KARACHI: A meeting of senior faculty and staff members of Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) was held here on Thursday with Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, who is also Incharge Principal DCET, in the chair.
The meeting lauded the passage of a bill for university status to DCET from Sindh Assembly on 27 February 2013 and efforts made by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq and legislators of the provincial assembly in this regard.
The meeting also appreciated restless efforts taken by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh for getting university status for the DCET.
It is pertinent to mention here that it was Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh who got university status of two institutions of the city – Sindh Madressatul Islam and DCET within a period of one year. It is also interesting to note that earlier these two institutions were working under administrative control of federal education ministry, but after passage of 18th Amendment in 2011, these historic institutions came under administrative control of the Sindh government.
Later, the provincial government gave university status to Sindh Madressatul Islam on 16 February 2012 and the DCET on 27 February 27 2013.
It was demanded in the meeting that the Sindh government should allocate at least 50 acres of land for Dawood University of Engineering and Technology in the Education City because presently the DCET has two campuses in Karachi, each comprising about 4 acres of land, one is located near Mazar-e-Quaid and other is near PIA Planetarium in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The total area of these two campuses is 8 acres, while as per requirement of the Higher Education Commission, each university should have at least 10 areas of land, out of which at least 3 acres should be in the city and remaining may be in the vicinity of the city, it was told in the meeting.
Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh while addressing the meeting said that DCET could get university status within a short span of time because of the efforts of personal interest of Sindh chief minister, Sindh governor and Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq. President Asif Ali Zardari was also keenly interested in giving university status to DCET, Dr Shaikh said.
He further said that now the DCET would be second public sector engineering university of the city.
He also lauded the decision of legislators of the Sindh Assembly that the admissions in Dawood University of Engineering and Technology would be given only to the students of rural and urban areas of Sindh, while the seats will be given to the student of other provinces on reciprocal basis.
Besides, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, the meting was attended by Rashid Baig, Dean of Engineering Faculty; Abdul Waheed Bhutto, Director Services; Gul Mohammad Bhayo, Controller of Examinations; Ghulam Shabbir Bughio, Registrar, GM Nawaz, Dean Faculty of Architecture; Yasir Naeem Pasha, Director Architecture and Planning; Imadad Ali Memon, Treasurer and Shakir Hussain.