Karachi (PPI) - In future Karachi University will totally rely on in order to avert interruption in academic and research activities due to the frequent and prolonged electricity load sheeding by Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Ikhlaq Ahmed said this while talking to PPI here on Saturday. We have power generation project worth Rs180-200million approved by the Higher Education Commission, under which stand-by generators would be installed at all the departments to prevent the study loss of students due to load shedding, he said. The power generation project was proposed several years back, keeping in view the poor performance of KESC, as the office work, studies and research facilities at Karachi University were badly affected due to load shedding, he said. The university faced serious power crisis problems, as on some days no electricity provided throughout the day to the varsity, he said. We have classes from 9:00am.m in morning to 10:00p.m. in evening, and without electricity it is impossible for us to hold the classes, he added. He said that 60% of Karachi University had got the facility of standby generators, as our laboratories couldn't work without uninterrupted supply of electricity. We are gradually introducing this facility to whole varisty, he added. All the newly constructed departments including Food Science and Technology, Promotics, Dr Feroz Ahmed Institute of Mass Communication, H.E.J departments and other sections have the facility of standby generators, he said. He added that we have ensured that all newly constructed departments must have this facility. Prof Ahmed said that funding is a major problem for the university to run standby generators on diesel, and that is why H.E.J department had switched its generator from diesel to gas. But it is feared that by the year 2011 the gas facility might also be exhausted, he added. Although we have got standby generators working in all big departments of the university but the studies of students are certainly affected to an extent due to the hours-long and intermittent load shedding throughout the day, he said. There is a generator in the Faculty of Arts, which provides electricity to many departments in the faculty, he said. However, there are some departments that have to suffer, as one generator can't provide electricity to the entire faculty, he admitted. He said that due to the facility of standby generators they have managed to keep equipment in science department laboratories in working condition. He added that the generators could not support the air-conditioners and we try out best that the practical work in the labs could not suffer. The university became dependant on standby generators seven to eight years back, as the performance of KESC was also in shambles in the past as well, he said. The load-shedding problem is all affecting private educational institutes. All-Private Schools Management Association Sindh President Syed Khalid Shah, when contacted, said due to the power crisis the studies of students have been badly affected, as 3 to 4 % reduction in their percentage was observed in the monthly assessment and mid-term tests during the year 2008. The performance of good students has also affected and the results of annual exams would certainly be not as good as expected, he said. He said that the buildings of big government and private schools have proper ventilation system, but those small schools set up in residential buildings require electricity for both fans and lights. He added that those schools have suffered badly throughout the last year and they fear that they would have bad results in 2009 as Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf has announced load shedding to also continue this year. He said that the big schools could afford to buy and run standby generators but the small schools set up in residential buildings and rented buildings would have to suffer badly as they had no proper ventilation and they can't afford buying generators as well. The schools with gas-run generators are also suffering due to the low pressure and load shedding of gas, he said. He added it is not possible for private schools to buy petrol an diesel. The private schools don't get grant any grant or loan from any donor agency or World Bank, he said. Shah said that the students have to face severe problems due to the shortage of drinking water and its availability at washrooms, as we can't run water-pumping motors during frequent and prolonged load shedding. The schools owners fear they would face a tough time in coming summer season, as there are no indicators that the power supply situation would improve in Karachi.