Karachi university BS, Masters admission process
BS, Masters admissions started at Karachi university
Karachi, Oct 29: The admission process for BS Honours and Masters started at the
University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday, announced KU Admissions Director Salim
Shahzad said that the KU will induct up to 3,000 students in
the BS programmes and up to 2,000 in the Masters programmes this year. He stated
that the admission policy is the same as that of the previous year. year
However, 30 seats each have been increased for candidates from interior Sindh as
well as those from Balochistan, he said.
The last date for the
submission of the application forms at the authorized branches is November
Admission forms are available at 17 authorised branches of United Bank
Limited, while forms and prospectus could be obtained for Rs500 each or
downloaded from the university website, www.uok.edu.pk.
jointly impart technical training: The Sindh Board of Technical Education
(SBTE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO), has been organising General Technician Training Programmes
for Refrigeration Technicians across Sindh for the last two years. An
announcement on Wednesday said that 440 trainees were being imparted training
each year and given a monthly stipend of Rs2, 000.
At a ceremony held
after the conclusion of the course at SBTE, the trainees were given equipment
worth about Rs3, 000 gratis.
Generic BS Nursing result announced: The
Pakistan Nursing Council has declared that all the candidates who appeared in
the second licensing examination of Generic BS Nursing for the Baqai Medical
University (BMU) were successful.
Chancellor BMU, Dr Fareeduddin Baqai
and Vice Chancellor, Lieutenant General (Retd) Dr Azhar Ahmed appraised the 100
per cent result and congratulated the candidates. The news
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KU engineering course without PEC approval
Karachi: Even though its has been three years since the introduction of
an engineering programme at Karachi University (KU), it still has not obtained
the mandatory approval of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) for its BE
chemical engineering programme nor has it upgraded its infrastructure and
facilities, it has been learnt.
Under the PEC Act, 1976 engineers are
required to be registered with the PEC in order to practise. The institution
registers only those engineers who have bachelor degrees accredited by the PEC,
according to engineer Niaz Ahmed, PEC deputy registrar
Students in the department expressed
their anger over the slow place of the accreditation process and accused the
administration of "playing with their future".
"Students have been
protesting against the old infrastructure and poor facilities being offered to
them for many years. It's difficult to accept that there is a shortage of funds
as one can see numerous buildings under construction all over the university.
What is our fault?" asked a group of students.
When students protested
last year, about the general state of affairs and because the programme wasn't
accredited, some funding was provided to the department from the administration
as a result of which lab facilities were purchased, students claimed.The
department now is in the old buildings of what used to be the genetics and food
and science and technology departments. A visit to the department showed that
the buildings were in abysmal state and no classroom was available to the
"Our classes are held in the old block of applied chemistry.
Earlier, labs used to be held in the same place or at the NED engineering
university. But, for some time, with the arrival of equipment, labs are now
being held in the department," they said.
Even though students seemed
satisfied with the faculty members, they had complaints about the library which
is simply a small room stocked with a collection of only a few
Apart from the aggrieved students, the contradictory statements of
officials over the existence of an engineering faculty at the university are
confusing. While Dr Fasihullah Khan, the chairman of the department of chemical
engineering, insists that there is an engineering faculty being looked after by
the dean of science, Mohammad Abid, deputy registrar general, denies
At the moment, over 150 students are studying at the department, with
about 117 enrolled in the BE programme.
Needs of department ignored
In 1985 the university started a four-year undergraduate programme in
chemical technology (BCT) at the applied chemistry department. The programme ran
into trouble soon after and got closed for new admissions due to financial
In 1995, the programme was offered again, this time in the
evening. Protests from students over lab timings late in the evening and the
fact that the PEC does not accredit evening programmes forced the administration
to start the programme in the morning.
A separate chemical engineering
department, however, was set up in 2004, according to the KU website. The
department started offering BE in chemical engineering from January
According to sources, the university's administration is at fault
on two accounts: firstly, it did not seek permission from the PEC before the
launch of the BE programme and, secondly, it made no effort to improve
facilities for an engineering programme before or after its
"The university had been generously funded by the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) until 2007. And over the last five to seven years,
over a dozen development projects have been completed on the campus. But they
didn't include any for the establishment of a new infrastructure for the
engineering department," an officer commented.
It is interesting to note
that the budget document 2009-2010 makes no mention of either the engineering
department or the engineering faculty. Currently, there are a number of projects
under execution at different stages of development. These include infrastructure
for a new administration block, department of public administration, a business
school, a girls' gymnasium, pharmacy faculty and a clinic.
amount comes to around Rs290 million. It is unfortunate that the university
failed to realise the needs of the students who are suffering and again no
amount was allocated to erect a new structure for the chemical engineering
department," regrets an official.
