KARACHI: Negligent behaviour, reluctance and alleged corruption of college administration has ruined the academic year of over six dozen students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) programme at Government Islamia Arts & Commerce College.
The annual examination for B.Com commenced last Monday at the University of Karachi (KU), in which several students are appearing. However, about eighty students from the Islamia College have not yet received their admit cards.
Daily Times has learnt that examination forms haven’t yet been dispatched to the Examination Department of KU for registration and allotment of roll number, whereas the fee collected from students has been “gobbled” by the officials. The source said that the 80 students paid their fee late, as well as were charged with extra amounts by the college officials. “The amount was demanded by account officials,” he said.
All students in the college are bound to pay the fee in college and not in the bank, added the source.
It is worth mentioning that most of the government colleges collect fee from students through bank vouchers in the name of college and not otherwise.
“I submitted the respective form a couple of months ago with Rs 4,200, along with an “extra fee” of Rs 1,800 demanded by account officials,” said Ali, a student affected by college’s negligence. “However, I haven’t received my admit card yet.”
When the examination schedule was unveiled, said the student, he approached his college but the officials always had lame excuses, rather than informing him that his form was not submitted to the Examination Department.
The student added that he was even called in college last Sunday to collect his admit card as exams were about to begin the next day, but to no avail. “They asked me visit on Sunday, and despite looking for the card endlessly, I could not get my hands-on,” he said.
He was of the view that his teacher Younus, who is also an official at the Accounts Department, directed all students to sort out the issues with the principal at the Examination Department. “Almost thirty to thirty-five students, including me, reached the university immediately, but all efforts were unproductive for many,” he said, adding that the final nail in coffin was when Sir Younus informed the students that they had failed in receiving the admit cards, leaving the students in disarray and panic ? their academic year had been ruined.
The student added, “When we protested, the college administration gave us the surety that we could appear in the examinations, privately.”
Although they have been assured to appear privately, there is no guarantee that it will happen. Moreover, who is going to scrutinise the lacklustre attitude of the college administration, on the hands of whom many students have suffered?
“I am unaware about this particular issue; however, if there’s a mishap on the part of college administration, stern action would be taken,” said DG Colleges, Sindh Nasirul Ansar. “We have to determine that at whose end the fault has occurred.”
DG Colleges assured that he would contact the college principal and sort out the issue, soon.
Daily Times also tried contacting Professor Mushtaq Hussain, the Principal of Islamia College, but he did not respond despite repeated attempts.
I submitted the respective form a couple of months ago with Rs 4,200, along with an “extra fee” of Rs 1,800 demanded by account officials. However, I haven’t received my admit card yet. They asked me to visit on Sunday, and despite looking for the card endlessly, I could not get my hands-on”
Ali, student Islamia College