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85pc pass MBBS Final Prof
Lahore, April 26: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has declared the result of final professional MBBS Annual Examination 2013, according to which, the overall pass percentage remained 85.73.

A UHS spokesperson said a total of 2,696 candidates appeared in the examination, out of which 2,283 passed whereas 380 failed.

Hira Yousuf clinched first position with 1,244/1,500 marks, Syeda Jamila Ali of Punjab Medical College Faisalabad second with 1,238 marks and Saqib Hasan of a private medical college bagged third position with 1,235 marks.

The supplementary examination will commence on June 4.

MoU: University of Health Sciences (UHS) and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in academics and research.

The MoU was signed at UHS by its Vice-Chancellor Maj Gen (retd) Prof Muhammad Aslam and Iranian Academic Centre for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR), Khorasan Razavi branch, Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran, Vice-President Dr Muhammad Ali Khalilifar. Senior faculty members were also present.

The MoU envisages collaboration in educational, cultural and research activities, exchange of scholars, researchers and faculty, short-term training programmes, and holding of joint conferences, seminars and symposia. There is also provision for recognition of joint postgraduate degree programmes and promotion and development of library services at both institutions in the agreement. The news

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Admissions to medical colleges against PMDC seat allocation
Lahore: The Punjab government has allegedly flouted the rules and regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council by making admissions to the public sector medical colleges for 2013-14 session 'over and above' the number of seats allocated by the Council.

The academic future of the medical students admitted against these illegally created seats is at stake because the PMDC has categorically refused to register them.

The disparity in the seats allocated to the government medical colleges in Punjab on the basis of 'pick and choose' had also created problems, a senior official said.

He said the Punjab government had also suffered another blow as the PMDC had derecognised the newly established medical college in Sahiwal. The council wrote to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination wing, for the cancellation of the registration of the college for not following its rules and regulations.

The official said under the present scenario, the academic career of the college's third batch comprising 300 students studying there since 2010 had been put on stake.

Health Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir said, "The matter of over and above admissions by the medical college and derecognising of a teaching institute is in my knowledge and I am going to take up it in an exclusive meeting with the PMDC officials next week".

As the Council had also taken notice of the faculty shortage in state-urn medical institutions in Punjab, he said that he would try to resolve that matter too in the meeting.

According to the official, all the 20 public sector medical colleges in Punjab had finalised admissions in the last week of March in accordance with the government policy. However, he said, eight of these institutes made admissions against the PMDC criteria.

Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) was the only institute that made admissions less than the seats allocated by the PMDC while the Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat was at the top with regard to admitting students more than the PMDC allocation.

The RMC made 330 admissions against 350 seats allocated by the PMDC, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad admitted 325 against the 250 seats, Nishtar Medical College Multan admitted 325 against 250 seats, Quaid-i-Azam Medical College Behawalpur 325 against 300, Nishtar Institute of Dentistry Multan 66 against 50, Services Institute of Medical College Lahore 200 against 150, Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan, 150 against 100 and Nawaz Sharif Medical College Gujrat made 100 admissions against the 50 seats approved by the Council.

A majority of the admitted students were unaware about the consequences of such blatant violations being committed by the Punjab government as well as the administrations of these medical institutions.

The PMDC had directed the institutes' heads and the health department to ensure implementation of the admission rules. It had warned them last year before the commencement of the admission process for 2012-13 session that the PMDC would not spare them next time for such criteria violations.

It had also got surety bonds from the heads of the medical institutions in Punjab that they would not bypass the PMDC admission rules in future.

As a penalty, the PMDC had also charged Rs50,000 from the respective medical institutions against each admission made in violation of the Council rules.

Moreover, the PMDC had also warned that in future it would not register the students passing examination from any public sector medical college in Punjab against illegally created seats.

These admissions have also opened a debate on the faculty shortage as all the government medical institutions in Punjab were already facing dearth of teachers.

The gravity of the situation can be measured from the acute dearth of faculty in only one discipline. Presently, 20 seats of professors of medicines were lying vacant in the state-run teaching institutions of Punjab, while the health department recently advertised only two professors' seats in the discipline.

