Foreign medical students' admission & PMDC
Foreign students' admission: PMDC 'faces pressure' to bend rules
Lahore, Jan 02: The embassies of some 'friendly' countries
have exerted pressure on the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council through
Economic Affairs Division (EAD) to end the condition of entrance test
or scholastic aptitude test part-II (SAT-II) for their students with
'rudimentary background in English language' for admission to state-run
The admissions were sought under Pakistan Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) for 2011-12 session.
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Statistics (Economic Affairs
Division) oversees the admissions of foreign students to the disciplines
of medicine and dentistry at graduate level under PTAP.
embassies of theses countries for the first time expressed their
reservations over the SAT-II condition implemented by PMDC for
admissions to state-run medical and dental institutions for their
students being citizens of non-English speaking countries, according to
the documents available with Dawn.
Constant interference of the
EAD and Prime Minister's Secretariat in the matters relating to
admissions of foreign students under PTAP may jeopardise the medical
education standard, analyst believe.
The EAD had managed to get 63
students of some 19 countries admitted to local colleges for the
session 2010-11 by seeking one-time relaxation of entrance test or
SAT-II condition last year.
But, now the Division has asked the
PMDC for waiving off the condition for the students of all those
countries with whom Pakistan was enjoying cordial relations as they were
unable to compete for professional studies due to their poor English.
EAD opened Pandora's Box with regard to admission criteria when it
endorsed the viewpoint of these countries and communicated the same to
the PMDC and heads of various medical institutions last month.
also sent some fresh admission nominations for the session 2011-12,
asking the authorities concerned to wave off the condition, which is in
clear violation of PMDC Regulations of 2003 and 2010.
has nominated total 55 candidates from some 17 countries for 2011-12
session on November 25 and later on December 9, 2011, issuing their
names and the institutions against which the admissions were sought. The
non-English speaking countries include Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey,
Iran, Sudan, Mauritius, Afghanistan, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh,
In 2010, the Punjab government while granting for
the first time the one-time permission to 63 students had categorically
conveyed to the PMDC, EAD and other authorities concerned about its
decision to ensure implementation of the PMDC's admission criteria
"EAD and the HEC may be asked to ensure, in future, that
all foreign candidates fulfill the conditions laid down in the
prospectus before nominating them for admissions to public sector
medical/dental colleges of Punjab. EAD and HEC should devise their own
mechanism to widely disseminate the eligibility conditions for admission
of foreign students in MBBS/BDS through Pakistani embassies in other
countries and also to advertise these in international media," the
official communiqué read.
"It would be more appropriate that HEC
and EAD get the eligibility of these candidates verified by UHS before
finalising their nomination. It must be made abundantly clear to them
that Admission Board for Medical/Dental Institutions of the Punjab shall
not entertain and candidate who does not fulfill basic minimum
requirements for admission, including Entrance Test/SAT-II examination,
as stipulated in the prospectus of the same session and the PMDC
Regulations 2003 and 2010".
However, ignoring all the previous
warnings and recommendations, the EAD 'directed' the UHS admission board
chairman and heads of 14 other state-run medical and dental
institutions of the country, "We have written to PMDC requesting for
waiving off the condition of SAT-II because all the beneficiary
countries under PTAP have expressed their concern about this test".
these 17 countries, the PMDC has exempted students of Afghanistan from
SAT-II examination on the intervention of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani holding them eligible for admission to government medical
institutions for the 2011-12 session.
The decision on the matters of other countries was under consideration.
the EAD's constant interference in the admission matters as an
'excess', the UHS had categorically refused to compromise on the minimum
admission criteria set by the PMDC, a source said.
Last week, the
source said, the UHS refused to issue no objection certificate (NOC) to
a female Turkish student admitted to Fatima Jinnah Medical College
(FJMC), Lahore, for neither appearing in the entrance test, nor
qualifying SAT-II exam. She was nominated among the other students by
the EAD for admission, he said.
PMDC president Prof Dr Sibtul
Hasnain dispelled the impression that the Council was giving any undue
favour to the foreign students under PTAP. He said the PMDC in its last
meeting held in December had relaxed the admission rules for Afghan
students only on prime minister's directions.
