University of Karachi's 23rd annual convocation
155 KU students get gold medals
Karachi, Jan 31: University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday organised its 23rd
annual convocation in which Vice Chancellor KU Dr Muhammad Qaiser
awarded degrees to 3,366 students belonging to nine faculties of 2011
batch besides gold medals were also awarded to 155 position holder
It is pertinent to mention here that convocation was
attended by only 771 students, including 182 PhD and 101 MPhil. Degrees
and gold medals were distributed among students of various departments,
who have done BA (Honrs), BS, MA, MLIS, Pharm D, BCom (Hons), BBA, BPA,
MAS, MBA, MCom, MHRM, MSC, MCS, MS, MPhil and PhD.
On the occasion, parents and faculties' members were present.
the convocation, KU VC Dr Muahmmad Qaiser said, "I feel privileged to
stand before you this morning and welcome you at the 23rd annual
"As you are well aware, our convocation is a
significant event for the university because it is the time when the
university academic grandeur is witnessed in the form of prolific
faculty and graduating students. This glorious sight showcases the
multifaceted excellence of the university in disciplines."
joining my responsibilities as VC, my first priority was to hold
meetings with all the statutory bodies of the university and arrange
impending selection boards for different positions. Till date the
university conducted selection boards for 187 posts of different cadres
in various departments of the faculty of Arts, Science, Management and
Administrative Sciences and Pharmacy," he said.
asserted that university, at present, offers academic training and
research opportunities in nine disciplines, which provides number of
academic programmes. In addition certificate, and diploma courses were
also offered in various languages and technical subjects. "We will also
establish a medical college," he informed.
Qaiser mentioned that
despite being ranked as the best university of Pakistan, KU also enjoys
its status in the list of top universities of the world. "According to
recent ranking by Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds
(THE-QS), UK, KU was ranked among top 700 institutions of world in the
disciplines of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Life Science. KU
stands 191st among 425 top universities of Asia as per QS Asian
University Ranking 2012," Qaiser informed.
The research and
academic output of the university is recognised globally as well. This
institution of higher learning has a very good concentration of PhDs, he
Talking about major problems that university currently
faces, Qaiser said that the major problem of KU was the acute financial
crises. In order to deal with this issue, their prime focus was on
resources generation. In addition, they had initiated the first official
Alumni Association through which they are bringing closer all the
alumni. As a result of this reunion, the university would be able to
establish its Endowment Fund.
Qaiser stated that he would like to
extend his felicitations to the graduating students who had
successfully completed a major phase of their life but students must
keep this in mind that journey towards knowledge never ends.
Students expressed their jubilation and pleasure for
acquiring the degrees. They said that it was the final academic
achievement of their career. They were sad because they were about to be
separated from their Alma matter, but were also happy for the
achievement. They were experiencing mix felling of joy, sadness and an
unknown fear due to the situation of job market. Daily times
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SSUET students produce solar-electric car
Karachi: A group of students of Sir Syed University of Engineering and
Technology (SSUET) produced a `solar-energy operated' car which has been
further modified to be used during night time. This was claimed in an
announcement of the institution here on Wednesday. It said that after
modification, the car can now be run both on solar energy and
electricity and can be regarded as environment friendly. app
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VCs reject HEC Amendment Bill
Islamabad: Executive Committee of Vice Chancellors
(VC) which is a representative body of VCs of 77 universities, on
Wednesday, rejected the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Private
Amendment Bill, proposing to curtail the powers of the organisation.
The committee members have decided to meet the President and the
Prime Minister, in order to directly apprise them of the reservations of
The VC meeting was held in Islamabad and members of the committee
Engr Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani VC University of Engineering and
Technology Peshawar, Dr Nasser Ali Khan VC Haripur University, Dr Nasir
Jamal Khattak VC Kohat University, Engr Ahmed Farooq Bazai VC
Balochistan University, Ms Sultana Baloch VC Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's
University, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran VC University of the Punjab, Dr
Sabiha Mansoor VC Lahore College for Women University and other VCs
participated in the meeting.
A participant of the meeting requesting not to be quoted said that
the one point agenda of the meeting was the recent HEC Private Amendment
In a recent standing committee meeting on education and training at
the National Assembly, a draft was approved, proposing a bill to curtail
powers of the HEC.
The VCs rejected the proposed bill and expressed apprehensions over
any legislation that takes away the autonomy of HEC. According to
participants such a move would damage the higher education sector in the
VC Quaid-i-Azam University Profs Dr Masoom Yasinzai informed the
participants of the meeting that faculty members of his university had
been planning to move abroad because of the situation.
