Karachi University MS, PhD classes | Professor Amberina Kazi
MS, PhD classes will not commence if..
Karachi, Feb 02: The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) has warned that
teachers will not resume teaching MS and PhD classes unless the university
administration stops taking steps that are not approved by the academic
The KUTS General Body meeting on January 21 and January 29
decided that the present form of the MS and Ph D programme is not workable
because of topsy-turvy arrangements that are confusing students and teachers
alike. The KUTS also demanded that steps that are not approved by the academic
council but show conflicts and flaws should be corrected in an emergency
academic council meeting. "We will not commence MS and PhD classes if the flaws
are not rectified immediately," KUTS President Dr Aqeel Ahmed said.
KUTS has also aired its disappointment and surprise that flaws which were agreed
upon during a meeting between the KUTS Executive Council and the KU
Vice-Chancellor and Deans are yet to be rectified. Moreover, the absence of
official announcements has created confusion and a sense of distrust among
teachers and students. Unfortunately, the respectable academic programme has
become a topic of joke and sarcasm from the students, they said.
ironical side of the story is the fact that all serious suggestions and culture
of dialogue has been ignored by the administration. "If a Dean and
administration think they are so capable, they can run this programme. The
teachers, however, will not be a part of it," Dr Ahmed said firmly. "We demand
an immediate meeting of the Academic Council and a withdrawal of the
announcement for commencement of classes from February 2, 2009."
has called a meeting of the Executive Council at 11.30 am at the Staff Club to
decide the course of action to follow.
KU seminar on Youth
Entrepreneurship Training: The Faculty of Management and Administrative
Sciences, University of Karachi (KU), in collaboration with Ministry of Sports
and Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh, and the SMEDA, is organizing a one-day
seminar on Youth Entrepreneurship Training on Monday (today) at 9:30 am at the
KU's inventive literary mentor and connoisseur
Karachi: Asking any student at the University of Karachi's (KU) Department
of English Literature about Professor Amberina Kazi will result only in a
positive response. Students not only hold her in high regard, but look up to her
for inspiration. What makes Prof. Kazi, a former chairperson of the department,
particularly popular is her willingness to do things differently and think
outside the box.
"I have never been afraid of challenges and have
strongly felt that in order to produce better thinkers, we should first modify
our syllabus and then expect students to bring about some change," believes
Prof. Kazi. She differs with the widely-held belief that most students are not
creative thinkers. "They just need to be guided."
When it comes to
teaching the subject she is most passionate about – English Literature – she
says it becomes all the more difficult as students are unwilling to recognise
and appreciate their own literature. "I think it is essential for students to
become familiar with post-colonial literature as well. South Asian literature is
just as rich and we have produced great writers and poets whose writings we can
learn from as well as relate to."
Sharing the challenge of setting up
such a course at KU, Prof. Kazi discloses how reluctant the faculty initially
was. However, through a series of meetings, she gradually managed to convince
them and introduced South Asian Literature in the syllabus, which remains one of
her biggest achievements.
One of our problems, she feels, is we let
experts from abroad hijack our thoughts and are easily influenced by their
opinion. "When it comes to contemporary fiction, I think writers like Kamila
Shamsie have done a great job. We should learn to appreciate our people as
Apart from teaching at the university, Prof. Kazi also runs a
cassette library for the visually impaired students at KU, and, today, aims to
establish a disability unit in the Faculty of Arts for special students to
benefit from. She has maintained the library for several years now, running it
with the help of students on voluntary basis.
"But now in the age of
technology, when we have the relevant software, I think a disability unit should
be an inherent part of our university as well so special students of all
departments can access academic material from one place. Most universities
abroad have one." It was back in her university days that she thought a cassette
library should be maintained for special students. "Actually my own best friend
was visually impaired. That's when I felt something needed to be done for such
students as well."
Prof. Kazi believes it is not just education but
community service and extra curricular activities that shape a student's
personality. However, in her case, she also gives credit to her mother who had
always been involved in social welfare activities while her father was working
in the Navy.
With pessimism currently prevalent among the youth, she
feels community service can help change their perception and make them more
useful members of society. "The problem with most of us is we are too shy to
praise ourselves and our heroes even when our society is full of them. We keep
trying to prove that we are realists and refuse to portray our people and
country in good light. And that's what makes us hopeless."
education is the primary way to induce this sense of optimism, Prof. Kazi wishes
to remain in the teaching profession. "It gives me the opportunity to mould a
student and invest in our future. These young students are the wealth of our
Prof. Kazi has also authored two academic books that have been
included in the syllabus of the Sindh Textbook Board for classes 11 and 12. In
addition to this, she is one of the founder members of SPELT, a professional
body of educationists committed to the training of teachers to teach English
effectively. The body will mark 25 years of its existence this year. "You should
not let go of any opportunity to share your knowledge with others," she says.
Prof. Kazi is currently planning to resume her PhD that she could not
complete owing to her father's health years ago. Looking back, she says she has
"I was glad I was able to look after my father, who had
supported me all along. Had it not been for the support of my parents and my
husband, who looked after my two children while I was busy, I may not have been
able to dedicate as much time to my profession as I did." - firstname.lastname@example.org (The News)
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DMC & SMC convocation. DUHS gets Rs10m grant
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has announced a financial
grant of Rs10 million to the Dow University of Health and Sciences.
made this announcement while presiding over the convocation of the Dow Medical
College and the Sindh Medical College here on Saturday.
graduates belonging to different disciplines were awarded degrees and shields in
The governor also awarded gold medals and merit
certificates to position holders and distinction holders.
audience, the governor said that the Dow university was providing quality
healthcare and education through its academic and research activities and its
qualified faculty members were also providing training facilities for all
categories of health workers.
