Discrepancies in centralised admission policy process
Hundreds of admission seekers still in a fix
Karachi, Oct 20: Although the centralised admission policy (CAP)
committee of the Sindh education department has completed the process
of fresh matriculates' placement in the city's 124 government colleges,
it has failed to satisfy a large number of candidates, especially
girls, who have either been placed in an institution far away from
their residence or cast in an undesired faculty.
Parents of the aggrieved candidates have been running from pillar to
post ever since the issuance of the placement lists to get the "errors"
rectified. CAP committee sources recently admitted that some
discrepancies had occurred in the process and welcomed candidates to
Quite a large number of female candidates, along
with their parents thronged the office of the provincial directorate of
colleges - adjacent to the defunct KMC workshop in a congested locality
along Sardar Abur Rab Nishtar road - to complain that the CAP committee
had placed them in the colleges which are far away from their
residences or very difficult to reach in the absence of some proper
A female candidate who was accompanying her
father and waiting outside the office of the director-general colleges
said: "I live in Gulshan-i-Iqbal but I have been
placed in a college that is located in New Karachi."
girl, standing outside the office because no proper seating arrangement
was available inside, stated that she lived in PECHS, Block II but the
CAP committee placed her in a college located in Metroville, SITE area.
Another such candidate complained that she was placed in a
Liaquatabad college whereas she resided in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. "It is
not possible for me to attend classes regularly at the college because
the public transport means on this route between Gulistan-i-Jauhar and
Liaquatabad was very difficult to get. The private pick-and-drop
facility is beyond our affordability."
gathered at the office of the DG colleges said the CAP committee had
not considered the distance between the residence of a candidate and
the institution he or she was being placed. Nor did they see where a
candidate seeking admission had done his matric studies from.
Many other aggrieved candidates, both male and female, complained that
they had been placed in a faculty they never wanted to study. Some of
the candidates said that they had applied for admission to a commerce
college as they had done their matric in the same faculty. However,
they added, their names appeared in the list of those placed in
Similarly, there were many instances
where the candidates seeking admission in computer science had been
placed in a college offering pre-engineering faculty.
be pointed out here that hundreds of students who did their
matriculation with commerce or computer science group have been placed
in arts (humanities) and pre-engineering colleges, respectively, owing
to a limited number of seats available in commerce and computer science
According to sources, the faculty of computer science
is available at only 27 - 14 male and 13 female - colleges in the city.
Similarly, there is a wide gap between the number of students who
passed their matric exams in commerce group and the number of seats
available in the faculty of commerce at government colleges.
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KU approved admission quota for students from interior of Sindh
Karachi: Giving in to pressure from official quarters and
ignoring criticism from its own teachers, the University of Karachi has
decided to reserve 30 seats for students belonging to the interior of
Sindh in its BS/MS 2010 programmes.
The seats reserved for
Balochistan students have been doubled from 10 to 20.
The decisions were taken at a specially convened meeting of the KU
academic council on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui.It was for the first time that the
KU reserved seats for students from the interior of Sindh. The
university has a quota for the army (32 seats), Azad Jammu and Kashmir
and Northern Areas (eight), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(eight), employees (two per cent) and sports (two per cent).
Sources said that at the meeting the suggestion to reserve seats for
the students of interior of Sindh initially drew criticism from some
members who contended that the KU was already accommodating students
from the interior of the province and this measure would further
They said that Professor M. Saleem Memon,
KU admissions director, tried to pacify these members and explained
that the reserved seats were being added to the total number of seats
and the right of the students of Karachi had been protected.
"Admissions would be granted in accordance with the old procedure on
merit and eligibility criteria have not been changed. The admission
categories of K (Karachi), S (Sindh) and P (Pakistan) would remain the
same," he said.
He also said that the request to increase the
number of reserved seats had come from the government of Sindh and had
also been discussed in the national assembly.
assembly's standing committee on education twice invited the vice
chancellor on this issue. During these meetings, Federal Education
Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bajrani also made a request for accommodating
students from the interior of Sindh," he said, adding that recently the
Dow University of Health Sciences had reserved 42 seats for students
from the interior of Sindh on the request of the provincial government.
