BA, BSc, BCom admissions from 16th
Karachi, Jan 12: The process of admissions to BA, BSc and BCom (part-I and part-II) classes in the colleges affiliated to Karachi University will begin on Jan 16 while classes for fresh entrants for the academic session 2012 will commence on Feb 8.
It was decided in a meeting of principals of the city's degree colleges held with Karachi University's Pro Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Nasiruddin Khan on Wednesday.
KU registrar Prof M. Kaleem Raza and affiliation committee chairman Prof Mansoor Ahmed also attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting gave an approval to the admissions policy of degree colleges and decided that admissions to BA, BSc and BCom (part-I and part-II) would be given between Jan 16 and Feb 7 without any late fee, with a late fee of Rs500 from Feb 8 to Feb 21 and with a late fee of Rs1,000 up to March 8, provided availability of seats in the colleges.
Students seeking admissions to degree classes were advised to collect and submit admission forms from the respective colleges.
The enrolment forms of fresh entrants to the degree colleges would be collected by the colleges concerned till March 26 without any late fee and thereafter with a late fee of Rs500 up to April 17.
KU students agitate against admission committee
Karachi: A number of candidates who failed to get admission to Karachi University's BS, honours and master's programmes, on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in front of the KU's administration block, shouting slogans against officials of the admission committee.
The protesting students, supported by activists of some student organisations, accused the KU's admission committee of giving preference in admissions to candidates from Karachi and Sindh over candidates from other provinces.
Denouncing the KU's admission policy, they demanded that the vice chancellor accommodate the 400 or so students in different programmes of the KU. They alleged that they were being discriminated against in admissions to the KU.
Some of the protesting students later entered the office of the admission committee and the department of the committee's convener, Prof Khalid Iraqi, butwhen they did not find him at any of the two places, they allegedly used abusive language against him and harassed the committee's staff.
Prof Iraqi said that as per the university's admission policy approved by its academic council, candidates belonging to Karachi were accorded the first priority, followed by students of other parts of Sindh and then those belonging to other provinces.
'In fact, the KU has been pursuing the same admission policy for the last five years and according to it candidates belonging to Karachi have been categorised as 'K', candidates of other parts of Sindh as 'S' and those from other provinces fall in the 'P' category,' he said, adding that all admissions for the academic session 2012 had been given purely on merit and in accordance with the admission policy.
He said it was strange that those who had failed to get admission chose the path of agitation rather than submitting their claims for the redress of their grievances, if they had any.A meeting of the university's 'grievances' committee formed by the vice chancellor recently was informed on Wednesday that the committee had received no complaint concerning admissions.
The meeting presided over by KU pro vice chancellor Prof (Dr) Shahana Urooj Kazmi and attended by Prof Abuzar Wajidi and Prof Iraqi , however, decided that students who felt that they had not been accommodated despite their merit could now submit their written complaints to the office of the university's Students' Adviser by Jan 16.
Meanwhile, the Karachi University Teachers Society's president, Prof Mutahir Ahmed, has expressed concern over the students' agitation against officials of the admission committee, saying the committee had implemented the university's admission policy strictly in line with directives of the academic council.The Kuts chief advised the protesting students to apply to the university's grievances committee if they had any complaint concerning their admissions. Dawn
No admissions under pressure, says KU
Karachi: The administration of the University of Karachi (KU) has refused to grant any admissions under the pressure of students' groups belonging to political and religious parties.
"The admission process has been completed and no admission would be given in the public-run institute under the pressure of activists of political, religious and ethnic organisations," university officials said.
A group of youngsters staged a demonstration at the parking lot reserved for the vice chancellor and other top management on Wednesday. They demanded that the KU entertained them by giving them admission to the university.
Some 50 students gathered at the administration block, and later entered into the main administrative building to present their demands to the vice-chancellor (VC) and pro-VCs. However, on being denied entry to the building, they staged a protest at the parking lot where they demanded that the KU administration removed the director of the Admission Committee and the students' adviser.
They also pasted posters on the walls of the Administration Block after sunset to frighten the staff working at the Admission Committee Room.
According to the KU officials, these students used the name of the Students Action Committee and were trying to pressure the administration of the university. However, the members of Admission Committee and other officials refused to accept any pressure in this regard.
