Medical colleges self-finance students' problems
Students still being forced to pay huge fee
Lahore, Feb 25: The students on self-finance seats are being forced by the
government medical colleges to pay huge fees even though the self-finance scheme
has been abolished by the Punjab chief minister.
The victim students and
their parents alleged that the government medical colleges managements were
playing with the future of students.
They said that according to universal
declaration of human rights article 26, every student has the right of free
access to primary and professional education. Similarly, according to the
article no 37(C) of the Constitution of Pakistan, government is responsible to
make technical and professional education generally available and higher
education equally accessible to all.
They said despite the fact that the
chief minister has categorically pronounced that self-finance scheme is
unlawful, the medical colleges are still earning billions of rupees every year
putting additional financial burden on the students' families.
that the self-finance scheme was first introduced in 1995-96 and was abolished
in 1998. It was restarted in 2003 and was abolished again by the CM recently.
However, the students admitted in earlier sessions are still forced to pay huge
fee on old self-finance scheme.
Parents Association of Medical Self-Finance
Students (PAMSFS) expressed its strong concern over the policy of medical
President PAMSFS Safdar Jamil, secretary Malik Muhammad Haider, Usman Ghani and
Sabir Ali said that despite strict directions of the Punjab chief minister,
demand of self-finance students for normal dues is being exploited by the
authorities of medical colleges. They said the students on self-finance seats
had already paid huge amounts and now they should be freed from further burden.
Giving a reference in this regard they said that once the matter was raised
in the Punjab Assembly in 2004, the then vice chancellor of King Edward Medical
University and the minister for health had reported that it costs Rs 500,000 to
produce one doctor in five years. Contrary to this statement, the association
representatives said that a student has to pay Rs 1500,000 in five years
excluding the transportation and living charges of the students.
alleged that previously the fee of the students having good approach to
government officials studying on self-finance scheme had been paid from the
government exchequer from the grant-in-aid from back door.
further revealed that the parents affording self-finance dues in foreign
exchange had been obliged by reducing their dues to 50 per cent in 2003.
parents appealed to the chief minister to extend relief to all the self-finance
scheme students in general instead of providing relief to a certain group of
students from the grant-in-aid through back door. The Nation
"I WANT TO ASK ARE THERE SELF FINANCE SEATS FOR THE STUDENTS OF LAHORE BOARD IN KING EDWARD FOR MBBS,IF SO THEN WHAT`S THE FEES STRUCTURE?"
Name: Bilal iqbal
City, Country: lahore,pakistan
"plz tell me self finance fee structure and how can i apply for self finance in any medical college.also tell me can i admission in auoyb medical college on self finance base, is it it then tell me amc fee structre also"
City, Country: sharda,ajk,pakistan
"I want to know that whats the merit list of self finance seats in punjab medical colleges."
City, Country: sialkot,pakistan
"Is there any self finance system in RMC for local students plzz tell me"
Name: Sumera rehman
City, Country: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
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BZU VC allows what he disallowed a week ago
Multan: Dr Najeeb Haidar has again assumed the charge of director of
Dera Ghazi Khan sub-campus of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) on Tuesday
after the vice-chancellor allowed him to continue his duty till March 15, in
spite of accepting his resignation earlier this week.
Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafraullah had earlier (on Feb 17) accepted Dr Haider's
resignation 'with immediate effect', waiving off the one-month notice given by
him to the varsity administration. This time Dr Haider has been allowed to
complete the notice period till March 15 before his resignation is accepted.
Dr Zaffarullah through a later (PF/20/Cont.DGK/Admin/1680) issued on
Monday, without mentioning his earlier decree to accept the resignation of Dr
Haider, issued another office order, allowing Dr Haidar to work till March 15,
thus accepting his resignation twice within a week.
The order revealed
the vice chancellor exercised his powers under section 16(3) of the BZU Act 1975
on the behalf of varsity syndicate.
After accepting Dr Haider's
resignation, on Feb 17 the university had appointed Dr Hayat Awan as the acting
director of DG khan sub-campus. Dr Awan is said to have the backing of an
influential group of teachers having affiliation with a religio-political party.
Dr Haider had submitted his resignation after he was reportedly
pressurised by the university administration through Dr Awan to include the
Government College, DG Khan, post-graduate block in the BZU sub-campus. However,
Dr Haider had refused to take over the college block on the ground that the
federal hostel and a portion of boys' hostel of the same collage were already
being used for the sub-campus. He had contended the college would lose its
independent status after losing its post-graduate block.
