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Medical education for Pakistani students in Cuba

Medical education: Students' protest against Cuba continues
Islamabad, Apr 02: A goodwill gesture by the Cuban government offering scholarships to around 1,000 Pakistani medical students has become a nightmare for a few.

Despite clarifications of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the fact remains there that whether Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) will accept Cuban medical degrees. Six students deported from Cuba shortly alleged that the Cuban colleges were ill-equipped and quality of education lower than Pakistan.

They said they would not be able to get past the PMDC test if and when they completed their studies and obtained degrees. They claimed that teaching hospitals were not attached with their colleges in Cuba.

These six were among the 15 students were arrested for violating laws in Cuba. They and their parents have staged a protest in front of Higher Education Commission (HEC) building in Sector H-9 in favour of their demands.

The HEC has issued a press release stating that a comprehensive certificate, addressing all issues, was signed by the Cuban deputy minister for health and endorsed by the PMDC representative, who went to Cuba for resolution of this matter.

A total of 932 Pakistani students are currently undertaking medical studies in Cuba on full scholarship. The first batch of these students has completed two years of study along with a comprehensive course in Spanish language and is ready to initiate third-year classes, while the second batch has entered second year of study.

The case for resolution of the problems faced by these Pakistani students in Cuba was taken up by the Senate Standing Committee on Health and National Assembly Standing Committees on Health and Education. Both these committees worked deliberated on the issue.

A delegation headed by Senator Nilofer Bakhtiar and including representatives of PMDC and HEC went to Cuba in February to work out a solution. They inspected classrooms, teaching facilities, laboratories and living area of students during their stay in Cuba.

Tahir Abbas Zaidi, HEC project director, said it was clarified that Pakistani students in Cuba were studying in WHO-recognised institutions and, upon successful completion of their degrees, would be recognised as doctors by Pakistan. The ELAM will issue degrees, not certificates, to these students, which were recognised by the HEC.

The PMDC had issued NoC for studying of medical education in the WHO-recognised institutions in Cuba. It was made clear to all the students that they would be required to pass a PMDC examination on return to Pakistan in order to practise medicine here. All requirements of the PMDC were met prior to selection and subsequent departure of the students for Cuba.

Zaidi said the scholarship was fully funded by the government of Cuba, which included tuition fees, books, free laundry, halal food, lodging, health insurance and other miscellaneous expenditure. The government of Pakistan has approved $100 for each student as monthly pocket money.

He said the Cuban government was committed to completely underwriting all costs for providing medical education to Pakistani students.

Your Comments
"Cuban government please gives your medical scholorship for Pakistani student because Pakistan is very poor country and so meny crassise and Pakistani student very talented so please gives your scholorship"
Name: dani
City, Country:Umerkot,Pakistan

"I had passed my FSc with 79percent. Plz tel how iget admission in mbbs on scholarship mob. ************** **************"
Name: Mudassir Ahmad
City, Country: mian channu,pakistan

"I want this scolarship. Please help me. I passed my with 78%... but i cant afford medical dues... please i desperately want this scolarship..or else my career would be ruined.."
Name: aniqa mirza
City, Country: Rawalpindi,pakistan

"how to get this scholarship."
Name: momina tasawar qureshi
City, Country: muzaffarabad

"I want this scholarship. Please help me. I passed my FSC with 80%. but i cant afford medical dues... please i desperately want this scholarship."
Name:mohammad Usman Raza
City, Country: multan Pakistan

"Sir, I got (956/1100 i.e 87%) marks in Fsc(pre-med) in 2014 and want free scholarship study in Cuba because i belong to a poor family"
Name: Hamza Nadeem
City, Country: Multan, Pakistan

"sir, i have gotten gotten 84 percent marks in my fsc exame now i want to get admission in cuba so what would be the proces"
Name: Mian burhan rashid
City, Country: Mingora, Pakistan