The KU officials disclosed that activists of the Imamia Students Organisation, the Punjabi Students Association, the Gilgit-Baltistan Students Organisation and the Peoples' Students Federation (Qaiser Group) had submitted separate list with names to be accommodated as students in the university.
Most of the individuals on this list had not even submitted an admission form and did not qualify on merit. KU officials refused, saying that "the university could not facilitate persons who have not submitted the admission form."
Members of the Complaints and Grievance Committee, which is headed by VC Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, met on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
The committee was formed on January 04, 2012, just a day before the admission process was to come to an end.
Other members of the committee included Pro-VC Professor Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Dean of Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences Professor Dr Abu Zar Wajidi, Director Admission Committee Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi and Students' Adviser Ansar Rizvi. All members unanimously decided that KU would not give admission to these individuals.
However, the committee has agreed to review genuine cases. "If a student has submitted an admission form and has any complaint regarding the admission procedure, then they can submit a written complaint to the offices of the Students' Adviser till January 16, 2012," said Professor Dr Kazmi.
According to Dr Iraqi, the Admission Committee was simply following the guidelines given by the Academic Council of the university. "We have a procedure which has been practiced for many years." The news
KU official run over by train
Karachi: An official of the Karachi University's examination department was crushed under a locomotive near Malir 15 on Wednesday, police said.
They said 41-year-old Shaukat Ali was hit by the Quetta-bound Bolan Express when he was reportedly heading home in Shamsi Society, Malir. He was an assistant controller of the KU examination department and was also a poet.
The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
SU teachers warn of boycotting classes
Hyderabad: The Sindh University Teachers Association has warned of suspending all academic activities till the university administration accepts its demands.
A general body meeting of the association held here on Wednesday said that under prevailing circumstances on the campus, it was impossible for teachers to perform their duties.
The meeting decided that teachers would continue to hold demonstrations and issue statements to expose cases of corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency of the incumbent vice-chancellor.
The teachers resolved that teachers would take additional classes to complete the course following acceptance of their demands in order to compensate academic loss of students.
The meeting decided that each member of the association would contribute one day salary as financial assistance to the bereaved family of late Prof Bashir Ahmed Channar.
The association demands constitution of a judicial commission to investigate murder of Prof Channar, immediate removal of the vice-chancellor, Dr Nazir A Mughal, removal of police and Rangers and their replacement with university's own security, ban on student wings and restoration of student unions.
The SUTA office-bearers informed the meeting aboutpress conferences, demonstrations and open letters addressed to officials concerned and authorities about the implementation of demands.
The house was informed that although the association's one week deadline for the acceptance of demands had expired but no official response had been received so far from any quarter.
The president of the association, Dr Azhar Ali Shah, presided over the meeting.
Appeal to teachers
Expressing deep concern over suspension of academic activities in various teaching institutes, administration of the Sindh University have appealed to teachers to resume classes and help in nabbing culprits involved in the assassination of Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar.
It further reminded the faculty members that suspension of classes was not only disturbing parents and guardians but also resulting in the wastage of precious time of students. A statement issued by the administration on Wednesday said that the Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazir A.Mughal had taken all possible steps for arrest of culprits including submission of request to the government to setup a judicial commission.
It further said that students from all parts of the province were keen on taking classes in the new session. Dawn
Chiniot Islamia girls win school quiz competition
Karachi: Institute of Business Education (IBE) recently organised Inter-School Quiz Competition 2012 at its premises where leading Karachi boys and girls schools participated.
Topics of the quiz competition included Pakistan, history, geography, sports and general knowledge.
Chiniot Islamia Girls School secured first position while Generation's School and Mama Parsi Girls Secondary School secured second and third positions respectively.
Chairman Pakistan Quiz Society Hafiz Syed Nasimuddin was the chief guest.
Speaking to the audience, he appreciated the event and organisers' efforts to create such a healthy environment and productive activity and said that it was necessary to hold such activities to enhance students' academic excellence. Later he distributed prizes and certificates among successful students.
Prof Nuzhat Raees of IBE, Asstt Prof Samina Zahid and Arshad Latif Khan were the judges while Syed Baker Mujeebul Hashmi was moderator. Daily times