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PMDC warns unrecognised college against misleading people
Islamabad, July 22: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has warned Peshawar's unrecognised Al-Razi Medical College against misleading people about its recognition status.

In an advertisement, which appeared in the national press on July 14, the college claimed to be a recognised educational institution while referring to a Health Ministry notification issued shortly before the ministry's de-centralisation.

The June 25 notification, which was withdrawn only five days after issuance reportedly at the protest of PMDC, was about recognition of Al-Razi Medical College for admission of 100 students for MBBS course.

Ironically, the ministry didn't bother seeking the mandatory nod of PMDC, only which is authorised in the country to recognise medical and dental educational institutions, before the move. The college is reported to have no building of its own or an attached hospital as required under the rules for recognition.

Talking to this scribe Thursday, PMDC Legal Officer Sara Rubab said Al-Razi Medical College was not recognised under PMDC Ordinance-1962.

"We have strictly warned the college administration not to mislead public on the college status and stop advertising admissions. Any violation of the warning can lead to penal action against it under the Supreme Court orders," she said.

Sara said the Health Ministry's notification (No. F 3-35/2010 MER dated 25/06/2011) about recognition of Al- Razi Medical College was held in abeyance by the federal government on June 30 through a notification (No F 3-35/2010 MER dated 30/06/2011).

The PMDC legal officer advised people to refrain from taking admission in the college in their own interest.

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READ students excel in SSC exams
Islamabad: Maintaining their record, students of the READ Foundation Schools network again achieved second and third positions in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations 2011 held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Mirpur.

According to the BISE results, Awais Khalid of READ Foundation College, Samani, stood second in the board by securing 1,003 marks, while Mohsin Akhtar from the same institution stood third by securing 996 marks. Mohsin Akhtar is an orphan student and the READ Foundation is sponsoring his education.

From among top twenty positions in the board, the READ Foundation students secured four positions, including second and third. Qurat ul Ain of the READ Foundation College, Bhimber, secured 981 marks and got 13th position in the board, while Ayesha Fatima of the same college secured 977 and got 16th position. Fatima is also an orphan student and her education is fully sponsored by the READ Foundation.

In the last academic session, the READ Foundation's seven SSC and four HSSC students were among top twenty position-holders. Mehtab Ahmed, a student of the READ Foundation, had set a record by securing 1,011 marks, the highest-ever in the history of the board, in SSC examinations held under the board in 2009.

Currently, 8,000 orphan children are enrolled in the READ Foundation Schools who are provided with education for free. The foundation has a vast network of 340 schools with an enrolment of 72,000 students in rural parts of the country. The organisation has been providing quality education to the children of rural and remote areas with special focus on vulnerable and orphan children for the last one-and-a-half decades. The news

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MPhil, PhD admissions continue at AIOU
Islamabad: The process for admissions by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is still underway across the country. These include Ph.D in Urdu, Islamiat and Pakistani Languages and Literature with specialization in (Pashto/ Balochi/Brahvi/

Sindhi/ Saraiki and Punjabi) and M.Phil programmes in Mass Communication, Iqbal Studies, Islamic Studies, Food and Nutrition and Arabic. The admissions of Chemistry programme at the level of Ph.D/MS and M.Phil are being offered only for Islamabad.

Director Admissions, AIOU, Syed Ziaul- Hasnain Naqvi announced this on Thursday. Admission forms and prospectuses can be obtained from the main campus of University as well as at its 36 regional campuses around the country. The last date for submission of the admission forms with late fee charges is July 26 and fee would not be accepted in the form of bank draft or pay order. app

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Board topper wishes to be a doctor
Peshawar: Ramish Tariq, who topped the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in the Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations, would love to become a doctor if the poor financial condition of her family does not get in her way.

"It has been my dream since childhood to get admission in the Army Medical College. I used to go to the Combined Military Hospital with my father and see the doctors serving there. This inspired me to become a doctor and now I am confident that my dream will come true," she said in an interview.

Hailing from a very poor family, Ramish Tariq has been brilliant throughout her academic career. She got more marks than anyone else in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in her Secondary School Certificate examinations from the federal board. Later in the intermediate examinations, she secured 997 marks out of 1,100 and clinched top position in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar.

She said that she kept changing her schools right from the beginning. "I have studied in all the Pashto, Urdu and English medium schools," she remarked.

She was all praise for her teachers at the school and in the college. "I was fortunate enough to have best teachers right from the beginning. I would rather name some of them like Sir Ali, Ms Rozia and others who always guided me in the right direction and taught me in the best possible way," she said.