"Sir, I got (960/1100 i.e 87%) marks in Fsc(pre-med) in 2013 and want free scholarship study in Cuba because i belong to a poor family"
Name: Bilawal
City, Country: Hyderabad, Pakistan

"Sir in fsc my marks are 804 and i wana free scolarship bcoz i want to study in cuba. Please to give scolarships all pakistani students. "
Name: Saba
City, Country: Pakistan

"Assalam O Alikum sir i got 62.6% in hsc in Pre-Medical, and i want to admission in cuba city from scholarship! sir plz give me admission in cuba city universities. I will be very thankfull to you its a humble request! plz sir! Thank you!"
Name: ShahBux Shaikh
City, Country: Mirpurkhas, Pakistan

"I have passed fsc with 80% marks and I want to do mbbs in cuba. Please tell me about fully funded scholership in cuba."
Name: Muhammad zulqarnain
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"Sir i got 62.6% in part 2! sir i want to take admission in cuba city university! Sir plz tell me that how m i apply for this scholarship! plz sir! I will be very thank full to u!?"
Name: ShahBux Shaikh
City, Country: Mirpurkhas, Pakistan

"I want to know that how many marks in fsc are required to get admission in medical college of cuba on scholarship?? Which students are offered scholarship??"
Name: Anam
City, Country: Okara, Pakistan

"Sir i hve passed fsc with 90%. I wanna this scholarship. Plz help me!?"
Name: Zia uddin
City, Country: Dir, Pakistan

"A request, "Sir I have passed 1st year. I wanna this scholarship. Plz help me?"
Name: Atif Sultan
City, Country: DG khan

"I had passed fsc with 75% marks. Sir plz tell me how I get this scholarship?"
Name: Muhammad Touqeer
City, Country: Muzaffargarh, Pakistan

"I had passed my fsc exam and obtain 86% Marks.?"
Name: Syed Owais Alishah
City, Country: Swat, Pakistan

"A request, sir I passed my fsc first year withi 81% I want an scholarship plz help me..?"
Name: Dhanesg kumar
City, Country: Mithi, Pakistan

"Salam sir, i want to study in cuba medical college and i want to get information about phsiotherapy and doctor of medical lab science and what scope of these two branches what is the merit of these and plz tell me how i get schorlarship for these. Sir tell me plz.?"
Name: Urooj fatima
City, Country: Talagang, Pakistan

"I want to apply for this scholarship. Anybody can tell me about the procedure.?"
Name: Muhammad aqib
City, Country: Muzaffargarh, Pakistan

"Sir i want this scholarship, what i should do, plz guide me and give some information which may usefull for me. I will be thankfull to you.?"
Name: Aqib Shahzad
City, Country: Faislabad, Pakistan

"I want to avail this scholarship so that i could carry on my studies. I cannot afford more expenses. How can i get this scholarship..?"
Name: Sumbal imdad
City, Country: Attock, Pakistan

"Hello Sir. I want to do mbbs plz tell me how to apply in cuba so very very thanks full to you.?"
Name: Vinod kumar
City, Country: Hydrabad sindh, Pakistan

"How i can apply for medical in cuba. I got 76 percent in fsc pre medical 2014. Please help me i shall be thankful to you for this kindness. May god bless you for this kindness.?"
Name: Shoaib habib
City, Country: Kashmir

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Students delegation meets Senate chairman
Islamabad: A delegation of Pakistani students studying in Cuba met Senate Chairman Farooq H Naik in the Parliament House on Thursday and briefed him about their problems. The meeting was attended by Senator SM Zafar, Standing Committee on Education chairman, Dr Sohail H Naqvi, the HEC executive director, Prof Dr Riaz H Qureshi, advisor to HEC, Raja Muhammad Amin, Senate secretary, and representatives of Foreign Affairs Ministry. Daily times

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BIEK suspends affiliation of 16 colleges, schools: 4,000 students left in the lurch?
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has suspended the affiliation of 16 colleges and higher secondary schools, the board announced in a statement issued on Thursday.

