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Students' admissions in Lahore colleges 2012

Matriculates up for tougher admission contest
Lahore, Aug 06: The fresh matriculates are on the run to secure admissions to colleges of their choice in Lahore. Boys are facing a tough competition as the number of colleges for boys is half than girls' in Lahore.

Overall, there are around 25,000 seats in first-year classes in public sector colleges in Lahore, while as many as 135,674 students have qualified the examination from Lahore board alone covering Lahore, Kasur, Okara, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib districts. In Lahore district, there are 46 government colleges including 31 for girls.

At this point of time, many colleges have closed their admissions, while several others will continue to sell and receive admission forms till Aug 15. In a move to secure admission to their selected colleges or preferred disciplines, students have purchased more than one prospectus from one college besides many prospectuses from different colleges.

The competition among students will be tougher for securing admission to top ranking colleges in Lahore, as students have gained fairly high marks owing to objective-type questions. Many of the high scorers from all other seven education boards in Punjab are also vying to seek admission to prestigious colleges in Lahore.

In other major cities in Punjab, though merit will be low in colleges but the competition to secure seats will remain tough.

In order to woo the students (having capacity to pay hefty fees), the private colleges have also aggressively marketed their intermediate programmes offering wide range of disciplines including, science, humanities, commerce and computer. Some colleges have given incentives in terms of scholarships and rebate in fee to attract top scorers.

The rush in colleges explains that there is an acute shortage of higher education facilities as compared to the number of applicants. The government has, however, not come up to make available affordable quality education to a large number of students passing their matriculation annual examinations. According to an estimate, almost 250,000 matriculates will be denied admission to public sector colleges, many of them offering evening classes as well.

The government instead is encouraging the private sector to open educational facilities and charge at their will, in the absence of any law to regulate the private sector. On the other hand, the private sector colleges are shouldering the burden and offering relatively quality education. However, parents continue to complain of ever-soaring admission and tuition fees. "The private colleges, which have earned a repute of imparting relatively quality education, are exploiting students and their parents financially," a parent, Muhammad Naveed, said.

Students Qasim Majeed and Naveed Anjum, who were applying to the Government College University, said they were submitting forms with A+ marks but not sure that they would get admission to the varsity's engineering discipline. They said the need was that the Punjab government should set up or upgrade colleges that could offer quality education on a par with GCU, FCCU and LUMS, so that at least all A+ graders could get quality education and compete the world in future pursuits. They said they had also applied to other colleges including FC College to secure admission.

The students' trend of applying to many colleges and different disciplines is also resulting in shortage of seats as some colleges put up their merit lists earlier, while others' lists would come up in two weeks' time as was the case in submission of admission forms. Students even submit fees on getting admissions to certain colleges and wait for the merit lists in other relatively better institutes. In certain cases, they get admission to better colleges and keep on blocking the seats, where they had submitted fees.

The colleges neither refund fees nor cross students' names, who did not join and the seats eventually become vacant after three months, when everybody got settled.

Though the higher education department never identified such vacant seats nor took remedial measures, the department had yet not been able to introduce a centralised admission process.

Punjab Higher Education Department Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir did not respond to calls and an SMS.

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HEC, PMDC rift over non-medical PhD teachers
Lahore: The issue that whether non-medical PhD degree holders should be hired for teaching basic medical sciences subjects at the government medical institutions or not has become a tug of war between the two top regulatory bodies of the country.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) had floated the idea of hiring non-medical PhD teachers in basic medical sciences to cover the country-wide dearth of PhDs with MBBS background. But the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) strongly turned down the scheme on the ground that such professionals were irrelevant to the medical field.

The HEC, which had taken up the issue on several forums in the past, also recently constituted National Committee on Medical Education (NCME) headed by University of Health Sciences (UHS) former Vice-Chancellor and HEC Senior Fellow Prof Dr Malik Hussain Mubashar to resolve the issue.

"There are hardly 12 MBBS PhD scholars all over the country and a majority of them are about to reach superannuation", Prof Hussain Mubashar said.

