Self-finance medical students demand equal rights
Student's father says he had to take bank loan to pay son's fee
Lahore, Jan 19: With the elimination of
self-finance schemes in medical institutions in the province, students who were
earlier enrolled under the schemes are demanding that their fees be cut down to
the same level.
Medical college administrations have said that under the
old rules, the self-finance students signed affidavits binding them to the fee
There were 388 seats reserved for self-finance programmes in
nine colleges in the province, while the number of self-finance students already
I n different stages of medical colleges goes into the thousands. Punjab Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced the elimination of the schemes in medical
colleges last year and students were admitted on merit alone this year.
Exemption: A number of medical students from the Services Institute of
Medical Sciences (SIMS), requesting anonymity, said most students enrolled on
self-finance had over 900 marks in their intermediate exams. They said that due
to the lack of opportunities, they are forced to pay up to Rs 300,000 in fees
every year. They said after graduation, they were hired at the same government
and private hospitals as the students admitted on the basis of merit, adding
that it was unfair to make them pay heavy fees. "We met with the CM silently,
and he assured us that half of our fees would be exempted. However, no
notification to that effect has been issued yet," they added.
year student at the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) said the elimination of
the self-finance scheme by the CM had been a good thing, but the older students
must also be accommodated. She added that she had 936 marks in her intermediate
examinations, and it was not fair that she was paying extra fees.
loan: The father of a SIMS medical student, Muhammad Qayuum, said it was very
hard for middle class people to afford heavy fees. He said he had been forced to
take a bank loan to pay for his son's education, and only he could know how hard
Another medical student said students were planning protests
against the discrimination, adding that they had signed an affidavit, but the CM
could overturn that. An official from the University of Health Sciences said that they had not been sent any notification that would allow them to
accommodate the old students, adding that the students had signed affidavits
binding them to pay the full fees.
Technical Health Department
Additional Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Sulheria said the department had not received
any direction from the CM ordering a concession in fees for old students. Daily Times
"yes there should be fee deduction for the self finance students as most of them belong to middle class families and they are deserving students as there merit is slightly less than on open merit.there should be favour from the c.m ."
City, Country: faisalabad, Pakistan
"Though I do admire the actions taken by Mr. Shahbaz Sharif but the policy of restricting the admission on self financing is not much appreciated. He is requested to review this policy. Sultan Durrani."
Name: Sultan Durrani
City, Country: Brampton - Canada
"I want to know about Medical (MBBS) seats in OIC for pakistan students. What is the process for us to take reserve seats for govt. Of pakistan students."
City, Country: Mingora, pakistan
"Aoa! Sir I want to know that is this offer for kmdc students because my name is also come in selffinance mbbs and it is hard for my parents to meet all expenses we belong to a middle class. Plz give me the answer thanks"
Name: Aisha kamal
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan
"My name sharmila s. My total marks 1164/1200 cut of marks 190.5. I am very poor for financial x std state IIIrd student please. I am execpting medical please. Help me"
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VC of cash-strapped PU accused of extravagance
Lahore: At a time when public sector universities have been facing severe
cuts in grants from the government, the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University
(PU) is setting new examples of running the administration quite
Besides being criticized for purchasing a number of
vehicles, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran is presently being castigated by senior
faculty members for creating a number of new posts which, they think, were not
indispensable. They are quite critical of the VC for having a fleet of three
cars saying to bear expenses of these vehicles under prevailing circumstances
when universities were receiving meager funding, was certainly unfair.
A senior PU professor, asking not to be named, said
a post of chief security officer (CSO) was created by the VC against which a
retired police officer was appointed. The post never existed before, he said
adding no significance improvement was witnessed as far as security arrangements
The Dec 3, 2008 firing incident in which two boarding
students got injured exposes the lapses in security measures, he said. "Many
other incidences of violence have also occurred recently", he said while adding
"On the other hand the CSO had been drawing handsome salary".
teacher said the VC created a post of protocol officer which never existed
before adding the VC also allowed one of his close associates, Principal College
of Earth & Environmental Sciences Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, to buy a
car despite the fact he (the professor) had already been having an official car.
He further said appointment of some 70 non-teaching staff and provision of
financial benefits package of next grade to over 40 teachers by the VC while
using his "emergency powers" had also been a subject of heated debate among the
university faculty members.
It is important to mention here that the VC
had got the appointment of 70 non-teaching staff approved from the syndicate but
the matter of providing the package of "financial benefits" of the next grade to
some teachers of grade 18 and 19 had yet to be presented before the statutory
body. Reportedly, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had also raised
objections to the package. It is further learnt that the Chancellor's office has
also raised objections to the said package while a committee of PU syndicate
would soon be finalizing its recommendations in this regard.
senior faculty member said Principal of PU College of Information Technology
(PUCIT) Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, also a cousin of the VC, had been occupying
official residence despite the fact he was not entitled as he had been serving
the university on contract basis.
