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KU students, teachers crying foul

Karachi, Aug 8 : A majority of teachers and prospective M.Phil/PhD students of the University of Karachi have disapproved of the unilateral decision by the university that requires research students to attend a research methodology course conducted by the faculty of arts.

The main objection to the decision centres on the fact that the blanket decision was taken by the vice chancellor without approval from the academic council, board of advanced studies and research (BASR) or KU syndicate. "It is like whim of an adolescent youth that acts without analysing the pros and cons of his action," said one irritant research student. "Even the admission process to the M.Phil and PhD has not been finalised and the course has been announced, Rs1,000 fee levied from the students," he said angrily.

A senior professor who holds important portfolios in the university had the same idea about the course. "It is a very hasty decision, without taking the university bodies in confidence. It smells of autocracy." The university has formed two committees, one each for Arts and Science faculties that will look into the matter and present its report to the BASR in a few days. The course is a part of the research programme and students are charged the fee for it after receiving approval letters from the BASR.

Most of the teachers expressed their surprise for the fact that the course had been introduced in the Arts Faculty only. "It is discriminating and humiliating. Does it imply that Social Sciences students are less accomplished than the students in other faculties?" he asked. The news
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