Duration of Semester
The academic session is divided into two semesters. Following the change in academic session from August- May to January- December, the first semester now commences from January with the exams in May and the second semester is observed from August- December. The duration of each semester shall be 18 weeks; out of this period sixteen weeks shall be the actual teaching time.
The session for 2-semester B.Ed./ M.Ed., B.H.P.Ed & M.H.P.Ed. programs is observed from August to June.
Duration of Bachelor (Undergraduate) Programs
The undergraduate (Bachelor) programs, i.e., B.A. (Hons.),, under the Faculties of Arts (except Art & Design, English and Sindhi) & Education, Islamic Studies are normally of three years duration. All Bachelor degree programs under the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences as well as Commerce & Business Administration are of four years (8-semeser) duration after successful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent examination, Pharm-D (Doctor of Pharmacy) and Bachelor of Law programs are of 5-yr. (10-semester) duration. The undergraduate pogram i.e BFA; English and Sindhi also offered. These programs have 4-yrs duration.
Duration of Masters (Graduate) Programs
The Graduate programs offered and listed on Page-7 & 8 include all programs where minimum pre-requisite is Bachelor Pass as well as Honours degree.
The Graduate (Master’s) program is generally of one year (two semester) duration after successful completion of the 3-yr. Honours Program. With the Bachelor (Pass) degree background the program is however, of 2 years (Four Semester) duration.
Graduates with 4- year Bachelor degree in any discipline under Natural or Social Sciences and Commerce & Business Administration may directly join the MS (= M.Phil) programs.
Course Weightage-Credit Hour
Each course carries certain credit hours assigned to it. One credit hour (C.H.) for a particular course is generally to be considered as fifty minutes (one period) of teaching per week. The number of credit hours indicates weightage of the course compared to other courses and also reflects number of hours of teaching of that course per week. Thus a course of 3 credit hours would mean a total of 3×16= 48 (credit hours assigned to the course multiplied by the number of weeks of semester) hours of actual teaching of that course in a semester. Laboratory course (Practical) upto 6 hours duration conducted once a week is assigned 1 C.H.
The credit hours are generally assigned as shown hereunder:-
English and other ‘General Requirements’ courses 2-3 C.H. each course per semester
All supporting Minor courses in Arts 3 C.H. each course per semester
All supporting Minor courses in Science Theory 2 C.H. each course per semester
Lab. (Practical) 1 C.H. each course per semester
All courses of discipline in which Majoring
For Arts/ Commerce & Business Admn/ Islamic St. 3 or 4 C.H. each course per semester
For Natural Science Theory 3/ 4 C.H. each course per semester
Lab. (Practical) 1 C.H. each course per semester
Master’s level or graduate theory courses are generally assigned 3/4 C.H weightage and laboratory (Practical) are assigned 1 C.H. or 2 C.H conducted up to 3 hour/ 6 hour duration per week respectively
Credit hour requirements for various Degree programs
- a) (i) Bachelor (Honours) degree in (a) Arts (except Art & Design, English & Sindhi) a) 96
and Islamic Studies
(ii) Bachelor degree in Arts & Design (BFA) 162 C.H.
(iii) 4-Yr. Bachelor degree in English and Sindh
(iv) 4-yr.Bachelor programs in all disciplines under Natural Science & Social Science b) 146/147 C.H
B.Com. Honours ( from 2007 onward) 136 C.H
(v) B.B.A. Honours (from 2007 onward) 147 C.H.
(vi) 5-yr. (10 Semester) Pharm- D (Doctor of Pharmacy), Program 202 C.H.
(vii) 5-yr. (10 Semester) Bachelor of Law (LL.B) program 168 C.H.
- b) (viii) Master’s degree program after Honours 32-40 H.
(other than those specified below).
- a) Master’s degree program after 2-yr. Bachelor (Pass) 66 H.
(other than those specified below)
- b) Master’s in Computer & Information Technology, (after old Hons.)
- Electronics, M.Telecom, MS (IT) and M.Sofrware Engineering 32-40 C.H.