"Participants were of the unanimous view that an institution which
has functioned extremely well and has delivered during the last decade,
should not be disturbed," the VC said.
VC University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan
said that it was a step to push HEC into the dark ages and the whole
nation would suffer because of the decision.
"The vice chancellors felt that after the 18th Amendment, changes in
the HEC Act should also have the recommendations of the Task Force
proposed by the Prime Minister's High Powered Committee. These
recommendations should be incorporated in the proposed amendment bill,"
During the meeting, it was decided that the Executive VC Committee
meet the President, Prime Minister, and other law makers to apprise them
of the situation.
It was further decided that a meeting of all VCs, both from public
and private sector universities would be held on February 6, 2013, to
have a broad based discussion and to come up with recommendations.
Executive Director HEC Imtiaz Gilani said that
VCs had concerns that if HEC loses autonomy, quality of higher education
"We have decided to meet the President and Prime Minister. We will
tell them that it was not a political issue, it is related to the future
of Pakistan and all stakeholders should be contacted before any
legislation," he said. Dawn
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Bill to deprive HEC of financial, administrative powers
highly controversial Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Bill 2012
mainly carries four amendments in the existing HEC Ordinance 2002 with
an aim to deprive the sole independent regulatory institution of its
financial and administrative powers in favour of the Education Ministry
whose own status stands disputed after the 18th Amendment, reliable
The draft of the Amendment
Bill, initially submitted by two ruling party MNAs Yasmin Rehman and
Nafeesa Shah, suggested removal of various clauses including Clause 2 of
Article 5 of Ordinance 2002 that would deprive the HEC chairman of the
status of the federal minister, Para (E) of Clause 1 of Article 10 to
ensure ranking by the independent body and Para (G) of Article 10
regarding provision of funds to the universities.
also suggested in the Amendment Bill to reduce term of the HEC chairman
from four to three years, cut in powers to approve funds, stoppage of
unnecessary provision of funds to the private universities and
constitution of an independent body to ensure transparent ranking of the
The draft emphasised to replace words of
"for approval and provision of funds" with "recommendation for approval
of funds" that means that HEC would not be able to directly approve
funds for the public and private sector universities.
maintained that after devolution of the federal education ministry the
secretary education should be replaced by the secretary cabinet in the
It also suggested removal of power of
17-member HEC Board (including one member nominated by each province to
allocate funds to the universities). This power would then be
transferred to the Secretary Division with which HEC would be attached.
the control over funds lies with the HEC Commission made of 17 members
which is chaired by the chairman. All policy making and financial policy
powers are with this Commission consists of vice chancellors,
provincial representatives, federal secretaries and eminent academics.
No person has control over this body and the HEC chairman himself is not
The Amendment Bill would also
deprive HEC of power of attestation and verification of degrees as the
universities would do this work at their own.
said two drafts of legislation with regard to removing independent
status of HEC were also provided to the Minister for Education and
Trainings in October last year, but he did not come up with this idea
and instead decided to distance himself from the whole issue.
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600 students of Rawalpindi division still waiting for laptops
Rawalpindi: More than 600 female and male students of the Rawalpindi Division, who
obtained more than 70 per cent marks in their final examinations, have
still not received laptops, which negates the claims of the Punjab
government that this reward has been given to all position-holders and
brilliant students of the province.
A number female and
male students of different schools and colleges, on condition of
anonymity, while showing their marks sheet told this scribe that they
have achieved 75 per cent and plus marks in the final examinations of
Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, as well as
Punjab University and other universities of Punjab in their final
examinations held in 2012, but were not given laptops so for.
said that as the Punjab government announced the scheme of laptops for
students, the heads of their respective institutions included their
names and sent the lists to the concerned authorities in the Punjab
Even on the day of distribution of laptops, as
per directions, the students were taken in buses to the venue where
Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif was to distribute laptops along
with distribution of internship letters. However, at the last moment the
students were not allowed to enter the venue and were asked to sit in
Interestingly, during the event, laptops were
not distributed but only internship letters were given to those
students who were present in the ceremony.
months have passed on now but we are still waiting to get laptops from
the scheme announced by the CM, they said. A good number of students
also showed their mark sheets obtaining more than 70 per cent marks.
referring to the statements made by the Punjab chief minister in a
public meeting held recently in Rawalpindi at PMAS-UAAR that his
government has spent Rs8 billion over the distribution of laptops among
brilliant students of Punjab educational institutions, the students
asked where their laptops have gone which are still not distributed. The
affected students have demanded inquiry into the matter.
students demanded of the chief minister Punjab for taking notice into
the matter and directing the related authorities in the city district
governments and educational departments to distribute laptops among
those students who were left over.
