Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology
Vice Chancellor Message
Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal
Every university has a culture that develops with time as the institution ages and matures. In all diversity, however, there is one common ground, to aim for academic excellence. With this as a driving force, and with the availability of resources, any institution can achieve the goal of providing the best education, and producing the best engineers, scientists, artists, scholars and above all citizens. Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology is highly regarded for its strong academic departments, including Economics, Computer Science, Business Administration, Urdu and upcoming Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. With the rapidly transforming innovative approach to teaching, research and learning, we are slowly but surely establishing a good reputation among employers, FUUAST stands amongst the top 10 leading research universities, in selected areas. Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology has two campuses in Karachi, and one campus in Islamabad. There are more than 12,000 students in Islamabad and Karachi campuses and 450 faculty members in Islamabad and Karachi campuses.
Transition to university is an exciting step in your lives. It will be challenging to move from the system of education at your schools, to a bigger setup in terms of faculty, resources and diversity of students, as people with different cities and backgrounds come and study. Many of you will be living away from home for the first time. it is an exciting environment , but it might take some time become accustomed to. It is very important that you take the opportunity to participate fully in university activities, not only in lecture and tutorials, but also broader aspects’ of university life, as these will be most rewarding.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology and invite you to embark on a life time partnership with your university.
Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has, over the years emerged as in impressive center of highest learning with extremely learned faculty. FUUAST enjoys the unique distinction of being the first ever university in Pakistan, which ultimately aims at using Urdu as the main language of instruction and teaching. The University was established on 13th November 2002 under ordinance No CXIX2002 promulgated by the President of Pakistan, as per provision of this ordinance the university has its principal seat at Islamabad. The University started functioning in November 2002 by taking over two federal government colleges, namely Federal Urdu Science College and Federal Urdu Arts College, in Karachi, that were established in 1949 by Baba-e-Urdu Dr. Abdul Haq whose mission was only to promote Urdu as teaching and also as national language. The principal seat of the University at Islamabad commenced its teaching programs in November 2003. It is heartening to note that the FUUAST has come a long way, since its modest beginning in 2002 from a few subjects to full fledged faculties including those of Basic and Applied Sciences along with Engineering, Business Management, Economics and Humanities.
Attempts Being Made to Keep FUUAST Underdeveloped !!!
Friday, December 28,2012
ISLAMABAD – Poli tics and concentration of power at the Karachi campus of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) has marred the routine functions and delayed day-to-day affairs of the Islamabad campus. Besides, the Islamabad campus has been functioning without its own building, playground, parking and proper transportation system for the students. In-charge Islamabad Campus Prof. Dr. Zahid Saleem drew attention to important issues affecting the students in an interview with TheNation on Thursday. He maintained that despite limited resources and with a little help from the government, the university has managed to provide facilities to the students and the teaching faculty and secured sixth place in the recent ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC). ‘In 2008 when I was given the charge, 1800 students were enrolled in the university and for them there were only 30 teachers. Now the enrollment has risen to about 3800 students and the number of teaching faculty is 170. Though, there is shortage of space, yet we have established a bank, labs, daycare centre for female teachers and students, dispensary and installed an ATM machine within the campus’. The university has been offering postgraduate degree courses in Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Physics, Economics, and Urdu. About 50 percent students are local and 50 per cent come from other areas of the country except Electrical Engineering Department wherein the admissions are strictly merit based. Due to its low fee structure, the university attracts students mostly from low-income strata and those who pursue M.Phil and PhD programme mostly works in the morning. Currently, the university has been functioning in a rented building of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and is paying Rs 28 million rent to the authority from its own recourses. “Unlike other universities that have been allotted sectors for the constructions of their campuses, the Islamabad campus of Urdu University has purchased a piece of 80-canal land in Chak Shehzad near Kurri Road from its own resources and the HEC has only earmarked to allocate Rs 800 million for the construction of building,” he informed. The university started functioning in November 2002 when two federal government colleges, namely Federal Urdu Science College and Federal Urdu Arts College, in Karachi, were given the status of university through a Presidential Ordinance. And the Islamabad campus commenced its teaching programs in November 2003 and as per provision of the ordinance the university has its principal seat at Islamabad. “As it’s a federal university and the main campus is in Islamabad so all the main offices should have been established here but all the main offices including the vice chancellor, deans except Electrical Engineering, department chairmen, registrar offices are in Karachi and they hardly visit Islamabad campus. And for day-to-day affairs of students and administrative work even for the approval of electricity bill payment, the Islamabad campus has to take approval from Karachi office,” said Dr. Zahid Saleem. Things get delayed due to the long distance between the two campuses, bureaucratic delays and workload of Karachi campus. The university where the students come from middle and low income families study has not been able to attract the attention of the government and education managers. And the situation has been developed deliberately in order to keep Islamabad campus underdeveloped and all the powers remain concentrated in Karachi campus, he argued. Regarding the cases of plagiarism, absenteeism and misbehaviour by the teaching faculty, he said, “we have tried to persuade the faculty members to do their job honestly and majority of the teaching faculty, especially visiting faculty, have been following the rules and set standards and imparting education to the satisfaction of the students. But there are elements in the faculty who did not understand and their misappropriations and misbehaviour demand strict actions.” He complained that being administrator of this campus, he has written to the Karachi office many times to take action in this regard but the vice chancellor did not do anything against the faculty members involved in plagiarism and other irregularities because of, what he said, backing of unions that have strong hold in Karachi campus. He stressed that the HEC being a regulatory body should monitor plagiarism cases whether the rules formulated by it are followed or not in the universities.