MBA 4/6 Semester Morning/Evening 72-69 C.H.
- c) Sc. in I.T., Computer Sci., Electronics, Telecom. and Software Engg. 72 C.H.
- d) MCS in Computer Science 60 H.
- e) H.P.E./M.H.P.E; B.Ed./ M.Ed. Program 40 C.H.
- f) A. Education 80 C.H.
- c) Postgraduate (Post Bachelor) Diploma in Information Technology,
Computer Science, Electronics, Telecommunications, Software
Engineering, Archives, Community Work, Lib. and Information Science,
Local Government and Public Administration 38-40 C.H.
Numbering of Courses
The courses listed under various programs have been numbered as under. The notation prefixed with the numbers would indicate the discipline e.g., IR for International Relations:
300-309 ‘General education’/ compulsory courses offered during first & second semester.
310-319 Major discipline courses to be offered during first & second semester.
350-399 Supporting Minor courses to be offered during first & second semester.
400-409 Courses offered under ‘General education’/ compulsory during third & fourth semester.
410-419 Major discipline courses to be offered during third & fourth semester.
450-499 Supporting Minor courses to be offered during third & fourth semester.
500-599 Major discipline courses to be offered during fifth & sixth semester of B.A./B.Com./B.B.A. Hons. programs and BS Part-III courses.
500-599 Courses to be offered during first & second semester of Master’s (Pass) degree program after Bachelor Pass Degree and 1st & 2nd semester of B.Ed./ B.H.P.Ed./ P.G.Dip. programs.
600-699 Courses to be offered for 7th & 8th Semester of the 4-year Bachelor of Science program where offered and or 4th-yr of Pharm-D.
600-699 Courses to be offered for first & second semester of Masters programs after Honours degree as pre-requisite and Third & Fourth semester with Bachelor (Pass) background as well as BS Final (7 & 8th) Semester.
700-799 Courses to be offered for first & second semester (5th-yr.) of Pharm-D, also Arts & Design programs after 8-semester Bachelor degree.
800-890 Courses to be offered for MS/ M.Phil./ M.Pharm. and Ph.D. programs.
895- 899 M.Phil./ Ph.D. Thesis.
Students performance will be evaluated in terms of letter grades as described here.
Grade Achievement Remark Numerical
A Excellent for outstanding achievement 4
B Good for less than outstanding but demonstrably 3
better performance than the normal competency per credit hour
required for satisfactory progress toward graduation.
C Satisfactory for performance that demonstrates the normal competency 2
required for satisfactory progress toward graduation. per credit hour
D *Pass for performance that meets minimum course requirements 1
but is below the score/ standards required for
satisfactory progress toward graduation
F Failure for performance that does not meet minimum course 0
requirements and for which no degree credit is justified.
I Incomplete for students’ inability to complete all course requirement
for reasons beyond their control.
*In case of grading in Business Administration courses, score less than ‘C’ (60%) is failing grade.
Note: 1. Except in the case of dissertation, thesis, creative thesis, exhibition thesis, or field study, an incomplete grade not removed within one semester, unless extenuating circumstances are provided in writing to the Dean, will be recorded as “F”. The professor of the course will process a grade change form with the Controller of Examinations.
- Students may drop a course or withdraw from a course any time during the first six weeks (before Mid-term test) from their schedule, by making application to the chairperson. Students desiring to withdraw from all courses and leave the University before the commencement of classes, shall inform in writing to the chairperson of the department in which Majoring and Director Admissions. In case of admission on self finance basis, he/ she would be entitled to appropriate refund of tuition fee as per policy. Students withdrawing after the commencement of the 1st semester of the session will not be entitled to any refund.
