KU awards 1,866 degrees at its 26th convocation

Karachi:April 17:As many as 1866 students were awarded degrees while 238 gold medals were also given to the position holders during 26th Convocation of the University of Karachi held on Saturday at the Valika Cricket Ground of the university.

The chancellor of the university, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan was absent from yet another of the varsity's convocation and provincial education minister and KU Pro-Chancellor Nisar Ahmed Khuhro assumed the seat of chief guest.

During the convocation ceremony, 1810 students were present while others were awarded degrees in absentia.

The KU awarded 163 degrees in BA (Honours), eight in BE, 11 in BLIS, 133 in BS, two in BPA, 27 in BS (CS), 20 in BBA (Honours), 179 in BSc (Honours), 312 MA, 42 MBA, 35 MCom, 22 MCS, five in MLIS, eight MPA, one MS and DSC each, 289 MSc, 84 Pharm-D, 16 in M.Phil, 145 in PhD while 363 degrees of evening programme were also earned by successful candidates.

A controversy surfaced when the KU registrar, Professor Dr Moazzam Ali Khan, announced that Qurat-ul-Ain, a student of the mathematic department, would get a special gold medal named after the martyrs of the Army Public School, Peshawar, as another student claimed on the occasion that she had topped in the overall exams and deserved to receive the special gold medal.

The in-charge of the Students Financial Aid Office, Professor Dr Shakeel Ahmed Khan, claimed that this gold medal was only announced at the ceremony, but was not given to any student during the convocation.

A special ceremony would be organise later to honour the position holder.

Anam Iqbal Ansari, a gold medallist of the microbiology department, opined the syllabus in her department was latest and up to dated, which helped her perform exceptionally well during interviews to get a job.

“While we were studying at the department, majority of students believed that it was quite hard to collect latest updates and information and keep them in mind. But, during interviews, we all realised that we were well prepared and ready to enter the market comfortably.”

The student said she was currently part of academic research writing for foreign firm and willing to seek a career in a teaching profession in future. “Although, I am interested in teaching at the Campus, but the problem is that varsity does not offer teaching jobs to master’s degree holders, they want applicants who have at least done their MPhill.”

She mentioned that around 80 candidates were enrolled at the beginning of the course, but about 65 students completed their studies and most of the female students who did not completed their studies left the department after getting married.

Muhammad Usman Razzak, a computer science graduate, said that he was doing a job before starting his final year studies.

“My teachers helped me a lot and without their support I would not be able to do a job and continue my studies simultaneously.” Being a software engineer, he believed that jobs were available in the market and local and international companies were willing to pick fresh graduates from public sectors as well as private sectors universities.

Syed Faizan Ali, another graduate from the Umair Bacha Information Technology, said that he was a part of US-based software house established in Karachi.

“I am also enrolled in MS programme at the Hamdard University and completed first semester. At the UBIT, KU, I am teaching MIS course, besides working at a software house.”

However, a majority of recipients of degrees seemed not to have applied for jobs yet and many were appeared in interviews and now waiting for responses and offers.

Speaking on the occasion, the provincial education minister said the KU was not only recognised nationally for its high level of academics, but it was recognised globally as well.

“I was also a student of the KU and what I have achieved today is just because of this university. KU is a magnificent success story since last 65 years.”

He advised that students should utilise their academic credentials while serving the nation with the best of their abilities.

The education minister claimed that the Sindh government was spending handsome amount in the education sector and it will continue its economic support to the KU and other institutions in future as well.

Khuhro believed that the graduating students would be the leaders of tomorrow and they would have a great responsibility on their shoulders to work for the prosperity and uplift of their nation in their fields.

The senior minister announced issuing issue one-month additional salary among employees of grade BPS-1 to 16 (non-teaching staff).

He urged the KU alumni to come forward and provide financial aid to the varsity.

The Sindh cabinet had been interfering in autonomous status of the government-run universities for the last three years and so and besides making irregular appointments. It also wants to make forceful changes in the admission policies of the public sector universities, particularly the KU.

Khuhro did not miss a chance and called for reviewing admission policies.

Earlier, KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser presented the annual report of the varsity and said the Karachi University was one of the most prestigious centres of learning of higher education in Pakistan.

“The KU is a model educational institution for all the academic and educational institutions of the country which is globally recognised due to its highly efficient faculty and research output. Over 35,000 students are enrolled in the varsity that includes many foreign students as well.

“The KU faculty is composed of highly qualified and distinguished scholars who are recognised globally. At least 486 research papers of the KU faculty members have been published in the Impact Factor Journals of the world till date,” he mentioned.

“In recent past, record selection boards have been held and 116 faculty members are recruited in 27 selection boards held since last three years.

Despite facing serious financial crisis, KU is on its path of progress and achieving new heights of high quality academic and academic growth.”

The vice chancellor added that during 2015, 204 PhD and 69 MPhil degrees were awarded to the meritorious students.

As many as 1124 students are enrolled in PhD programme while 1951 students are enrolled in M.Phil programme at the moment.

The KU has awarded 3,837 PhD degrees from 1958 to 2015 in the faculties of social sciences, science, Islamic studies, law, pharmacy, medicine, management and administrative sciences, he added.

“The KU has signed MoUs with various national and foreign universities in collaboration in the field of research and academics.”The news.