PMDC recognised medical & dental colleges
PMDC recognises eight more institutions
Islamabad, Jan 29: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has recognised six more medical
colleges and three medical colleges' dental sections, taking the tally of
government and private institutions, authorised to offer graduate and
postgraduate degrees in medicine, surgery and dentistry, to
According to PMDC Registrar Dr. Ahmad Nadeem Akbar, recognition has
been granted to Bacha Khan Medical College, Mardan; Rashid Latif Medical
College, Lahore; Islam Medical College, Sialkot; Rehan Medical College,
Peshawar; Al-Tibri Medical College, Karachi; Awan Anayat Medical College,
Sheikhupura, and dental sections of Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar;
Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Islamabad, and Women Medical College,
Abbottabad, in line with the recommendations of the Council's inspections teams,
which found their educational, teaching and clinical training facilities and
standards, as well as availability of financial resources within acceptable
limits over a period of time.
He told this scribe on Friday that the
newly-recognised medical colleges and dental sections had been allowed to admit
100 and 50 students, respectively, on an annual basis.
Dr Akbar said the
cases of the nine institutions in question had been under examination before a
freeze was imposed on recognition of new medical and dental colleges in May 2010
"in view of shortage of faculty."
"In line with a council decision, we'll
entertain no application for the opening of new medical and dental colleges
until December 31, 2012. The moratorium will be reviewed only afterward," he
According to the PMDC registrar, the council, in its 116th meeting
on May 8, 2010, also decided that all urban area public and private
institutions, which were complete or in advanced stages of completion, or those
whose applications had been pending with it or were to be received until
December 31, 2010 would be considered for inspection for recognition.
said the council also decided to encourage the opening of medical and dental
colleges in rural areas and in districts without such institutions.
Akbar said students admitted over and above the allocated seats by the
recognised colleges wouldn't be registered by the council.
allow medical and dental practice to the graduates, who are not registered with
us as students," he said.
He also said PMDC had lifted the bar of age but
students with less than 60 per cent marks in FSc and equivalent were not
eligible for medical or dental education in the country. He said medical and
dental institutions and their students were legally bound to follow PMDC
decisions and regulations.
"It is one of the best university of bussiness ever in pakistan and i will feel myself very lucky if i selected in this university."
Name: rajesh kumar
City, Country: hyderabad,pakistan
"last two years we are working in larkana in Bibi Aseefa Dental college at SMBBMuniversity larkana we dont know when it will register and what is the future of staff those were selected through the university selection Board still they all are working on contract basis even we dont know when higher authiorty will conform"
Name: syed yousif
City, Country: larkana
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HEC research work and journals
Islamabad: The mandate of HEC is to promote higher education in the country through universities. It has to make
such policies that encourage the universities to produce world-class
professionals. Apart from teaching, research is an integral part of a
HEC has formulated a number of policies to encourage faculty
members to do research. The entire promotion scheme of faculty members is
dependent on research output. Even the ranking of universities is largely
dependent on their research. To this extent HEC seems to be on the right track
and following what is done in developed countries.
The problem starts
with the kind of research output that is rewarded. The current policy of HEC is
that for a faculty member to get any type of career benefit his research has to
be published in a selected list of journals. This list is maintained by an
organisation called "web of Knowledge" based in the USA. The list contains
around 6,000 journals, most of which deal with basic sciences like physics,
chemistry, biology etc. The focus of these journals is to publish cutting edge
advancements in sciences. The only type of research activity that HEC is
recognising is work that is accepted by this selected list of journals. However,
there is a key missing link completely ignored by HEC. The link is that in the
developed countries there are organisations and people who take this science and
convert it into technology. Only when science is converted into technology, that
we get the products and fruits of this research. Without this conversion, basic
research alone cannot touch the lives of people or contribute to a country's
What Pakistan lacks badly is not science but technology. People
should realize that knowledge of science is free and freely available. The mere
fact that research has to be published, for it to have any worth, shows that it
is made available to everyone and in every country. What is not available is the
technology to convert that science into a working product. Let me explain
through an example: the scientific knowledge required to build a car engine is
about 150 years old. (As a matter of fact the first description of a piston
engine was given by Al-Jazari, an Iraqi Mechanical engineer in 1206 in his book
"Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices"). It is based on basic
thermodynamic principals developed by French engineer Sadi Carnot in 1823. Every
first year mechanical engineering student in Pakistan studies these principles.
