Karachi University guidelines on MS, PhD courses announced
Karachi, Feb 04: The University of Karachi on Tuesday announced guidelines for the MS/PhD programme 2009.
The date for submission of forms and fee for the admission to MS/PhD programme at the University of Karachi has already been extended to February 7.
An official of the university said that an announcement regarding the starting of MS/PhD classes would be made later.
According to the guidelines announced by the registrar of the Karachi University, any discrepancy and claim of eligibility in the admission should be referred to the departmental research committee (DRC) comprising chairperson and all research supervisors, who would send their recommendations to the board of advanced study and research (BASR).
In this regard, the departmental research committee should be functional in each department and smooth functioning of the committee is the responsibility of the chairperson of the department.
The selection of the research or academic supervisor after or before the course work will be at the discretion of the DRC.
Adjunct faculty may be inducted to act as supervisor/co-supervisor of MS/PhD students if recommended by the departmental research committee.
Faculty members of the Karachi University, cooperative teachers and employees of the university may be exempted from study leave if recommended by chairperson/director in consultation with the departmental research committee.
It would be at the discretion of the teacher whether s/he would like to avail this facility or not.
MA exam forms submission date
The examinations department of the University of Karachi has announced the date for submission of examination forms and fee for the external candidates for MA/double MA/improvement of division (previous & final) annual examination 2008.
The forms can be submitted between Feb 6 and March 2 with a Rs1,850 fee. The forms will also be entertained with a prescribed late fee between March 3 and April 14.
The university has also directed candidates, who appeared in 2003 or earlier, to appear in the MA (previous & final) annual examinations 2008 as a last chance.
MBBS final professional exams
The examinations department of the University of Karachi has announced the schedule of programme of final professional MBBS annual exams 2009, to be held in February.
According to the schedule, first paper of surgery-I would be held on Monday (Feb 16); surgery-II on Thursday (Feb 19); paediatrics on Saturday (Feb 21); medicine-I on Tuesday (Feb 24); medicine-II on Saturday (Feb 28); gynaecology on Wednesday (March 4); and obstetrics on Saturday (March 7). All papers would be held at the department of general history, KU, between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.
Cancer Day walk
In connection with the World Cancer Day a walk will be held at the Karachi University on Wednesday, according to a university announcement.
The walk is being organised under the auspices of the faculty of pharmacy, University of Karachi.
"Awareness is the key - help to fight against cancer" is the slogan of the walk which will start from the faculty of pharmacy.
KUTS to observe black day
The Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) has announced that teachers of the university will observe a 'black day' on Saturday to voice their concern over the inordinate delay in convening a meeting of the university's academic council, adds our Staff Reporter.
In a statement issued here on Monday, KUTS president Dr Aqeel Ahmed and secretary Dr Shakeel Farooqui said that teachers of the university would take classes but would wear black armbands on Saturday.
Deploring that the university administration has neither delegated powers to most of the departmental research committees, particularly those belonging to the faculty of science, nor the committees have, so far, been, assigned their work, they demanded immediate convening of the academic council's meeting to help resolve issues concerning the MS and PhD programmes.
Terming the KU registrar's decision of extending the registration date to Feb 7 'a decision in haste', they asked that the departmental research committees which have not yet been assigned their work could accomplish their task by Feb 7. DawnYour Comments
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Subjects change an uphill task for KU students
Karachi: Students of Karachi University (KU), willing to change their major subjects in their second year of studies, are worried over the subjects change procedure and lack of assistance from the university, as every year several KU students move from one department to another.
Talking to The Nation on Tuesday, Adeel Khan, a student at Karachi University Philosophy Department, said that there was no person or desk available which guide the students regarding the subjects change procedure.
Many students have contacted the Semester Cell and Deans Offices but have failed to get proper information regarding the issue, he said.
"This year the placement list of such candidates will be issued nearly one and a half month late and there was no surety of admission for the students in case of tough competition, who had officially been allowed to start taking classes in their desired departments where they wanted to go."
Another Karachi University student, Hashim, who has applied for transferring his credit hours to International Relations Department, said that he was concerned over the matter that if he could not get transferred then what would be happened to his studies as he started taking classes in the said department.
He said, "There is uncertainty among the students about the procedure as they are facing lack of assistance from the officials.
Different departments in the Arts faculty are facing load of applications after the refusal of chairman of Mass Communication Department to give seats for such students."
Convener Karachi University Semester Examination Cell Prof Dr Javed Zaki said that if any student failed to get admission in his or her desired department despite of taking of classes for a month in the preferred department, than this would be the responsibility of the chairman of the said department.
"Karachi University allows its students to change major subject in the second year if they obtain at least 70 per cent marks in both the semesters in their minor subject. Students seeking change in any of the minor subject can apply for change within 30 days of the start of the semester of 1st year as well as 2nd year. All such permissions would be granted by the Dean on the recommendation of the Chairperson, provided there is a provision of such combination in the statutes," he said.
Karachi University Dean Faculty of Arts, Prof
Shams-ud-din said that there was no problem for the said candidates
in this procedure except those candidates whose results were withheld. The Nation
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'Ghost' teachers given 15-day notice
Karachi: The Sindh Education Department has given a 15-day notice to "ghost" teachers to join duty, otherwise their services would be terminated under the Removal of Services Ordinance, Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq told the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday.
Responding to a point of order raised by MPA Ms Bilqees about injustices committed by private schools and private hospitals, the minister said that more than 7,500 schools were closed in Sindh alone due to the lack of recruitment of teachers forthe past 11 years.
He said that the present government had reopened 2,500 schools thus far. He said that under the monitoring of the World Bank (WB), the education department had recruited 7,000 teachers on merit during the past nine months, while another 13,000 were being recruited.
The minister said that a regulatory body and law existed against private schools, adding that he had established a "monitoring committee" that comprises of legislators.
Sindh Health Minister, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, said that quackery and expensive fees being charged by private hospitals and clinics were serious issues. He recalled that the outgoing government had made efforts to set up a regulatory body against private hospitals. He said that a summary had also been sent in this regard. Similarly, the minister said that rules existed against quackery and a summary had been sent for bringing legislation in this regard also.
Meanwhile a legislator informed that enrolment of pupils in Thar had increased from 12,000 to 25,000 because of monetary incentives. He urged the government to ensure its proper utilization for deserving children only.
Humera Alwani said that 500 schools were closed in Thatta district alone. She also expressed concerns over detention of 26 fishermen by Indian Navy who belonged to Kharo Chan and Keti Bander.
She said that the Indian Navy had detained over 105 Pakistani fishermen over the last three months, and urged the government to secure the early release of the poor fishermen. The News
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