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Years of neglect chip away at KU library
Karachi, Oct 15: On September 4, the central library of the University of Karachi was
closed down for a few hours. Students were told that cash and computer
equipment had gone missing, and investigation was going on.
was not the first time the Dr Mahmud Hussain Library at Karachi
University has been broken into. It happens every few months.
few months ago, the same thing had happened. The library was closed
down for a few hours because someone cut through the grille of the
computer lab and stole computers, said Ali Haider, a student.
Librarian Wasim Rana claims nothing was stolen that day. A few men had
tried to break in, but could not succeed. "Similar mishaps have happened
twice or thrice in the past," she said.
Mahmud Hussain Library – an imposing five-storey and basement structure
in the centre of the varsity campus – is a treasure trove for
booklovers. The library plays host to over 400,000 books, some dating
back to the 1600s, and around 150,000 newspapers.
holds Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's personal book collection as
well as the newspapers that reported every detail of the events leading
to the creation of Pakistan. But partly due to lack of funds and mostly
due to years of neglect by the university administration, the
collections may soon be lost.
A sordid affair
in 1964, the library was named after the varsity's former
vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mahmud Hussain in recognition of his services on
his first death anniversary in 1976. But today, a visit to the library
brings to light a sorry picture.
A large chunk of plaster
is missing from the ceiling, exposing the iron rods. There are no light
bulbs, only empty sockets. An inch of dust sticks to the floor. On the
third floor, old newspapers lie bundled and sometimes scattered across
the floor. Their paper yellow and mildewed would rip on turning. The
bathrooms are filthy too. A building as grand as this does not fall down
in a day; it take years of neglect.
But the chief
librarian disagrees. "I may not be satisfied with the present condition
but the dwindling finances of the university are not a secret anymore,"
she said. The library, Rana says, has started scanning important
newspapers for storing them on computers for safekeeping. "We have a sea
of knowledge to offer at the library."
Shortage of funds
the varsity's senate meeting held in November last year, only 1.5
percent of the university's total budget was allocated for the uplift
and management of the library. This year the expected budget was set at
Rs50 million, but then it was cut down to Rs30million.
Karachi University is, however, facing a budget deficit of Rs900
million this year. To assist the varsity, its vice-chancellor officially
launched an alumni body in March to bring in donations amid cuts in
Higher Education Commission grants. It was announced that a project for
the renovation of the library will also be launched shortly. The
61-year-old library still awaits the day.
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KU semester exam fee date
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the students of the
second semester morning programme could submit their exam fee by October
However, late fee of Rs500 would be charged from
November 1-9 and Rs1000 from November 11-15. The student of first and
second semester of the evening programme could deposit their exam fee by
October 28 without late fee, and up to November 12 with late fee of
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KU cancels admissions of three students
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has cancelled the admissions of three
students as their marks sheets have been found to be `fake'.
was stated by the University's Director of Admissions, Prof Dr Khalid
Iraqi, on Friday. The students were of masters/diploma of the Evening
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FUUAST teacher becomes member of WAME
Karachi: A faculty member of the Federal Urdu University of
Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Sikandar Sherwani has been
accorded the membership of the World Association of Medical Editors
(WAME). An announcement to this effect was made by an official of the
FUUAST on Tuesday. Sherwani was conferred the distinction because of his
contributions for the Journal of Biology for the past two and a half
years, it was further stated. WAME is a global non-profit voluntary
association of editors and peer-reviewed medical journals who seek to
foster cooperation and communication among editors. Daily times
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Higher Education Dept low on govt priorities
Lahore: The Punjab government seems to have left one of its most important
departments, the Higher Education Department, at the mercy of God as
most of the top slots in the department and its attached bodies are
awaiting regular incumbents.
At present, some of these
slots are vacant while most of the key positions are being looked after
on additional charge basis as a "temporary arrangement" for the last
many months exposing the Punjab government's tall claim of "good
Those who have to visit the department and
its attached bodies with the hope to get their issues resolved have to
return disappointed owing to absence of the "competent authority".
Higher Education Department deals with the management and reforms
relating to the college sector education, including universities of the
province. The slot of the Higher Education Department secretary is
vacant these days after Farhan Aziz Khawaja relinquished the charge as
the secretary on October 7. Before relinquishing the charge he had been
on leave for quite some time, on various occasions, and the department's
affairs were being looked after by Special Secretary Sohail Shahzad.
Similarly, the post of the Additional Secretary (Academic) is waiting regular incumbent for almost months now.
At present, a Deputy Secretary, Ijaz Minhas, is having additional charge as additional Secretary (Academic).
It is pertinent to mention that this wing looks after all the public and private sector universities of the province.
in the department said many of the posts of section officers (SOs) in
various wings, including SO (Boards), were adjusted on temporary basis.
They said these officials were drawing salaries from their respective
colleges while performing duties in the department.
sources said many of the SOs were newly recruited lecturers who failing
to find place of their "choice" to teach, used their connections and got
posting at the department. They said such "abundance" of inexperienced
staff was never witnessed in the department in the past.