He said the NCME met on July 18 to discuss the issue of the country-wide shortage of teachers in basic sciences and finalised its recommendations. The body proposed to the PMDC to at least appoint non-medical PhDs in the public sector medical varsities.

"The PMDC has allowed the FCPS teachers to act as supervisors of the PhD students and the shortage will be overcome in near future", PMDC Registrar Dr Ahmad Nadeem Akbar said.

He said the Council would not allow the non-medical PhD holders to teach the doctors as they (such teachers) lacked education or research background in the medical field. Such permission would result in further deterioration of medical education standards in the country, he added.

"A majority of non-medical PhDs had done research work on plants and animals and not human beings, having altogether different anatomy and chemistry", Dr Akbar said.

He said the PMDC wanted more FCPS professionals in basic sciences and that was why moratorium on new medical colleges had been imposed to meet the shortage.

According to the medical experts, the basic sciences subjects are considered foundation of medical education.

A source in the PMDC said the doctors with PhD qualification in basic medical sciences could be counted on fingertips as compared to around 80-90 non-medical PhDs and over 250 MPhil doctors available in the country.

As the PMDC's own basic criteria gives preference to the MBBS PhD teachers in the basic sciences subjects, the Council's refusal to hire the services of available non-medical PhDs irked the HEC authorities, the source said.

Earlier, in order to justify its stance and facilitate MPhil teachers, the PMDC had introduced some regulations in 2012.

A Ministry of National Regulations and Services notification issued on Jan 5, 2012 (SRO 26 (KE) /2012) said: "Keeping in view the dearth of qualified medical teachers in basic sciences, MPhil (degree) holder is eligible for Professor (slot) till 2020, however, nobody will be promoted upwards without (doing) PhD after this window period. Position shall be reviewed in 2020'.

The source said that at least 174 PhD faculty members with MBBS qualifications were required in basic medical sciences in public sector medical and dental colleges and universities all over the country.

The basic medical sciences include Anatomy, Physiology, Bio Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Community Medicine/Preventive Medicine and Forensic Medicine. Even the country's premier medical institution, King Edward Medical University, has only two PhD teachers with MBBS qualification.

The KEMU had tired to hire some non-medical PhD holders but stopped the recruitment process after PMDC refused to recognise them, citing its laid down criteria.

A PhD scholar at KEMU dispelled the impression given by the PMDC that the non-medical PhDs were irrelevant to the medical filed. "At least 95 per cent of research work or thesis of a non-medical PhD teacher is based on medical field or topics related to human beings", he said, adding that most of them completed their thesis work in the medical institutions like KEMU. Dawn

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MTA election results
Lahore: The Election Commission for Medical Teachers Association (MTA), Punjab, has announced results of Punjab elections for year 2012-14.

Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Sunday, Election Commission Chairman Prof Masood Rasheed and Secretary Dr Abrar Ashraf Ali, while announcing the result, said that Prof Dr Tehseen Un Nabi Sahi, the senior most professor in the Punjab Health Department, and Prof of Ophthalmology, King Edward Medical University, was elected president of the association unopposed while Dr Ehsanur Rehman, associate professor Allama Iqbal Medical College, was been elected secretary general. The joint secretary is Dr Masood Ur Rauf from Nishtar Medical College, Multan, and treasurer is Dr Waris Farooqa from Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore.

They also announced that local presidents of all institutions from Punjab would be vice presidents of the MTA Punjab and they are: Prof Tehseen Sahi KEMU, Prof Azeem Jahangir AIMC, Prof Nadeem Hayat Malik PIC, Lahore, Prof Riaz Tasneem SIMS Lahore, Prof Ghais Un Nabi Tayyab PGMI Lahore, Prof Ajmal Naqvi Sheikh Zaid Lahore, Prof Farkhanda Kokab IPH Lahore.

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Nishtar College surgeon
London: A Pakistani spinal neurosurgeon has become a doctor of choice for athletes fromall over the world who have developed back pain during tough exercises for the London Olympics 2012. Dr Irfan Malik, a consultant for spine and epilepsy surge at the King's College Hospital Foundation Trust London, has treated more than five athletes since the start of the Olympics and currently three athletes are undergoing treatment at the hospital under his supervision. Most of the patients he has been treating are the ones with severe back pain problems, mainly those fromtheweightlifting category.

