By Mohammad Saleem
FAISALABAD: UAF The University of Agriculture Faisalabad administration`s failure to have a regular controller of examination for the last more than four years is creating problems for students.
The students -BSc to PhD have neither been getting their medals for distinguished positions nor have they received degrees.
Section 18 of the UAF Act 1973 reads: `The Controller of Examinations shall be a wholetime officer of the University and shall be appointed by the Syndicate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by it. He shall be respon-sible for all matters connected with the conduct of examinations and perform such other duties as may be prescribed.
The university administration has been running the office by giving acting charge to various people. The seat fell vacant after the death of Prof Zafar Iqbal who was the regular controller of examinations.
The affairs of controller office are being handled by giving additional charge to academics not qualified to perform the examination duties.
After Prof IqbaPs death, Prof Allah Bakhsh was appointed acting controller and then Prof Tanveer Malik performed the same duties. At present, Shafgat Rana is holding the additional charge of the office. Basically, he is a deputy registrar establishment having no bacl
There were 1,243 students in 2009, 1,322 in 2010, 1,554 in 2011 and 1,822 in 2012. Similarly, 801 students -113 of MPhil and 13 of MS session 2009, 172 of MPhil and 44 of MS (2010), 192 of MPhil and 20 of MS (2011), 227 of MPhil and 20 of MS (2012) have yet to get degrees.
As many as 4,468 graduates -852 of session 2009, 1,079 of 2010, 1,272 of 2011 and 1,265 of 2012 -have not been issued degrees. Around 283 students of PhD -82 students of session 2009, 70 of 2010, 67 of 2011 and 64 of 2012 have yet to obtaintheir degrees.
Sources said scores of students had clinched distinguished positions and gold, silver and bronze medals were announced for them but the university failed to crown those of the sessions 2009 to 2012.
A senior academic told Dawn that it`s a matter of concern that the administration had been organising fairs and exhibitions costing millions of rupees but the all-important event of convocation was organised after two and-a-half years.
He said now the university had woken up because of pressure from different quarters and was organising its 20th convocation at D Ground on Saturday (today). Governor Mohammad Sarwar is scheduled to award degrees to students.
The teacher urged the governor to take notice of the issues plaguing the university.A student of MSc biochemistry commented: `Students have to face consequences of administrative ills of the varsity. There is no accountability of officials who have not been issuing degrees to the students for long, he deplored.
The last convocation was held in September 2011 in which students of 2007 and 2008 sessions were given medals and degrees.
A handout issued by the varsity read: `It is happening first time in the university history that 12,000 graduates are being awarded degrees and medals in one go.
UAF spokesman Dr Jalal Arif believed appointment of a controller of examination was a nonissue because during the last five years not a single unpleasant incident took place. He said the present VC had organised four convocations.