KU decides to revive Masters programme
Karachi, June 17: After much debate and careful consideration, the University of Karachi (KU) has decided to revive its Masters programme while retaining the Bachelor of Studies (BS) programme.
The decision came in the wake of fierce criticism from BS students who voiced their serious concerns over the fact that after four years of rigorous academic endeavours they were considered less qualified than individuals holding Masters Degrees which made it difficult to find employment.
Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi said on Thursday that the Masters programme had become a necessity due to the limitations at the BS level.
"A special meeting of the Academic Council (of KU) will be held in the last week of June to discuss the single agenda that is to continue Masters (MA, MPA, M.Com, MSc) and BA, BSc, BPA, B.Com (Hons) programme in addition to BS programme", she explained.
Prompted by attached grants offered by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), KU introduced a BS programme in 2007 while failing to predict the difficulties the programme's graduates may encounter in the job market. Other public sector universities retained the Masters programme, but initiated the BS level degree in order to receive the attached grants from HEC.
Dr Kazmi who opposed the program from the get go, observed the adverse effects of the new program and wrote a letter to the HEC pointing, seeking permission to revert to the old Masters system while still retaining the BS programme so that some could still complete it if they chose to do so.
However, the HEC delayed its response to Kazmi's request at the cost of students who were encountering difficulties in the job market as BS Degrees were only regarded as Bachelors.
The situation got messy for some students who held BA or B.Sc degrees and sought admission in the BS III Year, as upon completion of the BS programme they held two Bachelor degrees; Bachelor of Arts or Science and again Bachelor of Studies.
Dr Kazmi pointed out that BS degree holders were not regarded eligible for grade 17 jobs while the Masters produced by other universities or the KU Evening programme qualified. "In order to overcome these problems and save the professional careers of our students, the only option is to continue the four year (eight semesters) BS programme along side our previously approved Masters and Honours programmes. And we have devised a methodology to do so." The newsYour Comments
Conferment of 25 PhD and 14 MPhil degrees approved
Karachi: The Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), University of Karachi (KU), has approved conferment of 25 PhD and 14 MPhil degrees.
KU Registrar Prof M Kaleem Raza Khan announced this on Thursday. He said that KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui chaired the meeting of the BASR.
Those who would be conferred PhD degrees are: Abdul Qader al Shalabi (Islamic Learning), Rana Farhat (Urdu), M Feroz Hayat (Sociology), Moona Mehboob Khan (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Saira Saeed (Botany), Abdul Waheed (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Najma Shaheen (Biochemistry), Shazia Raseed (Marine Biology), Bilqees Siddiqui (Islamic Learning), Juveria Siddiqui (Chemistry- HEJ), Waseem Shahzad (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Saeed Abbas (Chemistry), Muhammad Nadeemullah (Social Work), Muhammad Faisal Zia (Social Work), Muhammad Ishtiaq (Islamic Learning), Abdul Majid (Usool-Ud-Din), Salman Shahzad (Clinical Psychology), Waheed-uz-Zaman (ISPA), Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (Pharmacognosy), Zhabiz Golker (Microbiology), Safdar Ali Shirazi (Geography), Somia Gul (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Sana Shamim (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Saima Siddiqui (Zoology) and Lubna Iqbal (Biochemistry).
The candidates who would be awarded MPhil degrees are: Ghazala Naureen (Genetics), Fida Hussain (European Studies), Asma Naz (Chemistry- HEJ), Muhammad Shahzad (Pharmacognosy), Saima Zia (Chemistry- HEJ), Mehmood Khan (Applied Economics), Shahnaz Perween (Zoology), Munawar Ahmed Siddiqui (Biochemistry), Syed Muhammad Ziaul Haque (ISPA), M Iqbal Nasiri (Pharmaceutics), Aziz-un-Nisa (Education), Majida (Chemistry- HEJ), Somia Iram (Applied Economics) and Kamran Ahmed (Pharmaceutics).
MS (Surgery): Dr Najmus Saqib (MBBS), MS Neurosur-gery (JPMC).
