I am in a state of shock!

May 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm 16 comments

Yesterday I met a young man who has just graduated from one of the local universities. I told him I had been to his alma mater, that I was very impressed with the interest that one of the faculty members took in the final year projects – how he helped the kids come up with really creative hardware/software ideas and guided them through the process of developing solutions.

I know this young man well so i wasn’t surprised that he felt confident enough to look straight at me and tell me that the lecturer I was talking about was certainly very helpful – but the help and guidance came at a price. Naturally I was confused. That is when he told me that the lecturer actually charged the students for the “help” that he extended.

He said that it was commonly known through the university that his rate was in the region of Rs. 150,000 per project. The kids that enroll at this university are from middle class families but it wasn’t the amount that he charged that shocked me; it was the fact that he charged at all. Isn’t it his job to guide and counsel the kids? Isn’t that why he is there in the first place? So why this extra money on the side? How can he even ask kids who are in his care for money? Doesn’t he realize what the stature of a teacher/lecturer/professor is.

This discovery has left me feeling quite sad. I had such great respect for what I thought this man was doing for his students. Now I will never be able to look him in the face. And you know what is even sadder? When I said to my student informant that I would go to the university management and lodge a complaint, he begged me not to. He said that at least there was some guidance even if it was at a cost. 😦

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  • 1. calyps  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Tell me the name of University please!

  • 2. shobz  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:17 am

    This is truly shocking. I can’t believe this actually happens at universities. I would report this to the management but I am afraid they would want to sweep this under the rug to avoid a scandal. This is not the sort of people we should have imparting wisdom to the youth.I am sickened by this behavior. People want to make money but there are honest ways of doing that as well.

  • 3. Raheel Lakhani  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Bloody morons who destroy the reputation of the profession.

  • 4. laeeqrind  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:41 am

    This kind of situation are really rampant and Govt Universities which are considered very reputable abroad, are on the lead.
    Students who start with new spirit and enthusiam are made to follow commands, rot learn and photo paste what teachers/ lecturers are telling them.
    These teachers instead of making learning process a fun task make it a pain in rear. And best part is those who work hard and try to standout are labelled “Distractor”.
    Iam one such student who see same event days after days.

  • 5. Siliconstani  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:43 am

    That’s the hard reality of the world. There are very few people who would go out of there way to help others selflessly. The vast majority is in it for themselves. They don’t realize that helping others is in fact helping themselves. It’s a disease that’s paramount through the world, however sadly I find this deeply rooted amongst Pakistanis. Why is it this way?

  • 6. Mustafa Qasim  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Sorry to say but that’s among the prominent features of us. I have personally suffered from such business deals of so called Professionals and believe me it is really the part of our nature (maybe ppl of sub-continent) and I’ve experienced it in professionals ranging from average pro to upwards!

  • 7. collegeguy2k  |  May 14, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Thats nothing new and this is happening all over, I remember back in 2003 some guys hacked into hamdard university website and posted their message about the same behaviour of their administrator i.e he was charging them money just to teach them some knowledge have a look:


    May be that was their way of asking the management to do something about but alas nothing happened.

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  • 9. Fatima Y  |  May 14, 2010 at 6:36 am

    oh ahem….hota hai….

  • 10. Abshar Rashid  |  May 14, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Nice Article.

    But as is said, there is no free lunch: I’d like to admit that there was severe dearth of such guidance when I was back then at my University. Serious students would be more than willing to pay if such guidance be offered, even against a fee.

    Nevertheless, the fee you mentioned is fairly out of bounds. Anything around 10-15K would’ve been more than enough: not to mention, that the mentor also achieves/learns a lot professionally when he supervises such projects.

  • 11. Mohammad Nawaz  |  May 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    This is indeed appalling, and how people who are in a position to bestow and bring along some good take the route of those that are hated most. Being an opportunist is always good, but then there are limits, it shouldn’t be like this at all. Very disgusting as to how this so called “educator” has taken his students and the profession hostage!

  • 12. Junaid  |  May 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    That (“Charging , Bribing”) is not limited only to uni/teacher only

    there are 2 kinds of professionals. One who believe they have a duty to serve and making Salary Halal for that Duty.
    Other professional belief getting salary is totally different concept and doing work is totally AHSAAN to others n ur boss. Forget the Religious/Social/Society duty, they follow what modern era people do,

    Whether taking bribe or not, u cant get a simple approval signature from bank, school, police, govt/pvt dept, Vendors, clients, ur own company’s accountant/HR/supervisor, because that makes him believe he got so called “Power” over u and this is the modern Law “Aaj Kal sab yehi kertay hain aur naiky ka zamana nahin hai”. everyone faces such concept in his daily life.

    Where did u that concept orign from? one example is mentioned above. Following Teacher’s teaching, the student will automatically Learn taking bribe (or Not performing your duty in a manner it should) is “OK”, and will carry on these lessons/bharhams in his Professional life…. no matter which industry he joins or which post he reaches…

    thats just an example, come to think in this way, is it still shocking…??

  • 13. Khurram Siddiqi  |  May 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I see what you meant Jehan! Yeah, I’m not in shock; it’s old news but I’m just as disgusted as anyone should be. I guess we’ve lowered our standards only too willingly.

    Hope the meet up went well!

  • 14. Taha Rafiq  |  May 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Truly appalling. Thankfully we don’t have this degraded culture at our university!

  • 15. Malik Wahaj Ahmed  |  May 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Madam ! you should lodge a complaint in the university for that and i am sure being silent on such issues is not a wise decision !

  • 16. Nadia Mustafa  |  May 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I dont believe this!! Which institute was this???
    Shame on that professor !!


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