KU 22nd convocation & students protest
Protests mar KU convocation
Karachi, Dec 19: A group of students of the University of Karachi staged a demonstration against the KU
administration during the 22nd convocation of the university on Saturday. Chaos
occurred due to mismanagement on the part of the administration which was later
sorted out temporarily by the intervention of one of the pro-vice chancellors
and some senior teachers.
In an attempt to handle the protestors' the
security guards and other staff deployed at the convocation pushed back the
students' as well as media personnel who were busy trying to converge on the
These students were enrolled for the BS Programme at the
University but the top position holders were not awarded gold medals which they
deserved like other students.
Around 400 students were enrolled in the
BS Programme in different disciplines offered by the University, said Zainab, a
student of Department of Chemistry, who was chanting slogans among other BS
students against the Convocation Committee and the KU
There were almost 58 students who got overall first
position in BS Programme in their respective departments and institutes.
First Position holder from the Department of Economics and Finance
Shazia Kazmi said that KU administration told her to bring a sponsor herself if
she wanted to get a gold medal. The students who were protesting claimed that
they had higher percentage and cumulative grade point average as compared to the
students of other disciplines.
"The University does not give gold medal
to the students itself. Such awards are sponsored by individuals, industries and
companies. As it was the first batch of the BS Programme, no sponsorship was
present for them. As such, these students could not their gold medal which they
surely deserved," one of the members of Convocation Committee said.
meeting which was recently conducted in connection with the convocation, it was
decided that 'letter of acknowledgement' would be offered to these students. By
principle, KU agreed that position holders of the BS Programme are eligible and
equivalent to the position holders of other degree programme. KU offered gold
medal to the students which were already sponsored by the philanthropists, he
The former President of Karachi University Teachers'
Society, Professor Dr Abid Hussain, commenting on the issue said the situation
was not serious but it was mishandled. The KU used to get gold medals for the
position holders of B.Sc (Honours) and M.Sc Programme. Meanwhile BS Programme
was equivalent to B.Sc (H) and M.Sc Programme, which means they could easily
offer one gold medal to the deserving person, he further said. KU administration
just has revised the MoU with the sponsors to get gold medal for the students of
BS Programme, he added.
The general secretary of the Pakistan Muslim
League, Haleem Adil Sheikh, who left the convocation in the middle said that there was a need to morally support the students but, unfortunately,
an unpleasant scene was observed today. The education sector, he said, was not
heading in the right direction. The students who clinched positions in their
departments and faculties had done remarkable job which should be appreciated at
the higher level. The KU administration should solve this by giving appreciation
the talent of position holders and do not break their hearts, he
The senior education minister and Pro-Chancellor of the KU, Pir
Mazhar Ul Haq, who was the chief guest on the occasion, expressed disappointment
over the demonstration during the convocation. The behaviour of these young and
immature students was not a good sign, he said. They should not act in a way
they demonstrated here, it showed their childish attitude, he added.
could grab your rights, but not an honour. It is an acknowledgment which is
given to someone not taken forcefully," he further said. They should have shown
respect when KU was announcing to award honorary D.Sc Degree to well-know Dr
Adib Ul Hassan Rizvi,. The doctor was not present and Dr Anwar Naqvi received
Pir Mazhar announced one gold medal on behalf of the Pir
Elhi Bux Foundation and asked philanthropists to help KU in this regard. The
Foundation would provide Rs1 million to KU while Sardar Yaseen Malik, member of
the KU Syndicate inform the education minister that he would provide Rs2.5
million to the institute. Senator Abdul Haseeb also informed the minister that
he would provide a gold medal for a student from next year.
A group of
students, who were protesting against KU administration, would now meet the Vice
Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqi on Monday at 9:30am to
resolve this matter permanently.
Meanwhile, well-known surgeon Dr Adib
Ul Hassan Rizvi was awarded the (Honorary) Phd Degree by the administration of
University of Karachi (KU) during its convocation held at Valika Ground, KU, on
Saturday. However, since Dr Rizvi could not turn up in person, his colleague Dr
Anwar Naqvi received the degree.