He argued that the educational system in the interior of Sindh
had totally collapsed and talented students were suffering due to a
poor law and order situation. "Keeping in view the request and the
prevailing situation in the interior of Sindh, which is not different
from the situation in Balochistan, 30 seats may be reserved for the
candidates of rural Sindh as a gesture from the KU," he suggested.
After much debate, the proposal was approved. According to the
decision, the seats would be offered in departments which either did
not exist in universities in the rural areas or were new.
departments where seats would be reserved are: agriculture and
agribusiness management, physiology, food science and technology,
applied chemistry, biotechnology, actuarial science and risk
management, special education, chemical engineering, business
administration, pharmacy, applied physics, genetics and petroleum
The university will not be responsible for the
provision of residential facilities to students to be admitted on the
reserved seats, the members decided while agreeing that the earlier
option to apply in eight departments would be reduced to five in 2010
admissions. This condition will apply to all students.
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KUTS divided into two groups
Karachi: The Karachi University's Teachers Society has finally divided into two
groups before the society's elections which are likely to be held later
A KUTS meeting due on Tuesday to present
nominations for the elections is expected to be a showdown between the
two groups with one group lobbying for its postponement while the other
persuading members to attend it. According to the sources, the major
reason for the growing differences between the members is the alleged
pro-administration attitude of some office-bearers. Dawn
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KU MA forms submission
Karachi: The University of Karachi will accept the enrolment
forms of MA (colleges) with Rs1,000 fee for the academic session
2008-09 from Oct 20 to Nov 9, the registrar of the university announced
this on Sunday, adding that enrolment forms with a late fee of Rs500
could be submitted till Nov21.
KU evening supple
The supplementary exams 2009 for all the outgoing
students of the KU evening programme will commence on Oct 22.
was announced by the KU evening programme director on Sunday.
eligible candidates have been asked to pay their examination
fees as per the announced scheduled.
The controller of examinations of Karachi University has announced the
schedule of BA (pass) first and second year geography practicals of
supplementary exams 2008. The exams would be held between Oct 26 and
All practicals will be conducted at the
department of geography between 9.30am and 12.30pm. APP
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KU bureau of translation veers off its course
Karachi: The Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation
at Karachi University no longer renders English terminology into Urdu,
one of the main purposes it was set up for in 1957. The BCCT's other
tasks include the publication of books, research papers written or
translated by teachers and other KU literature. But it seems to have
shifted its focus to commercial ventures, taking printing orders from
private parties and making money also by publishing certain textbooks.
"The bureau was running in losses before I took its charge in March
2008. But now we earn enough to run it smoothly," says Dr Mansoor
Ahmed, the caretaker director of the BCCT said. The
KU authorities' lack of interest in the bureau is apparent from the
fact that the BCCT does not have a permanent head and it is being run
by an honorary director indefinitely. Dr Ahmed is a professor of
pharmacognosy and devoted teacher, yet he says he has plans to
transform the bureau into a department, where printing-related courses
would be taught.
Although the caretaker director recognises
the importance of rendering English terminology into Urdu, he sees
little need for it. He says the ubiquity of the internet has shrunk the
demand for Urdu translations. He insists that almost all students know
enough English to follow their relevant subjects and, therefore, there
is no need to translate English terms into Urdu.
rather like to have books translated from German, Italian and French
into Urdu, but we no longer have experts in these languages," says the
About the BCCT's other activities, Dr Ahmed
says it publishes textbooks, which naturally earn good money for the
bureau. And it regularly publishes the university's monthly magazine
He says the bureau charges lower rates than
private publishers and the quality is as good as any top publishing
house's. "The publishers usually promise one thing but do another. They
might show you one quality of paper, and use another. Which we can't
do. We may tell an intending author what paper we will use. We explain
to him what the paper, ink, etc will separately cost. Binding is done
by a private party THE printing machine and staff are busy, apparently
in compliance with commercial orders, at the Bureau of Composition,
Compilation and that, too, charges competitive rates."
bureau has a 12-strong staff besides about 20 employees working in the press department.
When reminded that there is not enough matter concerning the BCCT
available on the web, he says this aspect has eluded him, but now he
had called a web designer the very next day for an interview. "If he
meets our requirements, I'll hire and assign him the task to build a
website of the bureau."
However, Dr Moinuddin Aqeel, a former
director and now the head of the Islamic International University
Islamabad's Urdu department, laments that as deterioration has set in
everywhere else, so has in the BCCT.