PMDC Registrar Ahmad
Nadeem Akbar said that being 'supreme body' the general council (of the
PMDC) had the authority to relax the rules as it did in the case of
Afghan students. He confirmed these students were considered for
admission on prime minister's direction.
"We are ready to give more such relaxations if the prime minister directs us to do so", he said.
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"If a student study MD from Afghanistan how he will register with pmdc and list of Afghanistan medical universities accepted by pmdc"
City, Country: Karachi.Pakistan
"Hey, i did my inter (grade 12th) in 2012, and got equilence also. So am i eligable to get admission in LuMhs jamshoro or not?? "
Name: Abdur Rahim
City, Country: Hyderabad, Pakistan
"Salam, sir g, mujy afghanistan ma MD k ly schlshp mela hy, ab ma ye cnfrm karna chahta ho k afghanistan k kon kon sy medical collges ke MD ke degree pakstn ma acceptable hoge aftar appearns in PMDC test, so plz ap logo k jes websyt par afghanstan k alowd colges listd hy, send me that web, shall be very thanxful 2 people. Please"
Name: Iftikhar ullah
City, Country: Hangu, Pakistan
Test of best brains for PU vice chancellor slot
Country's best brains are all set to express themselves in a
two-day contest beginning from Monday (today) for the selection of the
vice-chancellor of country's highest seat of learning - the Punjab
The PU VC slot is falling vacant on Monday
when the Punjab government's search committee headed by LUMS
Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali will start interviewing candidates
including incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran.
least 45 candidates had applied for the post, out of whom around a dozen
candidates have been denied interview call letters because they failed
to qualify the laid down criteria.
Apart from Prof Kamran, some of
the top candidates for PU VCship are: Karakuram International
University VC Prof Dr Najma Najam, National Textile University Rector
Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad, PU Economics and Management Sciences faculty dean
Prof Dr Ehsan Malik and former PU Registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan. Many
candidates are hopeful of winning the prized slot.
believes that he had run the university well and promoted a culture of
research. In the PU's Fact Book 2011, Prof Kamran has reported that the
university produced 425 PhDs and sent 189 faculty members abroad for
presentation of papers at international conferences during his four-year
He also contained the Islami Jamiat Tulaba and did not
allow them to act as freely as was the case during former VC Arshad
Mahmood's eight-year tenure.
However, a clear divide among faculty
members was witnessed during Prof Kamran's tenure. The right wing group
remained at loggerheads with him as well as the pro-VC group - Teachers
Front. Prof Kamran, however, claims that he treated all on merit.
Prof Kamran has an experience of running the Punjab University for four
years, the aspirants believe the change is always good to break
monotony as well as bring in fresh ideas to take the university to new
It is yet to see whether new aspirants will be able to
motivate the search committee as well as Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
to go for a change or the incumbent VC will convince them for the
continuation of policies to bear fruits for which he worked for four
On the second-last working day of his tenure, Prof Kamran
had made a fiery speech at varsity's 120th convocation on Saturday and
lambasted the rulers for not giving due importance to education.
all rulers responsible for the present day crisis, he said the rulers
were showing inhuman attitude towards the masses by not offering them
He said the education alone could
change the fate of individuals as well as the nations - but the present
government was not even ready to allocate mere four per cent of the GDP
While many present on the occasion believed that
this was VC's last official speech, Prof Kamran said that one should not
compromise on truth and call spade a spade.
Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khosa to preside over the convocation,
in the latest scenario when the governor is a mere rubber stamp in case
of appointment of a vice-chancellor, was also taken as if Prof Kamran
had lost the patronage of the chief minister, who is all in all to
appoint the PU vice-chancellor. However, Prof Kamran claimed that the
governor had been given invitation for the convocation some six months
The Punjab government has, this time, acted wisely and
started the process early to select a PU vice-chancellor. Previously,
many universities like Government College University, Lahore College for
Women University, University of Education and University of Sargodha
faced severe administrative problems when regular VCs' tenures completed
and senior most professors were appointed - who created a third body
and created problems which are still being rectified by respective
vice-chancellors. Officials of the Punjab higher education department
say that Prof Kamran will continue to hold the charge of his office as
acting-VC for a few days, when a regular VC will be appointed.
