CAP committee set up for first year admissions
Karachi, July 21: A 19-member Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) Committee was constituted on Wednesday for giving admissions to Class XI in 216 public sector colleges and higher secondary schools of the city for the academic session-2011-12 under the Centralised Admission Policy.
A spokesperson for the education department said that the process of admissions to first-year classes in the city government colleges and higher secondary schools would begin as soon as the results of Secondary School Certificate, Part-II (Science) annual examinations-2011 was announced by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi.
He said that the committee had been formed so that it could accomplish the task of publishing brochure/prospectus containing allocation of seats in each public sector institute of the metropolis prior to the announcement of the results as it would help in avoiding any delays in commencing the process of admissions.
He said that around 100,000 seats were allocated in the public sector colleges and higher secondary schools of the city for admissions which was the same number that had been allocated in the previous academic year.
The committee would be headed by Sindh director-general (colleges) Prof (Dr) Nasir Ansar while Karachi regional director (colleges) Prof Najma Niaz and Prof Bashir Ahmed Shaikh were appointed as vice chairman and member-cum-secretary of the committee, respectively, he said.
Sindh senior minister for education's coordinators Naveed Zuberi and Muhammad Khalil Qureshi and Prof Muhammad Afzal would act as coordinators, he added.
The other members of the CAP committee are: DJ Govt Science College principal Prof Syed Kamil Shere, Jinnah Govt College principal Prof Syed Javed Ahsan, Govt National College No.1 principal Prof Wasim Adil, Karachi Govt College for Women principal Prof Nuzhat Williams, St Lawrence's Govt College for Women principal Prof Rani Ghani Shaikh, Khursheed Government Girls College principal Prof Khursheed Bano, Govt College for Commerce and Economics No. 1 principal Prof (Dr) Razia Khokhar, Govt College for Women Shahrah-i-Liaquat principal Prof Rubina Soomro, Govt Degree Girls College Zamzama principal Prof Zakra Kazi, Govt Degree Science and Commerce College Gulshan-i-Iqbal principal Prof Zubaida Baloch, Quaid-i-Millat Govt Boys College principal Prof (Dr) Salahuddin Sani, Govt Degree Boys College Jungle Shah principal Prof Abdul Sattar Khaskheli and the director Secondary Schools, Karachi.Your Comments
Concern over cut in SAU fund
Hyderabad: Sindh Agriculture University of Tandojam has expressed serious concern over cut in the allocation of annual recurring grant to the university and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Agriculture College in Dokri for 2011-2012 and demanded suitable increase in the grant.
Vice-chancellor Dr A. Q. Mughal in a communication addressed to the executive director of the HEC Islamabad said that unjustified amount of Rs608.55 million had been allocated to the university and Rs51.430 million to the agriculture college.
These allocations were less by 12.5 per cent and 19 per cent respectively when compared to the allocations of previous financial year. As a result, serious financial crisis would be faced in paying salaries and fringe benefits to the employees and pensioners, the vice chancellor said.
He said that the federal government had also announced revision of pay scale and 15 per cent increase in salaries and pensions with effect from July 2011. This would put an additional financial burden on the university and the college amounting to Rs226.665 million and Rs28.718 million respectively, the vice chancellor said.
He said that in view of the financial crisis, the university could not follow the vision of the HEC which was based on 'Access, Quality and Relevance'.
The vice-chancellor has requested the HEC to allocate additional funds of Rs226.665 million to the university and Rs28.718 million to the college to meet the recurring expenditure of the two institutions. Dawn
College faculty teaching from books they studied as students
Karachi: The last time the syllabi of colleges were changed was almost two decades ago in 1992 and these outdated courses are used in institutions today, with some members of the teaching community still lecturing their pupils on the same courses they were taught as students.
Members of the teaching community, including those in the public sector, said that there was an urgent and unavoidable need to change the syllabi. According to Associate Professor Mirza Athar Hussain, the physics course was last changed in 1992 and nothing had been added or removed since.
"Before it was revised in 1992, the course was last changed in 1967-68. When the last change took almost two decades ago, I was a student. Later when I took up teaching as profession, I found myself educating the class from the same courses," Hussain informed.
Practicals performed in the physics laboratories of colleges were completely outdated, while the textbooks were relatively better, said the teacher. He suggested that regular lecturers at colleges should be approached for a change in the curriculum, as they would be more qualified than government officials in this regard.
Hussain added that the so-called education experts failed to deliver. He said that there were numerous offices and resources, but the end result amounted to nothing. The teacher said that changes in the current syllabus were a must and stressed the need to ensure a proper link between the subjects of secondary (school-level), intermediate and professional studies.
The changes in the curriculum were the need of the hour and serious measures should be taken without further delay as enough time had been wasted, President Sindh Government College Principal's Association Professor Saeed Uz Zafar Khan said.
Changes in the curriculum of classes I-XII were planned in 2006, but were never implemented and only meetings were conducted to discuss the road map and methodology, he said.
Despite the fact that changes were planned in the curriculum of classes up to the intermediary level, the focus only remained on a few subjects from classes I to IV. Professor Khan said that even this exercise was not completed and no changes had been made in the syllabi of schools to date.
"I would suggest changes in the curriculum after every three years. If that it is not possible, then the government should update the syllabus after every five years. But they cannot take decades to bring the change," he believed. The news