KU Chancellor appointed Muhammad Ajmal Khan as Vice Chancellor

Karachi:January 01: The Sindh Governor and Karachi University (KU) Chancellor appointed Professor Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan as Vice Chancellor of the university for a period of four years in January 2017.

However, the varsity saw a massive financial crisis and administrative mismanagement as well as concerns about students and teachers’ potential involvement in terrorism

Law-enforcement agencies conducted raids on campus and took away two teachers allegedly involved in terrorism activities. Aside from that, some of the non teaching staff and students belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement- London were also arrested. However, they were all released after interrogation.

In November, a Baloch student was also picked up from campus. His whereabouts remain unknown.

Mismanagement was also rife at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology in 2017. In the past year, three VCs have been changed at the varsity while a plagiarism case against former Acting VC Sulaiman D Muhammad also made the headlines last year.

Good news came out of NED University as it became the top ranked engineering university in Sindh after the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings, which assess universities based on academic and employer reputations, faculty students ratio, citation per faculty, international faculty and international students ratio, were announced in October.

In December, Governor Mohammad Zubair laid the foundation stone of the Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s (SMIU) new campus in Education City, Malir. The provincial government also allotted 10 acres to the varsity for establishing a campus in Hawke’s Bay area.

A few new universities were also announced last year. On September 26, the governor announced that the federal government would establish a university in Hyderabad while a medical college would be built at the University of Karachi. In October, CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah awarded university status for Government College Hyderabad.The news.