Research work is lacked in all universities: SMIU VCAugust 10, 2014
KARACHI: Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), has said before creation of Pakistan there was only one Public Sector University in the present day provinces of Pakistan and that was Lahore University.
Now there are 150 public sector universities in the country, but generally; the research work is lacking in these all universities. Except a few private sector universities, the rest universities are catering traditional education especially in business administration and IT, but there is no valuable research work is being carried out by faculty and students.
He said this while delivering lecture on “Higher Education in Pakistan” at a local hotel on Monday, organized by Rotary Club Karachi.
Shaikh while mentioning the problems facing specially public sector universities in the country said students politics had negatively affected academic atmosphere of public sector universities. Therefore, to counter the militant wings of political parties, another force like Rangers has been deployed in the campuses.
Shaikh further said political interference in selection of faculty is also a main reason of poor performance of public sector universities. “Now autonomous status of public sector universities have been remained no more as main officials of the universities such as vice chancellor, registrar, director finance and controller of examination are being appointed by Sindh Governor on advice of Chief Minister of Sindh,” Dr Shaikh said and added that about 34 billion rupees were being given to public sector universities annually, which was less than annual budget of foreign universities, but it was being not utilized properly.
He said six times less amount was being given to colleges in Sindh as compared to the universities and that was why the performance of colleges was also very poor. “Colleges are most ignored sector of education in our country,” he said.
Shaikh said before the partition of Indo-Pak Subcontinent, the British government of India had given autonomy to public sector universities, but later it was snatched from them by interference of politicians and bureaucracy. Now public sector universities are facing big problem of good governance and fair utilization of funds.
The vice chancellor of SMI University also talked on the history of SMIU and its present day situation.”SMI University besides opening Department of Business Administration and Computer Science, three departments of public service as the Department of Education, Environmental Sciences and Media Studies have been opened,” SMIU Vice Chancellor said and added that the private sector universities were concentrating only on two departments as Business Administration and Computer Science, as these universities mostly had been established by businessmen.
Concluding his lecture, Shaikh said the higher education in Pakistan was passing through an evolution phase; hence he was optimist that the future politicians and rulers would realize the importance of the higher education and would improve it according to the world standard. He also suggested that that modern facilities and conducive atmosphere should be provided to the students as they could get better education with peace of mind.
The president of the Rotary Club Karachi, Saifuddin Bandookwala, who also happens to be an old student of SMI, spoke on the occasion. A large number of members of the club including Sardar Yaseen Malik attended it.
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