Illegal admissions at Karachi University

'Illegal' admissions in KU irk teachers
Karachi, Feb 15: A majority of teachers at the Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi, are annoyed over the alleged irregularities in the process of admissions to BS III Year (Previous) in the department so much so that the Chairperson, Prof Syed Muhammad Khalid, is even contemplating of tendering his resignation.

According to the details gleaned from Prof Khalid and other senior professors, the department had only 45 seats, and according to the university rules students in the K (Karachi) category are given preference followed by the S (Sindh) and the P (Pakistan) categories.

The admissions committee, headed by the Director of Admissions, Dr Saleem Shahzad, sent a list of 11 students, five each from the K and the P categories and one from the S category.

"It meant that there were no applicants other than those who were admitted. But in a surprise and dubious manner another list of 64 students was sent to the department and the minimum percentage of merit came to 46 percent in BSc examinations.

"Three applicants who had submitted only the fee vouchers were also admitted. There were different percentages on the transcripts and on the admission lists," said Prof Khalid.

More surprises were in store for the department as another nine students were admitted after they had filed the "claim forms". These students had 72 to 74 percent marks.

"And the students with 46 percent marks were admitted. It is the height of corruption," Prof Khalid alleged.

"There was a trail of deceit and dishonesty in the admissions. We processed the first list of the candidates that came to our department. It had flaws, and we objected. It was withdrawn, but after sometime the directorate of admissions admitted the students without consulting us. It was a completely unilateral decision," Prof Khalid said.

The professor then sent a letter to Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, the convener of admission committee, pointing out the irregularities and requesting her to allow the department to prepare the merit list. This letter was followed by the merit list prepared by the department.

Dr Kazmi forwarded the letter and the list to Dr Saleem Shahzad for his comments. Dr Shahzad wrote in a note that "the department has no right to refuse admissions unless the eligibility is not followed...merit list could be in excess due to various reasons, and the admissions could not be given even if the claims by the candidates are valid".

Prof Khalid and his colleagues were not impressed by the claims of Dr Shahzad and considered it flimsy and without substance.

A meeting was called by Prof Khalid on January 29 and all the teachers attended it. The meeting passed a resolution reiterating their resolve to stand by their demand that the students in the BS III Year admissions should be admitted on merit prepared by the department according to the admission brochure of 2010.

Dr Saleem Shahzad sent a letter to Prof Khalid recently telling him (Prof Khalid) that a meeting of the admission committee was held on that day on the order of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Pirzada Qasim, in response to Prof Khalid's letter to Dr Kazmi.

Dr Shahzad informed Prof Khalid that the meeting had resolved that: "Only the Admission Committee is authorised to give admissions, and no department can prepare its own admission list".

Prof Khalid, in his reply to Dr Shahzad on February 12, reminded him of the violations of the rules laid down in the admission booklet that was not approved by the KU academic council and reiterated their stand on being part of admissions on merit. The news

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Sindh govt holiday; KU papers postponed
Karachi: All Sindh government offices and institutions as well as schools and colleges in the public and private sectors across the province will remain closed on Feb 15 (the 11th of Rabi-ul-Awal) that was declared a holiday by the provincial government on Monday evening.

The institutions and offices will now resume on Feb 17, as the federal government has already declared Feb 16 (12th Rabi-ul-Awal) a holiday.

According to a spokesman for the Chief Minister's House, the chief minister has announced that Feb 15 will be observed as a holiday across the province. He said all Sindh government offices and educational institutions would remain closed on Tuesday accordingly. Dawn

Later speaking to , Sindh Education Secretary Naheed Shah Durrani said that all schools and colleges in the public and private sectors across the province would remain closed on Tuesday in the wake of the government announcement.

Papers postponed
The University of Karachi will also remain closed on Tuesday, according to pro-vice chancellor of the university Nasiruddin Khan. He said that all papers of the ongoing BCom examination scheduled for the day had been postponed till Sunday when these papers would be conducted at the same venue and time. Dawn

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KU announces admissions in MS programme 2011
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) registrar has announced admissions on Monday in MS, PhD and MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicines) programmes 2011. According to the schedule, the admission forms will be issued from Feb 14 to March22, whereas the aptitude test will be conducted on April 3. The academic session will be commenced from July 15. Daily times

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KUTS general body meeting
Karachi: The Karachi University Teacher Society (KUTS) has called a General Body Meeting today (Tuesday) to discuss the breakdown of security system and overall administration in the university. The President, KUTS, Dr Abid Hasnain said that it was a matter of great concern that the security system had literally collapsed and there was no effective administration in the university. "We have to take some action. We cannot be spectators to the gradual destruction of the university", he commented. The meeting will be held in the Arts auditorium at 11:00 am. The news

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MUET among top 400 varsities of world
Hyderabad: The Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) has been declared one of the top 400 universities of the world in a survey conducted by an international organisation, Quacquarelli Symonds.

According to the university authorities, the MUET has secured 351st position in the list of best universities around the world.

In the category of engineering and technology, the top four universities are Massachusetts Institute, of Technology, USA, (first), Stanford University, USA, (second) University of California, Berkeley, USA (third) and University of Cambridge, UK, (fourth).

