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Post-graduate admissions at KU a mess

Karachi, Oct 20: The University of Karachi (KU) has failed to entertain hundreds of prospective MPhil/PhD applicants, because it is unable to adopt new methods required by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for their admissions. The Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), responsible for admitting and channelling research students through their degrees, has been flooded with about 1,000 requests for admissions submitted in October 2006.

Prof Pirzada Qasim, vice chancellor (VC) of the university, earlier informed, that the HEC and KU both wanted to enhance the standard of the MPhil/PhD research and were not willing to accept sub-standard synopses (research proposals) from the prospective students. "It was not possible for the students to get admission for research after submitting superfluous and ambiguous synopses, which would only be unimportant additions. We want to curb this phenomenon. The PhD studies should be of the highest standards. There will be no compromise on the standards," said Prof Qasim

An official in the BASR statement partly negated the VC's statement. The official, on the promise of anonymity, revealed that the university had no clear guidelines for new admissions, and that is why the university is dragging its feet. "The think-tanks of the university envisaged new ways that were often not communicated to the prospective students. They wanted to teach research methods to the students and charged Rs1,000 for the exercise. Students obliged by enrolling for classes but they continue to wait for admissions," he confided.

It is a painful wait for the students of Arts, Islamic Learning, Pharmacy and Science faculties, though different institutes in the university have initiated the admission process for research students. The HEC has asked KU and other universities to employ the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the prospective students in subjects of their choice. The university is unable to initiate this programme, which is known to the officials, but they are tight-lipped and remain elusive when asked about the reason for such delays.

A notification issued by the BASR in the first week of October 2006 said that the "Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) has announced that admission process for the new intake for MPhil/PhD, MS and MD will begin from October 16 and go on till November 15, 2006. The BASR will receive the forms in its office on the first floor of the administration building on these dates.

"Students, who are interested in taking the courses, are advised to apply with the prescribed forms with all the relevant documents including a synopsis and abstract of their topic of research. The admission will be finalised after the student clears the GRE, held by the university on a date which will be announced later."

The recently held meeting of the BASR, which continued for several days, concluded without forming a consensus on the new admissions. According to a professor who attended the meeting, the participants were clueless and there was lukewarm response from the VC and other officials at the meeting. "It seemed as if they were least interested in finalising the admission process. The apathy was disheartening to those (participants) who wanted to offer highest learning to the students but the indecision from the fathers of the university sealed their lips," he lamented.

Dr Muhammad Shamsuddin, dean, faculty of Arts, said that the admission process was going fine albeit at a slow pace, because of the university's desire to admit students with standard synopses. "We are receiving research proposals and after being scrutinised by the concerned departments and the supervisors, the acceptance letters will be ready in a few days. We are one of the best universities in the country and we would like to enhance our standards. The recipient of PhD degree from our university must be in the league of the best scholars," he asserted.

Other reasons cited by well-informed sources in the university say that the BASR has failed to adopt the new rules and regulations demanded by the HEC. The inaction and the wait-and-see attitude of the university's fathers has brought about this imbroglio while the students continue to suffer. The News

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"The BASR has no Idea how to use there skills yet that it has no domain where the student check the advertiesment."
Name: M.I. Ali
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"i want to know that private candidiate can also take admisson in P.H.D? OR P.H.D or mphil ke admissons kab se staert hun gay? "
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"Indeed it is an excellent policy but there should be proper syllabus for student of social science and science.Syllabus shouldnt be same for both student."
Name: maryum
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"asalam u alikum respectivly i would like to now the date of admmission in b.a new session plz tell me."
Name: asma bawany
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"as i have done graduate means BA private but my result is not announced it will be announced at the middle of december and i want to to get admission in ku for master in english department can i apply ? and what will process for it please anyone rply me ."
Name: sajid hussain
City, Country: khairpur, Pakistan

"I want to know about Classes and Subjects regarding new admissions 2009 for M.D. course."
Name: Syed Ahmad Ansari
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"i wanna study in karachi university in b com but i have no idea how can i do that"
Name: shoaib
City, Country: karachi

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