At least 1,875 degrees and over 100
gold medals were conferred on the graduates and students who got top positions
in their respective departments during the Convocation KU.
from Department of Sociology received two gold medals, and earned overall first
position in entire Arts Faculty. Rasool, a blind student, said he was hired as a
lecturer in the Government Degree Allama Iqbal College (Boys) and take an off
day to attend the convocation.
"It was my dream to become a teacher, I
was hopeful that I would get a gold medal but not 100 per cent sure," he said.
The KU Convocation-2011 confers degrees on students who
completed their bachelors and masters programmes during Academic Session of 2009
and 2010. This year the KU distributed degrees to the students who were enrolled
at the University in the morning and evening shift. There were 3, 718 graduates
and masters students in 2009 while 5, 602 students completed their post-graduate
and graduate programme in 2010 from the University.
In 2010, 125 students
had obtained their PhD Degrees whereas 190 students completed their PhD's in
2010 whereas in 2009. As many as 19 students from the Faculty of Pharmacy
collected their PhD Degrees during the convocation. A total 68 students from
various departments of the Faculty of Arts also received their PhD Degrees in
Moreover, 27 PhD Degrees were conferred on the students
of Islamic Studies, four students of Management and Administrative Sciences also
collect their PhD Degrees in the convocation. The degrees were awarded to the
students of 58 departments in the faculties of arts, science, Islamic studies,
engineering, management and administrative sciences, medicine and pharmacy.
KU Pro- Chancellor and senior minister for Education, Pir Mazhar-ul Haq
said that education was the second highest priority of the Pakistan People's
Party-led coalition government who is trying its best to improve the education
standard in the province.
The present government has started recruitment
of teachers to education institutions to overcome shortage of teachers in the
public sector, he further said. "The Sindh Public Service Commission has
recruited teachers and deployed them to various parts of the province to restart
what were formerly ghost schools which had stopped functioning due to
unavailability of work force," he added.
"All appointments were made
purely on merit and I am also working to present a bill in Sindh Assembly to
make a law to hire teachers according to certain criteria," he told the
participants. The education department is also working on a policy to offer
grade BPS-18 to the college-based lecturers in future, Pir Mazhar announced.
The Vice-Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui
highlighted different projects of the institutes and future plans during the
event. According to him, new campuses of KU would be opened in Dubai and
Mauritius. He lauded the commitment of Pir Mazhar to education.
the institute awarded 61 PhD degrees and in 2011 the figured reached to 238
students. Up to 1, 000 highly trained KU teachers are busy imparting education
to the students, he added.
In 2007, the University had prepared its
first master plan and now the new buildings are constructed by following this
mega plan, and the KU administration has established financial aid office for
those students who could not bear the expense of education and number of
philanthropist from all over the country have joined hands with KU for this
noble cause. The news
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DCET to be upgraded to university level
Karachi: Efforts would be made to upgrade the Dawood College of
Engineering and Technology (DCET) Karachi to the level of university.
was stated by Principal of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) Karachi Dr. Muhammad
Ali Shaikh having an additional charge as Principal DECT. He was talking to the
faculty of the DCET on Saturday after assuming the additional charge of the
principal post. An act in this regard would be got approved from the Sindh
Assembly in this regard, he added.
Shaikh said that his immediate goal would
be to also ensure that the DCET emerged as a distinguished institution of
engineering in the country.
He assured the faculty that all the problems of
the DCET would be resolved.
Principal SMI and DECT directed that the
admission process at DCET, which had been delayed, would be initiated in a week
time. Shaikh is an engineer and has been on the faculty of Mehran university of
Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro for several years. app
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KMC graduates awarded degrees
Peshawar: Governor Masood Kausar on Saturday awarded degrees to more than 180 graduates at the convocation
of the Khyber Medical College (KMC) for the session 2009.
students, their teachers and parents, he said that medicine was a challenging
profession and demanded complete devotion and sense of
"The oath administered to the graduating doctors provides
guiding principles that they must be conscious of the fact that every patient
deserves care," he added.
