KUTS objects to recruitment formula
Karachi, July 14: The administration of the University of Karachi and the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) are having a tug of war over the terms and conditions for the recruitment of faculty members.
The KUTS wanted the administration to accept those who have had papers published in the journals of BASR (Board of Advanced Studies and Research), but the administration insisted that the prospective faculty had had their papers published in the journals recognised by the Higher Education Commission.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Pirzada Qasim expressed his displeasure over the stance of the teachers' body and said that it was tantamount to lowering the entry requirements for the teachers.
"It will have a direct effect on the standard of teaching in the university. We are the largest public-sector university, and we have to go along with the HEC guidelines."
Another senior official, who requested anonymity, said, "They came to me and asked me to remove some conditions for the recruitment of teachers. I was not convinced and told them that their (KUTS) demands could not be accepted. It is a very sad thing that they are doing this to increase or maintain their vote bank."
The Secretary of KUTS, Dr Fayyaz Vaid, denied the allegation that they were trying "to lower the standard of education" in the university.
"No, we do not intend to do that. What we want is the removal of dictatorship of the HEC. We have our own statutory bodies, like the Syndicate, and we have our own rules and regulations. So why this interference from the HEC? Our autonomy is challenged by the HEC, and we cannot allow that."
A senior professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy disagreed with the KUTS secretary, saying: "Go to the website of the HEC and read the recruitment criteria for a professor and others. Read the advertisements of other public-sector universities and you will find the standard procedure. Every university is following the rules. The fact is that KUTS is deceiving the teachers".
Yet another professor expressed her anger over what she called "the jugglery of words" by the KUTS. "Look at it this way. The KUTS is desperate to retain its hold on power and for that it is doing and saying things that simply make no sense. They are a pack of lies. There was an advertisement on March 22 followed by a corrigendum. There was another advertisement on June 23 and another corrigendum on the same date. The KUTS officials are trying to take credit for the advertisements but continue to feign ignorance about the corrigendum," she said. The news
HEC refuses to release funds for Sindh varsity
Hyderabad: The Higher Education Commission has informed the University of Sindh through a letter that no funds will be released for development works at the campus, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir A. Mughal said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a meeting of the Vice Chancellor's Executive Council, he said that the university was trying to create resources to meet the challenges and provide quality higher education to the youth.
The Sindh government, he said, had approved Rs20 million to purchase land for the university campus in Dadu.
The meeting also discussed a report of the economic committee and appreciated efforts for minimising expenses of the university.
Presenting a report of the ongoing financial year, the director finance of the university said that the university with cuts in expenditures under different heads had saved Rs95 million.
He said that with the saving, the university would be able to pay increased salaries and pensions to its employees.The meeting agreed to enhance registration fees for MPhil and PhD admission programmes.
It also decided that conversion of MPhil to PhD programme would not be allowed and candidates would be bound to finish the two programmes separately.
It decided to prepare a list of those faculty members who availed foreign scholarships but returned without completing PhD and also another list of faculty members who completed their PhD abroad.
The meeting also finalised proposals for hiring private security for the campus.
The VC said the university had been hiring private security on the pattern of other universities.
The vice-chancellor reiterated that the deans should submit proposals for hiring faculty in case of need after allocating teaching load to the existing faculty members. The proposals would be considered before the completion of summer vacation, he said.
After beginning of the semester classes, no proposals would be considered, he said, adding that every department should concentrate on teaching and academic activities after the summer break.
The meeting formed a scholarship committee comprising deans of faculties headed by the vice-chancellor to re-allocate share of scholarships to faculty members of social sciences, Islamic studies and arts disciplines.
Another committee was formed to conduct inquiry into funds spent on construction and repairing of residential bungalows and quarters during the last five years.
The meeting also set up a committee headed by the adviser of engineering wing to review the ongoing construction work of the Faculty of Pharmacy.
A committee headed by Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology Dr Imdad Ali Ismaili was also constituted to check availability of computers in different departments and inspect working and efficiency of the available computers.
The meeting also decided to avail services from LUMHS for a water line to hostels for a few months till the university completes its ongoing work on water tank for the boys' hostels. Dawn
BSEK ready to support CAP
Karachi: Chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi Anzar Hussain Zaidi said on Tuesday that despite the delay in the announcement of Class IX results, the Board is all set to assist the director general (DG) of colleges in the making of placement forms, which is a part of the Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) brochure. Zaidi has also invited the print media at the Board Office to brief them about the matter. He said that the Board had informed the concerned authority that it would be busy preparing the results. "We want to avoid any delay in declaring the results and write a letter to the DG Colleges in this regards," Zaidi said. The news