Dr Haider was
appointed as sub-campus director after syndicate's approval on Aug 28, 2008, on
two-year deputation. Before joining the BZU, he was the principal of the
Government College, DG Khan.
After Dr Haider's resignation, the academic
activities remained suspended at the sub-campus. Students and Democratic
Teachers Forum (DTF) had protested against the 'forced' resignation of Dr
Haider, demanding his reinstatement. Meanwhile, a DTF meeting demanded the
university should request Dr Haidar to withdraw his resignation.The
vice-chancellor had earlier denied he was favouring any particular group, saying
the acting charge was given to Dr Awan. Dawn
PU signs MoU with Italian, German varsities
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday signed Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with two different foreign universities including Perugia
University, Italy and Georg-August University, Gottingen,
According to a press statement, PU signed MoU with the Italian
university for exchange of students while the MoU with German university was
signed for students, teachers, resources exchange and academic and research
The first MoU was signed in a meeting which was attended
by the Italian Ambassador Vincenzo Prati and Rector Stefania Gidnnini of the
Perugia University and Vice Chancellor of Punjab University, Dr Mujahid Kamran,
Director External Linkages Dr Najma Najam and Registrar and Deans of the various
According to this MoU, both of the universities will give fee
exemptions to the exchanged students. The students will spend from one semester
to one-year time in each other university.
Talking on the occasion, PU VC
Dr Mujahid Kamran welcomed the Italian Ambassador and Rector and appreciated the
interest of Italian government in Pakistan's development. He hoped that Italy
would enhance its cooperation with PU in developing research and technology.
Italian Ambassador Vincenzo Prati said that Italian nation has worked very hard
to reach this stage of development and they have done it within the last 50
years. He said that more and more Italian companies were coming to Pakistan.
Pakistani people can grab their jobs by acquiring vocational training and
learning Italian language, he added.
Rector of Perugia University,
Stefania Giannini said that their country wanted to help Pakistan in maximum
fields. Her university would also extend scholarships to the Pakistani students
in other than language and culture disciplines. Nevertheless, she said that for
full scholarships, there was a need to talk to her government. She said that her
university has more than 10,000 students. There are also thousands of foreign
students who belong to 47 different countries.
On this occasion, PU
External Linkages Director Dr Najma Najam said that both of the universities
would exchange students and would provide all of the facilities available on
their campuses to each other's students.
The other MoU was signed by PU
vice chancellor while PU External Linkages Director Prof Dr Najma Najam and
Project Head Dr Nadeem Sheikh were also present on the occasion.
G Ramadori will be the Project Head from the Gottingen University while Dr
Nadeem Sheikh will be the focal person from the Punjab University.
PU announced MSc Geography result
Lahore: The Punjab University
has declared the result of MSc Geography Part-II Annual Examination, 2008.
According to a press statement, the detailed result is also available at the PU
website www.pu.edu.pk. The News
Int'l school for PhD maths students in Lahore
Lahore: An international school for PhD mathematics students has been
set up in the city where 30 students from various countries have arrived to
study the subject.
The school has been organised jointly by Unesco,
Centre of International de Mathemntiques Pures et Appliiquees, (CIMPA) of France
and the GCU's Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) on the
latter's renovated premises in New Muslim Town.
The world's top seven
experts in mathematical sciences headed by Prof Juergen Herzog from Fachbereich
Mathemmatik and Informatic University, Essen, Germany have been engaged for
ASSMS director-general Dr A.D. Reza Chaudhry said in a
statement that the purpose of the school on "combinatorial and computational
aspects of commutative algebra" was to help the PhD students from all over the
world learn new techniques for research work in commutative algebra and
consequently apply them in cryptography and coding theory.
besides the 30 foreign students 36 young Pakistani PhD students would benefit
from this school, the first of its kind in Asia.
Other experts engaged
for teaching at the school were from France, Germany, Japan and Romania, he
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1,030 IT posts created in schools
Lahore: The threat of unemployment, which was looming over IT teachers and
lab in-charges of 515 government high and higher secondary schools of the
province for the last many months, has finally vanished after the Punjab
government created 1,030 posts at a cost of Rs223.147 million.
project, funded by the federal government, regarding establishment of computer
labs in 515 schools across the Punjab, had expired in June 2008 and since then
the said employees were worried about their future as they were a part of the
Sources in the Finance Department said following the special
instructions from the chief minister, the department had agreed to create 515
posts of IT teachers and 515 posts of IT lab in-charges so that those appointed
under the project could continue their job.