Ramish Tariq was selected for one-year fellowship in the United States under the 'Yes Programme' when she was in grade-9 at school, but she did not avail the opportunity because she didn't want to discontinue her studies in Pakistan.

She was lost for words to commend her parents, who supported her in the best possible way despite extreme poverty. Retired from the Pakistan Army as a Havaldar, her father Mohammad Tariq is currently serving at the Agricultural University Peshawar as Naib Qasid to make both ends meet.

Originally hailing from Utmanzai town in Charsadda district, Mohammad Tariq lives in a two-marla house provided by the army along with his small family comprising his wife, elder daughter Ramish Tariq and two small sons.

Ramish Tariq said poverty until now didn't hinder her education as her father managed to get her educated from the best possible institutions like the Jinnah College for Women. "Sometimes I felt depressed and discouraged while looking at my class fellows who hailed from well off families, but I managed to ignore the situation," she said. The talented girl has never availed tuition in her academic career. She was equally brilliant in her co-curricular activities like debates, speech competitions and other such events.

In Jinnah College for Women, she said, there was an environment of competition. "Students of almost the same talent gather at the Jinnah College, which makes it difficult to take the lead from others. In school, I was dominant where it was quiet easy for me to clinch the top position. But in the college, it was not that easy to bag the first position," she said.

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French award conferred upon former NUML rector
Islamabad: To confer the award of Commandeur des Palmes Academinques (Commander of the Academic Palms) on Professor Dr Aziz Ahmad Khan, former rector of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), the ambassador of France Daniel Jouanneau hosted a reception at the French embassy, which was attended by his colleagues; friends and family. This special distinction has been bestowed by the French prime minister on the recommendation of the French Minister of Education for his great contribution to enhancing academic links between France and Pakistan.

Addressing the gathering the host congratulated, Dr. Aziz then read out his professional credentials, which include a master's degree in English Language and Literature from University of the Punjab; a master's degree in Education Planning and Management; a PhD in English Literature and another one in Organisation of Languages from Utrecht University Netherlands. He has held the position of principal of an Army Public School and College; Head of Department of English, Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul; Director Staff at Command and Staff College Quetta, then staff officer to three chiefs of the army staff at the General Headquarters and Director General Federal Government Educational Institutions.

Dr. Aziz has been teaching at under-graduate, graduate and post-graduate levels and was also an accredited external examiner and supervisor for masters and PhD thesis as well as member of panels of experts of a number of renowned universities. He sits on several boards of studies, boards of governors, and selection boards of several universities in Pakistan and abroad and written four books.

He entered as a director at the National Institute of Modern Languages (NIML) in 1997. In 2000, NIML was given the status of a degree awarding institution, and became NUML, which has eight campuses all over the country, more than 10,000 students.

"This university is the result of your vision and outstanding efforts," said Ambassador Jouanneau. "You developed an atmosphere of mutual confidence with foreign missions. Under your management, NUML was able to get MoUs signed with a number of countries like China, Korea, USA, England, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands. More than 200 foreign students are in NUML, pursuing studies in different languages and programmes. French was one of the first departments established at NIML in 1969. So the moment you became NIML's Director, you decided to elevate the standard of the department, promoting academic relationship between the two countries.

Today, NUML has tied the academic knot with University of Lille I and II in the field of management, with Institute for Oriental Languages (INALCO), with University of Franche-Comte and University of Rouen in the field of linguistic and French language. We will continue to encourage NUML in developing linkages with other French Universities. You have done a lot to promote the teaching of French in Pakistan.

With the support of this embassy, you organised two training sessions for the benefit of 100 teachers of French from all over Pakistan. "There is a growing interest in learning French. In this context of increasing demand, training good teachers is essential; and NUML is an excellent answer. If more and more people speak French in Pakistan in the coming years, thanks to the appropriate training of more teachers, your commitment, Sir, will have been instrumental. This also is a reason for us to thank you today, "he added

In his response Dr. Aziz thanked the ambassador as well as the government of France for the honour then gave credit to Cultural Attache, Pierre Muller for his help and co-operation in matters concerning the French department. Saying he was impressed with France because of the pragmatic approach of the French to life in general, he said French was growing in popularity and he was satisfied with the role he played in this and for promoting excellence in education as a whole. He told a couple of anecdotes and concluded by thanking the host again.

The order of Palmes academiques was created by Napoleon in 1808, to recognise professors and teachers who offer an outstanding contribution to education, more specifically to university level. There are three grades: knight, officer, commander.

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Rawalpindi: Usama Tahir Khan, a student of FG Quaid-i-Azam Public School, Chaklala Scheme-III, obtained 909 marks in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, says a press release. The news

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