Punjab public colleges autonomy
Autonomy to 26 colleges resented
Lahore, June 28: The Punjab government's move to grant autonomy to 26
public colleges across the province, including six from the provincial
metropolis, for launching the four-year degree programmes in these
colleges is being resented by teachers and students.
that the move will lead to an increase in fee whenever the colleges'
Boards of Governors (BoG) will like to do so, besides, it will also
create problems for teachers in connection with their promotions.
Another concern highlighted by teachers is "job security" as many of
them believe that the BoGs would be authorised to relieve any teacher
and induct new one in his place. The teachers and students quote
examples of colleges already granted autonomy, saying fees were high at
these institutes as compared to other government colleges.
the government claims that nothing wrong is going to happen with
establishment of the BoGs as the move is necessary to successfully run
the four-year degree programmes. It also pledges to fund the new
autonomous colleges to handle the issues related to fee increase. A
senior official of the Punjab Higher Education Department, on condition
of anonymity, said the launch of four-year degree programme was need of
the day, adding that the traditional graduation was rapidly loosing its
popularity as far as job opportunities were concerned. He said the
demand-driven courses would be offered under the new degree programme.
The official said that the government had planned to launch the
programme in public colleges across the province, adding that the job
would be done in phases. He said it was unfortunate that teachers were
resenting the new move, aimed at introducing job-oriented programmes
and added that perhaps they were resenting the change under fear of
being monitored. He said some student organisations were making the
issue controversial as some of the colleges selected to be granted
autonomy were strongholds of these organisations.
now protesting as their interest is being hurt," he maintained. Talking
about powers of proposed BoGs for the 26 colleges, the official said
the boards would be authorised to appoint required teachers on contract
for a specific period. He said the procedure followed by the government
for appointment of lecturers was time consuming.
said the universities were producing graduates having four-year degree
programmes and unlike the colleges, they had better job opportunities.
He said there was also need of sensitising people about the
significance of new programmes. Academic circles are of the view that
the government should address the genuine concerns of teachers and
students, saying that after all both were the real stakeholders. They
suggest that the department should organise consultative meetings with
the stakeholders so that any unpleasant situation is avoided and
consensus is developed to successfully launch the new programmes from
coming academic session.
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Principal financial irregularities
Lahore: Punjab Higher Education Department's move to exonerate a principal and a
senior clerk allegedly guilty of financial irregularities a couple of
months ago is still being criticized by different quarters. They
question as to why importance was not given to recommendations of three
different inquiries held against the accused officials. According to
the details Government College for Women Sangla Hill principal and
senior clerk faced three different departmental inquiries over alleged
irregularities in financial affairs of the college. All the three
inquiries proved against them but still the accused officials were
exonerated. A senior official of the department said the officials were
exonerated after personal hearing, adding that the issue involved
amount over Rs100,000 which was not deposited in official account and
was treated as cash in hand to run affairs of the college.
the exoneration, he said the officials had faced action by remaining
suspended from duties for a couple of months and also facing inquiries.
"This was enough punishment," he said, adding that the suspension and facing inquiries was not less than any punishment. The news
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Questions all around after arrest of PMDC officials
Lahore: The arrest of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC)
officials over charges of issuing fake degrees to foreign qualified
doctors has raised a lot of questions about the professional capability
of foreign graduates already working in various health establishments
Every year, hundreds of graduates from different
countries come back to the country after completing their MBBS. They
have to pass an examination to get a licence to start their practice in
the country. The PMDC used to hold the licensing examinations of these
doctors, however, the NEB was instead authorised to conduct the exam
almost less than a year ago. The recent involvement of PMDC officials
in a scandal of issuing fake degrees to foreign graduates highlights
the danger to the precious lives of the people, posed by these
ineligible doctors practicing across the province.
doctors and other stakeholders have expressed their concern over the
serious threat and have raised doubts over the academic competence of
foreign-qualified graduates. They also mention the poor performance of
foreign-qualified doctors in a licensing exam recently organised by the
NEB to prove their point. Only 18 out of 507 medical graduates from 15
different countries could pass the licensing exam, showing an overall
pass percentage of 3.5 percent.
Doctors' Association General Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi said previously
there were mere allegations of corruption, however, it has become clear
that irregularities have been committed while issuing degrees to
foreign-qualified doctors after the arrest of PMDC officials.
said the NEB has conducted the licensing exams only twice, while
hundreds of doctors, who got licenses prior to this, are already
practicing in various health establishments posing a "serious threat"
to the lives of patients. Most of these doctors, he said, were
practising in far-flung districts of the province, adding that only
those students go abroad who fail to meet the merit of medical colleges
The tip: 8Pakistan Medical Association Joint
Secretary Dr Shahid Malik said the recent scandal involving PMDC
officials has exposed their whole mechanism, adding that it could "just
be the tip of the iceberg". Shahid said the recent result shows the
poor performance of young doctors, but there are chances that doctors
holding senior positions in the academia might also have fake degrees.
Terming the PMDC a "toothless tiger, having corrupt officials and a
defective system", he said a whole scam could be unearthed if properly
investigated. Shahid demanded that degrees of all doctors should be
checked to ensure transparency. "If parliamentarians can submit fake
degrees, why can't doctors do the same… there are scores of people with
fake experiences and degrees registered with the PMDC," he added. The
NEB declared the result of the registration examination of foreign
medical and dental graduates on Friday, showing an overall pass
percentage of 3.5 percent. None of the seven dental graduates who
appeared in the exam could make it.
The NEB is a body
constituted by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to
conduct examinations for registration and equivalence of a candidate's
foreign medical and dental qualifications.
examination is conducted twice a year and it is mandatory for every
foreign doctor or dentist to pass this examination before starting
practice in Pakistan.
Members of the NEB along with UHS Vice
Chancellor Professor MH Mubbashar in the chair announced the result in
a press conference.
As per the details, 207 candidates appeared
in the exam from China and only six passed, 110 appeared from the
Kyrgyz Republic and three passed, 69 appeared from Kazakhstan and five
passed, four appeared from Bangladesh and two passed, while one
candidate each from Lithuania and Kenya could get through the exam. No
candidate from Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, Damascus, Dominican Republic,
Philippine, Romania, Georgia and Ukraine could pass the exam.
the same question paper was given to 32 Pakistani medical graduates
from Allama Iqbal Medical College and Services Institute of Medical
Sciences and 10 dental graduates from de' Montmorency College of
Dentistry. Out of them, only two medical and one dental graduate failed.
of the NEB recommended that all those foreign graduates who failed in
the exam must be given another one-year proper training under
PMDC-controlled centres in all four provinces of the country. Daily times
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GCU contributes digital book to WDL
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) library on
Saturday contributed the first ever digital book from Pakistan to the
electronic catalog of the World Digital Library (WDL), a cooperative
project of the Library of Congress and the United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
shared with the world an historical book titled "The History of the
Afghans" published in English in 1829. The book is the first history of
the Afghan people translated from a non-Western language to appear in a
European language. The original work was composed in Persian in 1609-11
by Neamet Ullah in the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Neamet
Ullah based his work on material compiled by Hybet Khan, an attendant
of the Afghan General Khan Jahan Lodi. The translation is by German
Philologist Bernhard Dorn (1805-81).
GCU Chief Librarian Abdul
Waheed said the WDL was an online library which was in multilingual
format and had significant primary materials from the countries and
cultures around the world including manuscripts, maps, rare books,
musical scores, recordings, films, photographs, architectural drawings
and other significant materials.
The GCU now stands with the
institutes like Library of Congress, Yale University Library and Brown
University Library which have shared material on Central and South Asia
through the platform of World Digital Library, he added.
37 libraries of the World have yet succeeded to add its digital book to
World Digital Library electronic catalogue, as its criteria is very
tough," the chief librarian added.
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Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar has donated
library books to the Kallar Syedan Press Club, district Rawalpindi. A
DGPR handout said that Chairman Kallar Syedan Press Club Abid Hassan
Zahedi and other members of the club received the books from Raja Anwar
at his office here on Sunday. He asked them to help promote the cause
of education among the deprived segments with their writings.
Meanwhile, briefing a 15-member delegation of school educators, Raja
Anwar said that the Punjab government had allocated special funds
amounting to Rs 1.5 billion as stipends for the girl students of
far-flung and remote areas of the province.
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F.C. College distinction
Lahore: Anas Tanveer of F.C. College was awarded a certificate of distinction for
the service to Lucas Economic Society recently. As senior
vice-president of the society, he organised numerous guest lectures.
Lately, the society organised a quiz competition titled 'The Emerging
Economist.' Another student who got a certificate of distinction from
the same society was Sher Afgan. The news
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