Kandahar University expansion hamstrung by lack of funds
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Plans to add new faculties to the Kandahar University, where thousands of students are enrolled from different provinces,have been hamstrung by a shortage of resources, officials.
The university has 12 faculties, including medical, engineering, agriculture, education, Sharia Law, political science, administrative management and policy, literature, journalism, economy, computer science and stomatology.
Vice Chancellor Eng. Tawab Bala Karzai said four of the faculties currently remained open during the night shift. But more of them, whichare badly needed, could not be created due to insufficient and late delivery of funds.
The existing faculties could not meet the academic requirement of around 10,000 students enrolled in the university, whose teaching hospital was faced with lack of staff, the vice-chancellor added.
Medical students would get better professional educationand patients receive satisfactory treatment if the problems were resolved, Karzai believed.
The new law related to universitieswas good for those institutions where only master’s degree-holders could teach, the official opined. But there are fewer qualified people to be hired for all faculties and subjects.
“At times we are forced to appointment lecturers based on contracts due to the large number of students. But, unfortunately, we have no budget for them,” he maintained. The university is one of five big institutions of the country.
The Kandahar University has branches in Helmand and Uruzgan provinces, where many students are pursuing higher education.Karzai said the university had 246 cadre members and 310 others attendants and contract teachers. Around 10,000 students, 11 percent of them females, are studying at the varsity.
It has a library containing 80,000 books, a laboratory, a cadre hospital, aresearch center, a meteorologydepartment, an agriculture farm, a career-counseling centre, a media wing, an information technology centre, computer and English language institute and other facilities.
He said that 35 lecturers of the university would be sent this year to India, Japan, France, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for master’s and doctorates.Sixteen teachers, who have done their master’s and doctorates abroad, had returned to Kandahar University,.
The university got first position in terms of quality among 61 universities of the country, according to Karzai, who said 833 students, including 37 females, graduated from different faculties this year.
Kandahar University launched master’scourse this year, which the VC called a big achievement.But Karzai asked government to pay greater attention to resolving its problems on a priority basis.
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