Khyber Medical College Convocation 2010
480 KMC graduates awarded MBBS degrees
Peshawar, Dec 23: A total
of 480 graduates of the Khyber Medical College (KMC) were awarded MBBS
degrees at the annual Convocation 2010 held here Wednesday as
high-earning professors advised them to look after the needs of the poor
while the minister for health urged them not to treat patients as
Held in the spacious Convocation Hall of
the University of Peshawar, graduates of sessions 2007 and 2008 were
given away degrees at the ceremony.
Minister for Health Syed
Zahir Ali Shah was the chief guest, while Khyber Medical University
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeezullah, KMC Principal Prof Dr
Sultan Mahmood, KMU Registrar Fazal Mahmood, a large number of former
and present faculty members of the college, young medical graduates and
their parents were also present.
A total of 38 graduates were
awarded gold medals for their outstanding performance. Muneeb Hassan and
Sameer Waheed were the shining stars on the occasion as they won 13 and
11 gold medals, respectively, for their brilliant academic
Some former principals and professors of the
institution were given lifetime achievement awards for their services.
They included Dr Nighat Yasmeen Ashfaq, Dr Khalid Mufti, Dr Ziaul Islam,
Dr Mohammad Afzal and Dr Haider Bukhari.
Dr Sultan Mahmood
presented annual report of the college. He stressed the need for
renovation of the college building, updating of the laboratories and
other facilities. He requested the health minister to provide funds for
The KMC principal said accommodation facility both
for the students and faculty members of the college was scarce. Also,
he said there was no proper sports' ground in the college. He was of the
opinion that at least two hostels for students and a residential colony
for the staff was needed.
"The chief minister had announced in
the 2008 convocation to construct two hostels and sports ground on the
condition that the college should provide land for the purpose," he
said. Dr Sultan Mahmood requested the health minister to help provide
land for the purpose.
He expressed concern over the abolishment
of employees' wards quota in professional college. "This became the
prime reason of mass departure of teachers from public sector
institutions. Therefore, the quota should be restored," he added.
Zahir Ali Shah assured to resolve the problems mentioned by the KMC
principal on a priority basis. He stressed the need for young graduates
to serve the ailing humanity. "Don't consider your patients as
money-making machine. Focus attention on curing the ailing people," he
Prof Dr Hafeezullah said when he was a student at the
KMC there were only 10 female students in the class of 140. "And now 60
to 70 percent girls are enrolled in medical institutions. But it is
unfortunate that majority of these graduates fail to join the profession
after completion of their education," he remarked.
vice-chancellor said in view of the domestic needs of women, the lady
doctors should be exempted or given less on-call duties. Similarly,
three lady doctors should be appointed against two positions so that
they could get adequate holidays, he added.
He also threw light
on the achievements of the university. He said the KMU had changed the
traditional examination system and focused attention on research. The
noted cardiologist also advised the student to take care of poor
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College in Mardan closed as students clash
Mardan: A student sustained injuries when two groups of Pakhtun Students Federation
clashed at the Government Postgraduate College here Wednesday and led to
closure of the college for an indefinite period, sources said.
sources said the clash started after some activists of Pakhtun Students
Federation passed remarks about a student Nauman, a resident of Gujjar
Garhi village near Mardan, belonging to a splinter group of the PkSF.
This triggered a trouble as the activists of the two groups attacked
each other with sticks, the sources added. Nauman sustained injuries in
The members of the two groups took positions on the
college premises and resorted to heavy exchange of fire, prompting the
police to intervene. The sources said the police arrested several
students including Abdullah, Abbas, Sabirullah, Ibrahim, Saeed, Mohammad
Ashfaq, Asad, Mohammad Suleman, Waqas, Mohammad Israr and Mansoor
Iqbal. The college administration announced the closure of the
institution for an indefinite period in a bid to calm down the
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FDE winter vacation from December 25
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Tuesday announced winter
vacation in all its schools and colleges from December 25 to January 1
The schools and colleges will reopen on January 3, informed an official of FDE while talking to APP.
it was decided to curtail winter vacation due to prolonged summer
vacations. But now it has been decided to close educational institutes
for one week due to prevailing cold weather conditions.
educational institutes have conducted December Tests and result will be
announced before vacations, the official said. Although the students
cannot plan trip to far off places but the vacations will give them an
opportunity to visit local recreational spots.
