Rules flouted in KU admissions
Karachi, Jan 27: The Chairperson of the Department of Food and Science Technology at the University of Karachi, Dr Jehan Ara, has written a letter to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Pirzada Qasim, saying that the admissions under the quota on sports has exceeded the number of seats reserved for this category.
She is yet to get a response from the VC.
The in charge of the Department of Computer Science, Badar Sami, has also sent a letter to the Director of Admissions, Dr Saleem Shahzad, reminding him that no less than 14 candidates were admitted to the department on sports quota though the sports category had a maximum of three seats.
Dr Saleem Shahzad, however, informed that the admissions on sports quota were not his domain and that it was looked after by the admission committee for sports.
A senior professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, on condition of anonymity, said that 27 students had been admitted to his faculty, upsetting many senior teachers who thought such admissions killed merit.
"I am sure that the general admissions given on merit have been fair and transparent this year, but the sports quota has been used unfairly to admit those students who should not be in the university. Most of those admitted on this (sports) quota are not sportsmen or sportswomen," he said.
According to reliable sources in the university, the entrance test conducted by the KU had been dubious since the students who did well were declared as unsuccessful and those who failed declared successful.
Another source informed that there were cases of unauthorised admissions to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA). The newsYour Comments
KU Business School offering admissions to MBA Banking
Karachi: The Business School of the University of Karachi (KU) is offering admissions to MBA Banking (Morning) for the academic year 2011. A university spokesman said on Wednesday that the admission forms can be submitted up to Jan 28. The admission test would be conducted on Jan 30 at 10am at the Institute of Bankers Pakistan. Classes are scheduled to commence from Feb 19, it was further stated. app
SSUET to hold job and education fair on Saturday
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) is organising a 'Job and Education Fair' on Jan 29 at its premises. This event is being organised to prepare students to face job market and pursue post-graduate studies abroad simultaneously. During the fair students of final year will showcase their projects. Prestigious national and multinational companies, educational consultants and representatives from international universities will participate at the event. Sindh Information Technology Minister Muhammad Raza Haroon has given consent for inauguration of the event.
AKU international seminar on English language teaching
Karachi: Aga Khan University (AKU) Centre of English Language is organising the 6th International Seminar on 'English Language Teaching (ELT) in a Changing World: Innovative Approaches to New Challenges' from Jan 29 to 30 at AKU Auditorium, Stadium Road campus. The seminar will bring together ELT professionals from around the world to discuss, reflect on and develop their ideas. Daily times
Fata students given cash awards
Peshawar: The tribal area students, who clinched top two positions in the Secondary School Certificate examinations conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Kohat, were awarded cash prizes of Rs50,000 each on Wednesday.
Additional Chief Secretary Fata Habibullah Khan gave away the awards in a simple ceremony. The award winners were Sajjad Ali, a resident of Mohmand Agency and student of Cadet College Kohat and Abdul Malik of Kurram Agency and student of Islamia College University, Peshawar. Speaking on the occasion, Habibullah Khan felicitated the students and urged them to continue their hard work to accomplish more achievements.
Fata Secretary Administration and Coordination Abid Majeed, Director Information Kifayatullah Durrani, Director Education Fata Fazle Manan and Director Health Services Fata Dr Fawad Khan were present on the occasion. The news
FEF teachers seek service structure
Peshawar: The women teachers of Frontier Education Foundation (FEF) colleges have demanded of the government to increase their salaries and devise a service structure for them.
A press release issued by them said that even teachers at government primary schools were getting better salaries than them. "We receive only Rs10,000 to Rs13,000 per month. There are no allowances, increments and other facilities for us," they said.
They claimed that even the teachers among them having 10 years experience were being paid the same salaries. "We are appointed on contractual basis. The contract is being renewed after every six months," they added.
They said that the fear of losing job anytime was a permanent source of tension for them. The authorities had promised with them in the beginning that they would be regularised soon but the promise was never fulfilled despite lapse of several years.
The teachers are now unable to apply for any other job owing to age factor after serving for years at the colleges of FEF.
The FEF was established in 1992 under an Act of the provincial assembly to impart quality education to the children of poor. However, after the establishment of Elementary Education Foundation, the role of FEF was restricted to colleges only.
The FEF has set up about 15 colleges for girls in the province to impart quality low-cost education to students. The results shown by these colleges can be compared with some reputed private colleges of the province.
The teachers were hoping that authorities would regularise them besides devising a better service structure for them and increasing their salaries to reward them for their good performance.
However, their hopes were dashed as the staff at FEF head office was appointed on permanent basis while they were deprived of all facilities, being availed by their colleagues at government and private colleges.
The women teachers said that they couldn't stage a protest owing to pressure from the administration. They even can't disclose their names as they fear that they will lose their jobs. Dawn
Verified Fata community schools to reopen from Feb 1
Peshawar: The issue of community schools' closure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) hit the headlines when male and female teachers from the tribal region started a protest drive last month, but a top official said Wednesday the political agents concerned had been asked to submit reports by February 1 next and the verified schools would reopen.
The teachers were of the opinion that the Fata Secretariat had decided to wind up the community schools project in the tribal areas and thus sacked around 2000 teachers working in the schools.
The authorities at the Fata Secretariat, however, gave a different opinion, stating that the project had never been wounded up and rather an effort was being made to ensure transparency.
Set up in 2003 with the assistance of the Norwegian government and other foreign donors, the community schools continued to disseminate education in the remote tribal regions despite the fragile situation there.
The 956 schools including 401 for boys and 555 for girls were a unique project being run under public-private partnership. The tribal elders had to provide building for the schools for which they were paid nominally and one or two persons from their family were recruited there as well. Teachers for the schools had been appointed on contractual basis after following a proper criterion. Many teachers appointed in these schools were later shifted to the regular public sector schools and their services were regularized.
Secretary Administration and Coordination Fata, Muhammad Abid Majeed said it was obligatory for the community schools that all its teachers and students be certified. A few months back, he said, the administration sought report about the community schools from the political agents of various tribal regions and found that no school was there on the ground.
To verify the existence of these schools, a committee headed by the political agent of the agency concerned and comprising agency education officer, a representative of teachers' association, a journalist and a law-enforcement agencies' representative was formed, he said.
Abid Majeed added that four-step task was assigned to the committee for the verification of the community schools, which, according to him had virtually become ghost schools. The committee started its work from January 1 to verify the presence and credentials of teachers involved in the project and also confirm the number and existence of students in each school.
For the purpose of ensuring transparency, the salaries of all the teachers hired for the project were stopped from December 31, 2010, he said. By February 1 next the political agents would submit their reports and the schools verified by the committee would be restarted, he maintained.
Nawab Khan, the vice-president of All Teachers Association Fata, on the other hand opined that the schools were there and they continued to disseminate education to the tribal children despite the precarious security situation in the tribal areas. "The authorities should ensure peace in all the tribal agencies and we would show them the strength and standard of the community schools," he stressed.
Nawab Khan said it was wrong that only salaries of the teachers were withheld till the completion of the verification. "The project had been wound up completely. This has not only deprived thousands of children of the education facility but also rendered more than 2000 teachers jobless. We would continue our protest drive till revival of the schools and reinstatement of the teachers," he said. The news