According to sources, the department
had submitted PC-1 thrice to the administration for upgrading facilities. The
first PC-1 with a project cost of Rs40 million was submitted in 2005 and the
last with a project cost of Rs160 million in 2006. There has been no response
yet to these requests.
Dr Fasihullah Khan said
that the PEC introduced the condition of the zero visit (inspection visit
before the launch of the programme) in 2006 and the university did not know
"The PEC publicised this condition in the newspapers in 2006.
We wrote a letter to the PEC in 2007 but there was no response. Now, we intend
to apply within weeks and expect the PEC team to visit us in December," Dr Khan
About infrastructural problems, he said that the department had
been facing financial problems from the very beginning and efforts were being
made to sort them out.
"Along with some KU funding, Pakistan Petroleum
Limited has given us Rs8.5 million. We are in the process of purchasing
equipment from that money and would utilise the rest to build a new block. We
have 11 full-time teachers, most of whom are engineers," he said, adding that
the syllabus had been approved by the HEC.
Regarding PEC accreditation,
engineer Niaz Ahmed said time was running out for KU and it must speed up its
efforts to meet the accreditation criteria.
"They (KU administration)
have not yet sent the forms for a zero visit. The condition was introduced in
2005 and publicised the same year. As soon as we receive the form, we will look
into the case. If they are up to the mark, they will get the accreditation in a
few months," he said, adding that the engineers lacking PEC registration were
not considered for jobs.
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Karachi university to seek legal advice on plagiarism cases
Karachi: In the absence of any policy on plagiarism, Karachi University
(KU) will seek legal advice to determine disciplinary action against three
senior university teachers who have been found guilty of plagiarism in the
inquiries conducted by two retired judges.
A decision to this effect was
taken at a recent meeting of the KU syndicate where the findings of retired
justices Saleem Akhtar and Haziqul Khairi were presented.
members decided that the matter should be referred to a legal expert to
determine further course of action.
Currently, the university has no
policy on plagiarism, nor has it adopted the HEC guidelines on plagiarism as it
takes such a charge as "misconduct" and investigates accordingly.
the meeting it was pointed out that some cases under the review could be granted
"relief" under the HEC plagiarism policy as was done in a similar case at the
Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan.
Referring to the HEC policy, a
syndicate member said that a researcher could be forgiven for plagiarism if the
act was committed before the announcement of the policy (on September 27, 2007)
and if the accused had apologised in writing and not taken any benefit from its
The KU administration had appointed the two judges
as inquiry officers to investigate the alleged plagiarism by dean of the Islamic
Studies Prof (Dr) Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, chairman of the chemistry department;
Prof (Dr) Saeed Arayne and former dean of Pharmacy Prof (Dr) Najma Sultana (wife
of Dr Arayne).
The inquiry was instituted after the KU syndicate
approved the findings of an internal committee which found the senior teachers
involved in plagiarism.
The KU administration had also decided to
suspend the two teachers and sack Dr Zakia Bibi, who was an ad-hoc teacher at
the Chemistry department and accused of plagiarism.
While a final decision on the plagiarism cases lingers on, the KU
administration is yet to file a reply to the ombudsman's office which had
directed the KU vice-chancellor earlier this month to withdraw the orders of
action against Dr Zakia Bibi, Dr Saeed Arayne and Dr Najma Sultana.
ombudsman gave the decision on a plea filed by Dr Zakia Bibi that she had been
sacked without being served a show-cause notice.
Upon deciding the case,
the ombudsman also provided relief to Dr Arayne and Dr Sultana who acted as
interveners in the proceedings.
It is important to mention here that the
code of the university makes no mention of ad-hoc teachers' status, although the
university has a large number of ad-hoc employees working as teachers.
The syndicate, in its different meetings, has passed some resolutions on
their status. Dawn
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Media journal launched
Karachi: Vice Chancellor University of Karachi (KU) Dr Pirzada Qasim has
advised the media to change the people's mindset in right direction in order to
create equilibrium in society and thus increasing the media's credibility in the
He gave this advice to the media and prospective journalists at
the launching ceremony of the journal of Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass
Communication held at the Arts Auditorium on Wednesday. He stressed the need for
forming a full fledged advertising company by the institute, adding that the
institution had the talent, workforce and professional knowledge to achieve the
goal. He assured the institute's students of setting up the TV lab soon.
