Influential at Karachi University
Influential holds dual office in KU
Karachi, June 07: An influential official of Karachi University (KU) is forcibly holding
dual office at the University.
According to details, an
official of BPS-16, Education Department, was posted in KU on deputation two
years ago and has held various positions in this time period. The said
influential official has finally got the position of Deputy Registrar a couple
of months ago. Meanwhile, the university advertised two most important posts of
Deputy Controller Confidential and Deputy Controller General of grade
Sources privy to the matter disclosed that the said official had made
eligibility criteria for selection board. He was later selected in the selection
board because he himself had made the criteria of selection in accordance of his
own qualification and experience. He had been notified as an assistant
controller some three months ago but he has not left the post of Deputy
Earlier the same person could not qualify for a BPS-17 job in the
same university but now he cleared as he paved his ground by setting criteria
himself. Interestingly Qamer Alam, Assistant Controller of Examination having
some 30 years of experience in examination department, had also been selected in
the said selection board and he is holding the slot of Deputy Controller General
and newly appointed influential man got posted as Deputy Controller
Confidential, a highly sensitive post that requires an experienced man. The said
post has been vacant for last many years and a retired but experienced official
of the university was looking after the matters of the confidential department
because of the sensitivity of the office. The aforesaid official remains holding
both the important posts without any reason.
The sources said that KU
high-ups had asked him to hold the post of Deputy Controller Confidential
because it would be difficult to manage affairs of upcoming convocation but the
said official seems reluctant.
The sources said that former deputy registrar
namely Abid Hussain had not been legally transferred, adding posting of above 17
grade officials needs the approval of university vice chancellor but such formal
procedure had not been adopted. The nation
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SSUET finalises draft of curricula for prospectus 2012
Karachi: The Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering
Department of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has
finalised the draft of curricula for the prospectus 2012 at a meeting of the
Board of Studies. Officials of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(KCCI) also attended the meeting.
The meeting focused on new course sequences
according to their prerequisite, provision of electives, improvement in course
contents according to the Industry's demands considering the guidelines of
Pakistan Engineering Council and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Addressing the meeting, the KCCI president Muhammad Saeed Shafiq remarked that
education holds prime importance in the development of a nation and SSUET is
actively contributing towards this end since its establishment. The presence of
KCCI president contributed towards strengthening the SSUET's efforts for
developing cordial and meaningful coordination and interaction with the
Industry's personnel and the meeting witnessed the trust and interest of the
business community in the growth of Sir Syed University, it was pointed out.
meeting was attended, among others, by Chaudhry Ansar Jawed, Chairman, Health
and Educations Sub-Committee, KCCI; Muhammad Irfan, Member KCCI; Chairman,
Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry; Engr Salman Saad, Senior
Manager PTCL; Prof Dr Abid Karim, Iqra University; Prof Dr Najeeb Siddiqui,
Associate Dean Faculty of Engineering, SSUET; Dr Bilal Ahmed Alvi and Dr Mirza
Imran Baig, Associate Professors SSUET. app
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Once upon a time in library
Karachi: Many believe that reading is one of the most pleasant pastimes and essential for the growth
of knowledge. Others, or in fact a majority of people, think books are
The common observation today is that the reading habit in the
common man and students has tapered down to such an extent that they hardly read
any books. Students are content to prepare for their examinations by reading
notes provided to them by their teachers or peers.
Saba Farooqui, a BS
final-year student of the Department of English, University of Karachi (KU),
says that she only reads the books that are recommended for her coursework. "I
read books or sometimes skim through just to prepare notes. I know that I should
read more books, but I have no time for that. The lectures, the commuting time
between my house and the university and the noisy environment leave me with no
energy. For quick references, I go online to gather the necessary information.
That saves me time. I read newspapers, sometimes," she
Muneera Shah of the Department of International Relations (IR), KU,
says that she had no interest in reading books and depended on notes or
retrieved some course-related information from the internet. But due to
encouragement from one of her teachers, that has now changed.
reading books, especially fiction, biographies and travels when my English
teacher told me that reading will increase my vocabulary.
in my increased ability to write and speak better English. Now I am hooked to
it. I cannot go to sleep at night before reading some chapters of classic
fiction. I feel the difference. I regularly read two daily newspapers and use
social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. All these have open new avenues
of knowledge to me."
Shumaila Shafqat Ali, Senior Lecturer in the
Department of English, KU, laments the disappearance of the reading habit from
his students. "It is pathetic. It is so sad. I am surprised to see how the
reading habit has faded away from the lives of students. I was an intermediate
student 15 years ago and I vividly remember how students in our college read
books. We would read Dickens, Thackeray, Brontes, Jane Austen, Pope and Dryden
and many others. Then we used to discuss the characters, the message and the
fine points of those books. It was so refreshing and we enjoyed it immensely.
Alas! It is all past now. Our library is there, the books are there but there
are only a few students to borrow them. They are more interested in notes and
obtaining marks. This is, in my opinion, the death of intellectual pursuit that
has given pleasure to countless booklovers for centuries."
of the Department of Mass Communications Dr Tahir Masood says that his students,
who are supposed to become journalists after sometime, do not even read
newspapers. "I have tried to instil the habit of reading in them, but nobody is
interested. Their only goal is to pass the examination and then land a lucrative
These students restrict knowledge to a tool for passing
examinations. They are not interested in the noble habit of reading. It is so
frustrating to see the students of the universities lacking the depth even in
their own particular subjects because they do not read. Their knowledge is
shallow," Dr Masood says.
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FUUAST oath-taking ceremony
Karachi: The oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected members of
the Non-Teaching Staff Association of the Federal Urdu University of Arts,
Science, and Technology (FUUAST) was held here on Sunday. The President of the
Association, Syed Wajahat Ali, Secretary-General Syed Danish Ali, and other
members took oath of their offices. They assured the FUUAST administration of
their coordination and vowed to play their due role for the development and
progress of the university. Dean, Faculty of Science, FUUAST, Prof. Dr. Syed
Mohammad Jamal Hyder, and the Controller of Examinations, Prof. Dr Waqarul Haq
were also present.
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Students win contest by planting most mangrove saplings
Karachi: A mangrove-planting competition was organised by the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Keti Bandar as part of World Environment Day
(WED) activities in which more than 100 students from various primary and high
The students from Government Middle School, Jhaloo,
secured the first position by planting the most number of mangrove saplings, up
to 630, within the allocated time. The Keti Bundar High School was selected as
The event was held in collaboration with the Sindh Coastal
Community Development Project being executed by the Sindh Coastal Development
Authority. The other partners included the Sindh Forest Department and the
United Welfare Organisation, a local CBO in Keti Bundar. The event was aimed at
highlighting the significance of Environment Day and to create awareness about
the importance of mangrove forests for the eco-system.
was followed by an award-distribution ceremony that was attended by members of
the local community, government officials, Pakistan Navy officials and members
of civil society.
Aftab Ahmad Abro, Deputy Project Director of the Sindh
Coastal Community Development Project, was the chief guest on the occasion and
awarded shields to the winners. Abro appreciated the efforts of the
participating students, saying such activities were vital for creating
Ghulam Qadir Shah, an official of the IUCN, highlighted the
significance of World Environment Day and the importance of forests. He stressed
the need for conservation of mangrove forests as they acted as a breeding ground
for fish and shrimp. Mangroves also acted as a barrier against natural
disasters, he added.
Shah illustrated the religious significance of
planting trees and conservation of forests. Akhtar Hussain Samoo of the Sindh
Coastal Community Development Project also highlighted the community's role in
conservation of natural resources. The news
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