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Education department to facilitate students in remote areas
Rawalpindi: A representative of the Punjab Higher Education Commission, Dr. Majid
Naeem, and Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(RBISE) Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez on Wednesday assured the Lahore
High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, that the education department will
provide electricity and internet facilities to remote area students for
having online registration of matriculation.
Both officials also
assured the LHC that the education department representatives would
also be deputed in these areas to facilitate students.
officials responded to an earlier order of Justice Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh
who had issued notices to the Punjab education secretary and the RBISE
chairman, directing them to submit their replies in the matter of online
registration of matriculation students. The LHC bench here on Wednesday
disposed of the writ petition with the aforementioned directions.
All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA), through
its divisional president Abrar Ahmad Khan, had adopted before the court
that the newly introduced online registration of the matriculation
students according to a Punjab education department notification is
creating hurdles for rural area students.
The petitioner, through
his legal counsel Raila Saleem Saboohi, adopted before the court that
there are areas like Kallar Syedan and Kahuta where there is electricity
lest there be internet facility or computer literacy.
education department, through a notification dated November 25, 2010,
had directed the education boards to introduce online registration
system for class 9th and 10th students.
The petitioner, however,
adopted before the court that the system has many flaws in it. The
counsel of the petitioner argued before the court that the system is not
friendly for students living in rural areas where there is no
electricity and internet facility. Keeping that in mind, the system is
complicated for both parents and children.
registration website is creating problems as in many areas it is not
opening. Advocate Saboohi argued before the court that the Punjab
government without taking care of the illiterate and rural class
introduced this system that is not commensurate to the level of
education and facilities there.
The online registration system is
not a one-window operation. Students in any case have to submit their
fees in the bank and personally submit their admission forms with
photographs. This way, the system is complicated.
Higher Education Commission representative and the RBISE chairman on
Wednesday told the court that the system was simultaneously introduced
in the rural areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir but there has been no
complaint till this time. The respondents also told the court that
around 99% registration has been completed till this time. The counsel
of the petitioner provided to the court a list of areas where there was
no electricity and internet facilities. The respondents assured the LHC
that these facilities will be provided in remote areas.
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Paintings, photographs of Quaid-i-Azam go on display
Islamabad: The History Department of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), in collaboration
with the National Archives of Pakistan, organised a two-day exhibition
of paintings and photographs of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah here on
The show was organised in connection with Quaid-i-Azam Day (December 25) celebrations.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai formally inaugurated the
exhibition. More than 250 rare photographs and historical documents
relating to founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his companions
were put on display in the exhibition.
The photographs of
Quaid-i-Azam, including his presidential address in the famous Lahore
session and his meetings with Muslim League leaders and workers of
different provinces caught the attention of visitors.
the opening ceremony, the QAU vice-chancellor said that every photograph
on display tells a story not only about Quaid's life but also about the
great freedom struggle of the leaders to get a separate homeland for
"It's a great opportunity for students, especially
students of history, to feel real moments captured in photographs and
these are the windows to the past which show how our great leaders went
through the freedom struggle," he said.
He thanked the National
Archives of Pakistan and lauded the efforts of the History Department
for organising a wonderful exhibition.
Ali Agha Noori, cultural
counsellor of Islamic Republic of Iran, and a large number of students
and faculty members attended the exhibition. The exhibition will
continue at the History Department today (Thursday) from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. The news
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Pakistan Post issues commemorative stamp of IIU
Islamabad: The Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative stamp to
celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the International Islamic University
(IIU) here on Wednesday.
A ceremony was held at IIU New Campus
that was presided by IIU President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui while
Pakistan Post Additional Director General Fazl-e-Sattar Khan was the
chief guest on the occasion.
Fazl-e-Sattar Khan in his speech
said that stamps play role of ambassadors for the countries in the world
and Pakistan Post realizing importance of IIU for imparting quality
education decided to publish the commemorative stamp to acknowledge its
IIU President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui said the
university has now entered a new era of promoting its message through
Meanwhile, the university has released the data of
its achievements during the last four years under the leadership of Dr
Anwar Hussain Siddiqui as IIU President..