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PU convocation VC takes exception to govt policies
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran has lashed out at the Pakistani rulers who, he said,
should be ashamed of not giving due importance to education.
was delivering his address at the Punjab University's 120th convocation
at Faisal Auditorium on Saturday. Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, who was
invited to preside over the convocation, did not turn up. The varsity
management waited for him for about an hour and then started convocation
The PU VC lamented that Pakistan had gone down to
186th rank among world nations in terms of education indicators. Stating
that even African countries were allocating more and more percentage of
their GDPs on education, the VC asked, "What heaven will fall, if the
rulers will allocate mere four per cent of GDP – already committed by
them – on education."
He said the parents sold their land and
other valuables for the sake of education of their children but those
ruling the country remained indifferent to the plight of millions of
children having no opportunity of going to schools.
that a large number of areas particularly remote ones neither had
schools nor teachers. "Massive talent in rural areas is perishing
without expressing itself due to poverty and unavailability of education
and other social services," he said.
Without education, he said, a human being was blind, deaf and a burden on this earth.
Kamran urged the rulers that they should stop speaking against each
other and ensure bringing Pakistan's money back in the country, which
should be spent on education.
The PU VC lauded the graduates for
earning degrees as well as distinctions in their academic careers. He
hoped that they would serve the nation and become instrumental in
bringing it out of the crisis.
Earlier, VC Prof Kamran gave away degrees to 129 PhDs, 261 MPhils, 377 master's graduates and 219 undergraduates besides
distributing medals and cash prizes among 60 undergraduates and 79 master's students.
Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali presented the progress report of the department.
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High court moved against PU VC
Lahore: A candidate for the slot of the
vice-chancellor of Punjab University filed a petition in the Lahore High
Court on Saturday pleading not to allow incumbent VC Mujahid Kamran to
hold the office after the expiry of his tenure on Jan 2.
Mugheesuddin Sheikh in his petition said Prof Kamran stood retired a
year ago while his four-year tenure as VC was going to expire on Jan 2.
The Punjab government has already advertised the post and over two dozen
candidates, including Prof Kamran, have applied against it.
the Punjab education department has yet to nominate the interim
replacement of Prof Kamran, his continuation on the post after Jan 2 may
jeopardize the fairness of the new selection as he himself is a
candidate," Prof Sheikh said.
Prof Sheikh who of late retired as
dean of PU social sciences further contended that a senior most
professor of the PU should be appointed as interim VC till the
appointment of a regular vice-chancellor. Dawn
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GCU turns 148 years old
Lahore: One of the prestigious institutions of Pakistan, Government
College University (GCU), completed its 148 successful years of
educational services on Sunday.
GCU was established on January
1, 1864, at the Haveli of Dhian Singh in the old walled city. It
continued providing its services in the Haveli for 13 years and in 1877
the current gothic-style majestic building of the GCU was completed,
situated on 3,700 square feet in the north of Soldiers Garden (Gol Bagh)
costing Rs 320,000 at the time. Dr GW Lietner was the first principal
of the GCU.
At that time, only one university, Calcutta
University, was providing higher education in the subcontinent,
therefore, it was decided that the GCU would be affiliated with it.
After the establishment of Punjab University in 1882, GCU changed
GCU was awarded autonomy in financial and
administrative affairs in 1889 and got degree-awarding status in 1997.
After strenuous efforts in 2002, the government decided to give the
status of university to the institution. From the first principal, Dr GW
Lietner, to the second vice chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr
Rahman, as many as 27 heads have served the great institution.
to media, current VC Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman said that the
academic journey that started in 1864 with just nine students and three
teachers produced hundreds of literary figures, politicians, two Nobel
Laureates, five prime ministers, jurists, sportsmen and scientists.