However, when this
correspondent sought comments from Commissioner Rawalpindi, Imdad ullah
Bosal, he said that the matter is not in his notice and has to be
Rawalpindi Division Director Colleges Humayun
Iqbal while reacting first stated that laptops were distributed among
students belonging to government educational institutions and not
private. However, when he was informed that the affected students are
also belonged to colleges and universities of Punjab government, he said
that laptops were distributed among brilliant students of universities.
While in the second phase, Punjab government has planned to give
laptops to the students of colleges affiliated with Punjab.
asked when the second phase is likely to be implemented as little time
is left in general elections, Humayun Iqbal said it depends upon the
Punjab government. But whenever it would be implemented the college
students would get their share.
It merits to mentioning
here that several students belonging to different colleges in Punjab
have received laptops. Even the Punjab chief minister time and again
have announced on different occasions that laptops have been distributed
among every student without any discrimination.
Malik Shakil Awan, while commenting on the issue said that he would
discuss the matter with the Commissioner Rawalpindi, Imdadullah Bosal
and DCO, Captain (r) Saqib Zafar to know the real facts behind it. At
the same time, Shakil Awan said that the left over students whose names
are included in the lists forwarded by the head of educational
institutions would be provided laptops for which date would be announced
by the Punjab government. The matter would be resolved before the
dissolution of assemblies, he assured.
However, despite repeated attempts, Hanif Abbasi did not received calls on his mobile for comments. The news
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Scholarship programme ray of hope for poor students
Peshawar: "My mother has told me to save money from
my monthly scholarship, which is to last a year, for higher education,"
according to a shinning student of University of Peshawar.
Rizwanullah, student of second semester of bachelor of studies in UoP
environmental sciences department said that he would have been
unable to get admission to the university had the provincial government
not financially supported him by giving him scholarship.
"My parents admitted me to a government school as they couldn't
afford to pay my Rs500 monthly tuition fee when I was a student of a
private school," he said.
Rizwanullah, resident of Hassankhel area of Frontier Region Peshawar,
got 856 of 1,050 marks (81 per cent) in Secondary School Certificate
examination in 2009. He later passed intermediate examination in 2011
from Government Higher Secondary School, Sama Badhber, FR Peshawar.
The youngster remained the top first position holder among the
students of government schools by obtaining 838 of 1,100 marks (77 per
Being on the list of brilliant students enrolled in the government
schools, he earned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government's scholarship
titled 'Stori da Pakhtunkhwa' (Star of Pakhtunkhwa) programme.
Currently, he draws monthly stipend of Rs15,000.
'Stori da Pakhtunkhwa' programme was launched in 2011 for brilliant students enrolled in government schools.
Under the programme, the provincial government give Rs10,000 and
Rs15,000 for one year as scholarship to top ten position holders of each
board of SSC and intermediate respectively.
Around 700 students have been benefiting from the scholarship
programme for two years, said an official of the elementary and
secondary education department. All these students belong to the lower
middle class of the society as well-off and middle class don't admit
their children to government schools.
"My father is a watchman in a factory in Balochistan. His salary is
Rs7,500 a month," Rizwanullah said. He said that his elder brother
was a driver in Karachi while younger one was a labourer. They also
wanted to get education but my father couldn't afford their tuition
fees, he said.
"Even my father had also asked my mother to let me out from the
private school but my mother opposed and insisted to continue study," he
After qualifying SSC examination, Rizawanullah got admission in the
government higher secondary school Sama Badhber in FR Peshawar. He said
he avoided taking pocket money from his mother as he understood the
financial condition of his mother. "My mother used to give me Rs100 per
week as pocket money," he said.
According to him, it was a surprise and happy news for his family
when it learnt that the government would pay him Rs15,000 per month.
Now, he is a student of the second semester of four years Bachelor of
Studies programme in environmental sciences department and so far paid
fee of the two semesters.
"I pay Rs14,000 per semester," he said.
As the government would support him for one year, he said his mother
had asked him not to waste the money and save it for further education
as his father couldn't afford continuation of his higher education.
Mr Rizwanullah said after paying Rs28,000 for the two semesters, he
had Rs40,000 in his bank account and that money had been saved from the
monthly scholarship. Dawn
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