KU awards 16 PhD, MPhil degrees
Karachi, Feb 27: Karachi University's board of advanced studies and research awarded eight PhD and as many MPhil degrees to 16 students on Tuesday.
Those who were awarded PhD degrees were Muhammad Mujtaba Ali (pharmacology), Tahir Hameedullah Khan (applied criminology), Lubina Abdi (chemistry HEJ), Najamur Rehman (pharmacognosy), Nuzhat Sultana (pharmacology), Tahira Mohsan Ali (food sciences and technology), Abida Anwar (biotechnology KIBGE), and Farukh Mansoor (chemistry).
Researchers who were awarded MPhil degrees were Hazrat Yusuf (applied chemistry), Mariam Munawar (chemistry HEJ), Muhammad Aetimadullah Khan (pharmacology), Syeda Tamkeen Fatima (molecular medicine), Nageena Gul (public administration), Asif Ali (applied chemistry), Saidia Arif (pharmaceutical chemistry), and Faisal Sultan Qadri (applied economics). ppi
KU announced BSc practical date
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday announced the date of practical examination for BSc Statistics I and II. As per details, practical examination will be held on March 4 and 7, 2013, and leftover students, who wanted to attend the examination, are required to submit practical fees at KU Silver Jubilee counter. The fee of per practical is Rs 250. Daily times
With funds drying up, educational prospects bleak
Karachi: Educational prospects of a large number of school-going children in Sindh are bleak as 1,300 institutions have not been getting the monthly funds promised under a public-private partnership. The education department has not released the grants for eight months now.
To protest against the delay in payment of dues, a number of students, school operators, civil society activists and political leaders staged a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday. The Ilm Dost Forum (IDM) organised the protest.
Under the government's Integrated Education Learning Programme (IELP), the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) had to pay Rs300 per child every month to the school operators. In turn, the schools did not take the tuition fees and other charges as per agreement, IDM officials said.
In Sindh, around 1, 300 schools have been operating under the public-private partnership programme. At these schools, at least 250,000 students are enrolled with 10,000 teachers and 2,500 non-teaching staff employed for their services. The government had promised to provide funds till 2017 without any delays.
The education minister has made a number of promises to resolve the matter but to no avail, the officials said.
The programme aims at educating every child of the province with school operators opening institutes in rented buildings to achieve the goal. For one year these schools did not face any hardships but with payments withheld for the past eight months, the school operators were facing serious problems, they claimed.
In addition to building rents, utility charges and salaries of non-teaching staff, the school administrators were paying Rs60,000 to Rs70,000 in teachers' salaries, the officials told the media. They demanded renewing the contracts and releasing funds on emergency basis to settle the situation.
According to the protesters, the government had recently surveyed these schools and the school management were hopeful that the matter would be resolved.
Former provincial minister Ameer Nawab, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research joint director Sharafat Ali, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional's Marvi Rashdi, Saleha
Ather of Awami Workers Party, Haji Hanif Tayeeb from Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan coordinator Abdul Hai and Trade Union Federation representative Noor Muhammad among others attended the protest. The news
NA nod to another varsity in capital
Islamabad: Running against time, the National Assembly on Tuesday gave its nod to another of what some critics regard as too many universities coming to Islamabad in a hurry.
A private bill providing for the establishment of what will be known as Capital University, Islamabad, was rushed through the house without going through the usual procedure of vetting by a house standing committee.
This became the fifth university bill rushed through the National Assembly in recent weeks, after eyebrows were raised about the previous ones both on procedural and political grounds.
Three of these bills, passed by the National Assembly last month, prompted a senior official of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to object to the onrush before a standing committee of the Senate for lack of HEC approval, before the upper house too endorsed all these bills this month.
However, when another government bill, seeking to upgrade Islamabad's main government hospital - the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences - to a university, was passed by the lower house last week, it was met with a noisy opposition protest for naming the institution after executed former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. That bill is now before the Senate while another bill to provide the establishment of a Capital University for Science and Technology is with the lower house standing committee on education.
On Tuesday, when the National Assembly took up the Capital University, Islamabad, Bill, authored by Yasmeen Rehman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, some objections were raised over hurrying with the legislation without referring it to the concerned standing committee, with the minister for education and training, Sheikh Waqas Akram, being unsure whether his ministry had approved of this project.
Ms Yasmeen said that while the law ministry was on board, she would welcome input from other sources, which could come when the bill goes to the Senate, but wanted its passage by the National Assembly now because of very little time left for private bills while the house is to run out its five-year term on March 16.