MD (Medicine): Dr Jawwad-us-Salam Khan (Neurology - JPMC). app
Student clashes close FUUAST Gulshan campus
Karachi: Federal University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Registrar Prof Dr Qamar-ul-Haq announced on Thursday that Gulshan-e-Iqbal campus would remain close till June 18. All the examinations scheduled to be held in the campus during these dates as well as the educational process had been postponed. Gulshan-e-Iqbal campus of the university has seen bloody clashes between two student organisations. One student reportedly fell prey to the recent spree of clashes. Daily times
PU practicals date sheets
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued the practicals date sheets of different examinations. These exams include BS Home Economics, Part-I (First Year), (Second Year), Part-II (First Year), and BSc Home Economics, Third Year and Final Year, Annual Exam 2011. Detailed date sheets are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk. Meanwhile, Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the results of BA Special Supplementary Examination 2009 and BA Special Annual Examination 2010 held in Taif, KSA. According to a press statement, detailed results are available at PU website: www.pu.edu.pk.
IJT's protest against power outages in Lahore
Lahore: Dozens of activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) blocked Canal Road and strongly protested against the government for excessive power outages on Thursday.
The demo was held outside Punjab University (PU) New Campus, Canal Road, in the evening which caused traffic mess on many adjacent roads for quite some time. The protesting students chanted slogans and strongly criticised the government as well as PU administration for their failure to control ever increasing loadshedding. The IJT office-bearers, including Rai Haq Nawaz and Atif, said Punjab University was facing worst kind of loadshedding owing to which thousands of students, especially boarding students, were suffering. They said the rulers and varsity administration had kept themselves aloof from genuine concerns of the students which was very unfortunate. They warned that if the government did not take any measures to solve the said problem then the students would block all the roads of the provincial metropolis. The protesting students further said the PU administration had ignored the legitimate demand of the students for varsity's own power plant. They said the top administrators of the varsity were enjoying uninterrupted power supply owing to generators while the students and teachers were suffering.
'300 Tevta teachers trained by foreign experts'
Lahore: Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Chairperson Saeed Ahmad Alvi has said that 300 TEVTA teachers have been trained as Master Trainers by foreign experts and resource persons of the City and Guilds International, U.K.
Speaking at the certificate distribution ceremony of City and Guilds Courses at Government College of Technology Railway Road, he said TEVTA in collaboration with the City and Guilds had launched 13 trades/technologies at 24 selected institutes across the province in the first phase.
These courses include Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Aided Design & Drafting (Civil), Computer Aided Design & Drafting (Mechanical), Technician Award in Engineering, Metal Machining, Electrical Installation, Auto CAD, Construction Industry, Quantity Surveyor, Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning and Motor Vehicle Engineering.
Saeed Alvi further said certification of the City & Guilds (UK) would enhance the employability of the TEVTA graduates in the local as well as overseas job market. It will also enable them to seek admission in higher level programmes in their respective disciplines. The admission of six months' City & Guilds Courses in the first phase has been started and regular classes will commence along with 11/2 year diploma courses from September, 2011, he added. He also said the TEVTA was striving for the capacity building of its both teaching and non-teaching staff for which TEVTA had planned to train 2,000 employees in the upcoming year in the areas of pedagogy, skill upgradation, spoken English, communication skills and many other new initiatives.
Chairperson TEVTA awarded cash prizes of Rs 40,000 each to all toppers of 13 trades/disciplines and certificate of participation to remaining TEVTA trainers.
TEVTA Chief Operating Officer Muhammad Abid Javaid, Member TEVTA Board Asim Qadri, Manager Operations City and Guilds Asad Warriach, TEVTA officers and a large number of teachers were also present.
Academic excellence key to success'
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that academic excellence is a key to the survival and supremacy of a country. According to a press statement on Thursday, he was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a summer school. The PU VC further said students had a big responsibility to get distinctive place in any field to make the country stronger. He asked the students to become researchers so that the paucity of PhD scholars could be met in the country in the coming years. He asked whether you became a scientist, doctor, engineer or player, attain glory in that field. The news