Academic session at KU to commence from 15th
Karachi, Jan 07: The new academic session at the University of Karachi (KU) for the year 2011 will commence from January 15.
This was announced by the spokesperson of KU on Thursday. The date has been advanced from January 8 because the process of admission as well as the semester examinations is still incomplete. In view of this, the first semester at KU will now begin from January 15.
The orientation sessions for the BS First and Third Year will be held in all the teaching departments. The teaching will commence from January 17, it was further stated.Your Comments
FUUAST admission list
The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) have announced the list of the successful candidates for admissions conducted on entry test basis. This was announced by the spokesperson of the institution on Thursday. The list of the candidates has been posted on the FUUAST website: www.fuuast.edu.pk.
Moot on molecular medicine concludes
Karachi: The four-day Third International Symposium-cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (MMDR-3) concluded at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), on Thursday.
Around 450 participants, including 40 scientists from 30 countries, participated in the global moot, organised by the Dr Punjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), KU, from January 3-6, 2011.
The prime objective of the event held was to develop productive linkages and collaboration with colleagues of various countries and institutions.
The former Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman inaugurated the event.
On this occasion, he said that knowledge was the only source that could bring progress to the country. Our young scientists need to come forward in various fields of science to play their vital role in the economic progress of the country, he said.
We should use science to bring all countries closer. Knowledge was the key to get socio-economic progress in the world. There is dire need to make our educational institutions as quality institutions that can provide quality graduates to the market, he said.
The main objective of this symposium is to bring some of the leading scholars to Pakistan and provide our young scientists an opportunity to learn form their experience and knowledge.
The Director, ICCBS, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, said that our country was reported to be the 6th most populous country in the world with tremendous disease burden due to poverty and associated problems.
He said, there were many global health challenges and we needed to work with the global scientific community to solve them as equal partners. We are fortunate to have the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, which is considered one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.
The aim of the event was to develop understanding and appreciation of this emerging field (Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) in Pakistan, to bring together the leading experts in the field of molecular medicine from all around the world and forge global partnership for the common benefits of humanity and rapid development of the countries in the South.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Darakhshan Haleem, Dr Imtiaz Bashir of Dr Panjwani Memorial Trust also spoke on the occasion.
How teachers are treated at KU
Karachi: Social fibre of the society, in our country, seems to be fast disintegrating and those who are supposed to be the guardians of morality and tolerance have become the guiding factors and pushing the country towards chaos.
Take the example of the University of Karachi (KU) ó one of the premier universities in the country ó where things display a somewhat dismal picture.
Some high-ranking officials are annoyed by the just criticism or even when someone points out towards the worsening law and order situation, bad governance and interference of certain political parties in the affairs of the university.
An activist, claiming to be a ësector in-chargeí of a student political group, recently called a teacher of the Department of English and ëorderedí him to give passing marks to a female student from Mass Communication Department who had secured only 18 marks out of 50. The teacher declined to do so as the results had already been submitted to the Chairperson of the English Department.
The activist, perhaps not accustomed to hearing dissenting voices, threatened the teacher that he (the student) ëwill seeí him in the department.
This incident aptly shows the unacceptable and highly objectionable role played by the political parties. A few days earlier, some activists from another student group had beaten a teacher because he tried to save a student from their hands. Some waves were created, turned into ripples and the situation became stagnant again.
These incidents should serve as an eye-opener for the university administration that is not known for taking action against student political groups on campus. With intermittent student clashes, unscheduled holidays and uninspiring performance of the administration, the university is fast approaching towards disorder and the administration seems oblivious to it. It is time for the chancellor and other stakeholders to take some serious action in this connection. Political parties should also come forward to saving one of the largest universities of the country. It is a dreadful scenario but the pointers are saying it- loud and clear. The news
Another medical university
Given that Sindh already has four medical universities, it was somewhat surprising that the government elevated Sindh Medical College to the status of a university.
Upon being executed, President Zardari's orders will create Sindh's fifth medical university with the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) as its affiliated hospitals. Before issuing the new charter, it would have been worth examining the progress - or otherwise - made by universities that are already on the ground. A detailed audit of the funding given to these universities would not have been a bad idea either.
The country's first medical university was established several years ago by the then Sindh health minister. These were the early days of the military government of Gen Pervez Musharraf, and a retired lieutenant-general was given the task of running the health ministry in Sindh. He was a graduate of the Liaquat Medical College (LMC) at Jamshoro.
Some senior professors at the LMC floated a proposal for the establishment of the country's first medical university. The reasoning offered was that the proposed university would organise medical education along scientific lines in the province and, in doing so, would set an example.
Subsequent experience has shown that these people had very little understanding about how medical education is conducted in the modern world. The minister was won over by his friends and his leader was probably swayed by the idea of being a pioneer. He failed to learn from the experience of a private medical institution in the province that was already functioning independently with great financial but little professional success. The decision was taken in such haste that no baseline feasibility of the project was in place when they went public. The Liaquat University of Health and Medical Sciences came into existence through an executive order and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) dished out millions of rupees for it.
Not much time passed before the Lahore University of Health Sciences came into existence in Punjab. Soon afterwards, the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and King Edward Medical University (KEMU) came into being in Sindh and Punjab respectively. There is a long story of political and financial corruption behind each of these decisions, which had nothing to do with the quality of medical education.