He congratulated the graduates and advised
them to keep themselves up-to-date. He advised them to utilise their knowledge
and skills through ethical practice for the service of humanity and to fulfil
the trust bestowed on them by their country.
Dr Ibad congratulated DUHS
Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan and his team for the development of the
university and setting up of new institutes and departments.
briefly spoke about the development of DUHS since its inception. Vice
Chancellor of Karachi University Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui hoped that DUHS
would continue to coordinate with the Karachi University in further elevating
the standard of medical education.
Later, the governor lighted up the
Olympic torch to commemorate Dow Olympics 2009 and a Celebration Week to
commemorate five years of DUHS.
SPLA demands recruitment of 3,000 teachers
Karachi: Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA)
office-bearers Professor Umat-ul-Sami, Professor Liaquat Aziz, Professor Mazhar
Ali Rizvi and others have demanded efforts to alleviate the acute shortage of
teachers in Sindh colleges.
In a joint statement on Sunday, the SPLA
members expressed deep concern over the anti-education and anti-teacher policies
of the present government. They demanded Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan,
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq to
ensure the recruitment of 3,000 teachers for Sindh colleges on a priority basis
"The education department is deliberately creating these situations to
pave the way for privatisation of educational institutions," they claimed. They
alleged that the Sindh Education Department is receiving massive donations in
the name of education but these funds are being pocketed. The leaders added that
the SPLA is launching a protest campaign from February 3 and teachers from all
over Sindh will participate in the march from Degree College, Naudero to the
Garhi Khuda Bux graveyard. Ppi
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Madrassa students denied equivalence certificates
Karachi: The Inter Board Committee
of Chairmen (IBCC), a federally administered committee, has stopped issuing
equivalence certificates to students of madrassas, it was learnt on
The matter was discussed in the last meeting of the committee which
was held in Islamabad this week. It was decided that the committee will follow
the federal government's instructions on the issue, officials of the committee
said under the condition of anonymity.
Over tens of thousands of students
receive an equivalence certificate of matriculation and intermediate from the
committee every year. On the basis of these certificates, students are eligible
to apply for graduate and postgraduate degrees from the Higher Education
According to the officials, the measure was taken so that
all madrassas working in the country are convinced to accept the status of the
Madaris Education Board, instituted by the government to supervise religious
If the Ittehad Tenzeemat Madaris Deenia Pakistan (ITMDP), a
countrywide body of madrassas, accepts the board, then in the future, all
certificates to the students will be issued by the board, they added.
officials noted that the ITMDP had been asked to contact the Ministry of
Religious Affairs to get equivalence certificates. On the other hand, the
ministry refused to do so till the matter was not resolved.
IBCC Assistant Secretary based in Karachi Muhammad Ejaz Ahsan confirmed that the
issuance of equivalence certificates had been stopped on the direction of higher
authorities. However, he refused to give any further details.
ITMDP leaders have contacted the high-ups of both the Ministry of Education and
the Ministry of Religious Affairs. "Both these ministries have not come up with
any satisfactory answer to resolve the issue of equivalence certificates," ITMDP
Commenting on the Inter board committee's refusal to issue
equivalence certificate, Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman
said that they were in contact with the officials concerned. "However, the
matter has not been finalised yet," he maintained and hoped that it would be
The IBCC is a state organisation responsible for deciding and
granting equivalencies to Deeni Madaris students. The equivalence certificates
include Secondary School Certificate (SSC) (Matriculation), Higher Secondary
School Certificate (HSSC) (Intermediate levels) and technical education and
local certificates. Daily Times
'Madressah reforms imperative'
Karachi: Reforms in the Madressah education system at the basic level will
not only modernise Madressah at the mainstream intellectual parameters, but will
also lead to multi-dimensional development, Dr Saleem Ali, Associate Professor
of Environmental Planning at the University of Vermont, USA, said on
He was speaking at a seminar on "Islam and Education: Conflict
and Conformity in Madressahs" at the Department of International Relations,
University of Karachi.
"The compartmentalisation of different educational
structures must be bridged through collaboration and constructive dialogue. It
can be promoted through various ways - by providing apprenticeship to Madressah
students, incorporating sciences and modern languages, and exchange programmes
between institutions of higher learning, both national and foreign," he said.
KU Department of International Relations Chairman (and Programme
Director) Dr Moonis Ahmer said that the primary gulf between the East and the
West was of knowledge. Muslims have largely lagged behind others as far as the
acquisition and the promotion of modern knowledge is concerned, "but it is not
impossible to equip ourselves with modern education. For this, there had to be a
change in the priorities of the State and society," Dr Ahmer said. The programme
was followed by an interactive question and answer session. The News
Sindh Univresity doubles district quota for LLB
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has decided to double the
district quota for admissions to five-year LLB programme and commence classes of
the new batch from Feb 23.
The decision was taken at a meeting, which was
presided over by the university's vice-chancellor, Mazharul Haq
The meeting reviewed repair work of Metharam Hostel Hyderabad
to start five-year LLB programme there. The meeting decided that inaugural
ceremony of the newly-upgraded department of law and five-year LLB programme
would be organised on Feb 20.
The meeting also increased the district
quota seats in the LLB programme.
The University of
Sindh has announced that last date for admissions to postgraduate diploma in
computer science and public administration is Feb 5. Dawn
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