Dean Faculty of Arts Dr Muhammad Shamsuddin, who is a senior professor
of Mass Communication, said that the Mass Communication Institute had 40 years
of glorious history and it has produced journalists who are recognised
nationally and internationally. He praised the students and Chairperson Dr Rafia
Taj in bringing out their own journal in style.
Senior Journalist Humair
Ishtiaq spoke with spontaneous wit and humour that was largely appreciated by
the audience. He talked about the class system that was previously only three ñ
lower, middle and upper classes, saying, but now two more classes ñ lower middle
and upper-middle ñ have emerged with the accumulation of wealth. The news
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Ad hoc teachers seek six-month salaries
Karachi: Nearly 600 ad-hoc college lecturers and their families are suffering
from financial crises as they have been deprived of
salaries for the last six months by the Sindh Education Department.
the solemn promises made by the government, job regularisation notices have not
been issued to the ad hoc college lecturers, some employees complained. They
said, "The relatives have stopped giving loan to us, now we are
unable to purchase bread and butter for our children. On the other hand,
politicians and government officials are busy in attending ceremonies and
functions regardless of what is going on with us as well as our families.
Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Sindh Chief Secretary
have turned from their assurance to regularise all the adhoc lecturers in the
province. They have been tranquillised with the authority; they have forgotten
god. We are suffering the punishment of obtaining higher education and selecting
the noble profession. This is unfortunate for us that the corrupt government
officials and politicians are on the positions to make decision of over lives
Commenting on the issue, central leader of Sindh Professors and
Lecturers Association (SPLA) Professor Ather Hussain Mirza said that the matter
of regularisation of ad hoc teachers had become serious issue. Apparently the
government has failed to resolve the issues of lecturers and educational
institutions in the province.
"Around 550 college teachers are waiting for
their promotion from 17 to 18 grades for the last four years. Under the chair of
Secretary Education Rizwan Memon, Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) had
approved the promotion of such teachers from 17 to 18 grades in the meeting held
on March 30, 2009. Seven months have passed but none of such teachers has got
the promotion letter yet. Before the DPC such teachers have been waiting for the
said promotion for the last three years. Such lethargic attitude of Sindh
Education Department shows their lack of attention towards the quandaries of
teachers and college education as well. At such apathetic behaviour of the Sindh
Education Department, teachers' community will be bound to stage protest and
observe black days in and outside the institutions.". The nation
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BISE notified dates for accepting exam forms
Larkana: The Controller of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(BISE), Larkana, has notified that examination forms from eligible candidates of
Science and General groups for appearing in the SSC Part-1 and Part-11 (Class
IX-X) annual examination 2010 will be entertained/ accepted through affiliated
institutions according to the schedule without late fee from 23rd October,
2009-23rd Nov, 2009 and with late fee of Rs 200 from November 24 to December 7,
The forms will be accepted with late fee of Rs 400 from December 8
to December 16, 2009, with late fees of Rs 600 from December 17 to December 26,
2009 and with late fee of Rs 1,000 from December 29, 2009 to January 16, 2010,
Another announcement said the candidates who had passed their
SSC Part-II annual examination 2009 and intended to improve their marks and
grades by appearing in the SSC Part-I & II annual examination will be
facilitated to appear in one or two subjects within one year of passing the
relevant examination after fulfillment of conditions on or before the schedule
with usual fees of Rs 500 from October 26 to November 25, with late fee of Rs
300 from November 26 to December 10, 2009, with late fee of Rs 500 from December
11 to 26, 2009 with late fee of Rs 1,000 from December 29, 2009 to January 9,
2010 the announcement added. The news
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Irregularities in SPSC test alleged
Naushahro Feroze: The candidates who had appeared in a written
test held by the Sindh Public Service Commission took out a procession
and held a demonstration on Wednesday, demanding the test held on Oct
20 should be cancelled and conducted again.
led by Azfar Memon, Izhar Makhdoom, Zahid Siyal and Ahmed Solangi
alleged that the questions were out of the prescribed subjects.They
alleged that they were not allowed to take the question paper home and
seal of the papers' bundles was not opened before them as was practice
under set rules.
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Khairpur: A student of class VII was kidnapped from Kot Lalu, Faiz Gunj
taluka, on Tuesday evening.
He was identified as Adil, son of Sajjad
Arain. He disappeared while returning to his home during Isha prayers time. His
relatives began a massive manhunt but could not find his whereabouts. Later, it
was confirmed that the boy had been kidnapped.-Correspondent . Dawn
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