Recounting his own
achievements, the acclaimed researcher says it was Ali Arif Rizvi's
literary work which he had published the last and nothing has followed
it . "As funds were not available for the publication of the
manuscript, I approached the National Language Authority for the
publication of the volume of official terminology. The NLA obliged and
and a valuable book materialised.
Dr Aqeel says the bureau
had earlier begun publishing a quarterly magazine and had published 17
of its issues. But for the next 16 to 17 years it remained suspended
before he took over the bureau in 2001 and published some 11 issues in
his tenure that ended in 2004. He says he had introduced certain
managerial reforms also, such as engaging redundant staff in productive
He says the bureau has published a total of 60 to 65
highly valuable books, including those written by Dr Ishtiaq Hussain
Qureshi, which might sell like hot cakes if republished, but the bureau
is sitting on them. He says a number of old manuscripts also lie in the
bureau, which must be published.
On this issue, Dr Mansoor
Ahmed says when we know that a particular book is in demand in the
market, he will love to publish and supply it to the booksellers.
Dr Aqeel recalls that earlier weekly literary sittings were also held.
He alleges that officials at the bureau are not appointed on merit and
only sycophants make it to the top.
He also says that the
high-efficiency modern press machinery is rusting from non-use and lack of maintenance. Dawn
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College teachers start protest drive
Karachi: Teachers of government colleges in the city observed a
"black day" on Monday to protest against what they described as "the
failure of the authorities to honour their commitments" to resolve
issues faced by the teaching fraternity.
activities at colleges remained unaffected by the protest as teachers wearing black armbands took classes.
The black day was a part of the nine-day campaign - starting on Oct 19
- launched by the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) to
put pressure on the relevant authorities for acceptance of their
Meanwhile, central leaders of the SPLA in a joint
statement have voiced concerns over the lack of teachers at government
They said that Sindh education department
officials, in a bid to divert higher authorities' attention from the
shortage issue, were carrying out raids on colleges only to give an
impression, as if teachers were not performing their
Although first-year classes at colleges had already started, the
provincial education department had so far failed to overcome the
shortage of teachers despite the fact that the authorities concerned
had assured the SPLA that the number of teachers required at colleges
would be provided before the start of the academic session, they
SPLA leaders, including Prof Ather Hussain Mirza, Prof Mohsin Raza
Bhatti, Prof Hemat Ali Pitafi, Prof Muzaffar Ali Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar
Azmi, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Shafquat Jokhio, Prof Manzoor Chhajro
and Prof Ayub Marri, also alleged that student wings of political
parties had hoisted their party flags on the premises of colleges and
were politicising the academic atmosphere of educational
Despite these activities, officials of
the education department seemed helpless against such student groups, they said.
They urged the education department to overcome the shortage of
teachers and remove political parties wings from colleges within a
month, otherwise the authorities themselves would be held responsible
for any deteriorating situation.
They said that they also
wanted to meet the Sindh chief minister to apprise him of the
deteriorating situation of government colleges.
The SPLA leaders also appealed
to the Sindh governor to play his role in saving the education sector in the province.
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Protest against schoolgirl's gang-rape
Khairpur: Citizens, human rights activists, representatives of the
civil society and workers of political parties on Monday protested
against the gang rape of a schoolgirl by teachers. The protestors were
joined by traders and businessmen of Faiz Gunj town and its adjoining
areas. Businesses remained closed in the area.
protesting citizens brought out a rally against the incident and
demanded immediate arrest of the accused teachers and their protectors.
They said that gang rape incident had created fear and panic among the
schoolgirls of Bhango Behan High School and other educational
institutes in the area.
The attendance in the schools during the
last three days has dropped and parents are hesitating to send their
daughters to schools, they said. Human rights activists Shujaat Ahmed
Siddique, Akhtar Khaskheli, Ahmed Hussain Ujjan and others said that
the ratio of school going girls in the rural areas was already very
discouraging and the recent incident of gang rape had shattered the
confidence of the people.
They said that teachers were the
spiritual fathers of their students. They demanded of the teachers'
community to identify the black sheep among them. They also demanded
severe punishment to the accused teachers - Shoukat Jatt, Ghulam
Mustafa Rajper, Imtiaz Rajper - and their facilitator Iftikhar Jatt. The news
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