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PU PhD degrees, LLM admission: Health sciences research

PhD degrees awarded
Lahore, 22 March, 2008: The Punjab University has awarded a PhD degree to Syeda Abida Batool d/o Syed Abdul Razzaq Bukhari in the subject of Earth Science after the approval of her thesis on 'Environmental System Analysis Of Municipal Solid Waste Management Application Of The IWM-2 Model'.

She completed her PhD thesis under the supervision of PU College of Earth & Environmental Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhry while Institute of Geology's Director Prof Dr Nasir Ahmad was her co-supervisor.

The PU has also awarded a PhD degree to Farhat Naseem Alvi d/o Muhammad Abdullah Alvi in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of her thesis on 'A Critical Study Of Reawakening Of Islam In Central Asia In 20TH Century'.

She completed her PhD thesis under the supervision of Punjab University's Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre Ex-Director Prof Dr Jamila Shaukat.

LLM admission interview on 23rd
Lahore: The Punjab University Law College will conduct interviews at 11am on March 23, 2008 of the candidates who have qualified in the written entrance test for admissions to LLM part-I class, session 2008. According to a press statement, 275 candidates appeared in the entrance test and 70 were declared successful. Thirty candidates will be selected through interviews.

No worthwhile research in health sciences: UHS VC
Lahore: University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Vice Chancellor Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar has regretted that there is hardly any worthwhile research in health sciences from Pakistan in the International/Indexed Medical Journals.

"The medical research conducted in the developed world is not enough for the people of Pakistan, because of the altogether different conditions, environment and circumstances in this part of the world," he told the upcoming generation of doctors at a gathering of doctors, students and their parents at the first convocation of FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore, at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Thursday.

He said it was an irony that research on tuberculosis and tropical infections was being done in the universities of Europe and USA. At times, such vaccines may not be effective in our context, as our viral and bacteria may be genetically different and hence non-responsive. Here I must emphasize the importance of indigenous research. He said the UHS was committed to creating an intellectual nexus for health research in Pakistan. There are 192 research projects being carried out by university scholars which include research on various local diseases such as Asthma, Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Infertility, Environmental Pollution, Various types of Cancer, Genetic Disorders, Consanguinity, DNA Analysis, Developmental Abnormalities and Hepatitis B. He said the factors responsible for a low research output were lack of a research environment, facilities, incentives and abilities at scientific writing. "The UHS is taking care of these aspects as well," he added. He said it was horrifying that for more than four decades, the same old curriculum of medical education was being taught. It goes to the credit of the UHS that this bold initiative has been taken, and the curriculum has not only been revised but also brought at par with the best international standards. This facilitated the recognition of our degrees in the developed world, he said.

To inculcate the ethical values in medical practice, he said that UHS had introduced the subject of Behavioral Sciences in MBBS and BDS curricula.

He said it would look after not only the issue of reliable data and strengthen medical ethics but would also give our medical practice a more humane face. The message is "Attend the human being, not his organs. Talk to the person and not the disease".

He said it was sad to record that from our perspective, all recent advancements in medical education and Health Sciences had failed to be of any benefit to us. Therefore, there is a valid justification of having a dedicated and focused University for Health Sciences. Medical education has been revolutionized during the last two decades, he said. The number of medical colleges, the opportunities of higher education available, the means of learning and the instructional methodologies have been radically transformed for the better, he added. He said the University's examination system was very transparent, reliable and valid. The UHS is declaring results within 72 hours of the end of practical examinations, he said. Problem based SEQs and MCQs have been introduced. The UHS is now the member of IDEAL Consortium and sharing MCQs with Australia, Canada, UK, New Zealand South Africa and Hong Kong.

He said the UHS had established 12 computer resource labs in collaboration with Higher Education Commission with facilities of video conferencing, PERN and direct access to e-books and journals. The medical students from Rawalpindi to Bahawalpur will soon be participating in seminars, research discussions and symposia, being held in USA, through video conferencing facilities. FMH also has access to this top class facility, he said.

He said the UHS had developed academic and research linkages with world top class universities including University of Texas, Duke University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Reim, Nottingham University, Royal Colleges of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners and Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, USA.

Besides, BNU Vice Chancellor Sartaj Aziz and FMH Principal Prof Humayun Maqssod and other faculty members, doctors, students and their parents attended the convocation.

In MBBS, Shahper Aqeel stood first, Naveed Zafar Khan, Sajjad Mehdi secured second and Naeem Ullah Chaudhry got third position while in BDS, Azeema Rafiq Khan, Syeda Mahvish Hussain, Rabia Latif, Anam Iqbal, Faiza Imtiaz, Raza Hussain Khawaja, Fareeha Farooq stood first, Zainab Abbas Bakhshi, Zuhair Waheed, Barirah Anjum and Anam Iqbal Kidwai secured second, and Atif Mehmood Ashraf got third position in the University examinations.Later, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubashar appreciated the FMH faculty and students, saying he was impressed by the excellent performance in MBBS and BDS examinations. He congratulated the brilliant students and their parents on their achievement, and awarded certificates and shields to them. The News
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