Despite repeated reminders, these institutions did not have their registration renewed from the concerned quarters, the statement said.

It quoted BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai as saying that 27 institutions, both government and private, were issued notices in December in accordance with the requirements of the board. He said only 11 out of them fulfilled the required formalities.

The remaining 16 were served final notices informing them that the students enrolled there would not be able to appear in the HSC annual examinations.

However, he said that the academic year of around 4,000 students enrolled in these institutions would not be allowed to go to waste and their examination forms would be received through any of the affiliated institutions. The parents of these students would be informed to admit their wards to other institutions from the next academic year, he said.

The institutions whose affiliation was suspended by the BIEK were: Allama Iqbal Intermediate Girls College Steel Town Bin Qasim, E Complex College of Arts and Science Phase I Gulshan-i-Hadeed Bin Qasim Town, Fatimid College (Boys Campus), Fatimid College (Girls Campus), TCF Higher Secondary School, Liaquat College of Management Science, Pakistan Steel Madar-i-Millat Girls Degree College Steel Town, Pakistan Steel Shah Latif Boys College, Mariam Higher Secondary School, Dewa Higher Secondary School, Alimia Institute of Islamic Studies Intermediate Arts College, Ida Rieu Higher Secondary School for the Blind and Deaf, College of Emerging Technologies, University College, Memon Commerce College (Evening) and Gulshan College of Information Technology. app

Your Comments
"it means ab in clgs k students board exams nai de payen gy?"
Name: asif
City, Country: karachi , Pakistan

"ab students exams de payengae kia jo in colleges main hai wo exams de payengaye kia prosedure ho ga is ka"
Name: alishba
City, Country: karachi

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Indian poets enthrall KU students
Karachi: The Audio-Visual Centre of the Arts Faculty, University of Karachi (KU) was packed to the capacity with the students of the Urdu Department. They were patiently waiting for the Indian poets who were in the city to participate in Mushairas organized by the Jang Group in connection with the initiative of 'Aman Ki Asha' in association with the Times of India Group.

The Department of Urdu had invited acclaimed Indian poets including Nida Fazli, Khushbeer Singh Shaad, Shahnaz Nabi, Ahmed Mahfooz and Tarannum Riaz for a lunch as well as a poetry recital. This was done to get the students oriented with their poetry and the message of love that they have brought from India.

The poets were accompanied by the Vice Chancellor KU Dr Pirzada Qasim, Group Editor Jang Mahmood Sham and Chairman of the Urdu Department Dr Zafar Iqbal.

The Indian poets enthralled the students and the teachers with their recitals of intricately woven verses that spoke of love and care that the people of both the countries had for each other.

Prof Qasim welcomed the guests and asked the students to ask questions to know the viewpoint of the Indian poets and vice versa. The VC expressed his admiration about the initiative by the Jang Group and hoped that others in Pakistan would follow suit.

Dr Zafar Iqbal talked about the literary connection between the two countries and hoped that Urdu would become the finest tool to bring the two countries on very cordial terms. "A need, according that has failed to materialize for a long time and could reach the logical conclusion now," he said.

Dr Shahnaz Nabi, a poet and Head, Department of Urdu, University of Calcutta, voiced the opinion of many academics from India and requested the VC KU to initiate an exchange of books between Indian and Pakistani universities. Dr Qasim agreed to the proposal and added that he would like to have exchange of the students between the universities. Dr Shahnaz pointed out that she was aware of the fact that most of the students in her department in her university were keen to visit Pakistan.

Nida Fazli, one of the finest living poets in India, recited his poem about a young child who is going to school very early in the morning. His vigour, hope, expectations of the child blends with the hope for entire country and spreads to other nations as well. It symbolized the hope of Indian and Pakistani people for a bright and beautiful morning in their relationship. Sham thanked KU for cooperating with his group in its endeavour and offered his group's cooperation to the KU. The news

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