by Waseem Diro
During the last few decades the region of Gilgit-Baltistan has witnessed developments in every sphere of life, including education. Establishment of Karakuram International University (KIU) in 2001 provided an opportunity for local people to acquire higher education at their door step.
For last nine years KIU has successfully graduated thousands of students eradicating illiteracy and illuminating the far flung areas with light of knowledge. We cannot expect KIU to yield results which are at par with experienced educational institutions, but one can expect a minimum level of standard in its normal operations. Unfortunately, it has failed to maintain it, which is obvious from its examination form for Bachelors. In this form the logo spells it “Karakurum” whereas in the main heading of same page name of university is written “Karakoram”. It shows sheer negligence or confusion of concerned authority regarding the name of university. The name of Gilgit-Baltistan has been changed by the university to “Gilgit-Balistan”.
The examination form is more a pack of blunders, than a document with clear guidance. I want to share snippets of mistakes from this form. The first line of instruction states “please read the instructions carefully on page 2. fill in the your handwritting (with blue ball point without cutting, over-writting and fluid). All relevant information, provided in this form and attach all the requird documents, incompelete form will not be entertained.” Filling the form can be done by guessing not by understanding because there is nothing to understand. Nothing comes from nothingness. It would be imprudent to expect competent graduates from examination that has nothing to offer.
Other examples are: “he/she photograph is recent” “jurisiction” for jurisdiction, “supltemenay” for supplementary, “he/she is good moral character”, “durring” for during, “The deficiency of the attendance has been conducted by the undersigned”, “he/she date of birth is”, “accorance” instead of accordance, “photograph not order by six months” rather photograph older by six months, “annuak” for annual, ‘free challan’ instead fee challan ,‘institutions” for instructions, “appeated” in place of appeared, “Ypur” for your, “poll number” as roll number, “proceeded” for prosecuted, “from till the end of the examination”, “aplied” for applied, “attaned” instead of attained, “when the time allowed has expired the answer book must be delivered to superintendent”, “Ghanchi” for district Ghanche and leaving out Hunza-Nagar from the list of districts.
A golden example of instruction provided by KIU examination form is: “No candidate without special permission of officer incharge shall leave his/her seat or the examination from till the end of examination. No candidate shall speak if it be necessary for the candidate to communicate with the superintendent, he/she shall sand up in he/she place and officer in charge will see to he/she wants.”
These are just errors that lie at the tip of ice berg under which lies mass of myriad errors, inconsistencies even in inconsistency, formatting and numbering. The prime objective of university is to generate knowledge and award degrees to students after assessing their capacities. When the “Competent” authority of university make such blunders in the very prologue of assessment, one can only guess the quality of assessment made by university.
Although, the examination form has been filled by premier educational institutions of the region, nobody highlighted shortcoming of the university. When the whole society and state is in decay it is not fair to expect an institution to function perfectly. In the case of KIU proper mechanism, procedure and efficient management is missing. Therefore, I request Higher Education Commission to establish a monitoring system that can evaluate performance and quality of the universities in different spheres. Only a vigilant society and effective monitoring can prevent us from falling into abyss of mediocrity in the highly meritocratic world.