Equivalence between letter grading and numerical grading in most disciplines (except Pharmacy & Business Administration) will be as under:-
Grade Equivalence: General
Grade Numerical Value Marks Remarks
A 4 80- 100% Excellent
B 3 60- 79% Good
C 2 50 -59% Satisfactory/ Average
D 1 40-49% Pass
F 0 Below 40% Fail
I 0 ….. Incomplete
W 0 ….. Withdrawn from course
R 0 ….. Research in Progress
Grade Equivalence for Pharmacy:
Grade Numerical Value Marks Performance
A 4 80 % Above Excellent
B 3 60 to 79 % Good
C 1 50 to 59 % Average
D 0 below 50 % Fail
Grade Equivalence for *Business Administration programs:
Grade Numerical Value Marks Performance
A 4 87% Above Excellent
B 3 72 to 86 % Good
C 2 60 to 71 % Satisfactory / Average
*F 0 below 60 % Fail
* Note: As per decision of the Academic Council, score below 60% is failing grade in case of Business Administration Programs.
- The course teacher will conduct mid-term and final semester tests. Mid term will carry 30% weightage and will be of one hour duration.
The final semester test will be of 50 marks and of 2 hours duration.
Final Semester test paper will comprise 8 questions (5 to be attempted) of 50 marks, each question carying 10 marks.
- There will be Mid-term and final Semester tests for Lab. courses. The evaluation of Lab course will also be based on performance in Lab Test and completion of Lab requirements.
iii. The marks of the mid-term tests as well as the final semester tests should be announced in the class by the respective course teachers. The results should also be put up on the department’s notice board immediately after evaluation is completed within ten days from the conduct of the tests. Copies of award lists of the mid-term tests/ final semester tests should be deposited by the concerned course teacher in the department’s office. Three copies will be sent to the Controller of Examinations countersigned by the concerned Director/ Chairperson.
- The students will use their roll/ seat numbers on their test scripts/ answer books. The award lists to be prepared by the teachers should also bear names of the students and their father.
- The cumulative results of both the semesters of the academic session as well as final result of the program will be announced by the Controller of Examinations. The final Transcripts and marks sheets/ Transcript will also be issued on payment by the Controller of Examinations office.
- The course teacher will return the scripts of mid-term and final semester tests to departments office after evaluation. The course teacher will initial and/ or cross out unutilised space/ gap on page(s) of the scripts/ answer books at the end of paper.
If any student is not satisfied with the evaluation of his/ her grade, he/ she may convey this in writing to the course teacher with a copy to the director / chairperson of the concerned institute/ department within 10 days of the result thus posted/ announced by the course teacher.
If the course teacher is not able to resolve the issue then the student concerned will prefer an appeal to the Departmental Committee through the Director/ Chairperson of the Institute/ Department. The Committee shall hold a hearing within seven (7) days following the student’s appeal. The Committee may invite the course teacher and the student concerned to hear the grievance and give its decision accordingly.
The student if not satisfied, may however, make review petition to the Dean of the concerned Faculty, who should invite comments from the concerned Director/ Chairperson of the Institute/ Department and give his/her final decision.
There shall be a Departmental Committee in every institute/ department, mainly to oversee the evaluation of tests and hear Grade appeals.
The Committee shall comprise: –
Three senior most teachers including the Director / Chairperson of the Institute/ Department/, who will also be the chairperson of the Committee. In case the appeal is being made concerned against course teacher or Chairperson himself/ herself, he/she will not be the member of the committee. In case the appeal is made against the Chairperson as course teacher then the meeting of the committee shall be presided over by the concerned Dean.
In addition to hearing appeals in connection with the Grade evaluation by course teachers, this Committee would ensure strict observance of published semester schedule, particularly with respect to tests and examinations and declaration of results.
Rules for Promotion
The promotion from the first semester to the second, or from the third to the fourth or from the fifth to the sixth semester or 7th to the 8th and 9th to 10th etc. will be automatic made as per provisions listed below
- The student must meet the minimum requirement of 75 % attendance in that semester.
- For the promotion from the second semester to the third and fourth to fifth and sixth to seventh or 8th to 9th etc. semester, a student must have (a) minimum attendance of 75 % and (b) a G.P.A. of 1.75 or above, in the preceding two semesters.
iii. If a student fails to meet attendance requirements in any semester, he is liable to loose his seat and will not be allowed to appear in that semester examination and has to seek fresh admission in the next session in the same class, as explained here under:-
a If a student fails to meet the minimum attendance requirement during 1st semester, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the 1st semester examination and will not be promoted to the second semester. He/She has to seek fresh admission in the next academic session in the same class for which he will be allowed re-admission without competing with other applicants.
