In addition, there is no mention of the departmental
tenure review committee in the NWFP Engineering University's statutes, which is
required to provide an essential framework for performance review under the
At present, the AIOU has only one teacher on the TTS,
while the NWFP Engineering University has eight teachers on the system. The AIOU
administration had to face much resistance from teachers when it came to the
system, as many rejected it on the grounds that it would create two 'classes'
The HEC's rules require the candidate to prepare a
comprehensive application dossier that includes letters of reference from
his/her PhD supervisor as well as others from eminent researchers in his/her
area of specialisation. It also asks for a list of all publications in
internationally abstracted journals, recognised for the purpose of appointment
on TTS by the HEC.
The HEC's criteria also give preference to candidates
having work printed in 'impact factor' journals.
All these guidelines
have been somehow ignored in the statutes of both universities. However, this is
just the proverbial tip of the iceberg and there are major violations of the
HEC's developed TTS statutes by both universities. And keeping in view the state
of public sector institutions in the country, one is inclined to assume that
these are not isolated cases.
Many newly established universities that
have not yet completed 10 years of their existence are on the TTS. "It is
strange that universities in Malakand, Gujrat and Hazara have managed to meet
the tough criteria of the HEC, but many older universities are still
contemplating about adopting TTS," remarked Dr Shakeel Farooqui of the Karachi
University Teachers' Society (Kuts).
Numerous versions of TTS
It is surprising to senior teachers that the HEC avoided establishing a panel
representing principal stakeholders in order to make a comprehensive document
for TTS statutes and instead decided to make contact within each institution.
The result is a number of TTS versions over the years.
this methodology, Dr Riaz Ahmed of KU's applied chemistry department said that
the HEC acted like a "desktop publishing house".
"I myself read at least
10 versions of TTS. There was no ethics involved. While consultation with
teachers' representative bodies was avoided, the HEC encouraged individual
The HEC is accused of adopting the same strategy of ignoring
principal stakeholders in the case of making documents for other educational
reforms, including the Model University Ordinance.
Administrators taking TTS posts
The first version of the TTS was forcefully rejected
by the teachers' community, as they saw it as an attempt to change their secured
job status and open windows to exploitation. Though major changes were made in
the statutes to allay concerns, a large number of teachers still oppose it.
Prof Dr Badr Soomro of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities
Academic Staff Association said: "The universities in the country are facing a
financial crisis and are deprived of basic facilities. We are paying salaries
after taking loans from banks. The HEC, instead of allocating funds for the TTS,
should restore the allocated grants of universities."
vehemently opposed the TTS, asserting that it would promote a "class system"
among teachers. "We also oppose reappointment of retired teachers and foreign
faculty programme, which has been disastrous."
Pointing out a major flaw
in the TTS, Dr Kaleemullah Bareach, president, Academic Staff Association,
Balochistan University (BU), said that TTS faculty was allowed to hold
administrative posts, thereby negating the true spirit of the scheme, which was
to encourage research.
"It is morally incorrect for the deans, chairmen
and the vice-chancellor to hold an academic post and be a part of the TTS at the
same time," he said.
According to Dr Shakeel Farooqui of Kuts, however,
it is not just a moral issue. "The posts of dean and vice-chancellor involve so
much administrative work that it is humanly impossible to do any research, the
very reason for offering three times the salary [of faculty not on the TTS]."At
present, there are about 20 teachers on the TTS at BU. Of them, a dozen,
including the vice-chancellor, are holding administrative posts.
According to KU teachers, the old versions of the HEC's statutes had
barred teachers on TTS from taking administrative posts. However, the 2008
statutes removed this distinction. It says a faculty member on the TTS may be
appointed to any academic administrative post in the university, such as
director research, chairman, dean etc.
"This amendment has further
compromised the principles of merit. Under the current statutes, a departmental
committee headed by the chairman is supposed to judge the performance of an
assistant professor, associate professor and professor. But, the statutes give
no guideline in cases where chairmen, deans and VCs themselves are on the TTS.
"In a system plagued with nepotism and corruption, schemes like the TTS
would ultimately become a tool for exploitation. It is not right to accuse just
universities of deviating from rules in order to accommodate more and more
teachers; the HEC itself made major changes in the original document and
compromised merit so it could keep the scheme running," said a teacher.
HEC defends system
To a question about the objectives of the TTS
and whether those have been achieved, Prof Dr Sohail Naqvi, executive director
HEC, said that the TTS was not solely for research purposes. It had a broader
vision and that was to produce a productive faculty in terms of teaching,
research and administrative services.
"It has been successful. More and
more institutions are opting for the scheme, younger people are joining and the
brain drain has stopped to an extent.
"As a result of the TTS, research
productivity has greatly increased. The research publications have registered 50
per cent increase in 2008 as compared to 2007. Last year, too, there was 50 per
cent rise in research publications as compared to the previous year. This fact
has been acknowledged by reputed international organisations."
frequent changes in the TTS statutes, he said that that happened in the initial
stages. "After getting feedback from universities, we were amending the rules.
But, those versions were not officially launched. The 2008 version is the
official statement. It is not easy to change it," he said, adding that each
institution was consulted to understand its unique problems and needs.
