IBA ranked best private varsity in province
Karachi, Feb 19: The Sindh Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee has ranked the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) as the best private higher education institute of the province in its latest grading list based upon education and the administrative quality of universities.
In the grading list that has been compiled on the evaluation of universities during the years 2006 to 2008, 22 universities and higher education institutes of the province were given ranking. Out of all the universities, nine universities were awarded a five-star rating, 12 universities were given a four-star ranking and only one university has been advised to improve its performance.
The charter committee has the authority to award charters to private universities besides overseeing their performance. The charter committee members comprise of its chairman Dr SM Qureshi, Sindh University VC Mazharul Siddiqi, Univeristy of Karachi VC Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqi, Sindh Agriculture University VC Bashir Ahmed Sheikh, Sindh Education Secretary Rizwan Memon and HEC Regional Director SM Iqbal.
According to the ranking, IBA tops the list with 74 marks, followed by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) with 73 marks, Iqra University with 72 marks and the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture with 71 marks.
The other universities who were given a five-star ranking include the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Textile Institute of Pakistan, Hamdard University, Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) and the Ziauddin University.
The universities that were awarded a four-star ranking include the Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Studies, Indus Institute of Higher Studies, Newports Institute of Communication and Economics, Greenwich University, Baqai Medical University, Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology, Preston Institute of Science and Technology, Isra University Hyderabad, and the Institute of Business Management.
However, the University of East in Hyderabad failed to get a place in the ranking list. The charter inspection and evaluation committee advised the university to upgrade its academic and administrative standards.
The committee also evaluated the overall performance of the universities and declared that three universities have sustained their growth since their inception while 18 universities have improved their standards in terms of education and facilities. Among the universities who sustained their growth are Isra University, Fatima Jinnah Women University and the Greenwich University. Daily TimesYour Comments
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KU needs Rs2 million to improve transport facilities
Karachi: Thousands of students belonging to the Karachi University on Wednesday had to suffer immense hardship as the employees of KU transport department stopped providing bus service to them in protest against beating of a bus driver of the varsity.
As per details, some students of the zoology department severely tortured KU bus driver, Nazir, who was a heart patient. However, an employee of the zoology department, Hameed, was also allegedly involved in beating the driver. Later, dozens of transport employees gathered at the zoology department with wooden and iron rods to take revenge but Hameed and his companions (students) escaped the scene. According to sources, the students involved in the incident were members of a student organisation.
It is pertinent to mention here that KU is facing lack of transport facilities as only 27 point-buses are available at the campus to provide ferry over 26,000 students of the University belonging to various parts of the City.
KU Campus Officer, Dr Khalid Iraqi confirmed that some students badly tortured the bus driver, Nazir, in collaboration with an employee of the university. He said the victim was manhandled 20 days ago at Wireless Gate for not stopping his bus there.
"On the complaint from Nazir, KU administration has filed a case against unidentified persons. An old dispute between Nazir and Hameed, a lab attendant of zoology department, was also a cause of this incident. However, the injured driver was taken to the KU clinic for medical treatment where his condition is out of danger", he said.
Dr Iraqi further said the university was facing shortage of funds worth Rs 2 million required to improve its transport system while about 50 per cent of students usually travelled through KU point-buses without tickets. Meanwhile, KU Transport Committee In-charge, Dr Zulqarnain Shadab, said it was not possible to provide transport facility to over 24,000 students of the University who came from various parts of the city.
"The University provides a limited transport facility to its students. Schedule of point-buses, that provide pick and drop facility to the students at highly subsidised fare, is announced at the beginning of each semester," he was quoted as saying on the university's website. The Nation
KU invites applications for supplementary exams
Karachi: The Semester Examination Section of the University of Karachi (KU) has invited applications from the outgoing and ex-students, who are eligible to appear in the Supplementary Examinations-2008. The examiunations will begin from March 16 and the examination forms and fee can be submitted till March 12. It was also notified that regular students are ineligible to appear in this examination.
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FUUAST students exhibit software projects
Karachi: The final year students of the Bachelors of Science (BS) in Computer Science programme at Federal Urdu University of Science and Technology (FUUAST) exhibited software that they created during the course of their studies at the FUUAST Gulshan Campus on Wednesday.
The students completed 26 different projects. Among the more popular and novel ones were Mobile Stock Watcher, Portable Security System, Education Forum, Automobile Tracking System and Health Care Management System.
FUUAST Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser, teachers and other visitors applauded the pioneering work of the first batch of students of the computer science students programme. Dr Qaiser warmly appreciated the endeavour of the students. "It is good to have students who are vibrant and know their subject well to produce new programmes. Our university is in a nascent stage, and the transfer from a college to the university is creating some hiccups regarding our role as the highest seat of learning. The students have given us reason to believe that we can do fairly well, and become a much sought-after university in the country", he said.
Kashif Laeeq, a lecturer in the department of Computer Science, who supervised work on most of the projects, praised his students for achieving 'a unique feat by students of a public sector university'. "It is really praiseworthy that that our students have done so well despite being branded as back benchers, studying in Urdu and not receiving any financial help from the government."
Laeeq revealed that the students endured a number of hardships while working on their projects. "We had to face load shedding and shortage of spare parts. Despite that, the students completed their projects within six months", he said proudly. He disclosed that some US companies had accepted some projects as useful, and requested to use them on a commercial basis in exchange for a monthly fee of US $ 2500.
The softwares created were indeed useful, even to a novice. The Mobile Stock Watcher, for instance, would enable users to view live updates from the stock market. The users will also be able to add, delete and update their portfolio categories and symbols, and share these with their friends at any time.
Muhammad Alamgir, one of the three students who prepared 'Portable Security System', said: "It detects unauthorised motion in a room by an infrared sensor. It has a knock sensor, and can provide alarm alerts where security is inadequate."
Education Forum is yet another project created by the students, and has the potential to have information about all educational institutions. It would also have a career map for pre-engineering, pre-medical and computer science students.
Automobile Tracking System will provide security to vehicles, and will locate stolen vehicles. The invention will also help in navigating drivers to non familiar localities. The system will notify drivers if their vehicle nears a restricted area. The project was completed by Abdus Samad Ali Khan, Muhammad Anas Siddiqui and Muhammad Faisal Siddiqui under the supervision of their teacher Farhan Shafiq. The News
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology has announced that successful candidates of BA and MA private exams can submit exam forms for improvement of division.
The forms are available at campus branch of the NBP on Feb 20 and 21. The candidates have been advised to submit the forms in the bank till Feb 21. Ppi
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