Jinnah Medical College PMDC recognition
PMDC to review recognition of Jinnah Medical College
Peshawar, July 24: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) is set to re-inspect
the Jinnah Medical College and review recognition of the institution which
according to sources was awarded through dubious means.
After the concern
expressed by parents of the students at various forums that the college had been
recognized by the PMDC through fake presentation made by the owner of the
college, the council decided to review its recognition.
team of the PMDC, the sources said, would visit the college situated on Warsak
Road to inspect its facilities. The most interesting aspect of the registration
of the institution is that the Khyber Medical University has not yet accorded
affiliation to the college for lack of facilities, but the management of the
college managed to get it recognized by the PMDC.
The PMDC has not yet
given recognition to several public sector medical colleges in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. These include Bannu Medical College, Bacha Khan Medical
College Mardan and Rahman Medical College Peshawar despite having well-equipped
buildings, facilities and qualified staff. But the rules apparently weren't
followed in case of the Jinnah Medical College, the sources said.
parents alleged that the owner of the college Dr Ishaq managed to get his
college recognized from PMDC in January 2009 even though it lacked in many
respects. Parents enrolled their wards in the institution thinking that it was
PMDC recognized and would be having required facilities for medical education, a
member of the parents' action committee of the college said.
total of 100 students are enrolled in the college in the first and second year
MBBS course. The parents are worried about the future of their wards and have
requested the chief justice of Pakistan, PMDC and the top government
functionaries to shift the students to other institutions and take action
against the management of the college. They also want fresh admissions to the
The parents also called for action against the
officials of PMDC who played role in recognition of the college. The college
fees, according to the parents, are also on the high side. The annual fee of the
college is Rs525,000 per student, while charges at Kabeer Medical College are
Rs390,000 and Peshawar Medical College Rs425,000.
The students of the
college interviewed by this correspondent argued that the college didn't have
adequate facilities for medical education. They pointed out that the college was
set up in a private bungalow and it didn't have a proper lecture theatre,
laboratory or library.
According to the students, the teachers listed on
the faculty weren't teaching at the college. "A few junior doctors take classes
at the college," a student alleged. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad
Chaudhary had taken suo moto notice of the non-recognition and lack of
facilities in the college after protests by the students in 2007. He had
directed the police to arrest the college owner Dr Ishaq. The chief justice had
also asked the PMDC about the possibility of recognizing the college if its
functioning was improved.
The PMDC at that time had replied that there
was no chance of the recognition of the college because of several shortfalls at
the institution. But two years later the PMDC recognized the
Owner of the college could not be reached for comments despite
many attempts on all his available numbers. This reporter also paid visit to the
college to meet the owner and seek his comments, but to no avail.
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UET entry test on August 1
Peshawar: Entrance test for admission to undergraduate engineering and
non-engineering programmes of the University of Engineering & Technology
(UET), Peshawar, will be held on August 1 in Peshawar and Abbottabad
The Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA) will
conduct the test. Candidates having domicile of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal
areas, seeking admission in engineering programmes of UET Peshawar on open merit
or reserved quotas or non-subsidised scheme or reciprocal basis will be required
to qualify the entrance test.
Candidates seeking admission in
non-engineering programmes - computer science and architecture - will also have
to appear in the entrance test. Application forms for the entrance test can be
obtained from Habib Bank Ltd, Peshawar University Campus Branch, and the offices
of the coordinators, Abbottabad, Mardan and Bannu campuses of the university, on
cash payment of Rs1,100. The forms can also be downloaded from the university's
website. The last date for submission of entrance test admission forms is July
26. Directorate of admissions of UET Peshawar will remain open on Saturday and
Sunday up to 4 p.m. The news
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Four-year bachelor programme unveiled
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to introduce
four-year bachelor degree programme aimed at bringing education level in the
province at par with international standard.
"The programme will be
introduced as a pilot project in some of the postgraduate and degree colleges,
and commence from the current academic session starting from Sept 1, 2010," said
Higher Education Director Prof (Dr) Mukaram Khan.
Nineteen colleges --
15 postgraduate and four degree colleges for boys and girls -- would start the
programme in the existing financial resources, he said, adding that later it
would be implemented in all the colleges of the province.
opting for the programme will have to pay Rs3,000 each per annum
Initially it would be introduced in the colleges in Kohat, Bannu, Saidu
Sharif, Swat, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda, Karak, Lakki Marwat, Haripur,
Abbottabad, Mansehra, Temergara and Peshawar.
The new programme is part
of the National Education Policy with the changed curriculum fulfilling the
criteria of the international standard, the official added.
It is worth
mentioning here that the University of Peshawar (UoP) has already implemented
the four-year bachelor degree programme in different disciplines of the
university, though it is costly.
The university charges Rs17,000 to
Rs19,000 per annum from the students.
Once the programme is implemented
in all the colleges, intermediate classes would be shifted to the higher
secondary schools instead of colleges, he said.
When asked about
generation of financial resources for the programme, he said it would be
implemented in the existing budget.
"We have infrastructure already and
teachers also, so there will be no burden on the national exchequer," he said.
About the status of the present two-year BA/BSc degree, he said students
would have an option to choose one of the two programmes.
But, he added,
the two-year BA/BSc would be an associate degree not a full one.
students intending to get higher education in foreign countries would be the
ultimate beneficiaries of the four-year programme as they would be eligible to
take admission in MPhil after postgraduation in Pakistan under the new
programme, the official said.
In foreign countries bachelor degree is
completed in 16 years, while in Pakistan with two-year degree programme the same
takes four years.
So, when the students with master's degree go abroad
for higher education they are asked to first do master in the respective subject
and then allowed to take admission in the MPhil. Dawn
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