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Dawood College Karachi students worried about future
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:37:38 PM »
Dawood College Karachi students worried about future

Karachi: The Supreme Court's decision to declare November 3, 2007 emergency as unconstitutional, has endangered the future of more than 500 engineers who have recently passed out from Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, as the decision has deferred the degree awarding status of the institution.

The students are worried about their future and waiting for the approval of an ordinance from the parliament as the administrative control of the college has been vested in the Senate, while the Syndicate and Academic Council of the College are responsible for the governance of the college, well-placed source in the college said on Friday.

On the other hand, the authorities concerned are not interested in paying any heed to the issue, whereas the current administration of the college is declined to comment on it. It is pertinent to mention here that the college has been awarded a degree awarding status by the government with effect from 31-10-2007 through an Ordinance Number LXIII of 2007 promulgated by the former President of Pakistan General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. The ordinance, giving degree awarding status to Dawood College, had become the part of PCO. After the Supreme Court's decision, the college is no more got the degree awarding status hence BE degrees could not be issued to the students belonging to Batch No 4.

It is worth mentioning that the college offers degree programmes in the field of Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Management, Metallurgy & Materials Engineering and Architecture. The Higher Education Commission has allocated Rs197.87 million for the strengthening of academic infrastructure of the college.

The source said, "Earlier the college was affiliated with Mehran University, the affiliation had been terminated in October 2007. After the SC verdict, now Mehran University can issue degrees to the said students as per past practice. Students have contacted to the college administration to discuss the problem but the college administration is reluctant in solving the problem. The current situation has raised a question over the future of the institution." The nation