The legislators' appetite for new private universities has surfaced only recently while many of them are still haunted by a Musharraf-era decree, made part of the Constitution, qualifying only holders of university degrees to contest elections to parliament and provincial assemblies.
While that requirement was scrapped by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution passed by the present parliament and several lawmakers lost their seats for contesting the last elections in 2008 with fake degrees, the Election Commission is still pursuing many to verify the genuineness of their degrees submitted in 2008 to clear them for the next elections.
Three groups contesting PUASA election
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) annual elections will be held on Thursday (tomorrow).
Besides traditional pro-administration and anti-administration rivals – Teachers Front and Academic Alliance - a three-member new panel 'Faculty Strengthening Forum' is also taking part in the ASA elections.
Academic Alliance: The anti-administration panel has fielded Library Science Department's Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood for president slot and Law College's Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar for secretary office. Zoology Department's Dr Asmatullah and IER's Abdul Majid Khan Rana are contesting for vice-presidents science and arts.
Zoology Department's Dr Nadeem Sheikh and Geology Department's Muhammad Sanaullah are candidates for joint secretary and treasurer seats.
The Academic Alliance's executive members (Quaid-i-Azam Campus) candidates are: Dr Bilal Masud (CHEP), Shabbir Ahmad Khan (Political Science), Dr Ziauddin (Geology), Farooq Umair Niazi (Law College), Dr Zaid Mahmood (Chemistry) and Dr Zulfiqar Ahmad (Hailey College). The two candidates for executive members seats (Allama Iqbal Campus) are: Abida Latif (pharmacy) and Marghoob Hussain Tahir (Urdu).
The Academic Alliance has presented its manifesto explaining that it will ensure teachers' respect and serve teachers without any discrimination.
Teachers' Front: The pro-administration panel has pitched incumbent acting president Dr Ahsan Sharif (Chemistry) for the ASA president slot. Dr Fahim Aftab and Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry (IER) are candidates for vice-presidents of science and arts seats.
PUASA outgoing secretary Javed Sami (Space Science Department), who is Resident Officer-I and Syndicate member, has again been fielded for the secretary slot.
Farhan Ahmad Chaudhry (PUCIT) and Dr Hafiz Moqeet Javed Bhatti are contesting for joint secretary and treasurer seats, respectively.
The Teachers Front's candidates for executive members (Quaid-i-Azam campus) are: Dr Syeda Nayab Batool Rizvi (Chemistry), Amna Omar Cheema (English), Sonia Omer (Social Work), Abdul Jabbar Khan (Hailey College), Mudassar Azam (Chemical Engineering) and Dr Muhammad Aamir Hashmi (IER). The two candidates for executive members seats (Allama Iqbal Campus) are: Sardar Asghar Iqbal (Kashmiriat) and Maliha Azmi Agha (art and design).
The Teachers Front, which had whitewashed Academic Group in 2012, has brought out a 12-page Faculty News, a PUASA House journal, explaining its achievements made during its tenure.
Faculty Strengthening Forum: The forum vows to make the ASA an effective body that contributes to the governance of the university by promoting academic integrity and excellence with respect to all matters that concern education, learning and research.
The FSF, led by Institute of Communication Studies Dr Bushra H Hamid (candidate for ASA president seat) says she will make the ASA an effective body with a participant culture through which the academic staff may express its opinions and wishes to the vice-chancellor and the administration.
Dr Hamid says the forum will protect and promote faculty interests.
Political Science Department's Rana Eijaz Ahmad is Forum's candidate for ASA secretary, while ICS' Savera Shami is vying for joint secretary seat.PUASA Election Commissioner Prof Dr Liaquat Ali said the elections would be held at the Institute of Education and Research on Thursday (tomorrow) from 8.30am to 4.30pm. He said the PUASA had 770 registered voters, however, some 100 faculty members were on study leave.
Syndicate meeting: The Punjab University's first Syndicate meeting after amendments to the Punjab universities' acts has reportedly been scheduled for March 2 (Saturday).
The PU administration is supposed to provide the meeting agenda to Syndicate members at least four days before the meeting, however it had not been issued until Tuesday.
Punjab University controller of examinations and Hailey College of Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, also a Syndicate member, confirmed he had not received the meeting agenda until Tuesday evening.
It may be mentioned the Syndicate meeting has earlier been postponed twice. Dawn