When contacted, a PU official said two
cars had been purchased, before universities started facing severe cuts by the
government, for protocol which were meant to be used by visiting dignitaries
including foreigners. He added one car was bought for the VC since the previous
vehicle was not fit for use. He further said since the VC did not have any
secretary, the post of protocol officer was created adding a BS-9 employee was
appointed against this post unlike secretary whose post was equivalent to BS-18.
The official further said PUCIT principal was appointed during the
tenure of former VC Lt Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood adding since then the principal
had been occupying the official residence as per his terms of appointment. He
further said the PU VC had been taking initiatives by which the university could
generate maximum revenue to avoid effects of cuts in universities' grants by the
government. He said the installation of towers by three cellular companies at
the PU New Campus was one such example by which the university would be
receiving Rs six million annually. He added keeping in view the significance of
research activities VC Dr Mujahid Kamran increased the research funding from Rs
four million to Rs 50 million. The official further said the VC had allowed
heads of those departments/ institutes or colleges to buy cars which were
offering self supporting programme. To a question, he said "However if any head
was already having a car, he was not entitled to buying another". -firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students slam Israeli aggression
Islamabad: Dozens of students of different universities on Saturday staged a demonstration at D-Chowk to protest
attacks on Gaza Strip by Israeli forces.
Holding placards inscribed with
peace massages, the students chanted slogans against Israel and its supporting
nations. They expressed solidarity with the Palestinians and urged Ummah to make
collective efforts against Israeli aggression.
They said sufferings in
Gaza were beyond catastrophic while clamour of the world for peace was falling
flat to Israel. They said terrorists were not Hamas, but the Israeli forces
playing havoc with the Palestinians. The students demanded that Israel end Gaza
massacre immediately and urged leaders of the Muslim countries to adopt a firm
stand on the issue. Pakistan Youth Initiative (PYI) President Salman Zaidi said
his organisation, comprising students of different educational institutions,
strongly condemned the Palestinians' killings at the hand of Israeli forces. He
lamented weak stance of the world leaders on the issue, saying perhaps they had
not seen footages of Israeli attacks-stricken children. Speaking on the
occasion, People's Right Movement (PRM) President Asim Sajjad pressed the World
leaders for realising consequences of bloodshed in Gaza Strip. Later, the
protestors marched on Parliament House and dispersed peacefully.
People's Student Federation (PSF) on Saturday organised a rally to
condemn Israeli aggression in Gaza Strip and expressed solidarity with the
freedom movement of Kashmiris. Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Rawalpindi
chapter, President Aamir Fida Paracha led the rally that started from Liaquat
Bagh and ended at Fowara Chowk. A large number of the party activists and
students of all Rawalpindi colleges attended the rally and chanted slogans
against Israel and India.
Speaking on the occasion, Paracha urged United
Nations and Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to come forward and play
their due roles to save innocent lives in Gaza and Kashmir. Daily Times
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Police scholarships to open new avenues: IG
Lahore: Inspector General of Police Punjab Shaukat Javed has said the
implementation of educational scholarship scheme for the children of police
officials will open new avenues of educational opportunities for them.
He was expressing these views while presiding over a high level meeting
in the Camp Office held to review the implementation of educational scholarship
scheme on Sunday. Additional IG Welfare & Finance Aftab Sultan and other
senior police officers of CPO were also present.
He said that under the
new educational scholarship scheme 100% educational expenditures would be paid
from police welfare fund for those children who got admission in the prominent
educational institutions recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) like Lahore University of Management
Sciences (LUMS), Lahore School of Economics, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of
Engineering and Technology, Quaid-i-Azam University, National University of
Science and Technology (NUST), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Govt. College University, Lahore, Lahore College for Women University and
Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore.
The IGP has said the educational
scholarship scheme is a revolutionary step in the direction of providing relief
to the police officials and their families. He said owing to educational
scholarship scheme the children of police officials would not face any
difficulties in meeting the expenditures incurred on education. He directed all
regional police officers to disseminate the features of educational scholarship
scheme in respective district police lines, police stations and all police units
so that the children of police officials could benefit in an effective manner.
He also directed to ensure that complete information in respect of education
scholarship scheme should be transmitted to all retired police officials and
widows through respective police stations. He said the decision to increase the
financial assistance from five to 20 lac for the heirs of police martyrs had
been implemented in letter and spirit.
He said under the new package the
Government of Punjab would also bear all the expenditures incurred on education
for the children of police martyrs from primary to postgraduate level. The IGP
has said the heirs of police martyrs will be entitled to getting full pay and
pension. He said the heirs of police martyrs would be given full increment and
allowances along with the salary. The News
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