Directorate of Public Instructions (Colleges), which falls under the
administrative control of the Higher Education Department, has been
waiting for a regular incumbent against the post of Additional DPI since
January this year. While the posts of Director (Admin) and Director
(Planning) at the Directorate are also being looked after on additional
charge basis since May this year.
Likewise, many Boards
of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) which are under
administrative control of the Higher Education Department have been
waiting for regular incumbents on various top slots.
posts of Controller of Examination and Secretary at the BISE Gujranwala
are being looked after on additional charge basis since March and August
respectively while the post of Controller at the BISEs Rawalpindi,
Faisalabad and Multan have also been waiting for regular incumbents for
Similarly, regular incumbents are awaited
at the topmost slot i.e. Chairman, at the BISEs Faisalabad (since July),
Sargodha (since September) and Rawalpindi (since September). Presently,
the posts at these boards are being looked after under "temporary
It is also important to mention here that
the posts of chairman at BISE Sahiwal and BISE Bahawalpur will fall
vacant following tenures of the incumbent officers complete at the end
According to sources, dozens of colleges
across the province, including Islamia College, Civil Lines Lahore, are
without regular principals for quite some time now. They said senior
faculty members at the colleges were working as "acting" principals in
absence of regular incumbents.
An official of the
department seeking anonymity said a committee headed by the Chief
Secretary, Punjab, had recently conducted interviews of candidates for
the post of chairmen of different boards but had failed to find any
The News could not reach Punjab
Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan for comments despite
repeated attempts on his cell phone. The news
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VCs body readies proposals over varsities law
Hyderabad: The vice chancellors' committee of public
sector universities in Sindh on Sunday held their meeting and discussed
in detail the Sindh Universities (Amendment) Act, 2013. The meeting was
held at the Sindh University Jamshoro vice chancellor's house.
The committee prepared recommendations which would be sent to Sindh
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and provincial Education Minister
Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.
The meeting chaired by Sindh University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir
A. Mughal discussed the law and on the basis of detailed discussions
Dr Mughal informed the participants in the meeting that he had met
the provincial education minister and Mr Khuhro had asked him to have a
meeting of the VCs committee in order to discuss the matter and bring
forth objections if there were any as the minister believed that all
vice chancellors were stakeholders regarding the law.
The meeting was attended by Prof Dr Mohammad Qaisar, vice chancellor,
University of Karachi; Prof Dr Rasheed A. Shah, vice chancellor,
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University Lyari, Karachi; Dr Abdul
Qadeer Rajput, vice chancellor, Mehran University of Engineering and
Technology Jamshoro; Dr R. B. Mirbahar, vice chancellor, Sindh
Agriculture University Tandojam; Dr Ali Bux Soomro, vice chancellor,
Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology
Nawabshah; Arshad Saleem, vice chancellor, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto
University Nawabshah and Prof Dr Jai Mal Dhanani, vice chancellor,
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Veterinary University Sakrand.
The participants decided to send recommendations prepared in the meeting to the Sindh chief minister and the education minister. Dawn
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Mehran Engineering varsity makes 70 political based appointments
Sukkur: Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Mehran University of Engineering and
Technology (MUET), Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Campus, Khairpur, has
issued 70 appointment orders without pursuing the formalities.
News has learnt that PVC MUET Shaheed ZA Bhutto Campus, Khairpur,
Ghulam Sarwar Kandhar, issued appointment orders to 70 people from Grade
1-16 without giving advertisements or following the formalities of
tests and interviews for the vacant post.
the VC MUET Jamshoro, Sindh, had dedicated the powers of appointment to
the PVC Khairpur Campus on the directives of Sindh chief minister.
Sources said such appointments of the PVC Khairpur Campus created
dismay among those already appointed in Grade 16 and 14 and had
qualified their written tests and interview and their posts were
advertised but the PVC, instead of following the procedure of
appointment, appointed the political reference-based persons in the same
Grade. They said such double standards of the administration of the
campus was questionable.
Meanwhile, this correspondent
contacted PVC Ghulam Sarwar Kandhar, who said he did not have an exact
figure of the appointees. However, he said that he had appointed some
employees on Fix Pay on contractual basis. He said it was not compulsory
to advertise the posts for hiring contingency staff. He said during
appointments, he had not mentioned any Grade. He said the University is
an autonomous body, so he could appoint anybody without advertisement.
He said advertising was compulsory for regular posts. He said that he
had appointed some people on six-month contract through an appointment
Renowned lawyer advocate Perwaiz Ghumro
interpreted that there are clear instructions of the Supreme Court that
every appointment, either contractual or regular in public
sector,semi-government, autonomous institutes not to be filled without
adopting the procedure of advertisement. He said this is a ruling of the
Supreme Court that without pursuing formalities each and very
appointment is in violation of the fundamental rights. He said every
citizen of the Pakistan had equal rights, so it is compulsory for every
institute to provide equal rights to each and every person in hiring. He
said without following the set procedure of appointment by any
institute would be termed as based on malafide intention. He opined that
recently the Sindh Assembly delegated the powers of appointment of VC
in public sector universities to the chief minister, which is a positive
decision but not to be exploited. He said political reference based
appointments in the universities without completing formalities might
turn the universities into ghost universities, schools and colleges. The news
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