They further said the
government wanted to extend the contract of IT teachers by creating the said
posts, adding that the contracts could not be extended without creating new
It is important to mention here that the Punjab government had
embarked upon a comprehensive programme regarding promotion of computer
education in the government schools and it had already allocated Rs5 billion in
the budget 2008-09 for establishing computer labs in more than 4,000 high and
higher secondary schools.
According to the notification, the Finance Department agreed to create 1,030 posts of IT staff
at a total cost of Rs223.147 million in anticipation of provision of funds
through the supplementary grant during 2008-09 for shift of the scheme titled
"I.T/Computer Science Teachers, Lab In-Charges and Computer Labs" from the
development to current budget in government high and higher secondary schools
during the current fiscal year.
The district-wise break up, regarding
creation of posts, includes Attock 28 posts (14 IT teachers and 14 IT lab
in-charges), Bahawalnagar 36, Bahawalpur 26, Bhakhar 16, Chakwal 30, DG Khan 46,
Faisalabad 74, Gujranwala 38, Gujrat 44, Hafizabad 10, Jhang 36, Jhelum 22,
Kasur 26, Khanewal 32, Khushab 18, Lahore 48, Layyah 16, Lodhran 14, Mandi
Bahauddin 20, Mianwali 16, Multan 32, Muzaffargrah 22, Nankana Sahib 10, Narowal
26, Okara 26, Pakpattan 14, Rahimyar Khan 36, Rajanpur 20, Rawalpindi 56,
Sahiwal 36, Sargodha 44, Sheikhupura 26, Sialkot 36, Toba Tek Singh 26 and
When contacted, Secretary Schools Nadeem Ashraf said a
summary in connection with creation of posts was sent to Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif recently, which had been approved. He said that after creation of the
posts, the earlier contracts would be extended.
"IT Teachers ko Grade 17 say Grade 16 main tabdeel kar deya giya hay jo keh IT Teacher say nainsafeee hay ."
Name: Abdul Ghafoor
City, Country: d.g.khan
UVAS wildlife, ecology courses in March
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore,
in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and University of Essex, UK, is
launching a series of short training courses in wildlife and ecology from March
According to a press statement, the Department of Wildlife and
Ecology and Institute of Continuing Education and Extension will execute the
short training programmes sponsored by the Developing Partnerships in Higher
Education (DelPHE), Higher Education Commission, British Council Link Program
Archaeology agreement signed: An Agreement was signed
on Tuesday between the Italian Archaeological Mission and the Beaconhouse
National University (BNU) to launch the courses for training in archaeological
restoration and conservation of cultural heritage.
Under the agreement,
Beaconhouse National University will organize courses and workshops for training
experts and employees of departments of archaeology and museum and other
interested in the subject to improve expertise in the conservation of tangible
cultural heritage like monuments and archeological sites.
Maria Oliveri, head of Italian Archaeological Mission and an eminent Italian
scholar, will conduct these courses. The News
Dar-e-Arqam student excels in speech contest
Lahore: It was fantastic rather a happy surprise to see a 9th class student
of Dar-e-Arqam, Model Town, speaking English fluently with fine accent. Not only
she but the budding students from the playgroup to secondary school level also
communicate in English, although the school is considered, predominantly, a
religious institution where Hifz-e-Quran is part of the studies.
administration plans to introduce two years comprehensive education of Quran,
Hadith and Fiqah to its students who will pass 6th class by suspending their
regular studies. They will, however, be re-admitted in the next class after two
The 9th class student, Fizza, daughter of Abdur Rehman Abid, a senior
official in the Social Security Institution, won the first prize of Chief
Minister's speech/debate and essay-writing competition organised by Board of
Intermediate & Secondary Education at the provincial level. CM Shahbaz
Sharif gave her a prize of Rs One lakh and certificate at the prize-distribution
ceremony. The CM also gave a cash prize of Rs one lakh to the school.
wants to become doctor in future and was happy at Dar-e-Arqam. Managing Director
Mohammad Yaseen said that Dar-e-Arqam wanted to establish its branches all over
the province. At present it has 90 branches, 26 of it in the Lahore alone. The
number of students at these branches is 25,000 out of which 3,000 are doing
their Hifz-e-Quran. The system provide modern education with teaching of Oxford
courses at competitive tuition fee. The Nation
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