HYDERABAD:The 42nd meeting of the Academic Council of the University of Sindh Jamshoro was held under the chair the Vice-Chancellor Professor (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro in the Senate Hall of the VC Secretariat that recommended various decisions including abolishment of BA, B.Sc, B.Com and M.A programs and commencement of Associate Degree (AD) as well as BS (4 years) programs in the affiliated colleges as suggested by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad.
According to SU sources, the meeting was attended by all the professors of the university and officials of affiliated colleges including the regional directors of Sindh Education Department, Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad as members of the academic council.
Addressing the meeting, SU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro asked the Regional Directors of affiliated Colleges to send the names of the professors of each discipline to the SU’s Inspector of Colleges as per their seniority so that their appointment in the Academic Council might be made on the basis of merit.
He also briefed the House on the financial affairs of the university, budget, details of fees, monthly expenses, operational expenses and other matters in depth. He also briefed the members about the Associate Degree (AD) program, its background and other issues introduced by HEC as an alternative of BA, B.Sc, B.Com and MA.
During the meeting, the Principal of Zubeda Girls College Hyderabad requested the VC to ask the professors of the university to train the college teachers and come to give academic lectures at different occasions. On this, the Vice-Chancellor agreed that the professors of the university were ready to provide training to the teachers of the colleges free of cost.
The Vice-Chancellor agreed to extend varsity’s all-out cooperation with the teachers of the affiliated colleges and give them training in order to impart quality education to the students at intermediate level. Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Syndicate Member Dr. Arfana Mallah on the occasion said that the university used to train college teachers till 2008, but later she said the process was discontinued due to unknown reasons.
She said that it should again be resumed for the betterment of students and college teachers equally. She said that professors of different departments of Sindh University were ready to extend their academic cooperation to the college teachers. Registrar Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Pro-Vice Chancellor Sindh University Thatta Campus Prof. Dr. Rafiq Ahmed Memon and others were also present on the occasion.