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Medical colleges self-finance scheme & unfair fee

Unfair fee schedule
Lahore, July 24, 2008: The Punjab Government has decided to uphold its decision of converting self-finance seats in medical colleges to open merit seats.

This would be applicable only to the new recruits. What is really disturbing however is the fact that the students already enrolled would continue to pay according to the previous fee structure (self-finance) all the same which has aroused a feeling of resentment amongst the students. Termination of self-finance should have meant the abolition of the old fee schedule.

The big question is why have the students already enrolled in the medical colleges been excluded from this exemption? A few unsatisfactory answers have been given to this question that need to be clarified. Firstly, the fact that policies are not changed in mid-session is not entirely true as in the previous PML (N) era not only the self finance seats were converted to open merit seats for all students but also the students enrolled were refunded the extra fees.

Secondly, the number of total seats that are included in the merit list after the entry exam of Punjab Medical Colleges remains the same as it was when self-finance system was operational hence the previous students and the new students would share an equal standing in terms of merit, the difference being only that the enrolled students are older than the new students.

One hopes that the CM Punjab would look into the matter and do the needful. The government should introduce a uniform policy for all students even if in present circumstances refunds are not possible, at least the fee structure from the year 2009 should be according to the open merit system.

Kheyal Azam Khalil, Lahore (The Nation)

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PU PhD scholars' issues discussed
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the universityís HEC PhD and MPhil scholars to discuss and redress their problems.

The meeting held in the auditorium of Undergraduate Block at New Campus to discuss issues relating to supervision of research theses, funds, hostel allotment, and access to international research journals through internet for references, delay in appointment of examiners and other issues. The meeting was attended by Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee Chairperson Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, Undergraduate Director Prof Dr Jamil Anwar, Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, Information Technology Centre chief director, chief librarian and about 200 PhD/MPhi scholars. VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said universitiesí creative and research work made them superior from the colleges and if the universities did not provide facilities or address the problems of their PhD scholars then it would go against them. Later, the VC opened the house for scholars to discuss their problems and various PhD scholars briefed the house about general problems. Dr Mujahid Kamran, Dr Shahida Hasnain and other officials concerned listened to their complaints and issued directives for their redress. The PhD scholars thanked the VC for calling their meeting.

The VC also called a separate meeting to address the problems of the PhD scholars of Institute of Education and Research (IER), Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and Department of Applied Psychology.

The meeting of the non-HEC PhD scholars of PU would be called soon. The News

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