said the college was established on the pattern of Cambridge and
Oxford. The VC added that the historical records showed that
scholarships were given to students from the very start of the
educational institution, the academic fee being Rs 2 during the first
He proudly said that Poet of the East Allama Muhammad
Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, NM Rashid, Patras Bukhari, Ashfaq Ahmad, Qudsia
Bano, Pakistani Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Abdus Salam, Chief Justice MR
Kyani, Chief Justice Naseem Hassan Shah, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal,
Justice (r) Khalilur Rahman Ramday, Justice (r) Khawja Muhammad Sharif
and Lahore High Court Chief Justice Shiekh Azamt Saeed are all former
students of GCU. He further said that the university also produced five
prime ministers; Feroz Khan Noon, Yousaf Raza Gilani, Nawaz Sharif,
Zafarullah Khan Jamali and Moeen Qureshi, in addition to hundreds of
political leaders, including Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Hanif Ramay
and former governor Salmaan Taseer. Tennis star Aisamul Haq, cricketers
Amir Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Inzamamul Haq and Salim Malik are also Old
Ravains, he said.
"If you come to performing arts, noted Indian
actor Dev Anand, Rafi Peer, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Ali
Zafar, Hadiqa Kyani and Jawad Ahmad also studied at GCU," he said.
his message on the occasion of GCU's birthday, noted nuclear scientist
and Old Ravians Union President Dr Samar Mubarkmand said that the
biggest contribution of GCU in the history of Pakistan was that out of
140 experts who carried out nuclear explosions in 1998, as many as 60
were Old Ravians. Daily times
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Lahore: The Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) has granted scholarships worth
Rs1.5 billion to some 30,000 students studying from matriculation to
masters' level since its establishment in 2009. This year alone the
foundation has issued 12,500 scholarships worth Rs770 million.
PEEF was established with an endowment fund of Rs2 billion and will be
boasting of a large endowment fund base of Rs8 billion by the end of
this financial year.
The Fund is working towards creating a pool
of talented Pakistani youth amongst the less privileged sections of
society to build a critical mass of the human capital in the country.
PEEF, no brilliant student is required to apply for the scholarship but
the Fund's team itself locates brilliant students not within Punjab but
also in other provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and
Islamabad. Students belonging to other provinces get scholarships from
the five per cent quota allocated for them. Similarly, the Fund has also
allocated a quota for minorities, Grade 1-4 employees' children,
orphans and disable children.
The PEEF is offering scholarships to
students in 19 public sector universities as well as in some private
sector universities, including LUMS, NUST, FAST and GIKI.
respective universities' managements to identify and select students
that qualify Fund's criteria. In private universities, the scholarships
are given to students partly.
In case of LUMS, for example, the
PEEF and the varsity are paying 50 per cent each to offer cent per cent
scholarship to the selected students.
The PEEF is re-investing 10
per cent of the income earned through profit to ensure that money
devaluation should not affect its functioning.
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Image-building in institutions
Lahore: Public sector institutions are more prone to publicity and the
so-called "image-building" instead of providing relief to people.
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore, is one such
example that it, instead of reacting and rectifying to problems
identified in the media, quickly issues a clarification without even
considering the news contents and those mentioned in the clarification.
board's spokesman on Friday issued a clarification on a news item
published in this newspaper titled "BISE extends date, refuses fee
relief". The news had identified a problem that candidates and their
parents had to face hardships on Dec 29 as the board's designated banks
refused to entertain students by accepting single fee for the
matriculation annual examination for 2012.
The last date for
submitting admission forms of private candidates with single fee for
matriculation annual examination had expired on Dec 28, but board
chairman Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik had announced extension in date till
He had allowed extension in date for submission of
admission forms with single fee considering candidates' hardships in
getting their forms attested due to winter holidays in the education
department. However, the board's designated banks refused to entertain
students on Dec 29 and they did so on Friday morning as well.
news also identified another problem that candidates were facing
problems in submitting admission forms in board offices when they did
not get their forms downloaded or photocopied on legal size paper.
However, the clarification says everything about board management's initiatives but the issues identified in the news item.
The board spokesman even ignored board's controller of examination's statement mentioned in the news item.
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Faisalabad: Huda Zahid topped in the world in Chemistry in the Cambridge O Level Examinations of May/June 2011. She also clinched top position in Pakistan Studies.
is daughter of Professor Hina Ayesha, head of Pediatrics Department,
DHQ Hospital, and Dr Zahid Nagra, head of Plastic Surgery Department,
Allied Hospital, Faisalabad.
She is the student of Beacon House School System, Faisalabad Chapter. Dawn
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