SU accused of secretly changing admission policy
Hyderabad, Nov 25: Ninety candidates who had applied for enrolment to Sindh Universitys M.Phil programmes remain uncertain about their admissions for no fault of theirs.
Some of them who approached newspaper after appearing in the examination for admission complained about the admission policy which was changed without any proper announcement, which they said was a mistake of Sindh University's Testing Centre.
According to them, 50 per cent marks were mandatory to qualify the test, though in the previous admission policy, those having 45 per cent score were also eligible for enrolment.
They alleged that the university had cancelled some questions during proceedings of the test. Some mistakes in the paper had confused them so much that they did not attempt them.
For instance, students said, three successive questions in the subject knowledge section had one of their four options printed in italic form.
Similarly under a question about per capita income of Pakistan, there were four options including 700, 800, 1,000 and 1,500, but the currency was not mentioned.
"However, according to statistics available on the Finance Ministry's website, the per capita income of Pakistan in 2009-10 survey was Rs37,308 ($433.8)" claimed a student.
He said that Raees Ahmed, consultant to the university vice-chancellor, later disclosed that negative-marking rule had been done away with. But this fact was not disclosed to students during the course of examination and one of the instructions quoted by invigilators was negative marking for an incorrect answer.
Therefore, students for fear of this rule avoided attempting many questions. "Had candidates been apprised during the test about withdrawal of this rule, many would have attempted more answers," said the student.
Another student claimed that previously the university relaxed its admission policy and candidates with even 45 per cent marks had been enrolled.
Many students are those who have 45 to 49 per cent marks and they expect relaxation in the admission policy as was done in the past.
They are confident that the relaxation would benefit many students in pursuing their studies. Dawn
Convocation of IBA Karachi on 30th
Karachi: The Convocation 2010 of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi will be held at its main campus on November 30. A spokesperson of the IBA said that the Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, who is also the patron of the institute, will be the chief guest at the ceremony. He will also award medals, shields and certificates of appreciation to the students who excelled in various disciplines. Dean and Director of IBA Karachi, Dr Ishrat Husain, will present the welcome address. The news
KU guard kidnapped, tortured by police
Karachi: A security personnel of the University of Karachi (KU) was kidnapped Wednesday by Malir police from the campus premises and then released, reportedly after he refused entry to a car owned by a judge's son. As per details, security guard Waseem deputed on the entrance gate had restrained the driver of a car from entering the premises on not possessing an entry pass, which infuriated the son of the judge sitting inside the car.
The driver asked the name of the guard and went away but after an hour, a police mobile allegedly of the Malir City police station, drove into the campus and picked up Waseem. They took him to the Malir Courts, where he was produced before a judge and forced to sign on a paper before being allowed to leave. Talking to Daily Times, Waseem said the police personnel misbehaved with him and tortured him on way to the courts. "They also did not allow me to read the paper on which I was forced to sign," he added. Campus Security Adviser Dr Khalid Iraqi said the university administration has decided to lodge an FIR of the incident, which he said was a case of kidnapping. He said it was impossible to maintain discipline at the university under such circumstances, adding that the KU would appeal to the apex judiciary for acting against such sort of injustices and misuse of power. The KU falls within the jurisdictions of Mobina Town police station, where Duty Officer Umar said the security officer of the university has lodged a complaint but the FIR was yet to be registered.
Police sources informed that both the parties were influential and pressurising the police; one for the registration of FIR while the other was trying to block legal formalities. The sources confirmed that it was the private vehicle of a judge's son driven by his driver, who sent the police party to the campus for avenging the guard's behaviour. Daily times
AKU to commemorate World Children's Day
Karachi: The Aga Khan University (AKU) will commemorate the World Children's Day on Nov 27. An announcement on Wednesday said that the day is aimed to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children all over the world. It said that the AKU is commemorating the event to initiate action to benefit and promote children's welfare in Pakistan and abroad. app
SAU teacher honoured
Hyderabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has selected Prof Dr Mohammad Saffar Mirjat of the Sindh Agriculture University as the Best Teacher of 2009. He is associated with the Department of Irrigation.
Prime Minister will confer an award on him on December 1, at the HEC Auditorium in Islamabad in the shape of a certificate and Rs100,000 in cash.
Dr Mirjat is already a proud owner of two awards, a Fulbright and a Commonwealth and a world-renowned scientist with 14 research papers to his credit which have been published in leading journals around the around.
The professor has 29-year experience in teaching and research work. VC LEAVES FOR CHINA:
Vice-Chancellor of the Sindh University Prof Dr Nazir A. Mughal has left for China to participate in the annual conference of North East Asia Council beginning from November 26 to 29, in Hangzhu.
The VC would present his paper on the "Impact of extremism on higher education in Muslim countries."
He will also visit Zibo College and Jinan University and will sign memorandums of understanding under an academic linkage programme.
Registrar Dr Mohammad Siddique Kalhoro will look after the routine work of the university, including coordination of administrative matters while academic matters of faculties will be looked after by their deans in the absence of Dr Mughal. Dawn
Feudalism bane of societal progress, says KU research
Karachi: Research conducted by the team of the Department of Social Work (SW) and Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies (CEWS) under the supervision of Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah, has reached the conclusion that Feudal System in Pakistan will always hamper the real development of the country and there could not be effective justice system because of feudalism.
Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah, a Professor at the Department of Social Work and Director of the CEWS, had formed a team of teachers and students comprising Mohammad Nadeemullah a lecturer in SW; Syed Faisal Hashmi, Research Associate from CEWS; Mohammad Faisal Zia, Research Associate, SW; Muhammad Aslam Ismail, a student of MS programme at Department of Social Work and Women's Studies; and some other students.
The students interviewed 2350 individuals from different walks of life including students, teachers, doctors, engineers, bankers, lawyers, labourers, farmers, government employees and businessmen from Karachi city. The citizens of Karachi belonging to almost every part of Pakistan gave their verdict against the feudal system and suggested that it should be eliminated if the country was to progress.
The respondents, were aged 20 - 50, with salaries ranging between 4,000 - 10,000 rupees. According to 92.72 percent of respondents the feudal lords did not prove to be good leaders, while 7.28 percent respondents had an opinion in their favour. According to 31.81 percent respondents the feudal lords least cared about the poor and 94.94 wished that the system should be abolished once for all.
A whopping 94.77 percent of respondents had the opinion that people could never get justice under this system. According to 61.79 percent respondents the law enforcing agencies were under pressure from feudal lords and 94.51 percent respondents were adamant that feudal lords were not in favour of providing education to the poor masses.
According to the survey, 69.99 percent of the respondents thought that feudal system could abolished if education reached to the masses and that was the precise reason why the feudal lords were preventing spread of education their areas.
According to 43.78 percent of the respondents; the provision of rights to all might elevate the masses to bring them at par with the feudal society and it could only happen if the rights of the poor were protected by the judiciary.
A large number of people, 95.23 percent, had held that hapless masses of Pakistan could not get basic amenities of life under this system. A good 95.23 percent said that think women were deprived of their basic rights and 48.70 percent agreed that a woman was confined to the four walls of her home under this system and nearly half of the population is prevented from being part of the society. A large number, 86 percent, had the opinion that the inhumane acts, battering and violence were the major features of the feudal system. The news