More than 180 graduates, including 13 gold
medallists, were awarded degrees for achieving distinctive positions in the
annual examinations and in different subjects. Eleven ex-faculty members were
also given lifetime achievement awards.
Kausar said the development of
the institutions of medical education was a long journey and the steps underway
for this purpose would accrue results during the coming few years.
Asadur Rehman was adjudged the best graduate of the session with four gold
medals. KMC VCr Dr Hafeezullah also addressed the gathering.
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NUST excels at 'Global Entrepreneurship Summit'
Islamabad: Two students from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Syed
Muhammad Bilal Khalid and Fahad Islam Tiwana, once again proved their mettle and
brought laurels to Pakistan at the Second Global Entrepreneurship Challenge,
They received international acclaim by coming in the top three
teams presenting innovative and business ideas, among 25 competing teams from
across the world. They were also the proud winners of the previously held grand
challenges; 'Discover: NUST Business Plan Competition' and 'Lean Startup Machine
Conference' in Pakistan.
The 2nd Global Entrepreneurship summit featured
technology ideas competition titled 'GIST Battle of Ideas World Cup' organised
jointly by US state department and CRDF Global. It selected the best technology
and business ideas on the basis of innovation and feasibility. The selected
ideas were then uploaded on the internet for global voting. The idea presented
by these youngsters from NUST topped this round of the competition in the entire
world becoming the 20th most watched video on YouTube.
On December 2,
they were invited to participate in the Global Summit under the theme
'Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda', hosted by Turkish
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In this context, 275 Muslim entrepreneurs
from 59 countries participated in the Summit. Along with that, US Vice President
Joe Biden, Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg delivered keynote
addresses on the occasion. The participants received rigorous trainings with
speaker sessions and mentorship from MIT professors and venture capitalists from
There were two NUST teams among the eleven teams to be
selected for the semi-finals on 4th Dec. The Nustians proved their mettle once
more by making it to the final round. Grand finale was held on the next day
where the finalists pitched their ideas in front of an illustrious panel of
eleven judges from around the world. They came with an amazing amount of energy,
passion, and commitment to see their projects through. One NUST team comprising
Bilal and Fahd received immense adulation and praise for making to the victory
stand by coming in the world top three teams.
They were also among the
two teams who were sponsored by the US State Department for a trip to Silicon
Valley, California, to meet with venture capitalists and technology firms. In
addition to it, they were awarded cash prize of US$5,000.
This has been
the culmination of NUST pioneer venture at National level to encourage and
support entrepreneurship through Prime Minister's entrepreneurship challenge
2011. In it more than 1200 participants from 30 universities across Pakistan
participated. The competition was conducted in phases spanning over 6-7 months.
Good number of mentors from academia, industry and business sector contributed
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Teachers training programme ends
Islamabad: The National Academy of Higher Education's 50th Professional Competency Enhancement
Programme for Teachers (PCEPT) concluded at the University of Engineering and
Technology (UET), Taxila.
PCEPT is a month long in-service teacher
training programme held at universities, and comprises seven modules spread over
72 sessions. A team of qualified resource persons were invited to train 23
faculty members representing various disciplines of UET Taxila and surrounding
Speaking on the occasion HEC Quality Assurance Agency
Managing Director Dr. Khawaja Azam Ali said that teachers are backbone of an
institute and training of teachers is one of the most important components to
improve the quality of education.
PCEPT University Coordinator Dr. Riffat
Asim Pasha, elaborated the programme objectives and highlighted its major
Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Kamal, Acting Vice Chancellor, UET Taxila
appreciated HEC for organizing teacher trainings and praised the appropriateness
of the course. The news
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