ISLAMABAD, April 29: The process to affiliate public sector colleges in the federal capital with the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) faces delay and it seems the decision will not be implemented before the start of the new academic session in September.The educational institutions in the city are currently affiliated with the University of Punjab, Lahore.
Sources said the colleges could not print their prospectuses for the new admissions as the affiliation with the university had to be mentioned on them. On the other hand, the file regarding formation of the board of studies has become a ‘shuttlecock’ between the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Dawn has learnt.
Considering the problems of the students and lack of communication with the Punjab University, it was decided in March 2011 that the process to affiliate all the degree-awarding institutions under the FDE with the QAU would be completed within one year and the institutions would start their new academic sessions from September 2012 under the QAU.
But so far CADD has not completed the process due to which the managements of colleges are still waiting for printing their prospectuses. Besides, every year the inspection team of the Punjab University visited the colleges and charged Rs15,000 as an inspection fee for BA/BSC, BCom and postgraduate classes. This year, however, the college managements remain confused as which of the two universities would send their team for inspection.
A college professor told Dawn that after implementation of the 18th amendment, the federal ministry of education was dissolved and colleges in the federal capital were given under the administrative control of CADD. At the same time, with a vision to enable the educational institutions to enhance their performance certain steps were to be taken. Under one of the decisions, all the colleges directly under the federal government would be affiliated with the QAU after making necessary arrangements. The decision was taken in view of the fact that the PU already catered to miscellaneous needs of graduate and postgraduate students from a vast area of the province and was overburdened. Because of this, the students in the capital city faced a number of issues like discrepancies and delays in their results and travelling to Lahore in case of an emergency for getting a minor problem resolved.
With this in mind, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, who was then leader of the house in the Senate, sent a request to the QAU authorities and the government approved affiliation of all the federal colleges with the QAU. The QAU desired submission of cases through the FDE followed by CADD. The 155th meeting of the syndicate of QAU approved the affiliation of 20 model and 10 F.G. colleges in March 2011. A committee for affiliation of the colleges was also constituted which was headed by Rafiq Tahir, the joint education adviser CADD, and comprised five members from the QAU and four from the FDE.
The professor added: “The QAU sought CVs for appointment of the chairman of the board of studies, co-opted members, two experts and academic council from the FDE. But the file with ifs and buts is oscillating between the FDE and CADD.”
“While the closing date for refreshing the affiliation with the Punjab University is approaching, the affiliation process with the QAU lingers on. Only after one month, the colleges will prepare for starting admissions and need prospectus, updated in all respects. Besides, they have to decide about the board of studies because there subjects like Persian and Arabic which are not taught at the QAU,” said the professor.
Professor Tahir Mahmood, the secretary general of the F.G. College Teachers Association, observed: “We are surprised why the authorities concerned seem unwilling to fulfil their own words. They have chains of excuses to justify the delaying tactics. The QAU has already said it is ready for affiliation.”
He demanded that the affiliation process should be completed on time to avoid confusion and hardships for the institutions as well as the students seeking admissions.
When contacted, Rafiq Tahir, the joint education adviser CADD, said the board of studies had been completed and by May 10 its notification would be issued. “Next year’s admission will be done through the QAU; however, those students who are in the second-year degree classes will continue with the PU and after one year, we will be completely affiliated with the QAU. As far as inspection of the educational institutes is concerned, it will not be done this year,” he said.