Total strength of
students at IIU in 2006 was 9060 now it is 22000, whereas Number of
female students before 2006 was 3000 now it is 9000, Number of teachers
before 2006 was 300 now it is 600, Number of PhDs before 2006 was 87 now
it is 170, Number of Teaching Departments before 2006 was 29 now it is
42, University Budget before 2006 was 1.00 billion now it goes upto 2.5
billions, Number of computers before 2006 was 636 now there are 2206
computers, Number of Computer Labs before 2006 was negligible now there
are 45 labs, there was no Engineering Labs before 2006 now there are 18,
of Research Papers in scholarly Journals/Books before 2006 was 85 now
it is 785, Participation in International Conferences before 2006 was
negligible now 150, Number of Research Articles in ISI Journals
recognized by HEC before 2006 was negligible now it is 50 and before
2006 there was no IIU School System now there are 40- 42 schools.
these four years the development of university also includes four new
hostels, five academic blocks (two science blocks one engineering
block), Dawah Centre and hostel, canteen for girls and shopping centre,
gymnasium for girls, students activities centre, an
administrative building, beginning of the Grand Mosque, new banking
facilities and ATM's, transport fleet from 88 to 131, new road network,
infrastructure development and horticulture development.
to statement, the IIU is going to start faculty of medicine and
hospital, grand mosque project is also in progress while the university
is also endeavoring to jump in the HEC Ranking.
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1st Meeting of Steering Committee held at HEC
Islamabad: A meeting of the Steering Committee under Student Loan
Programme was held at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat, to
design a model for development of a sustainable Student Loan Programme
Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairperson HEC, presided over the meeting, said a press release issued here on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by Dr.
Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, Dr. Saeeda Asadullah, Vice
Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Mr. Mahmood
Shafqat, Additional Director, Banking Policy and Regulation, State Bank
of Pakistan, Mr. Aamir Mahmood, Deputy Secretary (Finance), Mr. Shamim
Iqbal, Vice President, Student Loan Scheme Wing, National Bank of
Pakistan (NBP), Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba Kayani, Director General (Finance)
HEC, and Khawaja Zahid Hussain, SAP/BAS Coordinator.
The Committee discussed the
modalities for designing and development of the draft, in compliance
with the Directive of the President of Pakistan to develop a sustainable
Student Loan Programme.
The main focus was to prepare the policy document acceptable to all stakeholders to provide the
opportunity of higher education to all the needy students.
Dr. Naqvi apprised the participants
that under National Education Policy-2009, recognizing the challenges
for attainment of development goals aims at raising access to higher
education from existing 4.6 per cent (1.1 million approximately)
including colleges and distance education to 10 per cent by 2015 and 15
per cent by 2020, which means tripling the enrolment of higher education
sector in the next 6 years.
"Therefore, development of
sustainable Students Loan Programme on a wider scale, which may be
available to all the needy students in public as well as private sector
institution of higher learning, is the need of the day," he said.
The Committee discussed different
proposals on i.e. whether Government will be able to provide the seed
money of five billion rupees or endowment fund at initial stage, how the
risk will be shared/covered, what will be the interest rate charged by
the commercial banks as well as queries about the payback period. App
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College students stage protest against transporters
Swabi: Students of government degree college, Kotha, here on Wednesday blocked the
Swabi-Topi road for one hour to protest against the owners of public
transport for not picking them from different stops.
They also chanted slogans against the district administration for its
failure to ensure that public transport accommodated them in their
journey to and from college.
The students gathered at the college and marched to Swabi-Topi road
while chanting slogans against transporters and administration.
They blocked the road at Maini bus stop for all kind of traffic. The
protest march also led to suspension of academic activities in the
college for the whole day.
The students alleged that public transporters refused to pick them
from different stops early in the morning and they also faced the same
problem on their return from the college.
The students said that earlier both the district administration and
transporters had assured them of cooperation, but both had failed to
keep the pledge.
However, they ended the protest after an hour on the assurance of
administration officials that they would be facilitated by public
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