About the diversion of TTS funds to end the financial crisis in
universities, he said that the government had released all funds and there was
no issue of payment of salaries now. "The development projects are under a
different head. Their progress has slowed down, but not stopped. We are
expecting substantial increase in the HEC's budget next year."
the offering of the TTS to deans, chairmen, and VCs, he said that it was against
the spirit of the TTS to take back the "privilege" if the person involved was
also competent enough to hold an administrative post.
Dr Naqvi said he
would look into the case of Balochistan and Taxila universities'
vice-chancellors, who were on the TTS and would also see whether the statutes of
AIOU and NWFP Engineering University were violating the spirit of the TTS.
"New universities are implementing TTS in letter and spirit due to which
there is pressure on the old ones to adopt it. We are working towards quality
assurance, but that would take some time." Dawn
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Universities in the city leave a lot to be desired
Karachi: The highest seats of learning in the metropolis continue to
disappoint the connoisseurs of education. The public and private sector
universities, it seems, are vying to do everything except for providing decent
education. The former have become government departments where teachers and
staff expect the best grades, perks and fringe benefits without performing their
The University of Karachi (KU) has suffered several
alarming situations within the last two weeks. An NED student, Faiza Zaidi, was
crushed to death under the wheels of a KU Point Bus. The unfortunate accident
was compounded by the indifferent attitude of the KU administration that was
more concerned about the exoneration of their bus driver rather than the young
Meanwhile, the university once again became a battleground for
student organisations. More cancellation of classes and the postponement of
examinations were accompanied by the concern of teachers – for themselves. In
fact, a senior professor went so far as to say that "we are not responsible for
the students." However, the administration begs to differ as officials have said
that the students are the teachers' responsibility.
The Federal Urdu
University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) is replete with several
paradoxes as well. It claims to be teaching three disciplines but, in fact, the
university is still in the process of leaving 'college culture'
Various departments in the Arts Faculty (Abdul Haq Campus) are
simple, three-room affairs. A visitor finds it difficult to know if he or she is
in the Department of International Relations or Mass Communication. The students
and teachers both appear to be lost and lack the minimum requirements that are a
prerequisite for teachers or students.
FUUAST is supposed to teach the
students in Urdu. The university claims to do so – even the Vice Chancellor Dr
Muhammad Qaiser has said as much. But the ground realities paint a different
picture. The common observation is that the teachers are not well-versed in
They speak a mixture of Urdu and English, claiming that they do not
know "much Urdu." However, their English also contradicts their claims. A
retired professor, an Aligarian said that "they (the teachers) do not
know Urdu and do not care to learn it. How can they teach in Urdu? How can they
claim to know English? A linguistic formula says that a person, who does not
know his mother tongue, can not be adept in any other
Meanwhile, the students of Mohammad Ali Jinnah University
(MAJU) continue to seethe with anger (albeit silently) at the increasing fees in
their alma mater. They do not have the courage (or option) to raise their voices
against the corporate culture of the university. They (the students) should not
be overly surprised. After all, they have Dr Abdul Wahab the famous (or
infamous) corporate who ruled KU like a Roman Emperor and separated the
Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Now he has been brought by the
university owners who sit in Lahore filling their coffers to head MAJU.
Meanwhile students know little about the President of the university who is not
an academic and compassion is not his not his forte.
On the other hand,
Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), the torch-bearers
of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's passion for education, has done fairly well in its
educational pursuits. Many students of the university have won laurels in
various disciplines at home and abroad. It experienced an unlikely scene last
week when a section of students ran amok, breaking window panes and disrupting
A high official of the university said gloomily that "we are
surprised at these students. Why would they do it? We intend to find out, solve
the problem if any, and teach the students to behave."
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Sindh varsity semester from 14th
Hyderabad: The first semester examinations in all the teaching departments of the
University of Sindh will commence from May 14. This was decided here on Saturday
in a high-level meeting of deans of faculties, directors and chairpersons of
centres, institutes and departments of the university. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof
Dr Raffia Ahmed Shaikh presided over the meeting, which discussed the schedule
for the conduct of the examinations, date of submission of examination forms and
announcement of remaining results of semester examinations. The meeting approved
to conduct the semester examinations for regular, improvement and failure
candidates from May 14. It was decided that the examination forms would be
issued to the candidates from May 4, while the last date for the submission of
forms was fixed as May 9. The News
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'1,000 private schools to be opened in backward areas'
Karachi: The Sindh government plans to open 1,000 private schools in the
first phase of a project it claims is designed to provide quality education to
children in marginalised parts of the province. This was stated by provincial
Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq in a written reply to Arif Mustafa Jatoi's
question during scrutiny of the education department in the recently concluded
Sindh Assembly session.
Mr Jatoi had asked for the details of the
project being launched under the public-private partnership.
project is aimed to establish low-cost private schools through provision of per
child subsidy to create greater access to education in marginalised areas of
Sindh (and) enhance the quality of education. The project is initially proposed
for 10 districts. Initially, 1,000 schools have been planned under this project
wherein the national curriculum will be adopted with no fee (collected) from any
child. About 250,000 students will be covered under this project," said the Pir.
Syed Ghulam Shah Jilani had asked for the district/taluka-wise number of
primary schools, secondary schools and colleges established in Sindh during the
tenure of the previous government. The minister replied that 21 colleges, two
secondary schools and as many primary schools were established in the said
Mr Jilani also asked if the government planned to open primary
schools, secondary schools and colleges in Sindh. Pir Mazhar replied that though
the government planned to open six colleges, "The opening of new primary schools
is banned and the government is making efforts to reopen the closed schools
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