Aptitude tests held at KU
Karachi, Nov 01: The University of Karachi (KU) successfully commenced the aptitude tests for admissions 2011 and more than 25,000 candidates for admissions in various departments for the next educational year appeared in the test. All the tests were conducted in a peaceful environment, spokesperson KU said on Sunday.
The fact needs to be accentuated that this year transparency of the entire test system was ensured. The carbonised answer sheets which were provided to the candidates and the answer keys installed on the universities website helped in keeping the marking system more reliable, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, KU, also visited the centres and appreciated the efforts of the test committee. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, the convener test committee ñ Prof. Dr Khalid Iraqi, Prof. Dr Shafique-ur-Rehman, Prof. Dr Saleem Shehzad, Dilshad Zafar and Prof. Dr Malahat Kaleem Sherwani kept monitoring the tests throughout, he said.
The special security measures from the rangers and guards of the university under the guidance of Chief Security Officer, Muhammad Zahid Maqsood, performed their duties quite well and prevented any untoward incident. Standby medical team and other facilities were highly appreciated by the parents and the candidates, he added.
KU VC indicts teaching staff
Karachi: The Vice-Chancellor of the country's largest educational institution has lost faith in most of his teaching staff and believes that a majority of the 700 teachers are simply not interested in achieving professional excellence. But Professor Pirzada Qasim, VC of Karachi University said that he has a plan to turn the situation around.
"I have many concerns about the university but my major concern is the disinterested behaviour of the teachers at the university who are not doing justice to their profession", Qasim said in a subdued tone but with evidence of some anger.
The VC was quite sure that he was not satisfied with the working of the majority of teachers and confided that
he had planned to pay surprise visits to various departments, unannounced and unheralded to catch those who chose not to come to their departments.
"Complaints were reaching me through various quarters. There are teachers who are concerned about absenteeism and lacklustre performance of their colleagues. Then there are concerned students and other stakeholders."
Over 24,000 students are enrolled at the KU, established in 1951, and according to Qasim they will have to come forward and play a key role in making their university what it should be.
"I have no other option but to be strict and non-compromising in this grave matter. I have thought of engaging students to have their feed back about the performance of the teachers and the physical and administrative condition of their respective departments", he said. The new strategy, according to the VC would be two-pronged.
The students would be asked to write their grievances, suggest some ideas and then put it into the specially – designed boxes that would be kept in the Deans' offices. The Deans would open the boxes every week and action would be taken in the light of the complaints or suggestions.
"I have advised the students not to write their names on their letters to avoid any repercussions from the teachers or others. There will be another box in my Secretariat and I would open it and here the students would be encouraged to write their names so that I could see them if I thought a meeting was desirable."
When asked about the administrative and security mess in the university, the VC pondered for a moment and then spoke.
"Look here, I know that the administration is not as it should be. The problem is that these officers, the clerks and other staff come from the same society, the same decaying and corrupt society, and I have to manage the day to day affairs with their help. I do not have other options."
"Everybody of us has to change. It should come from the highest to the lowest and from the strongest to the weakest. We have to understand that 'charity begins at home'. We do not have a magic wand to change the scenario instantly. The same is with the security problem. It is such a large university with many gates and every day thousands of students, teachers, staff, the suppliers and other visitors come to the campus. It is of gigantic proportions. We have set up a building for the security staff and it will be the command centre.
They will get vehicles for patrolling the campus and deployed as a swift action university police to reach the troubled spots to prevent clashes or other problems", he said.
Talking about the major obstacle to the smooth functioning of the university he said: "In my opinion political interference, patronizing the students by the political parties are the major problems.
The non-teaching staff too thinks that work for him is secondary and there could not be any check and balance because of the labour union. It is pathetic", he pointed out. The news
Sindh University approves deficit budget
Hyderabad: The syndicate of the University of Sindh has approved the university`s budget of Rs2,423.653 million for the fiscal year 2010-11. The budget shows a deficit of Rs525.369 million.
The syndicate which met on Saturday under Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir A. Mughal recommended reduction of allocations for some sections. It decided to request the federal government for a special grant.
The meeting was informed that increase in expenditure was on account of raise in pay and pension, creation of new posts for Mirpurkhas, Badin and Dadu campuses, increase in medical allowances and installation of a water recycling plant.
The syndicate approved the revised budget for 2009-10 of Rs1,364.895 million with a surplus of Rs350.028 million and gave go-ahead to the establishment of a Rs20 million endowment fund at the Institute of Sindhology with the help of Dawn Media Group.
The fund would be used to preserve and digitize unique treasures of art and culture, rare books and manuscripts.
The meeting approved a memorandum of understanding signed with the Ministry of Population Welfare under which a population education information resource centre would be set up at the university.
The meeting endorsed the establishment of the Directorate of Distance Education under the Faculty of Education and finalised recommendations for the promotion of faculty members. The recommendations would be sent to Sindh governor for approval.
The syndicate decided to ask the management of the Sindh University Employees Cooperative Housing Society to take legal against illegal construction on the land leased to it by the university.
Students reject increase in fees
Hyderabad: Activists of the Sindhi Shagird Tehreek took out a procession from Hyder Chowk on Sunday and demonstrated outside the press club in protest against the increase in the fees of public sector universities.
Speaking on the occasion, Mustafa Hingorjo, Diyal Sehrai and Fayaz Rajpar rejected the increase and demanded withdrawal of the decision.
They also demanded that the fees for students in flood-affected areas should be waived from the primary till the university level.
Fees of the flood- affected students right from primary to university should also be waived, they added.
They said that students from interior of Sindh should be admitted to institutions in Karachi. Dawn