KARACHI - Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology (FUUAST) has published about 47 books in Urdu language for higher classes (BSc and MSc) in different scientific disciplines. Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation (BCC&T) of the Urdu University has achieved this target within a short span of four years only, while the Karachi University, in comparison, could publish seven books during the last 6 years. According to director public relations FUUAST, Zafar Mohayyudin, the publication of around 39 books has been completed while that of 8 others is in pipeline. He further said that manuscripts of 16 more books would be completed in next 6 months. The BCC&T was set up in 2005 at a cost of Rs 12 million, funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). However, the HEC had, initially, approved Rs 30.4 million for the project while the FUUAST received only Rs 12 million in this regard. The Commission had given FUUAST the task to publish 90 books in three years, which was irrational. Though, the Urdu University managed to publish several useful books for BSc and MSc classes. These books relate to different disciplines, including History of Pakistan, economics, chemistry, geography, geology, pharmacy, mathematics, biology, medicine and others, he said. Presently, there are more than 13,000 students enrolled in the university. It has also achieved other goals during recent years such as the establishment of faculty of Engineering and Pharmacy, provision of new books to its libraries, equipping laboratories with modern apparatus and introducing semester system. Besides, more than 100 PhD and MPhil students have also been enrolled at the university. FUUAST is also planning to open new campuses in across the country and abroad while has successfully set up fundamental structure such as board of studies, board of faculty, academic council, syndicate, senate, selection board and the GRMC. Conversely, the Karachi University has published only departmental journals and other material so far. According to Prof Dr Mansoor Ahmed, director BCC&T at the KU, around seven books have been published during the last year under his directorship. He claimed that KU earned nearly Rs 19 million during one year on account of publishing assignment given by different institutions or departments. It is pertinent to mention here that BCC&T of the KU was established in 1960 with the objective of publishing state-of-the-art books for the students, teachers and intellectuals.