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Urdu varsity fails to go beyond college status

Karachi, June 06, 2008: The new administration of the Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) is facing tough time in promoting varsity culture at its campus as it is still in the grip of college culture due to the lack of infrastructure and teachers' politics and grouping.

However, the new Vice Chancellor FUUAST Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar, willing to do remarkable services for the university, adopting key measures to replace college culture with varsity customs at the FUUAST. Conversely, his predecessor Prof Dr Kamaluddin had been alleged for not using the university funds provided by Higher Education Commission (HEC) for provision of infrastructure and development of the teaching faculty.

It may be noted that Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, then Vice Chancellor of the KU, was the first VC of the FUUAST, but after his appointment as VC KU, Aftab Ahmed Khan was appointed as the acting vice chancellor of the FUUAST.

Prof Dr Kamaluddin took charge from Prof Dr Iqbal Muhsin who was removed from the post because of his inappropriate performance. Prior to the present administration, the university had been facing enormous crisis in performing administrative jobs.

When contacted, VC Prof Dr Qaisar said on Thursday that new administration was making all-out efforts to upgrade the standard of the FUUAST with millions of rupees while the prevailing college culture at the university will take some time to be converted into varsity culture. In this regard, the administration has taken some major steps including development of faculty, provision of infrastructure, organisation of conferences, workshops and seminars at the FUUAST, he added.

FUUAST Registrar Prof Dr Qamarul Haq said the university culture was being promoted at the campus under the directions of the present vice chancellor. He said the administration is spending enormous funds to bring the university on the path to progress. Nearly 35 departments have been directed to develop their seminar library, for which the administration has provided huge funds for purchasing books. The physics department alone has been provided Rs 25 million for the development of necessary infrastructure. However, many departments have been funded for organising seminars and conferences so that university culture could be promoted. In this regard, the mass communication department will organise an international conference, while the varsity will also hold the first Urdu and Sindhi National Conference. However, Higher Education Commission is playing vital role in the promotion of university culture at the FUUAST, Dr Haq added.

Chairman Mass Communication Department, Prof Touseef Ahmed Khan said the university was passing through transitional phase, whereas the new administration has done something noticeable to attain progress.

He said that lack of infrastructure was the main hindrance in the way to promote varsity culture. However, previous administration, under leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Kamaluddin, failed to take benefit from the HEC policies for developing infrastructure and teaching faculty. The Nation
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