Financial solution: NED puts up 25% seats for self finance

Published: October 1, 2013
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A meagre 43 per cent of over 8,200 applicants, who were vying for admission at NED University, managed to clear the entrance test.

A meagre 43 per cent of over 8,200 applicants, who were vying for admission at NED University, managed to clear the entrance test.

KARACHI: 

As many as 25 per cent of the 2,209 admission seats at NED University of Engineering and Technology were up for sale during the induction process for the upcoming academic year, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The university officials, insisted, this is their “strategy to come out of the financial crisis”. Apart from the usual 336 seats under the self-finance scheme, the university had for the first time introduced 200 more seats – 50 each in major engineering disciplines of civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical – under the sponsorship scheme. This increase in the number of seats led to an unprecedented total of 536 opportunities for self-financing students.

The students vying for the self-finance seats will pay Rs600,000 – a fee that has seen a nearly 140 per cent rise as it used to be Rs250,000 in 2007. Now the contenders for the sponsor seats will have to pay Rs800,000.

This increase was, however, made necessary due to the financial crunch that the university faces. It faces a net shortfall of around Rs1.4 billion to date in which around Rs665 million were bank loans against investments. It expects to earn revenue worth Rs361.6 million by putting these seats up for sale.

A five-year finance report on NED University that was presented before Sindh governor’s adviser on higher education, maintained that apart from government-announced increase in salaries of public servants, the inordinate number of teaching and non-teaching staff hired by the university during last five years lead to a crisis-like situation.

The decision was taken keeping in view the imminent financial burden on the university in the absence of sufficient grants from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), said the university’s registrar, Engineer Javed Aziz Khan, while talking to The Express Tribune. “Besides, public-sector universities have been facing this constant pressure from the HEC to generate at least 50 per cent of the finances on their own.”

Entrance test

A meagre 43 per cent of over 8,200 applicants, who were vying for a total of 2,209 admission seats in 22 different disciplines at NED University, managed to clear the entrance test that was held on September 28.

Applicants had to meet the entrance test benchmark of 50 numbers out of 100 to be declared eligible for admissions, based on their results in the Intermediate exams. A majority of them could not, however, get through. When it comes to admissions to NED University, most students, ironically, consider the entrance test as a mere formality.

While around 88 per cent of the A’ level graduates managed to clear the entrance test, the performance of Board of Intermediate Education Karachi graduates was below par, said the university’s admissions director, Dr Muhammad Tufail while talking to The Express Tribune.

Only 52 per cent of the latter, a majority of whose had scored ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ grades in the Intermediate managed to score 50 marks in the test.

The performance of other provincial boards of intermediate education was even worse as around 17 per cent of the Hyderabad board, 20 per cent of the Sukkar board, 15 per cent of the Mirpur Khas board and eight per cent of the Larkana board managed to pass the test.

The performance by students from Federal Board of Inter-mediate and Secondary Education graduates was much better as compared to their counterparts at the provincial boards of education. Around 72 per cent of the federal board students passed the test.

The university’s admissions director said that the final merit list is expected to be displayed on October 18, following which the university will conduct interviews of the successful candidates on October 20 for their final placement. The classes for the new academic batch will begin from October 31, followed by the orientation day, which is to be held a day earlier.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Oct 1, 2013 - 2:48AM

    I am sad to learn that NED has financial trouble. My father and fathe-in-law were 1932 graduates of Civil Engineering from NED, at the time part of Bombay University. At that time only Karachi and Poona had Engineering Degree courses in old Bombay State. If you can’t get admission in engineering, you had to go to VJTI in Bombay to get a diploma, not a degree. We were raised to be respectful of people of Pakistan. After having worked with so many Pakistani engineers over so many years we always respected each other. Whenever I worked with NED engineers, I felt proud. Hope this great university gets over with financial issues, and get back to glory as I had always known.

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  • Sabih Shad
    Oct 1, 2013 - 9:24AM

    Maybe the alumni can donate to an endowment fund to finance scholarships?

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  • SUH
    Oct 1, 2013 - 9:41AM

    I personally was educated among many of the Self Financers in the Electronics batch, and most of them I know have landed with excellent jobs both in Khi as well as abroad while some have pursued Masters qualification. At our time, 5 years ago, there was hardly 15-20 % seats on self finance so its a pity NED had to enduce extra Self financers just to meet its expenses. Its high time university should manage a pool of Alumni who are in senior corporate positions for donations as well as foreign aid

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  • SUH
    Oct 1, 2013 - 9:43AM

    I personally was educated among many of the Self Financers in the Electronics batch, and most of them I know have landed with excellent jobs both in Khi as well as abroad while some have pursued Masters qualification. At our time, 5 years ago, there was hardly 15-20 % seats on self finance so its a pity NED had to enduce extra Self financers just to meet its expenses. Its high time university should manage a pool of Alumni who are in senior corporate positions for donations as well as foreign aid in Saudi, ME lot etc

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  • ABCD
    Oct 1, 2013 - 1:45PM

    …give merit its true place…and you will see the world will come to help you!!

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  • Ammar
    Oct 1, 2013 - 2:00PM

    its a pity that despite one of the oldest institutions in Pakistan it does not even fall anywhere in top slots…Thanks to Karachi Mafia once again…

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  • Gemini
    Oct 1, 2013 - 2:07PM

    This happens when party quotas are given instead of merit.

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  • Oct 1, 2013 - 5:39PM

    @Ammar:
    what does karachi mafia has to do anything with it? the increase in number of self finance seats is a decision taken solely by university administration and they should be blamed for putting merit aside to cater financial issues..

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  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Oct 1, 2013 - 8:51PM

    @Ammar:
    What do you mean by Karachi Mafia?

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  • Sadeem Munawar
    Oct 1, 2013 - 11:25PM

    The correct name of NED University is “NED University of Engineering and Technology” NOT “Science and Technology”. In the top you wrote the wrong name in bold…..Know what you write!

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  • Oct 2, 2013 - 12:45AM

    Really sad to know that education is the least important priority for us, specially the Higher Education which plays active role in upgrading nation’s economy! But I am glad that NED is trying its level best to cope with its financial problem and providing opportunities to as many as 75% students at the same time maintaining its high standard !

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  • Ali
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:05PM

    I am deeply saddened by the troubles of NED..its so so disappointing for an NEDian..I love my university

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  • Abdulahad
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:53PM

    @Dipak:
    Now u ‘re lives inn india or in pakistan???

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  • Oct 4, 2013 - 8:45AM

    Dipak@Abdulahad:
    I am an Indian who was borne and raised in Gujarat, near the home town of Mr. Jinnah as well as great Pakistani Cricketer Hanifbhai. I am an Engineer by profession living in USA for last 50 years.
    My father and father-in-law graduated from NED in Karachi in 1932. I had heard the glory of NED for a long long time. In my early college year I was taught by a very famous professor who had taught my father in NED where he was the Principal of NED before partition. I have worked with many many Pakistani engineers in USA in large engineering and construction company.

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