Non-accredited veterinary institutions
Exams expose non-accredited vet institutions
Lahore, July 13: Poor performance by graduates of non-accredited institutions offering
veterinary education in a comprehensive examination, conducted by
Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC), has lent credence to
much-hyped concern over the credibility of the institutions.
PVMC had conducted the examination of 118 veterinarians of the
veterinary institutions of Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB),
Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan, Arid Agriculture University,
Rawalpindi and Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine
Sciences (LUAWMS), Uthal for their registration as Registered Veterinary
Medical Practitioners (RVMPs) in September 2011.
results were announced on July 6, according to which only two graduates,
i.e. 1.7 percent, could pass the comprehensive exam of the PVMC.
is pertinent to mention that, since 2006, the PVMC has been expressing
its reservations through advertisements in newspapers sending messages
to students not to take admissions to non-accredited institutions, with
caution to the institutions not to enroll students in the DVM degree
In June 2011, the PVMC refused to register the
graduates from non-accredited institutions which created great hue and
cry. The situation got worst in Multan where the BZU veterinary
graduates and students had resorted to violation over non-recognition of
their degrees by the PVMC. Many of students were booked by the police
and sent to jail, though they were released on bail afterwards.
the PVMC published advertisements in August 2011 directing the
interested veterinary graduates from Islamia University Bahawalpur
(IUB), Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan and Arid Agriculture
University, Rawalpindi to appear in a comprehensive exam for
registration with the PVMC as RVMPs. Interestingly, the graduates of
Jhang Veterinary College, a constituent college of University of
Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) which was also placed in
category of non accredited institutions, were not asked to appear in the
An eight-member exam committee,
headed by Prof Dr Laeeque Akbar Lodhi, Dean Veterinary Faculty,
University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), was constituted to conduct
the comprehensive exam.
As many as 38 graduates from
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi,
31 from Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Bahawalpur Zakariya University,
Multan, 46 from College of Veterinary Sciences, the Islamic University,
Bahawalpur and three from Veterinary Faculty, Lasbela University,
Uthal, Balochistan appeared in the exam. It is pertinent to mention that
a controversy also erupted over the PVMC's move of conducting the
comprehensive exam. It was questioned as to how the PVMC could take the
exam of non-recognized veterinary institutions as the same never
happened in the history of veterinary education.
regard, the Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) was approached and IPC,
through its letter dated September 9, 2011, directed the PVMC not to
conduct the exam but the PVMC told the IPC that it was now too late to
postpone the exam as all the candidates had reached in Faisalabad. At
the same time, the PVMC went into an agreement that the result of the
exam would not be declared. The PVMC was recently allowed by the IPC to
declare the result owing to which the PVMC announced the result of
September 2011 exams in July 2012.
When contacted, PVMC
Registrar Col (r) Asghar Raza confirmed that only two students could
pass the comprehensive examination. For the remaining 116 graduates of
the non-accredited institutions, he said, the PVMC would arrange a
10-week crash training programme at UVAS Lahore and University of
When asked as to why the
veterinary graduates of Jhang Veterinary College were not examined by
the PVMC, he said he was unaware of the same as he joined the PVMC in
April this year.
PVMC President Dr
Muhammad Arshad said the crash programme would be financially supported
by the HEC. After the programme, he added, the graduates would be
examined once again and those who failed to pass would be given 15 days
to pass supplementary exam. Afterwards those failing in the exam would
not be registered with the PVMC.
Replying to a question as
to why Jhang Veterinary College's veterinary graduates were exempted
from the comprehensive exam, he said the college had gained
accreditation of its DVM degree.
To another question, Dr
Arshad said there was no bar on institutions therefore some of the
students from Lasbela University also participated in the comprehensive
Commenting over the poor performance by veterinary
graduates by the non-accredited institutions, Dr Alamdar Hussain Malik –
who had remained Secretary/ Registrar PVMC from 2001 to 2010 – said
that the recent results had "bowed the heads" of all those in the
He said that, since 2006, he had
expressed his concerns over the issue before the Punjab Livestock
Department, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the respective vice
chancellors of the institutions but nobody had paid heed to him.
Malik said the institutions initiated 5-year DVM Degree Programme
despite the fact that they badly lacked required faculty, practical and
clinical facility and eventually produced "half baked" DVM graduates.
He said now all those who supported these institutions despite the PVMC warning should be held responsible, including the HEC.
PVMC former registrar said the crash programme was like putting the
cart before the horse. Ideally, he added, the institutions would have
not been allowed by the PVMC to go through final exams of DVM unless
grey areas were covered.
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Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) had to cancel a paper of PMS
when Paper-B of Punjabi subject was mistakenly circulated among the
students instead of Paper-A in the first session on Thursday. Now
Paper-A of Punjabi subject will be held on July 18 and Paper-B on July
19. The news
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Medics! Take career seriously No free entrance test and pay more in tuition fee
Lahore: Coming out 'wiser' and 'harsher' from the
doctors' strike imbroglio, the Punjab government with a view to 'turning
the medics more serious to their studies and career' has imposed a
Rs500 fee for entrance test and increased the tuition fee for the
students of all public sector medical colleges.
"The major reason behind this move is government's new policy to
shift some financial burden on medical students to make them realise
that taking part in protests or other
agitation-related activities may cause them financial loss," said an official privy to the development requesting anonymity.