The technology to build a car engine however, is only available with car
manufacturing companies like Honda, Toyota or Mercedes. It is heavily guarded by
them and is not available in any textbook, journal or on the
There is always a huge gap between understanding the science,
and developing a product using that science. Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Japan etc
are economic super powers because they make products like DVD players,
computers, cars, LCDs etc. The science behind these products is available to
anyone with internet access. It's the technology that is not there.
need people within our universities who can convert science and basic research
into technology and products. We need people who can build refrigerator
compressors, car engines, solar cells, laptops, cell phones, software etc. The
problem is that making a working cell phone will not be accepted for publication
in web of knowledge listed journals, as it will not be something new and does
not deal with the problems being faced by the developed countries. This is ok as
far as the policy of the journals is concerned. It is definitely not ok, when it
is the policy of HEC not to recognise any work not accepted by these journals,
no matter how important it may be for the country.
It seems that the way
HEC has designed the system, our best and the brightest brains seem to be
working for the developed countries, providing them with novel ideas, which they
can easily convert into useful products, rather than working on problems being
faced by Pakistan. The expectation of HEC that the industry of Pakistan will
bridge this gap is not based on reality. Industry in Pakistan has never
developed any new technology and will not do so anytime in the future. Besides
researchers in academia have no incentive to collaborate with the industry as
that work is not recognised by HEC as holding any value.
If people in
universities, who have the rare ability to convert research into products are
not rewarded, and their careers are stifled, they will leave the country and go
to the developed world where such abilities are very highly valued and rewarded.
As a matter of fact this has already been happening for a number of years, and
the country has suffered badly because of it.
The reward and promotion
criteria of faculty members in our universities is so far removed from the
immediate and basic needs of Pakistan, that is mind boggling. Not only that,
these policies will hardly recognise the contribution of say Bill Gates. A
technology guru and visionary like Bill Gates cannot be promoted to Assistant
Professor of IT according to the HEC criteria as he has no publications in the
selected list of journals. Steve Jobs - creator of I-phone, Mac book, and
responsible for the entire PC revolution - would not be promoted to Associate
Professor as he neither has a PhD nor any publication in the above mentioned
journals. Gordon Moore - the founder of Intel and developer of the microchip
which changed the world - will also not be promoted as he does have a PhD, but
only 3 publications in the stated journals, where as HEC requires 7 publications
for associate professor. These examples have been cited to show how restrictive
and myopic the policies of HEC are. These HEC policies would have destroyed the
three most important technology personalities of the 20th century. In the United
States, universities like Stanford, MIT, and Harvard bend over backwards to get
just a one hour lecture from these people.
Creation of knowledge and
value takes many different forms and require many different skill sets. HEC must
widen its definition of what is valuable from its current limited definition of
the web of knowledge list. HEC must change its criteria and create a system that
produces, develops, and nurtures people like Steve Jobs, instead of just
rewarding PhDs producing research that does nothing for
Jehanzeb_ahmad@yahoo.com - (The author is head of EE
department at Bahria University and an ex-Intel chip designer)
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Islamabad: Muhammad Arshad Zia has done PhD in Mathematics from the International Islamic University (IIU)
under the supervision of Dr. Akbar Azam, associate professor at the Comsats,
says a press release.
The topic of his thesis was 'Fixed Points of
Single and Multi-valued Mappings'.
Arshad got published more than fifteen
research papers in internationally reputed journals, including eight papers in
ISI indexed journals. His area of research was applied in nature. He also worked
on 'Fuzzy Mathematics,' which is a hot research area and got a lot of
applications in computer science, engineering, defence, industry, etc. One can
find washing machines programmed on the basis of 'Fuzzy Logic' in
At the moment, Arshad is associated with the IIU, Islamabad. He is
the founder of the Department of Mathematics at the IIU. He is working on
various research projects. The news
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