Matric examinations retired teachers
Govt to engage retired employees for matric exams
Lahore, Feb 22: The Punjab government has adopted a different and difficult option to
conduct the upcoming matriculation examinations by getting the services
of retired employees and teachers across the province in the wake of
ongoing agitation by employees of eight boards.
It has been
decided to involve retired employees of the boards of intermediate and
secondary education (BISEs), school and college teachers and
examination staff of different universities to ensure the smooth and
transparent conduct of exams as existing employees of the boards have
been observing strike against the government.
It has further
been decided that the FIRs will be registered against the protesting
employees if they try to disrupt the conduct of exams besides
initiation of disciplinary action against those instigating the
employees to go on strike.
The decisions were made in a meeting
chaired by Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema and attended by
Additional Secretary Chaudhry Akram, chairmen of BISEs, DPI Colleges,
Additional DPI Colleges, Additional Controller and Deputy Controller of
Exams from the Punjab University and other officials here on Sunday.
employees of all the eight boars of the province have been protesting
against the government for almost two weeks now for not releasing
grants to the boards. They claim that the chief minister's decision to
waive off registration and examination fee of matric students of the
government schools has created financial problems for the boards and if
the government does not provide grants the boards may go bankrupt.
the officials of the department concerned believed that the employees
were pressurizing the government as it had recently opposed 15 percent
increase in medical allowance announced by the BISE, Lahore, and BISE,
Faisalabad. They said the government had assured grants to boards
besides a cabinet committee was also formed by the CM over the issue
but the employees were reluctant to call off the strike.
to the department officials, the boards' employees had been enjoying
better salaries and allowances than other government servants, adding
that their demand to increase allowances was unjustified.
to the sources, the Sunday meeting decided that BPS-17 and above
officers of all the BISEs who were not a part of the ongoing protests
would take over the data and record while police action would be
initiated against those who would try to interfere or offer resistance.
They said show-cause notices had already been issued to 33
employees of different boards for protesting and instigating others to
become part of strikes, adding that dozens of others would be served
with show-cause notices on Monday (today). The Matriculation Annual
Examination 2010 will simultaneously start on March 13, 2010, under
eight boards, namely Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha,
Rawalpindi, Multan, DG Khan and Bahawalpur.
Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema said anyone who tried to
change the record or interfere in the conduct of exams would be dealt
with strictly. He said the employees were not ready to end strike
despite the fact that the CM had formed a cabinet committee regarding
"They continued blackmailing which is not
acceptable to the government," he said.
employees are already enjoying more allowances than other government
servants," he said, adding: "It has become their habit to observe
strike ahead of exams to pressurise the government, however, it will
not happen this time."
To a question, Cheema said: "No more
negotiations." "The exams will be held as per schedule. We have made
alternative arrangements and anybody who tried to disrupt smooth and
transparent conduct of exam would face strict action."
Higher Education secretary further said that besides retired employees
of boards, government teachers and examination staff of different
universities would be involved for conduct of exams.
He further said a
meeting to review the situation and arrangements in connection with the
exams would be held on a daily basis from Monday (today). The news
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Neglect undermining KEMU, Mayo's repute bit by bit
Lahore: A lack of standard operating procedures, unvarying negligence on the part of whichever government
comes to power and doctors' slack attitude has been undermining the
King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and its teaching hospital, health
experts and senior professors told Daily Times.
KEMU – the
country's oldest medical institution – was granted university status
under the KEMU Act, 2005, by the previous Punjab government.
Interestingly, KEMU's teaching hospital, the Mayo Hospital, was made
autonomous with the medical superintendent (MS) being directly
responsible to the health secretary instead of the university's vice
Various senior professors said that nowhere
in the world did teaching hospitals work independent of the university
and blamed the system for the many problems that the university and the
hospital were facing.
Daily Times has learnt that in the current
set up, the MS is responsible for various matters ranging from policy
making, purchasing medicines, providing staff and equipment,
maintaining hygiene, sanitation and toilets, providing bulbs and almost
every conceivable thing required by a hospital.
The VC had
been made the university's chief executive and exercises administrative
control over all its officers, teachers and employees. However,
department heads who served at the hospital had no authority or any say
in addressing the issues facing their wards.
This, along with
a number of other reasons, is said to be the cause of the problems
facing the most prestigious medical institution and the biggest medical
set up in Punjab.
KEMU permanent VC
Lahore: The government has failed to appoint a permanent vice chancellor (VC)
for the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) since it was granted
university status four years ago, Daily Times has learnt.
In 2006 –
when the college was granted university status – Dr Mumtaz Hassan was
made the acting VC, followed by Professor Zafarullah Khan, who was
again not given a permanent posting.
In November 2008, the Health
Department had advertised the post in the press and invited "high class
professionals" to apply for it. Interestingly, the search committee
formed to scrutinise candidates has not conducted a single interview
despite the lapse of such a significant period since the advertisement
was first made.
Senior doctors and health experts believe that the
practice keeps the VC in limbo, consequently affecting his performance.
They said that a permanent VC did not live in fear of losing his job
and hence took administrative decisions in the better interest of the
Last year, the government had moved to revert KEMU's
university status, but stopped after facing resistance from different
Sources in the administration said that the government's
failure to revert its university status had resulted in it (government)
now neglecting the country's most prestigious and oldest medical
Chief Minister's Task Force on Health Chairman Dr Saeed
Elahi told Daily Times that a search committee consisting of "prominent
persons" had been made and it would soon start interviewing candidates
for the post.
