Cuba medical students issues
Issues of medical students in Cuba resolved
Islamabad, March 11: The strike of Pakistani medical students in Cuba, which
continued for more than one month, has ended and all students have once again
resumed their classes after the issue was amicably resolved.
were observing strike, as they were of the opinion that the quality of education
provided in Cuba is not up to the level of the one provided in Pakistan and they
would not be able to pass the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC)
examination. They had also raised their voices against the non-availability of
attached hospitals with their academic institutions.
According to a press
release issued by HEC, a comprehensive certificate, addressing all issues, was
signed by the deputy minister of health of Cuba and endorsed by the PMDC
representative, who was in Cuba for the resolution of all outstanding issues.
Following the hectic efforts by the governments of Pakistan and Cuba,
the Pakistani students expressed gratitude to the two countries for securing
A total of 932 students are currently undertaking medical
studies in Cuba on a full scholarship by the Cuban government, which encompasses
tuition, hostel facility, books, food and all other matters pertaining to the
medical studies in Cuba.
The first batch of these students has completed
two years of medical study along with a comprehensive course in Spanish and is
ready to initiate their third year of classes, while the second batch of
students is in their second year of study.
The case for the resolution
of the problems faced by these Pakistani students in Cuba was taken up by the
Senate Standing Committee on Health, National Assembly Standing Committees on
Health and Education. All the committees worked hard to address all concerns of
the students and their parents, so that the students may return to serve
Pakistan as fully qualified doctors.
A delegation headed by Senator
Nilofer Bakhtiar and including representatives of PMDC and HEC have been in
Cuba, working with the Pakistani embassy there to find an amicable resolution of
the students' apprehensions in Cuba.
The visiting delegation inspected the
classrooms, teaching facilities, laboratories and living area of the students in
their existing location as well as the new location. The students are proceeding
to start their third year of studies along with clinical rotation. The news
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363 centres set up for SSC exams
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE)
has established 363 examination centres in the four districts of Rawalpindi,
Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum for the annual secondary school certificate (SSC)
examinations starting from March 13.
The exams, which were earlier
feared to be delayed owing to protest by employees of the eight boards against
examination fee waiver issue, have been made possible after a committee headed
by Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, senior adviser to Punjab chief minister, assured them
of fulfilling their demands.
BISE Employees' Association
general-secretary Mehr Mohammad Akbar said Mr Khosa had assured them that their
demands would be addressed but the provincial government needed some time as it
was short of funds.
While, the board has completed its arrangement for
conducting the examination as 174,000 students would appear this year. The board
has deputed 363 superintendents, 433 deputy superintendents and invigilators at
The BISE has issued the roll number slips to the students.
Those who have not received their slips are asked to contact the board officials
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Girl students to take exams at their respective schools
Lakki Marwat: The Elementary and Secondary Education Department has
ordered holding of annual examinations of grade III and IV girl students at
their respective primary schools.
Sources said that officials of the
female section of the department had planned to conduct annual examinations of
grade III and grade IV girl students at a joint centre, consisting of at least
However, the decision was strongly opposed by women
teachers as well as parents of the students, who didn't want to send their
daughters to far away schools for taking examinations.
are likely to start from March 15. The All Primary Teachers Association had
lodged several complaints with the department and protested the decision of the
female section of the department.
Taking notice of the concerns of
teachers and parents the department ordered holding of examination in their
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Rawalpindi: The office-bearers of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association
(PPLA), Rawalpindi Chapter, took oath at the Government Postgraduate College,
Asghar Mall, here on Wednesday.
Government Postgraduate College (Asghar
Mall) Principal Professor Alimuddin administered the oath. MNA Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi graced the occasion as chief guest.
The following office-bearers
took oath on the occasion.
M. Shakeel Abbasi (president) Manzoor Chohan
(senior vice president) Abdus Sagheer (vice president) Ashiq Hussain (general
secretary) Azhar Mehmood (joint secretary) and Sajid Khan (information
PPLA President M Shakeel Abbasi presented a charter of
demands to MNA Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regarding upgradation of teachers' scales,
medical allowance and regularisation of service.
lecturers, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stressed upon them to shoulder their
responsibilities for the uplift of education.