- If a student reaches the second semester after completing all the requirements of minimum attendance and G.P.A but fails to meet the minimum attendance during the second semester, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the second semester examination. However, he/ she can appear as an ex-student at the immediate next session in the second semester when the examination of that semester is held.
- The same procedure will be repeated for succeeding semesters in case of shortage of attendance.
- A student who secures less than 1.75 C.G.P.A. in the preceding two semesters, (i.e. 1st and 2nd or 3rd and 4th or 5th & 6th or 7th & 8th, 9th & 10th); he/ she will not be promoted to the next semester (3rd /5th/ /7th//9th ), however, the student may reappear as an ex-student at the immediate next session in the respective semesters to improve his G.P.A when the examination of that course(s) is conducted in which he/she is failing or has scored poorly.
- For the award of degree the student must have a minimum C.G.P.A. of 2.0.
- A student failing in the 3-Yr. final Bachelor’s (Hons) examination, shall not be allowed to seek admission in Master’s (Hons) degree course.
vii. whereas a student failing in 4-yr BS Commerce & MBA (Hons.) exam shall not be allowed to seek admission in 18-month M.Com/ MBA Final Degree course. The Admission to 18 Month M.Com/MBA(Hons) Final would be considered provisional subject to pass their BBA/BS Commerce degree with minimum 45% of marks.
Cancellation of Admission
If a student fails to attend any lecture during the first four weeks of the commencement of the semester as per announced schedule, his/ her admission shall stand cancelled without any notice.
- Whenever a student fails or gets a ‘D’ grade, he/ she can reappear or improve his/ her G.P.A. at the immediate next session in the respective semester(s) when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.
- A student is allowed only one chance to improve his/ her grades in a course(s) of a previous semester. While a student who has passed and obtained the degree of B.A./ B.Sc / B.P.A. / B.B.A./ B.Com (Hons/ BS (CS) / BS.IT / Pharm.D. and B.H.P.Ed / B.Ed etc examination is not allowed to improve any course.
A student who has passed the final Degree examination (B.A./ B.Sc / B.P.A. / B.B.A./ B.Com (Hons)/ BS (CS) / BS.I.T / Pharm-D and B.H.P.Ed / B.Ed etc; and is placed in “D” grade may be allowed one more chance to improve courses of the final year (both semester) only at the immediate next session in the respective semester(s) when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.
iii. A student who has appeared at the final Master’s degree M.A./ M.Sc / M.B.A./ M.P.A / M.Com (Hons) / M.H.P.Ed examination and is placed in “D” grade may be allowed one more chance to improve his/ her G.P.A. of the final year only at the immediate next session in the respective semester when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.
- If a student absents himself/ herself in a mid-term /final semester test for any reasons, no separate test will be held for him/ her, during that semester. He/She can appear at the immediate next session in the respective semester when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.
The University conducts short-Summer semester of 6-8 weeks duration only for freshman, to provide opportunity to students who have failed or have withdraw from a course and to those who wish to improve their G.P.A to qualify for promotion to the next semester.
– If you fail in any course of the Final Semester Examination, you can with the permission of the Chairman and the Dean of the Faculty, enroll for Summer Semester as hence-forth there will No special or supplementary examination.
– If disallowed to take final Semester test in any course due to shortage of attendance, Summer Semester offers chance to students to make up the deficiency.
– If you have to improve your grades please enroll for the Summer Semester, if you will have to contact the Coordinator/faculty advisor immediately on declaration of final Semester test result, of your intention of enrolling for the Summer Semester Classes.
– Summer Courses may only be conducted when there is sufficient enrollment.
– Your may improve in two Courses only.
– Course fee may be charged as per decision of the Deans; Committee.
Please note that if you have been absent through out the Semester or your attendance is less than 50% then you will have to repeat the semester in the next session.
You will not be allowed to appear at the Exam as ex-student.