Karachi University entry test controversy

Flawed' entry test stirs controversy: KU's MS, PhD programmes
Karachi, Nov 18: In what can be termed a major faux pas on the part of the administration, the University of Karachi is considering the withdrawal of the final MS/PhD merit admission list because shortly after the list was issued on Monday a lot of hue and cry was raised against it.

Though there has been no official announcement yet, a senior teacher and member of the deans committee said that the "corrected version" based upon the criteria earlier announced and stated in the admission brochures would be issued soon. Also, the administration is facing criticism for allowing the HEJ institute applicants, most of whom failed in the pre-entry test, to take another National Testing Service (NTS) test.

According to the list, 700 candidates for MS programme and 90 for PhD programme have been declared qualified. Only 722 candidates, however, had passed the NTS test.

The episode has occurred in the backdrop of NTS fiasco last month. About 60 per cent of the total 1,770 candidates, who appeared in the university's first ever pre-entry tests for MS/PhD candidates, failed to pass the exam.

Fearing low enrolment in many departments, the deans committee decided to change the merit formula and issued a candidates' list. As a result, the names of many students who have passed the pre-entry test couldn't be included in the final list and the administration was forced to consider withdrawal of the list.

One such student reported that she had been ignored in the final merit list for MS candidates though she secured over 50 per cent marks in the NTS test and was a position-holder.

"I was shocked to see that my name is not on the list while the names of my friends, some of whom got low grades or have performed poorly in the test, have their names in the list," she said, adding that the university administration had asked her to file a written complain.

It is also worth-noting that the deans committee's decision of acquiring the services of a private organisation to conduct the admission tests met with a lot of criticism from teachers, who also questioned the rationale behind holding admission tests, as a majority of applicants for MS/PhD programmes are usually awarded degrees by the KU itself.

Prof Shahana Urooj, a member of the deans committee that took the decision to hold NTS tests, said: "A wrong list has been released. The correct list based on the merit formula mentioned in the admission books would be issued soon."

Elaborating the reasons for changing the merit formula, she said: "Earlier, it was decided that the candidates achieving 50 per cent marks in the NTS test would be considered eligible for admission. However, the poor performance of candidates in the NTS tests forced the administration to adopt another formula to increase enrolment. According to the new criteria, NTS performance and previous academic degree were to be given 40 per cent and 60 per cent weightage, respectively.

"This created a lot of confusion and we received many complaints. We should have stuck to the old formula. Now, we have decided to give first chance to those students who meet the old merit formula and then will examine other cases to fill more seats."

When asked why the university has given the HEJ institute applicants another chance for pre-entry test, she said: "Their question paper was not subject-specific and, as a result, most students failed. The NTS has admitted the mistake and now the HEJ would prepare the question paper for the candidates."

Regarding criticism of NTS, she said the organisation had been taking exams for many years and was recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). "The university was not prepared for the pre-entry test programme and we had to engage the services of NTS. But now, the university administration plans to set up its own independent testing system that could also offer its services to other educational institutions in future."

Commenting on the development, Dr Abid Husnain, vice-president of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), said that the deans committee that took the decision of holding pre-entry tests under NTS was no statutory body of the university and had no authority whatsoever to take decisions on students' eligibility.

"Only the Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) that represents the deans of different faculties as well as teachers has the authority to take such decisions. The board in a meeting did allow holding of admission tests but there was no mention of the NTS. The entire conceptualisation process of inducting NTS in the university system was wrong," he said. According to Dr Husnain, many rejected students were contemplating filing suits against the university.

A lot of mismanagement was witnessed on the pre-entry test day held last month for candidates aspiring for KU's MS and PhD programmes. About 300 to 400 ineligible candidates turned up for the test while many students lost their fees, which was non-refundable. Dawn

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Karachi University announced MBBS, BDS exams schedule
MBBS exam schedule
Karachi: The examinations department, University of Karachi, has announced the schedule for the 2009 examination of first professional MBBS (part-A).

According to the schedule, first paper of anatomy will be held on Tuesday, Nov 25; physiology on Saturday, Nov 29; biochemistry on Monday, Dec 1; and Islamic Studies/Pakistan Studies on Wednesday, Dec 3 at Defence Authority Degree College for Women, phase-VII.

First professional BDS exams
The examinations department of Karachi University has announced the schedule of first professional BDS annual examinations 2009.

First paper of anatomy will be held on Monday, Nov 24; physiology on Friday, Nov 28; chemistry of dental materials on Tuesday, Dec 2; biochemistry on Thursday, Dec 4; and Islamiat/Pakistan Studies on Saturday, Dec 6 at Defence Authority Degree College of Business.

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DCET to get status of engineering university
Karachi: The minister of state for education, Ghulam Farid Kathia, said on Monday that Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) Karachi, a federal degree-awarding institution, would soon be converted into a federal engineering university.

He said this during a briefing given by DCET Principal Prof (Dr) Mohammad Nasim and officials of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Federal Urdu Dictionary Board and Sindh Madressah-tul-Islam at the college's conference room.

The minister said he would take steps to give varsity status to DCET as it was one of the important educational institutions of the country.

The officials of different educational institutions informed the minister about the performance of their institutions and problems faced by them.

The minister expressed satisfaction over their performance and directed them to do more work to improve the standard of education.

The minister also visited laboratory, computer section and other departments of the college.

Prof (Dr) Mohammad Nasim said that he had been making efforts to make the college one of the reputable engineering institutions of the country.

He said that the state minister for education had assured him of making the institution a federal university and fully supporting it. Ppi

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Karachi University to hold 10-day global workshop
Karachi: A 10-day International Workshop on Systemic Approach to Teaching and Learning Chemistry (SATLC) is being held from November 19 to 29, 2008 at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU).

The inaugural ceremony of the workshop will be held on Wednesday at 10.00 am at Latif Ebrahim Jamal Science Information Centre, KU. Vice Chancellor, KU, Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim will inaugurate the event. Director ICCBS Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, principal organiser of the event, national professor Prof. Dr Iftikhar Imam Naqvi and co-principal organizer, Dr Amin Farooq Fahimi of Egypt will also express their ideas at the occasion. The workshop will include lecture sessions, poster presentations, scientific sessions and daily home work.

Over 70 teachers from all over the country are expected to participate in this workshop, in which the experts from United States, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan will train the participants. According to a press release issued by the ICCBS, KU, on Monday, the main objective of the workshop is to introduce SATLC in the country and create indigenous manpower in the country.

Other objectives are to draw the attention of participants to the use of systemic as a vehicle to improve both teaching and learning, and to improve the participants' skills towards systemic building strategies of chemistry modules. The workshop is being jointly organised by ICCBS, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and National Core Group in Chemistry (NCGC).

The SATLC is designed to motivate the students to understand the interrelations of chemistry concepts in a greater context, a point of view that ultimately should prove beneficial to the future citizens in a world that is becoming increasingly globalised. It helps students develop their mental skills involving the higher-order cognitive processes. The News

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