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EIA report of NUST
Islamabad: A public hearing meeting to review the Environment Impact Assessment
(EIA) report of the National University of Science & Technology (NUST) for
their project 'Development Works for Establishment of NUST Campus, Islamabad'
was held here Wednesday.
The public hearing was in compliance of Section
12 of the Pakistan Environment Protection Act 1997 and LEE/EIA Regulations 2000.
The meeting was chaired by the deputy director of Pakistan Environmental
Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and attended by the stakeholders that included
representatives from public and private sector organisations, academia,
environmentalists and media persons.
The Pak-EPA deputy director in his
opening remarks appreciated NUST for fulfilling legal requirements under the
Pakistan Environment Act 1997 and making the proposed project environment
friendly. This was followed by a presentation on the EIA report with a
mitigation plan of the project.
The participants showed interest in the
project and raised pertinent questions related to the rehabilitation of CDA's
solid waste dumping site, waste management, water consumption/conservation in
operational phase, energy conservation, vehicular traffic management and
plantation of local tree species /fruit trees.
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Teacher services terminated
Islamabad: The Syrian lady teacher of the Pakistan International School of
Damascus (PISOD), who went public against the Pakistani ambassador to Syria, has
been shown the door, on the pretext that she had jeopardised Syria-Pakistan
relations by damaging the reputation of the school.
Ms Manal Suleman, the
only teacher in Syria who conducts biology practicals for senior Cambridge
examination, raised her voice against the Pakistan Ambassador to Syria,
Amanullah Raisani, for his interests in PISOD, nepotism and sale of shoes at the
school and was issued a show-cause notice.
the ambassador denies the newly-appointed principal of the school is his sister,
the newly-appointed staff of the PISOD is either relatives of the ambassador or
the principal or of the embassy staff. These new appointees are drawing hefty
packages approved by the board of governors of the school, which is headed by
the ambassador. Amanullah Raisani also confirms sale of shoes at the school,
saying he wanted discipline in the school.
Ms Manal was asked on Tuesday
to sign her termination letter, which carried some allegations that were untrue
and on her refusal to accept a termination letter containing false allegations,
a text message was disseminated among parents of over thousand students of
PISOD, hailing from 54 nationalities of the world regarding termination of the
brave teacher's services.
The text message states, "Dear parents, we
regret to inform you that Ms Manal Suleman's services are terminated for
involving herself in an unethical conduct of damaging the school's reputation
and jeopardising the Syrian-Pakistani relations. Ms Thanaa Ghabra will be
replacing her, we advice you to instruct your children to focus on their
Earlier, in her reply to the show-cause notice issued by the
school run by the Pakistan embassy in Damascus, Ms Manal had stated, "The
information reflected what was happening over
the past months at the school, and were clear enough to be figured out without
any effort. Your administration, with respect (as well as with evidence and
proof), have done the school everything except the basic task of any other
school, which is education."
Ms Manal Suleman says she has been disrupted
and plans to knock the doors of the court. She said her career has been ruined
by disseminating such a defamatory text message among over a thousand parents of
students. "I stood by the truth and will always stand by it no matter come what
may," vowed the lady, adding: "I hope all Pakistanis are not bad." The news
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Fake student leader
Peshawar: The People's Students Federation has demanded of the
university administration to take action against a schoolteacher who is posing
as a student leader.
Addressing a ceremony here on Wednesday to mark the
death anniversary of their late activist Daud Khan, PSF leaders said that
Aminullah Farooqui was a teacher at Agriculture University Public School but he
was posing as a student leader.
They urged the administration to hold an
inquiry against the employee as he was organising programmes under the banner of
Addressing the gathering PSF campus chairman Irfan Iqbal Yousafzai
said that Daud Khan, a student of NWFP University of Engineering and Technology,
shot himself dead in 1991 when the demand of the students regarding the
cancellation of out-of-course paper was not accepted.
The students, he
said, had to stand up to do away with the culture of nepotism.
should make efforts to advance education and enable themselves to compete in
this era of advancement, he added.
He said that PFS would make efforts
to create an environment conducive to education on the campus.
provincial chairman Ijaz Yousafzai said that the sacrifices rendered by late
Daud Khan and his other comrades would not go waste.
PSF provincial general secretary, said that PPP founder Z.A. Bhutto, