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Punjab University announces various results
Lahore, June 08: THE Punjab University on Saturday declared the results of various
According to a press statement, these exams are M Phil
Persian, Semester System, Session 2004-2006, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons),
Semester System, Session 2004-2008 and Bachelor of Commerce (IT), Semester
System, Session 2004-2008.
Detailed results are available at the PU
Pharm-D date sheet
The Punjab University (PU) has issued the date sheet of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Second Professional,
Second Annual Examination, 2008.
According to a press statement, the
exam will commence from July 2 and conclude on July 17. Detailed date sheet is
available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk
The Punjab University (PU) doctors provided medical treatment to 300 patients at its camp established
for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Shah Mansoor, Swabi on Saturday.
According to a press statement, PU doctors treated 24 patients suffering
from scabies (skins problem), 36 body aches, 35 women having gyne-related
problems and 205 other patients. The PU Relief Camp has provided medical
treatment to 3,409 patients from 27 May 2009 to date, the statement
Two PhDs awarded
The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to two students in Islamic studies and physics. According to a press
statement, Mohy ud Din Abu Bakar, son of Ghulam Mohy ud Din, has been awarded a
PhD degree in Islamic studies after approval of his research thesis, "Alami
Iqtasadi Sorat-e-Hall Aur Gardash-e-Doulat Kay Islami Usul." His supervisor was
PU Islamic Studies Department Chairman Prof Dr Shabbir Ahmad
Gul Sher, son of Ahmad Khan has been awarded a PhD degree in
physics after approval of his thesis, "Heavy Ions Interaction Studies Using
Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors."
He completed his thesis under the
supervision of PU Physics Department Prof Dr Manzoor Hussain while his
co-supervisor was Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology
(PINSTECH) Principal Scientist Physics Division Dr Muhammad Ikram Shahzad.
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UET convocation on June 13
Lahore: The 19th convocation of the UET, Lahore, is scheduled to be held on June 13 at the
varsity auditorium. Students of BSc Engineering, Session 2003 (F), B- Arch and
BSc Building and Arch of Session 2003 and students of MSc, MPhil and PhD who
completed their degrees before December 31, 2008 will participate. The News
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Students in the streets
Such subjectivity is always going to be there as long as the present system
of examination continues. Things will change only if computerised multiple
choice questions are substituted for the present essay and oral exams that are
This week, I really wanted to address many
intellectually grand and conceptually advanced things and was all set to do so.
I so desperately wanted to paint a broad canvas demonstrating the brilliant
reach of my imagination and understanding of the world we live in.
then while driving to work one day this week, I ran into medical students,
numbering perhaps in the hundreds, marching through the King Edward Medical
University campus and eventually onto the streets of Lahore in the scorching
June sun. And my heart went out to them.
I was not quite sure what their
demands were, but I found out from my co-workers and from press reports. The
primary concern of these students was the unfairness of the examination system
where some students failed their exams by just one mark and as a consequence
were thrown out of KE and lost any chance of becoming doctors. The immediate
problem must be addressed, but a long-term solution is also needed.
the United States, many students that start medical school leave after the first
year or so because they just cannot keep up with the rigours of the coursework
or the intellectual demands of the curriculum. Some find out that they are just
not cut out to become physicians. As such it is perfectly acceptable for them to
drop out of medical school.
This is in spite of the fact that medical
students in the US decide during high school or even earlier that they want to
become doctors and from then on spend years volunteering in hospitals, clinics
and medical research labs and take on medicine-specific courses in the pre-med
years of college.
By the time they hit medical school, most of them are
mentally and emotionally prepared for the hard work required to become doctors
and yet some of them still fall by the wayside. They are usually twenty-two
years or older and comparatively quite mature when they start.
medical students on the other hand come to medical school when they are about
eighteen years of age and with little exposure to medicine or extensive
pre-medical college courses. The curriculum is too demanding for them when they
start but most of them adjust and go on to graduate.
The point is that a
certain amount of attrition is to be expected between the students that enter
the first year in medical college and those that go on to graduate. But that is
not what, I think, the students were demonstrating against. The problem that
exists in KE is that promotion from one year to the next almost entirely depends
upon the 'professor' teaching a particular subject. He or she literally at a
whim can pass or detain a student.
This is nothing new. Even when I sat
my final MBBS examination almost forty years ago, one of my classmates, a
brilliant student and now an accomplished physician in the US, failed his
medical oral examination because he evidently knew 'more' medicine than his
examiner! And another classmate flunked a specialty exam because she in a
college play had made fun of the professor of that specialty.
subjectivity is always going to be there as long as the present system of
examination continues. Things will change only if computerised multiple choice
questions are substituted for the present essay and oral exams that are
In basic sciences, the knowledge base can be easily
assessed by anonymously posed questions presented and checked by a computer. For
clinical and lab work, the assessment of a 'supervisor' will still be required
before a semester containing such content is successfully completed. That is as
it should be.
For me the most disturbing charge levelled by the
protesting students concerning the injustice of the examination system was that
the son of a former principal of KE got eleven medals, the presumption being
that they were not all deserved and therefore clearly demonstrated the intrinsic
injustice of the system. I must admit that I do not know whether that particular
student was special enough to obtain such academic distinction.
must go back to the history of KE. It is only during the last two decades or so
that the children of KE professors and principals started getting medals by the
bushel. It is quite possible that unlike the time I was a medical student,
children of the faculty of KE during these last many years have become
infinitely superior to other students.
I came to KE in 1965. During my
five years in KE and another in Mayo Hospital as a house officer, there were at
least four of my contemporaries that were the children of KE principals during
that time and a few others that were the children of professors in KE. Yet I do
not remember if any one of them ever got a medal in any exam.
importantly, if any one of them ever tried to use their father's position to
gain any advantage in the college environment, the father would probably have
beaten the proverbial out of them.
I remember when as a final year
student in KE, I applied for the position of 'magazine secretary' for the
KEMCOLIAN, the college magazine, a position for which I thought I was eminently
qualified. I walked into the interview where my father's best friend, then the
principal of KE, sat presiding over the selection committee. He took one look at
me and said, "Mansoor, get out of here and go study!"
That is what has
changed in Pakistan and not just in medicine. Today if I was a final year
student in KE with similar 'connections', I would probably be the magazine
secretary, and would graduate with, if not a bushel-full, then perhaps a
pocketful of medals. Undeserved, of course!
Syed Mansoor Hussain. He has practised and taught medicine in the US. He can be reached at email@example.com (Daily Times)
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Almost 3,000 'absent' teachers penalised
Lahore: On the reports of the Chief
Minister's Monitoring Team on education, the district education authorities have
taken stern action against absentee teachers.
According to the details,
the district education officers have stopped annual increments of 446 absentee
teachers and deducted the salaries of 2,905 teachers. The field monitoring
officers (FMOs) filed 18,461 reports on absenteeism, out of which 15,565 reports
were processed. In the light of those reports, penalties including salary cuts,
stoppage of increments and censure were imposed on defaulters.
May 30, the district education authorities on the reports of FMOs had dismissed
790 absentee teachers while 106 teachers were given compulsory retirement. The
teachers whose increments have been stopped include 10 from Lahore, 11 in
Bahawalpur, 119 in Gujrat, 60 in Narowal, 24 in Kasur, and 17 in Sheikhupura
among others. Those whose pays have been deducted include 77 in Attock, 177 in
Rahim Yar Khan, eight in Lahore, and 149 in Rajanpur among others. Daily Times
Govt to fix three-year tenure for BISE officials
Lahore: The Government of Punjab has decided in principal to fix a
three-year tenure for the posts of chairmen, secretaries and controllers of
examinations of all the boards of intermediate and secondary education
(BISEs) of the province.
The decision was made in a high-level meeting
held at Punjab Civil Secretariat few days back, sources revealed on Sunday.
The meeting was chaired by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan (MPA) and attended by 12
other high-ranking officials concerned.
The main objective of the meeting
was to take decisions for eliminating the 'Booty Mafia' from the province as
desired by Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The appointment/posting of
officers in the boards on deputation was also discussed in detail.
the meeting, a senior official suggested to constitute a 'Search Committee' for
appointing chairmen, controllers and secretaries of the BISEs. The posts
falling vacant after sending those occupants back who are serving on
deputation in different BISEs should be properly advertised and filled on merit,
It was also proposed that all the boards must also develop software
for visual recognition in order to check impersonation at the examination
It was pointed out by the chairman BISE Gujranwala that the boards
had already adopted a transparent system in this regard and it was very
difficult rather impossible for any candidate to impersonate without the
connivance of centre superintendent.
The participants also lamented the fact that
although FIRs are lodged against the impersonators, but unfortunately they
are released immediately on bail owing to lack of proper prosecution. If they
are properly prosecuted in order to unearth the perpetrator, it will go a
long way in eliminating the Booty Mafia.
An official suggested that every
candidate appearing in the matric and intermediate should have National
Identity Card (NIC) with him/her during the examinations.
chief secretary pointed out that being a federal agency NADRA would not agree to
deliver such services in view of the quantum of work the organisation was
already dealing with. However, the meeting decided to draw a line by banning
registration of private candidates one month before the commencement of
exams. The secretary School Education was of the view that the exams may be
conducted in the evening sessions in order to overcome the problems
regarding the shortage of supervisory staff and buildings for examinations
The meeting also agreed to rationalise the remuneration/emoluments
of the supervisory staff keeping in view the inflation to persuade them to
accept examination duties. The Nation
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