KU may give 500 admissions in MS/PhD programme
Karachi, Feb 07: Around 500 out of 700 candidates, who passed Entrance Test from Karachi University (KU), may be given admissions in the MS/PhD and MD programmes for 2009-10 at KU.
The merit list of the successful candidates of the said programmes will be issued on February,16 2010. Karachi University has left NTS (National Testing Service) behind in term of organising the entrance test productively in the peaceful environment.
KU Dean Faculty of Science and Convener to Admission Committee, Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, expressed these views on Sunday.
She said that around 2900 candidates appeared in the KU entrance test to get admissions in MS/PhD and MD programmes for 2009-10 in various departments, while out of them 700 could pass the test. Keeping in view of the available seats for the said programme at the KU, She said that it was more likely that around 500 candidates might be inducted in the programme. She said, "We are following the rules of Higher Education Commission (HEC) set for MS/PhD programme. However, the KU entrance test was quite difficult as it had also included the GRE and English Communication materials."
She claimed that KU had organised the test very successfully than the National Testing Service that conducted the same test last year. The test under the supervision of NTS remained under severe criticism due to mismanagement and technical flaws, she said and added that over all the pass percentage of previous test was more than 50, while this year the over all pass percentage is 31.
Talking about the faculty-wise pass percentage, she said that in the faculty of science, the percentage of successful students is 35, the arts faculty has 31 percent, Business and Management Faculty has 19 percent and Pharmacy has 22 pass percentage in the current entrance test.
As per the KU rules and regulations, mentioned on the KU official website, "The final list of the qualified candidates will be made the basis of merit whereas the availability of seats by the departmental research committee (DRC) which will be submitted to the BASR for the consideration of provisional admission.
All selected candidates will be required to complete eight courses (3+0 or 2+1) of 24 credit hours in two semesters. Candidates are required to attend 75 percent classes of each course.
The students will have to pass the course work with CGPA 3.00 or more; in case of failure, the student will be allowed to improve the grade in further chance that has been decided only one. If the student fails to improve his/her grade even after the improvement chance, he/she will be given a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD). After passing the course work with CGPA 3.0 or more the student will apply through proper channel for confirmation of admission and approval of research title.
The student will submit a synopsis along with research topic, bibliography, name of the Research Supervisor and a copy of the marks certificate issued by the Semester Examination Cell. Faculty members of KU/BASR approved supervisors holding MPhil/PhD degrees will be appointed as supervisors of MS/PhD candidates respectively." The nationYour Comments
Karachi's beloved university
Karachi: The bleak and disturbing situation that has engulfed the entire country has not left the institutions of higher learning alone with a visible decline in teaching standards, administration and general disposition of the entire staff.
The, sufferers, however, are always the students who keep on voicing their concerns that they are not being provided with the 'right' education. Such is the state of the University of Karachi (KU), one of Pakistan's largest and reputable educational institutions.
The KU administration has become so lax that one hardly finds a department opening at 8:30 in the morning. It has almost become a norm that the non-teaching staffers, who prefer to be called 'sir' these days, are admonishing students on matters that hardly come in the jurisdictions of their (non-teaching staff's) concern.
Moreover, a department in the Faculty of Science does not open before 8:40 or later, while the first period, in that department, has to start at 8:30.
Interestingly, a teacher at the English Department of the university had to teach the students on the stairs recently as a non-teaching staffer had the keys of the classrooms and he came late, it has been learnt. Even more interestingly, the staffer, instead of feeling remorse, tried to admonish the teacher for teaching the students on the stairs. The official later rebuked the students as well.
However, the Director of the department remained aloof from the entire episode.
In the meanwhile, a student of KU has handed over a letter that speaks volumes of the way the university and its teachers work. The student, in the letter, complains that they do not understand what the teachers teach them, but they are afraid to complain because they are afraid of the 'consequences' they could face from the concerned teacher.
The students, at least those who come in the institution to really study and have no link with any political group, ask for a student body or a kind of student union to take care of their problems.
The student wings of various political groups make matters worse as they regularly interfere in the affairs of the university and demand unfair privileges for themselves and their followers. Sadly, the higher-ups of the KU prefer silence on the grave matter as they themselves are, perhaps, a production of political favouritism.
SBTE announces DAE-III exam results
Karachi: The Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) on Saturday announced the results of Diploma of Associate Engineers (morning and evening) third year annual examination-2009.
A total of 12,553 candidates (6,634 of morning shift and 5,919 of evening shift) appeared in the exams and 9,208 were declared successful.
The technology-wise positions and results have been placed on the SBTE website, according to a press statement issued by the institution. PPIYour Comments
Sindh University facing deficit, seeks special grant
Hyderabad: The 33rd meeting of the Sindh University Senate has approved annual budget of Rs 1,584.370 million for the financial year 2009-2010 with deficit of 176.506 million and appealed to the Government of Sindh and the Higher Education Commission for special grant for the university.
The Senate meeting was presided over by provincial Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, who is also the Pro Chancellor of the universities in Sindh.
Director Finance Mushtaq Memon, who presented the budget, informed the House that the university had been facing a deficit on account of increase in pay and pensions while it was not receiving from the HEC the amount increased by the government in salaries and pensions .
He said the receipts during the financial year would be Rs 1,584.370 million, which includes grant from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) i.e. Rs 1,035.256 million. He said expenditure had been estimated at Rs 1,760.876 million.
He said about 70 per cent of the funds were earmarked for pay and allowances, group insurance, enhancement of salaries and pension, impact of creation/upgrading of posts, impact of creation of posts in Mirpurkhas and financial assistance to families of deceased employees.
The meeting also approved the revised budget for the year 2008-2009.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir A Mughal highlighted educational development in the university and said his focus would be on promoting research culture. He said all possible facilities would be provided to scholars.
He said the financial crises and sudden curtailment of development grants and in recurring expenditure allocation would adversely affect functioning of the university. The news
CIE result distinction
Karachi: A student of Dawood Public School, Maliha Arif, has clinched the top position in the world in Additional Mathematics in 'O' level examination under Cambridge International Examination (CIE).
An announcement of the institution here on Saturday said that the student Maliha Arif has achieved this distinction in June 2009 Cambridge examination session where students from across the world participated with best of their preparations.
The Principal of Dawood Public School, Viqar Afza, said "We are really proud of our student Maliha Arif for having achieved the top position in the world in Additional Mathematics despite the fact that our students were facing a global competition and to achieve the highest marks in such stiff competition globally is truly commendable and a matter of pride for whole nation'.
Maliha Arif said that she is grateful to Almighty Allah, her parents, teachers and her school for providing with the chance to learn and prove my abilities.
She also stated that she believes in hard work and wants to serve the country with best of her ability. The Chief Executive of the School, Ms. Sabrina Dawood, said that she is very proud of the performance on the part of Maliha Arif. She hoped that in future also Maliha Arif would continue to perform in the same fashion and that other students of the school would follow suit.
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world's largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds, providing a broad range of qualifications, created for an international student body.
CIE offers the Cambridge International Curriculum for 5-19 year olds and professional qualifications for teachers, it was further stated. The nation
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