Deans, principals strictly oppose assigning SU's affiliated colleges to GC University
An important meeting of the deans, administrative officers and principals of the affiliated colleges of Hyderabad was held under the chair of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Sindh Professor (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, wherein different issues including raising the educational standards in the affiliated colleges were discussed.
The Vice-Chancellor while giving briefing to the house said that every new university wanted to get colleges, but no university was ready to take the responsibility of the employees appointed to facilitate the colleges.
He said that initially 10 people were appointed in the examination department of the University of Sindh, but later when the number of colleges and enrollments increased, the staff was increased in examination, enrollment and other related departments as per need. "Currently, there are more than 200 employees working in these departments", he said.
He said those talking about the transfer of the colleges affiliated to the University of Sindh were not ready to transfer these 200 employees to their university adding that these employees had been providing services for the affiliated colleges to the University of Sindh.
He said that there were168 public centre centers and educational institutions including universities in the country that received grants from Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad. "Due to non-receipt of this grant, salaries and pensions have not been paid even till August 3", he said. The Vice-Chancellor said that after the inspection of 15 colleges of Hyderabad division, permission had been granted to start the BS program in some subjects. "Now if teachers continue to be transferred from these colleges and posted elsewhere, then these programs may be disrupted", he said.
He said that the teachers should be posted on a permanent basis in colleges running BS programmes adding that a total of 80,000 students were enrolled in the colleges affiliated to the University of Sindh, out of which 30,000 children were studying in the colleges of Hyderabad only.
He said that if the colleges of Hyderabad were given to any other university, then what will be left with the University of Sindh? In this regard, he said that there was a need to consider at the government level.
Dr. Kalhoro further said that the university that wanted to get the colleges of Hyderabad will have to receive 109 employees also working for these colleges in Sindh University. He said that the World Bank gave about Rs. 70 billion to the HEC Islamabad and asked that the degrees of BA, BSc, MA, MSc and MPhil should be abolished and replaced by AD, B.S and MS.
He said that currently there were 1900 pensioners of SU, out of which 400 were above grade 20, consequently, Rs. 4.5 billion were spent annually for salaries and pensions. He said that the merit fee in the University of Sindh was only Rs. 35,000 per annum in the highly advanced disciplines, which became Rs. 3,000 per month.
"A good school in Hyderabad has a monthly fee of Rs 15-20 thousand", the Vice Chancellor said. He said that Karachi University did not have a single hostel, however, Sindh University had 2,000 female students and 3,000 male students living in hostels while 2 new hostels were under construction.
He said that if hostel facilities were not available to these 2000 female students, they would definitely have been deprived of higher education. He said that a total of 48,000 students were engaged in education and research in the University of Sindh and its campuses, including MPhil, PhD and evening programs.
Dr. Kalhoro said that due to the increase in salaries and pensions, the financial burden upon the university had increased to Rs 600 million annually. However, the provincial government had only increased the grant by only Rs 200 million.
In the meeting, the principals of different colleges of Hyderabad, Yaqoob Chandio, Prof. Altaf Memon, Haq Nawaz Abbasi, Prof. Saeeda Parveen, Syed Sohail A. Tahiri and others expressed their confidence in the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor and said that neither the GC University Hyderabad had permanent faculty members, infrastructure, nor academic disciplines to grant affiliation to the colleges.
They said that the University of Sindh was the oldest university of the country, which will not be allowed to be pushed towards financial crisis by assigning its colleges to newly established Government College University. On the occasion, Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Professor Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Professor Dr. Khalil ur Rehman Khoumbati, Dean Faculty of Education Professor Dr. Abdul Sattar Almani, Dean Faculty of Pharmacy Professor Dr. Khalida Faryal Almani, Dean Faculty of Islamic Culture Hafiz. Munir Ahmed Khan, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto, Controller of Annual Examinations Prof. Dr. Sirajul Haque Kandharo, Controller of Semester Examinations Muhammad Mashooque Siddiqui, Additional Registrar Abdul Majeed Panhwar, Deputy Registrar (General) Nadeem Butt and others demanded the provincial government of not assigning SU's colleges to any other university, because they said these colleges were the only source of income for the oldest higher educational institution of the country.
They said such move will yield gerrymandering results financially for Sindh University and academically for the students as there was no any academic atmosphere and Faculties at the Government College University Hyderabad.