Karachi: The allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the government-run universities of Karachi have created unrest in students, teachers and parents, but the authorities concerned have so far adopted a wait and see approach instead of taking firm action against corrupt elements.
Teachers and management of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) have been trading serious allegations through a media war but the government and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have turned the blind eye towards this mess. Such a scenario could also be seen in the Karachi University (KU) though its temp is comparatively low. However, the matters in the KU are too complicated due to involvement of vested interests in key affairs. The complaints of mismanagement, nepotism, political interference and corruption there need to be resolved. The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) is relatively in better position due to assertive management, but still the issue of lack of proper faculty and some other matters also haunt this varsity.
The government-run universities provide cost-effective education to students belonging to the poor and low income families and in Karachi they are playing a vital role despite all complaints and shortcomings. However, the authorities should seriously look in to their administration, financial and transparency problems so as to further increase their performance and effectiveness for the overall betterment of education sector of Karachi.