Karachi university to ward off admissions pressure

Karachi university admissions plagued by arm-twisting
Karachi, Sep 17: University of Karachi (KU) is trying to ward off the pressure applied on it by "influential people" to open admissions for students from other areas of Sindh to the University, said KU Vice Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim during an Iftar hosted for journalists.

Qasim accepted that certain quarters had begun a "whispering campaign" to pressurise the KU to grant admissions to students from non- Karachi areas. "Yes, we are encountering this problem, and some influential people are involved in it. How can we ignore the students of Karachi a sprawling city of more than 15 million souls? Where will they go? It is a confirmed fact that students admitted in other educational institutions of Sindh have been treated shabbily resulting in the exodus back to Karachi".

It may be recalled that Sindh Minister of Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has often repeated his demand that the KU should open its gates to all from the Sindh. Most of the teachers of the KU term such demands as 'arm twisting' tactics of the minister, who in turn, has no particular reason to back his demand.

"KU is admitting students from whole of Pakistan, but students from Karachi who have passed SSC and HSC examinations from Karachi are placed in the first category. All universities in the country are doing that, why is KU being singled out?" said a dean of faculty.

It is worth mentioning here the hapless treatment accorded to a student of Karachi named Abdullah Ahsan, who topped the list of candidates in HSC (Pre-Engineering) examination -2009 from Karachi Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) was denied admission to Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology (GIKIET), NWFP on the grounds that admission dates had elapsed.

The Rector of GIKIET replied that 'he would have loved to take in the student' but in fact the institution dragged the matter for one-and-a-half month before refusing to admit the student.

"We are ready to admit students (from other parts of the country) who have 85 per cent and above marks. It should be reciprocal. KU admitted students from all parts of Pakistan when it was a federal university, but now it isn't," he elaborated. A high ranking official of the university, requesting anonymity, pointed out the fate of Federal Urdu University of Science, Arts & Technology (FUUAST) that was flooded with students from outside Karachi, while those from Karachi were groping in dark and trying to seek admission in private universities that were very expensive.

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KU body to keep an eye on land mafia
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) Vice Chancellor Prof. Pirzada Qasim has formed a committee to would check and avert the land mafia from encroaching upon the university lands.

The committee will be led by Dr Nasiruddin, while Dr Junaid Sagheer Siddiqui as will serve as a member on the committee. KU Registrar Prof. Rais Alvi, campus security advisor and the planning director will be the ex-officio members. The committee will also evaluate the reasons for late legal action, and other steps taken by the authorities.

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KU & SSUET be closed on Sept 18
Karachi: Karachi university has announced that it remain closed on September 18 for Shab-e-Qadr and from September 21-23 on account of Eid-ul-Fitr. Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) will also be closed on September 18 and from September 19 to 22 on account of Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr. The news

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SGA has adopted 19 primary schools
Hyderabad: The Sindh Graduate Association has adopted 19 government boys' and girls' primary schools in the district with approval of the Sindh Education and Literacy Department.

The adoption was aimed at improving enrolment and standard of education under community-participatory approach, according to the department.

The general-secretary of the SGA's Hyderabad chapter Mohammad Ibrahim Shaikh said in a statement released on Wednesday the adopted schools were located in Pathan Goth, Giddu Naka, Sehrish Nagar, Sahafi Colony (Kumbhar Paro) and Saffar Sheedi, Haji Ismail Soomro, Bachal Soomro, Sanjar Mirbahar, Bhuddo Palari, Shafi Mohammad Brohi, Mohammad Khan Bagrain and Gulab Leghari villages.

He said that his management would arrange training courses for teachers and give rewards to good teachers and meritorious students to encourage them to have qualitative education in the schools and set an example for others to emulate.

He said that active civic bodies would also be taken on board in addition to regular parent-teachers meetings in order to boost standard of education and solve problems of teaching staff as well as students.

He said that efforts would be made to equip the schools with learning materials and skilled teaching staff to ensure qualitative education and earn trust of the parents and education department.

Mr Shaikh said that monitoring and guidance of teachers would also be made on a regular basis to ensure punctuality, discipline, performance and transparent transaction of accounts. Dawn

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FUUAST awarded Ph.D degree
Karachi: The Graduate Management and Research Council (GRMC) of the Federal Urdu University or Arts, Sciences & Technology (FUUAST) has approved the award of Ph.D. degree to Professor Tauseef Ahmed Khan, the senior faculty and ex-chairman of the Department of Mass Communication of the university. Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan has completed his research thesis on the 'Role of Press Organizations in Freedom of the Press in Pakistan 1947-2004' under Dr. Muhammad Shamsuddin, the Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Karachi. The news

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