According to a health department summary based on the recommendations
of Admission Board for Medical and Dental Institutions of the Punjab,
that has been approved by Punjab chief minister, Rs500 fee has been
imposed on each candidate appearing for the entrance test while tuition
fee has been increased from Rs11,500 to Rs15,000 per year.
The government has also increased hostels' utility charges by 10 per
cent. The Board comprises principals and vice-chancellors of the public
sector medical institutions.
The official said the board had been recommending increase in the
tuition fee, besides imposition of fee on entrance test, for many years
with a view to ease financial burden on the
national exchequer. However, the government had been rejecting the
proposals every time in order to facilitate students despite facing
financial crisis, he claimed.
Every year over 30,000 students appear for the entrance test to
compete for 3,205 MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 18 public sector medical and
dental colleges of Punjab.
Earlier, no fee was charged from those appearing for entrance test
while the tuition fee had also not been increased since 2008 when PML-N
government took charge of the province.
The changes were introduced in the 'admission policy for the session
2012-13' announced by the Punjab government for the public sector
medical colleges some days back.
The admitting authority shall, however, follow the order of merit of
last year while allocating weightage to the marks - matriculation 10 per
cent, intermediate/equivalent, 40 per
cent and entrance test 50 per cent.
Some experts are of the view that the decisions to impose entrance
test fee and increase in the tuition fee were politically 'ill-timed' as
the next general elections were not far away.
"The increase in the admission fee structure is in fact a result of
recent strikes by the young doctors. The PML-N government thinks that
the financial relief it had been giving to the sector was bearing no
fruits," the source said, quoting a health department official.
He, however, said despite the increase the tuition fee for public
sector students was far less than those studying at private institutions
charging up to Rs600,000 under the head.
Health Secretary Arif Nadeem, Special Secretary Dawood Bareach and
special assistant to chief minister on health Khwaja Salman Rafique were
not taking calls on their cell phones when this reporter tried to
contact them for their version.
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Sexual harassment prevention Awareness about HEC guidelines stressed
Lahore: Speakers at a conference on Thursday
observed that a vast majority of the students and teachers in the
universities were not aware of the guidelines framed by the Higher
Education Commission to curb sexual harassment.
The conference titled "Ensuring women leadership on campuses" was
arranged by Bargad, a youth development organisation, in collaboration
with Aurat Foundation, USAID and Gender Equity Programme, besides the
Punjab government at the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture
During the first session on "sexual harassment committees on
campuses," the participants were informed that according to the baseline
survey of the project, more than 60 per cent of the students and
teachers lacked knowledge about the sexual harassment laws and the HEC
Gender expert Dr Fauzia Saeed stressed the need to form committees to
deal with the issue of harassment and create awareness about the issues
and laws in the public especially youth.
Iqbal Haider Butt said a radical change was taking place in the
universities of Pakistan. "There has been 250 per cent increase in women
enrolment since 2003. Overall number of female students is 47 per cent
in the 64 public universities in the country. However, girls are
slightly more in general education universities with a ratio of 51 per
cent against 49 per cent boys," he said.
Mr Butt said that according to estimates, the pattern would rise in
future if enrolment statistics of degree colleges (classes XI-XV) were
taken into consideration. There were 60.8 per cent girls studying at
this level against 39.20 per cent boys.
MPA Arifa Khalid said there were leading enrolments in medicine,
education and distant learning categories and their presence showed
positive indications in the Punjab and Federal areas when it comes to
Punjab Youth Affairs Department Secretary Haroon Ahmad Khan said the
first youth policy of the province had recently been launched. He said
women and their leadership had a major role in taking the youth policy
Bargad Executive Director Sabiha Shaheen said that under the project
they had worked directly with faculty members, students, youth groups
and provincial departments of youth affairs for advocacy and lobbying
for ensuring women leadership on campuses. She said more than 40
workshops had been organised with 800 students and 10 university youth leaders networks formed.
During the concluding session, students from different universities
shared the youth network experiences. They urged the government to end
anti-women laws and customs like Vani, Sawara and Karo Kari.
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PAC grills two VCs
Lahore: The Punjab Assembly Public Accounts Committee on Thursday grilled vice chancellors of two universities for
not sending embezzlement cases to the Anti-Corruption Establishment.
The PAC-I meeting was held at the committee room of the assembly with its chairman, Chaudhry Zaheeruddin, in the chair.
The chairman and committee members Maj Rana Abdur Rehman (retired)
and Syed Hasan Murtaza expressed concern over the Bahuaddin Zakariya
University's act to pay Rs11 million in advance to a contractor. They
wondered how the vice chancellor could sanction such a huge amount
without a bank guarantee.
The contractor has allegedly embezzled the amount and a case has been
pending in the court against him. The PAC ordered an inquiry into the
The committee also examined eight audit paras pertaining to
objections on an amount of Rs932 million of the Punjab University and
sought an explanation from its vice chancellor.
"The PAC observed that the universities should directly refer
embezzlement cases to the Anti-Corruption Establishment instead of
referring them to the committees," Hasan Murtaza said while talking to
Both vice chancellors gave explanations to the audit paras.
Zaheeruddin, who is also a parliamentary leader of the PML-Q, said
the people expected that vice chancellors of the public universities
should be good at administration so that they could maintain
transparency in financial matters. Dawn
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