The Nishtar Medical College graduate has become a hit with the Olympians after successfully treating Khadzhimurat Akkayev,a Russian weightlifter of Balkar descent, who is an Olympic, world and European champion. Akkayev underwent treatment at various hospitals in Europe but his back pain problem only compounded. He arrived fit in London for the Olympics last month, but developed severe pain again. He was then referred by another athlete who was treated by the Pakistani surgeon a day ago to see the Pakistani doctor who has been practicing in the UK for eight years. Dr Malik operated on the athlete's slipped disc and it took him only three visits to cure the problems of the athlete. The heavyweight lifter is in fit shape now and looks forward to defending his title on 6th of August here. Dr Irfan Malik said: "I am honoured that I have treated many athletes with back pain and they are now able to compete in their games. I believe it's an honour for Pakistan's excellent medical education system which has enabled so many like myself to make our mark through sheer professionalism.

The athletes have been delighted to know that they were being treated by a Pakistani spinal neurosurgeon". Dr Malik explained why athletes get back pain issues. "Most common cause of back pain and leg pain is slipped disc. Between two vertebral bodies, there is a jelly like substance (disc). Disc has two main function, 1): Shock absorber and 2): help in weight transfer. Disc has thick outer fibrous coat and inner jelly like substance. Disc has capacity to support certain amount of body weight". "Sportsmen sometime try to cross the natural boundaries and expose their spine to excessive forces. Due to heavy lifting it can cause extra pressure on disc which can produce small radial tear in the outer coat and jelly like substance can prolapse through this small tear .This jelly can be a cause of severe back pain and leg pain. If this problem gets worse, it needed urgent attention otherwise it can affect an athlete's career." Dr Malik recently shot to fame after pioneering the 'minimally- invasive procedure' also known as the 'key-hole endoscopic spine surgery' in the UK. Nearly all British press wrote favourably about the Pakistani surgeon and how he had transformed the lives of somany people through his expertise. He is at the top position in National Health Service (NHS) consultant ratings for last three years. NHS rates its doctors and consultants on the basis of number of patients seen in a year and result of treatment. The news

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KU issues schedule for depositing second semester fee
Karachi: On the directives of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi (KU), Prof Muhammad Qaiser, the semester examination department, KU, on Sunday has issued the schedule for depositing the second (current) semester fee.

According to a notification issued here, the candidates were asked to deposit the semester fees and forms without late fee by September 30 while with late fee of Rs1,000 would be charged from September 31 to October 15.

The forms could be collected from the concerned departments. The KU administration claimed that no form would be accepted after the due dates.

The Director Evening Programme of KU on Sunday announced that Monday (today) is the last date for depositing fee for admission in Masters (Evening Programme).

According to a notification issued here, the fee could be deposited from 2pm till 5pm at the Directorate of Evening Programme, KU. The claim forms list would be uploaded on the website after 2pm on Monday (today), he said.

The officials of the KU, in another notification, said the candidates desiring to appear for one time special examination may deposit a fee of Rs500 along with late fee by August 9 at the United Bank Limited, KU branch after verification from the bursar's office. Dawn

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Federal Urdu University announces LLM exam results
Karachi: The Controller of Examinations, Federal Urdu University of Science, Arts and Technology (FUUAST), Karachi, Professor Dr Waqarul Haq announced the results of LLM final year examination on Saturday. The examinations were held in 2011. Ellahi Bakhsh son of Ameer Bakhsh, and Syed Muhammad Shujaa Abbas son of Syed Wajid Hussain Rizvi, secured the 1st position by getting 496 marks out of 800, Kausar Parveen daughter of Liquat Ali got 2nd position with 484 marks and Azra Qadir daughter of Miyan Qadir Bakhsh bagged 3rd position with 483 marks. Eighty-six students were registered for this exam, out of which 83 appeared in the exam and only 26 students passed it, with 31.3 passing percentage. ppi

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