As a result, today KEMU and DUHS are sorry examples of that which they should not be. Ad hocism reigns supreme and there is hardly a thing going well at either the policy or execution levels. The wastage of funds is both rampant and blatant.
KEMU in particular is suffering from an acute shortage of faculty and most departments are unable to meet even the minimal requirement of the criteria set by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). The university has just one PhD degree holder on its roll, yet it has been advertising a PhD programme and recruiting students without having sufficient supervisors to handle research and theses. The university has also started MD and MS courses without a properly structured teaching programme.
DUHS has established 23 institutes - a record that the most respected medical institutions anywhere in the world would struggle to beat. Again, this has nothing to do with the quality of education. One such institute is the Dow International Medical College which charges very high fees but has no functional tertiary-care hospital for the training of medical students on the clinical side. The university also has an ambitious PhD programme but not the relevant faculty. It does not have a merit-based criterion plan for appointments and promotions.
The situation is not too different in other universities across the country. The lone exception to a certain extent is the Lahore University of Health Sciences, which is one of the better medical universities in the public sector. One would have thought that the government would now show some restraint. However, the monster, once unleashed, now seems beyond the authorities' control. Only that can explain the rationale behind establishing yet another medical university.
The proposed Sindh Medical University will be the first such institution in the public sector which will be upgraded as a result of the campaign initiated by the alumni of Sindh Medical College. It will also be the first in terms of financial support from its former students, who have promised to bring the initial funding from abroad instead of depending on the provincial and federal governments.
Yet by the looks of it, things are ready to go downhill. It is bound to come as a bonanza for some individuals in terms of official and unofficial benefits. SMU will be another addition to the group of part-time universities with part-time faculties and part-time student bodies. The current faculty at JPMC has serious concerns about the university and the genuine fear that it may end up like other universities in the province, destroying the presently academic atmosphere of the institution.
However, things can turn out for the better if the proposed university decides to do things differently. If it decides to bring fundamental changes in the structure of faculty and the working of hospitals, it will be a massive positive influence. The Lancet BMJ.
The SMC alumni, who are bringing in the funds, should use their clout and ensure that the government advertises the post of vice-chancellor in prestigious medical publications such as or the An honest, dedicated and competent person must be appointed to lead the proposed university. Full-time appointment and a functional audit of faculty members should be the next step, followed by proper planning rather than the mindless expansion that has thus far characterised progress in public-sector medical universities.
One can't establish a university through an executive order alone. It grows with time and hard work, and achieves its goals through transparency, honesty and teamwork. By Dr Shershah Syed (Dawn)
Govt schools still better than private ones, says Mazhar
Karachi: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has said that the civil society and media should play their positive roles to improve the education standard.
This he said while addressing a seminar on 'Vision to Improve Education' organised by the Ibrat Group of Publications in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Science and Arts (IMSA), Karachi at its campus here on Thursday.
He said that in the past the educational institutions were handed over to the city governments, affecting education standard while several ghost schools were unearthed.
He said they had imparted education from government schools while many bureaucrats also received education from government schools but they never sent their children to government schools.
He said that they had visited schools of Jacobabad, Shikarpur and desert areas where education standard was very low but they were striving hard to improve it. Mazhar said, "We should not get education only for achieving the degree purpose but it is the need of the hour to improve our education standards."
Earlier, Ibrat Group of Publications Chairman Kazi Asad Abid, IMSA Chairman Shafiq Hyder Mosvi, former education secretary Mehtab Akbar Rashidi, former University of Sindh Jamshoro vice chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, Education Secretary Naheed S Durrani, senior journalist Mehmood Sham, RSU Chief Programme Manger Professor Shakeel Farooqui also spoke. Daily times
SPLA poll results of 13 dists rejected
Hyderabad: A panel of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association led by Prof Sher Khan Selaro has rejected the annual elections results of 13 districts of Hyderabad region held on Jan 4 and accused chairman of the election commission Prof Rasheed Memon of partisan attitude.
Addressing a news conference at the press club here on Thursday, Prof Selaro, who was presidential candidate for the region, said that the results of elections were unacceptable because of rigging on a large scale
Other members of his panel Prof Anwar Sagar Kandhro, Prof Masroor Raza Pathan, Prof Apa Hidayat Baloch and Prof Abdur Razzaq Soomro were also present on the occasion. Prof Selaro pointed out that polling stations were set up in 62 colleges of the Hyderabad region where massive rigging and malpractices had taken place.
He said that in some cases polling stations were established where there were only two voters, but in Hyderabad city where there were hundreds of college teachers, only one polling station was set up.
He said previously only one polling station was established for Sachal Commerce College, Sachal Arts College and Muslim Arts College which were located adjacent to one another, but this practice was abandoned by the chairman of the election commission.
He alleged that in all the colleges of Latifabad, ballot papers were not available till 1pm as a result of which many voters had to return without casting votes. Women voters faced a lot of inconvenience, he said, adding that at Kohisar college, results of elections were declared much before the fixed time.
He demanded that elections for the Hyderabad region should be re-held under an election committee appointed from Sukkur and Karachi regions, he said. Dawn