The MUET had already been declared second best public sector universities in Pakistan, according to the standards set by the Higher Education Commission, said a university press release.

"The MUET had a challenge set by the HEC to be declared one of the 500 top universities in the world but have secured a place among top 400 universities," it said. -Bureau

Three universities of Pakistan have been included in the list of top universities of the world. The University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, has secured 281st position and the National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, 274th. Dawn

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Governor orders standardisation of varsities' rules
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has directed that the rules and regulations of all government-run universities in the province should be standardised.

He has also constituted a committee, headed by the chairman of the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Team, in this regard.

Presiding over a meeting at the Governor House on Monday, he said there was a need to have similar rules and regulations in all government universities of the province.

The committee includes the pro-vice-chancellors of the Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, and the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.

It will present its recommendations within a week. It will also review that incentives given to employees of the government universities should be uniform.

The governor said that the raise of Rs500 in medical allowance to the employees of universities would stay. He directed the committee to contact the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the universities of the other provinces, the Sindh Law Department and related officers so that the employees could get increased allowances as per the government's announcement.

He said that the land of universities allocated for the research and educational activities would be protected, and occupied land would be retrieved from the land mafia.

Khan also issued directives to make policy for announcing residential schemes for university employees. The news

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45 DUHS students' fate hangs in the balance
Karachi: The fate of 45 second-year MBBS students of the Dow University of Health Sciences hangs in the balance after the federal education ministry's Inter-Board Chairmen Committee (IBCC) refused to issue equivalence certificate of their A level qualification to them, it was learnt on Monday.

Sources in the Islamabad-based IBCC said that the students' qualification did not meet the eligibility criteria for admissions to medical colleges and universities across the country. The sources explained that according to the admission criteria, students seeking admissions were required to have passed "physics, biology and chemistry" papers in the intermediate or A level exams, but all the 45 students had passed their A level exams with "mathematics, biology and chemistry".

They said that the Dow varsity granted admissions to these students in 2008 on the condition that they would later provide an equivalence certificate of their A level qualification.

Since the IBCC decision could affect their studies and career in future, the issue had been included in the agenda of a two-day meeting of the committee scheduled to be held in Karachi on March 1 and 2, the sources said.

The students belonged to the category of foreign nationals and overseas Pakistanis. The DUHS' prospectus of 2008 while describing the eligibility criteria for foreign nationals and overseas Pakistanis clearly states that all those who will be admitted to the MBBS under the category of foreign nationals and overseas Pakistanis will have to produce IBCC equivalence certificate with minimum 60 per cent marks or SAT II (science subjects) with minimum score of 700.

While referring to DHUS' prospectus, the sources said that it was beyond their comprehension as to how the university administration had granted them admissions without prior asking the IBCC if it would issue equal qualification certificates to the students having passed A level with biology, chemistry and mathematics.

The sources said that if the IBCC issued equivalence certificates to the A level students, it would open a Pandora box as students who had passed intermediate exams with mathematics, biology and chemistry would also seek similar concessions.

They said these students had an option to get their admissions to the DUHS confirmed by appearing in the SAT II (science subjects) exams. However, for this, the students would have to score 700, the sources said. Dawn

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Teachers' body demands inquiry against Bin Qasim Town ADO
Karachi: The government schoolteachers of Bin Qasim Town have called for an inquiry against an education official of the town for her alleged involvement in irregularities.

The All Sindh Primary Teachers Association (ASPTA) of Bin Qasim Town has accused the assistant district officer (ADO), Education (Female), of demanding money from the headmasters of schools in the public sector.

According to the teaching association of the town, the ADO had been demanding money from every elementary, primary and lower secondary school of the town.

"She has no fear of any inquiry. She openly tells headmasters and teachers who refuse to pay her of her contacts," they alleged.

They further alleged that the ADO had told the employees in Grade 11 to pay Rs3,000 each to get endorsement for documents of their timescale. The employees in Grades 14 and 15 were asked to pay Rs4,000 and Rs5,000 each, respectively, they claimed.

The ASPTA claimed that the headmasters of schools were forced to pay Rs200 each from the canteen fund and Rs500 on account of office decoration every month.

The ADO also wanted a share from the School Management Committee and forced the headmaster of each school in the town to pay a handsome amount from that account, it alleged.

In their application to the executive district officer, education, Karachi, Muhammad Ibrahim Kunber, the members of the association further charged that the ADO had informed the town's employees that she shared the money with the district officer of education (female) regularly.

Quoting the ADO, the ASPTA claimed that the district officer of education (female) had withdrawn Rs565,000 in June 2010 when she had the charge of the distributing drawing officer of the town.

They demanded of the education authorities to recover the amount from the DO and remove the ADO from her post.

The association has sent an application to the chief justice of the Sindh High Court, the chief secretary and to other officials, requesting them to take stern action against the people who have been allegedly misusing their powers.

Meanwhile, this correspondent made several attempts to contact the ADO, bu1t all those attempts were in vain. The news

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