The department has planned to advertise all the vacant seats in phases in six months period, ignoring the concerns of the heads of the teaching institutes.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had approved creation of 900 seats for the medical colleges on the health department's recommendation in 2010. Interestingly, these seats were increased without getting PMDC approval. Fawad Hasan Fawad was the health secretary at that time.

Later, out of these 900 seats, 400 were allocated to the four new public sector medical colleges established in Sahiwal, DG Khan, Gujranwala and Sialkot. The remaining 500 seats were allocated to the existing medical colleges allegedly on the basis of 'pick and choose' which, ultimately, led to the discrepancy.

Heads of some medical colleges also raised the issue of the PMDC warnings in a meeting on April 13. Dawn

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USAID scholarships for students
Lahore: About 84 talented BEd (Hons) students from eight public universities of Punjab were awarded scholarships by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) during a ceremony at Punjab University (PU) on Thursday.

Chief of Party, Pakistan Reading Project (IRC) John Shumaker, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Senior Education Adviser of USAID Muhammad Tariq Khan, VC Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor, VC Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar, Dean PU Faculty of Education Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, faculty members and a large number of students attended the ceremony.

This scholarship programme is a part of a larger $165 million USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project, which works closely with 28 Pakistani universities and 116 elementary teachers' colleges throughout Pakistan.

On this occasion alone, scholarships were awarded among BEd (Hons) students of Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, University of Education, Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan, University of Gujrat, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi, and Government College University (GCU) Faisalabad.

Speaking on the occasion, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said people of the US were the greatest asset of mankind adding but they were under the control of world's financial elite and on the other hand the Muslim world had no contribution to creation of new knowledge. He termed these the two major problems the world was facing today.

Dr Kamran said the Islamic world was weak because of ignorance and therefore invited aggression from the corporate controlled West. He said ignorant nations that did not create new knowledge face certain annihilation adding power and respect belonged to nations that focused creation of new knowledge. But he added no nation could become knowledgeable without the strength of character. PU VC advised students to develop reading habits saying a teacher could change student's life and by becoming good teachers, they could become change agents, he added.

John Shumaker said the scholarship programme was one of the exciting aspects of the Pakistan Reading Project. Talking about the PRP, John Shumaker said it was a five-year project that focused on improving quality of primary education and special focus on teaching and reading in both private and public schools across Pakistan.

"Over the next five years we hope to reach four million primary school students and improve their reading skills", he added.

"We are delighted to see such bright students from the Punjab who dedicated themselves to a life of learning and service," said Muhammad Tariq Khan, Senior Education Adviser for the USAID. He added "It is your hard work, devotion to quality, dedication of your teachers, and vision of the Government of the Punjab, which is responsible for this notable achievement."

Dr Mumtaz Akhter also spoke. The deceased was identified as Rashida. The police said she had taken poisonous pills over a domestic issue. She was admitted to hospital where she expired. The news

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Probe into free textbooks complaints
Lahore: The Punjab government has constituted a committee to look into complaints about malpractices and mis-management in distribution of free textbooks across the province.

There were complaints that free textbooks had not reached many schools and students were without textbooks, while the academic session had begun some three weeks ago. The Punjab government has directed Punjab Textbook Board chairman Chaudhry Nawazish Ali to inquire and submit a detailed report.

According to a news release issued here on Tuesday, the PTB chairman said the board had got printed and supplied all the primers, jackets, textbooks demanded by the Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit.

The chairman claimed that there was no shortage of textbooks in the open market and a majority of private school students had purchased textbooks from the market. He said that he had constituted different field teams to check the availability of books and determine market demand.

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RY Khan to have engineering, IT university
Rahim Yar Khan: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif laid here on Tuesday the foundation stone of the Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said the university would be completed in one year at a cost of Rs3.5 billion. He said classes in the disciplines of electrical, mechanical and computer sciences would be introduced in September 2014.

The chief minister further said the university building would be state of the art and a steering committee would monitor its work on a monthly basis for its timely completion.

"Best Ph.D teachers will be appointed on merit."

Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif spoke at the second convocation of the Sheikh Zayed Medical College (SZMC) in Sheikh Khalifa School Auditorium.

He distributed degrees and medals among position-holder students and inaugurated the new emergency and CCU wards and visited different departments of the SZMCH.

People faced difficulties as all hospital entrances were closed during the CM's visit. Dawn

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