Overcrowded lecture theatres
Lahore: Around 300 students enrol in the King Edward Medical University (KEMU)
each year, even though the university does not have lecture theatres to
accommodate the number, KEMU Vice Chancellor Professor Zafarullah Khan
told Daily Times.
He said 270 students were enrolled to the university
each year, but the lecture theatres had not been designed to
accommodate more than 200 students.
"Due to this, many students have to
sit on stairs, on the isles and tables during lectures, discomforting
teachers and students alike," he added. Talking to Daily Times, Khansa
Ahmad, a 4th year student said only the newly-built forensic lecture
theatre had sufficient space to accommodate the whole class, while
students have to adjust during other classes.
"Students are always on
their heels to get a seat in the lecture theatre and many prefer to
miss the class if they know that they would not make the class in time
to get a proper seat," she added.
Chief Minister's Task Force on Health
Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said the issue had been "blown out of
proportions", as students attended classes in batches, with each batch
not exceeding 50 students during the first two years and from the third
year on, they spent more than 60 percent of their time in the hospital.
"In the 80s there used to be 300 students in one class and even then
things were fine...the Harvard School of Medicine has less space than
the KEMU, but they have maintained their standard," Elahi said.
However, KEMU Registrar Dr Mehmood Shaukat said every institution had
its own procedure of working, adding that making comparisons with
Harvard was inappropriate.
He said the classes were overcrowded and the
need for more spacious lecture theatres was "real". Daily times
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Education Expo 2010
Lahore: Two-day Education Expo 10, organised by the HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd
with media partnership of Jang Group, kicked off at the Pearl
Continental Hotel here on Sunday.
A large number of people
belonging to different walks of life, particularly students, thronged
the stalls of the expo where representatives from dozens of top
universities of the UK and Australia gave them free admission-related
The prospective students took keen interest in the
event and expressed satisfaction with presence of professionals in the
field of foreign education. They had discussions with the experts
regarding their prospects of studying abroad and were briefed about
admissions to top universities of the UK and Australia while matters
related with visa were also discussed.
The foreign universities
have been offering a vast range of courses in subjects, including
business, engineering, computer engineering, public health, health
services, dentistry and medicine. A number of universities also
received on the spot admission applications from students.
to The News, a number of visitors appreciated the organisers of the
expo, saying the event was of great help for those planning to study
"It's certainly a good opportunity for students, seeking
admissions in UK or Australian universities," commented a visiting
student, Ahmed, saying: "The event will help students explore different
prospects of securing admissions to foreign institutions of higher
Another visitor, Shahzad, said the expo provided the
students with an opportunity of comprehensive and detailed discussions
with highly skilled and professional people. "Such events should be
organised on a regular basis," he said.
Director HR Consultants
(Pvt) Ltd Hamid Rauf said representatives from top universities of the
UK and Australia were available to give professional advices to the
students in the expo. He said free of charge guidance and information
was being provided to students, adding that visa assistance was also
being offered to them. He said it was a matter of pride for the HR
Consultants that almost all the students whose cases were processed
through his organisation for September and January intake had got
Mr Rauf said education in the UK was cost-effective as
compared to many other English speaking countries, adding that besides
the merit, scholarships were also offered to students.
Manager, Queen Mary, University of London, Nabeel Vehra said students
were taking great interest in the Education Expo 10, saying that
students seeking admissions to foreign universities should approach
professionals only. He said the general impression that there were
problems in getting UK student visas was wrong.
has improved and is more efficient now," he said, adding that the last
year certainly left a wrong impression when students had to face delay
in getting visas.
Country Manager of Navitas, Ali Rehman, said
good turnout of students was observed in the expo where professionals
of the field were available to guide and assist them about future
possibilities of studying abroad.
The major participants of
Education Expo 10 include the Birmingham City University, University of
Bradford, Queen Mary University of London, Middlesex University, Brunel
University, University of Leicester, London South Bank University,
University of Hertfordshire, Bradford College, South Thames College,
London, London School of Business & Finance, CRIC (Cambridge Ruskin
International College an associate college of Anglia Ruskin
University), HIBT (Hertfordshire International College of Business
& Technology an associate college of the University of
Hertfordshire), ICP (International College Portsmouth, an associate
college of the University of Portsmouth), ICWS (International College
Wales Swansea, an associate college of the Swansea University), LIBT
(London International College of Business & Technology in
association with the Brunel University) and PDIC (Plymouth Devon
International College as associate college of University of
Plymouth). Monday (today) will be last day of the expo.
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House jobs demanded
Lahore: The Pakistan Young Doctors Association (YDA) has said that the number of
seats for House Officers (HOs) in the corresponding hospitals should be
equal to the number of graduates passing out of the institutions.
to a press statement issued on Sunday, the office-bearers of YDA, Dr
Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and Dr Aslam Rao, stated that every doctor
had to do a one year house job before they were registered with the
Pakistan Medical and Dental Corporation (PMDC) but there were not
enough posts for HOs at the hospitals.
The YDA said that there
was a need for at least 50 seats at Jinnah Hospital, 40 at Services
Hospital, 110 at Bahawalpur Victor Hospital and 80 at Sir Ganga Ram
The office-bearers of the YDA demanded that the
required seats be created to ensure paid house jobs for the graduates
and to meet the PMDC criterion of at least one HO for ten beds at any
hospital. The news
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