Karachi University four-year BS programme problems
KU's four-year BS programme creates academic crisis
Karachi, Sept 05: The University of Karachi faces a serious academic
crisis that is bound to affect thousands of students' future either enrolled or
have completed their four-year education under the BS (Bachelor of Studies)
programme last year, it has been learnt.
Sources said most of the over 4,000 BS students who passed last year and were
now waiting for their degrees would end up having second division while students
already announced as position holders under the BS system were likely to lose
their status once their marks would be converted into the old honours and MSc/MA
Currently, around 25,000 students are enrolled under the BS programme at the
Students were allowed to opt for conversion of their marks into the old
system of education after many students failed to get the required marks to get
their degrees under the BS system.
Students argued that when they started seeking jobs, prospective employers
were not considering the BS degree holders for jobs and demanded a master's
Resultantly, a series of protests were held that forced the university
administration to do a 'somersault' and allow conversion of marks into the old
system as well as restore the old honours and masters' programme from 2012.
"The student failure is directly linked to the large number of high-level
compulsory courses introduced under the BS system by the KU administration with
teachers' support," a senior KU teacher remarked.
"These courses, most of them were irrelevant to the subject in which students
planned to do their major proved to be a great burden on students who lost
The university, he said, adopted the BS system reportedly under the Higher
Education Commission's pressure without doing adequate homework that caused a
great deal of problems to students and will definitely further undermine the
the KU degree.
"Many students would face a dilemma. Though they would get their degrees
under the old system as its passing percentage is much lower as compared to the
BS system, a masters' degree with second division would obviously limit their
prospects of seeking advanced studies and employment," he said, adding that the
issues in conversion could only be solved through
amendment to relevant
The BS system was introduced by the HEC a few years ago to make students
compatible with those studying in the American system of education.
The KU is, probably, the only public sector university in the country that
has abolished the old British system as many universities offer both the BS and
the honours programme.
Although the KU has abolished the old educational system in the morning shift
of the university, it continues with the same in the evening shift along the BS
system. The reasons are monetary; the HEC's pressure to stop funding led to the
abandoning of the old system while attracting candidates for a self-financed
master's programme in the evening.
The students' argument that employers were not considering the BS degree
holders for employment hold logical grounds because the HEC neither created
public awareness that the BS degree was equivalent to the master's degree as
students were told in the beginning of the programme, nor any official
notification was issued in this regard.
In fact, newspaper advertisements showed that the HEC itself called for
candidates with a master's degree.Senior teachers are of the opinion that the
university's academic council's decision over a month ago to restore the BSc,
the BA, the BCom (honours) and the two-year MA, the MSc and the MCom programmes
and continuing with the BS programme from next year is another example of the ad
hoc and unplanned nature of the decision-making process currently prevailing on
They argued that the BS and the old honours and masters programmes were two
entirely different systems of evaluating students' potential and the conversion
option with the restoration of the old system and the continuation of the BS
system would only further compound the academic confusion at the university.
"A student gets a bachelor's degree after 16 years of education in the BS
system [while they were entitled to a master's degree in the old system for the
same number of years] or, if the student is a graduate from a college, he would
end up with receiving double bachelors' degrees," a teacher explained.
Besides, the students studied a number of additional courses in the BS
system, which were not required in the old system.
"The marks of these courses have to be excluded for conversion which would
affect the academic status of students, including those of position holders," he
The huge difference in their evaluation mechanism, he said, could be gauged
from the fact that a student with an overall 60 percentage was considered in the
first division in the old system of marking while a candidate having less than
62 percentage didn't even qualify to receive his or her degree in the BS
The currently enrolled students, he said, as well as teachers had no clue as
to how they would proceed because the university hadn't yet given them a clear
guideline, though more than a month had passed since the academic council took
the relevant decision.
"We are making a fun of ourselves by taking ad-hoc decisions. How can anyone
justify giving a masters degree to a student enrolled in an undergraduate
programme?" a teacher said.
KU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi said that a committee had
been set up to sort out the conversion issues and till the time the body
presented its recommendations, it was too early to comment on it.
"I don't know under what pressures the university decided to adopt the BS
system since I was not part of the administration at that time. But, what I do
know is that the university had been running the old programmes very
successfully for decades and it was an unwise step on part of the HEC to ask
universities to discontinue the programme."
The old programmes, she said, had been restored after the university
officials realised that it wasn't contributing to raising the students'
educational standard. Dawn
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KU announces BEd supplementary result
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU)'s Examination Department on
Tuesday announced the result of BEd (Morning) Supplementary Examination 2010. As
per the statistics, some 236 students were registered of which 221 appeared
while 162 were declared pass. Thirty-two students passed in grade A, 115 in B
and 15 in grade C. The results of three candidates were withheld and the pass
percentage of the result remained 74.21 percent.
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KU to hold international conference on Faiz
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU)'s Pakistan Study Centre is
going to hold a three-day international conference in collaboration with the
Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and Jinnah Medical
and Dental College (JMDC), Karachi to commemorate the birth centenary of Faiz
Ahmed Faiz. The conference would be held from Sept 6 to 8. The sessions of the
conference will be held in KU, JMDC and Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi. KU's
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will preside over the
inaugural session of the conference at KU Arts Auditorium at 10:00am on Tuesday
(tomorrow). Daily times
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Chinese to be taught in govt schools from 2013
Karachi: The Chinese language will become a part of the school curriculum in Sindh from 2013, and
students will learn the language from Class VI as part of their
This decision was taken by a meeting chaired by the chief
minister on Sunday.
The meeting also decided that Cadet College Petaro
would offer the Chinese language as a compulsory subject from Class VI, and the
Bureau of Curriculum would soon give its approval in this regard.
Meanwhile, the relevant departments and offices have been directed to
prepare rules and regulations on an emergency basis so that education department
could induct the language as a course into the syllabus, according to a handout
issued from the CM House.
China is a close friend and neighbour of
Pakistan. Students who adopted the language course during their schooling would
get scholarships, foreign training and overseas study tours and other benefits,
a spokesperson for the chief minister said.
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali
Shah called the meeting at the CM House, and Education Minister Pir
Mazhar-ul-Haq, Secretary to the President of Pakistan, Salman Farooqui,
Secretary Education Sindh Mohammad Siddique Memon and others attended, he
They discussed in detail the introduction of other international
languages as well.
It was observed that China was Pakistan's
time-tested-friend and neighbour with whom bilateral trade relations were
growing with every passing day, which necessitated promotion of the Chinese
language in the country. The news
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Admission in SU to begin
Hyderabad: Admission to all disciplines of bachelors, masters as well as MS and M.Phil degree programs for
academic session of 2012 in the University of Sindh would begin from Monday,
according to a handout issued by director of admissions on Saturday.
It said the admission forms for bachelors, masters and four-year BS degree
program in all disciplines would be issued on Sept 5.
The forms can also be downloaded from the university's website
Admission forms for MS and MPhil would be issued on Sept 12 and an open house
would be held on Sept 20-24 at the Institute of Sindhology for the guidance of
candidates seeking admission. Last date for submission of forms would be Sept
26, said the handout. Dawn
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