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URDU UNIVERSITY

 

A gift of the present government

 

By AMANULLAH BASHAR
Sep 30 - Oct 06, 2002

 

The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology, approved by the present government, definitely a precious gift offered by the present regime for promotion of science and technology in the national language.

Currently, the total strength of University is estimated at 13,500 students, which is sure to take a quantum jump in the days to come.

The federal cabinet approved the charter for setting up of the Urdu University with its main campus housed in the Urdu Science College located at Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The Headquarter of the University will however be in Islamabad. It may be recalled that Baba-i-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq established Urdu Arts College in 1949 with an objective to elevate its status to the level of the first University of the National Language. This college which is being upgraded to the level of University is spread over 27 acres of land on the main university road in Karachi. Currently, Urdu Science College has two well-equipped labs for science students, which were set up with the assistance of China.

Credit however goes to Dr. Atta- ur- Rehman, federal minister for science and technology who has initiated the real efforts to bring the idea of Urdu University into a ground reality. People in the education circles feel that since Urdu is the real medium of communication in Pakistan, this forthcoming university would serve the educational needs of the people from all over the country. This university they observed should go a long way to bring in the higher education.

Before going into formal academic sessions, the government would move to constitute senate and syndicate of the university already indicated under the approved charter. The information technology, which has become a focal point of the education sector these days, is likely to be the main feature of this university.

Since Urdu Science College comes under the domain of the federal government, unlike other universities in Sindh where the chancellor of the university has to be the governor of the province, President of Pakistan will be the Chancellor of Urdu Science University.

Currently, variation of the education system in our country is one of the major class discrimination in our society. The variation of education system creates different types of complexes in our children causing a sense of deprivation at large. Dr. Atta has however taken yet another initiative to do away with the double education system at least at the federal level. He has directed the ministry of education to chalk out a plan to introduce a uniform system of education for all the schools and colleges under the control of the federal government.

Expressing his dissatisfaction of what he called disparity in terms of qualification of teachers, salary structures and other facilities provided to teachers and students in model schools and colleges, the minister of education has issued directives that all education institutions run by the federal government should be brought at par with Islamabad model schools and colleges. Consequently, the new directives would help up gradating of minimum required qualification of teachers, salary structure and other facilities on the pattern of the model schools and colleges.

At present, in the model schools, senior level starts from class V and minimum qualification of teacher is a Master's degree. For junior schools, no teacher below the qualification B. Ed is employed.

The directives issued by the federal education minister have set an example for the provincial governments and hopefully they would follow suit in the best interest of the people as well as the country.

Literacy rate in Pakistan has increased by 15 per cent during the last decade from 34.9 per cent to the current level of 50.5 per cent. This indicates that even today half of the population of this country is still illiterate. The pattern of literacy rate during the last 10 years shows that normally the annual growth in literacy rate oscillate between 1.2 per cent to 1.5 per cent. This is certainly a hopeless situation especially when we have to catch up the pace with the rest of the world. It is beyond from any doubt that the only source for economic prosperity, social and political stability springs out of education, yet a very little has been done towards human resource development in Pakistan. It is a matter of satisfaction that the present government through professional management of resources, effective checks on the rampant corruption especially among the ranks of top brass has been able to provide a breathing space to the economy. It is expected that the government would enhance its budgetary allocations to subsidize the cost of education that soaring so high that it is getting out of reach not only of the poor but even of the middle class if there is any in this country. The suggestion for subsidized education carries the idea that the ultimate benefit of the literate society goes to the society in all respects. Rapid growth of education has been diagnosed as the cure of the fatal ills like sectarianism, provincialism, ethnicity, poverty and disease.