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FUUAST entry test on Jan 2
Karachi, Dec 31: Registrar, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Prof. Dr Qamar-ul-Haq, has announced that the National Testing Services (NTS) test would be held on January 2 in the NED University for admission-2011 in FUUAST.

The NTS test would be held at 8:00am for BBA and MBA on January 2 in the NED University, while the test for B.SCS and Pharm D will be held at 1:00pm the same day.

As many as 595 candidates would attend the NTS test for BBA, while 369 for MBA, 227 for BSC/BS (Computer Science) and 369 candidates for Pharm D.

This year FUUAST would give admission in Department of Geology and Commerce on merit basis instead entry test. The news

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Concern over another medical varsity plan
Karachi: A move reportedly enjoying the blessings of the presidency for the creation of a medical university by curtailing units of the first public sector health science university in the city has raised concerns among medical professionals and students.

The quarters concerned said at a meeting that at a time when the Sindh government had yet to commission a medical university/college project in Lyari despite a presidential declaration made about two years back, the latest move to give yet another public sector university to the city by bifurcating the existing medical institutions would yield nothing but an administrative mess.

According to a source in the Sindh health department, a meeting of medical and administrative bosses was held after a directive of the president for the creation of a medical university. During the meeting, the principal secretary to the president told the participants that the president wanted to upgrade the Sindh Medical College (SMC), a constituent of the Dow University of Health Sciences, to a public-sector medical university and a document might be prepared to seek the grant of a university charter by the provincial government.

The creation of a new medical university has been proposed by a group of alumni who have connections with old students and have come up with a working paper seeking a go-ahead from the stakeholders.

Since the issue was of complex nature, particularly due to a proposal that the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and two other federal government-run institutions should also be made constituents parts of, or affiliated with, the proposed university, it was agreed that more meetings on the issue would be held in the future.

According to a source privy to the meeting, the issue of naming the proposed university was also discussed. Some participants wanted it to be named Sindh Medical University, some others suggested it could be Jinnah Sindh Medical University.

In the meantime, after a joint meeting of the academic and administrative councils and heads of units of the JPMC, the federal government hospital issued a statement, saying that the medical institution was eminently qualified for a transformation into a university, and that its long-standing related demand be met.

The statement signed by the JPMC's executive director, Prof Tasnim Ahsan, on Thursday said that it was incorrect to say that the medical centre was becoming a constituent part of the proposed university.

"The meeting convened on December 28, 2010, which was chaired by Salman Farooqui, principal secretary to the president, did not come to any conclusion regarding this matter. The future of the JPMC will be decided after its case has been presented in the Implementation Commission constituted by the prime minister and comprising representatives of the National Assembly and Senate," the statement said.

It was also stated that the JPMC's unanimous demand for retaining its federal status with autonomy to manage its own affairs for the promotion of patient care service, medical education, training and research should be fulfilled.

"JPMC also reiterates with vigour its longstanding quest for transfer to Jinnah University of Health Sciences, for which the institution is eminently qualified. The JPMC has the proud legacy of having been lent the name Jinnah by the Father of the Nation himself. No change of this name would be acceptable to the institution or the nation at large," the statement added.

The Sindh Medical College was established in 1973 in the compound of the Jinnah

Postgraduate Medical Centre. The college established during the tenure of first PPP government was the second medical college in Karachi after the Dow Medical College.

The first batch of students started attending their classes in a building that was once the obstetrics/ gynecology ward of the JPMC, originally an army barracks built in 1865and was handed over to the JPMC in 1959.

The SMC was initially affiliated with the University of Karachi. It was made a constituent part of the DUHS seven years back.

Since the SMC does not have any attached teaching hospital, its students receive their clinical training in three federal government-run institutions "" the JPMC, the National Institute of Child Health, and the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases.

When contacted, DHUS Prof Masood Hameed Khan said there was nothing in writing that the university would have to surrender the SMC for the realisation of the proposed Sindh Medical University.

In the meantime, students said that they had started approaching the high-ups in the university as they understood the SMC was being separated from the DUHS and made into a separate university.

"I and many other students of the SMC would like to inform the decision-makers that we are not in favour of the proposal. We had sought admission to SMC because of the reputed name of the DUHS. We do not want to be deprived of an MBBS degree of the DUHS," a student told the administration concerned.

Postponement of interviews for MBBS admissions criticised
Quetta: The Baloch Students Action Committee has criticised postponement of interviews for candidates who have passed the entry test for admission in the Bolan Medical College.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, BSAC chairman Abu Bakar described the decision as an anti-student policy and asked the college administration to hold the interviews of successful candidates without delay.

He said that 217 students, who had passed the NTS (National Testing Service) test, were asked by the college to appear before a committee for interview on Dec 28. But it announced the postponement of interviews on Dec 25, creating problems for the candidates, particularly women, who had come to Quetta for the interview from far-flung areas of the province.

Mr Abu Bakar said that the students were facing difficulties in the chilly weather as many had no place to stay till the next date of interviews which had not been announced.

He said that it was a matter of concern that interviews had been postponed because of non-availability of the chairman of Public Service Commission Balochistan.

In other provinces, he added, the PSC chairman was not included in the interview committee of any medical college.

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Protest against SALU official
Khairpur: Members of Pahore community and relatives of Qurban Ali Pahore who burnt himself on Dec 28 took out a procession from Panj Gulla chowk to the press club here on Thursday.

They raised slogans against the university administration and demanded registration of a case against the officers concerned of Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) of Khairpur who were involved in removing temporary shop of Qurban Ali where he used to sell hens. Talking to reporters, Allah Dino Pahore, a leader of the Pahore community, and others said that the said place was not property of the university because there was already a boundary wall around the university premises. The administration had removed his source of income without any reason or notice, they said.

Qurban Ali used to sell hens near the gate of Wapda SCARP colony which did not come into the university premises, they said and vowed to continue the protest till registration of FIR.

They said they were the supporters and voters of the PPP for a long time but no official from government side had paid any attention to the injustice meted out to Qurban.

On the day of incident, they said, police high-ups and DCO of Khairpur Mohammad Abbas Baloch had held out assurance that an FIR would be lodged against the university administration and they would pay compensation for the loss suffered by Qurban Ali and build a shop at same place for him. But 48 hours had passed and there was no response.

They said that Qurban Pahore had been referred from the Civil Hospital of Khairpur to Karachi hospital due to absence of a burns ward there. He is in critical condition.

Qurban Ali burnt himself by sprinkling petrol after the university administration with the help of police removed his shop by terming it encroachment. According to doctors, he received more than 50 per cent burn injuries.

Media coordinator of SALU said that there was a girls' hostel near the said place and the university administration held a meeting with the district administration in which it was decided to remove encroachments from that place.

DCO Khairpur Abbas Baloch said that he had given aid of Rs50,000 for medical treatment of the victim when he was referred to Karachi. Dawn

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Book fair begins at AIOU
Islamabad: Academic Staff Association (ASA) and Central Library, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), have jointly arranged a three-day Book Fair at AIOU from Thursday to Saturday.

More than 12 booksellers displayed their books of different disciplines in the fair. Inaugurating the fair, AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Nazir Ahmed Sangi appreciated the ASA for always trying to initiate the positive and constructive activities at AIOU. He asked the academicians to visit each stall and recommend books related to their disciplines, programmes and courses for the central library. He also acknowledged the efforts of central library.

The vice chancellor visited the stall and also selected books for the library. ASA President Dr. Iqbal Shah said that they would continue such type of activities at AIOU to play our role for the progress of AIOU in the country. The news

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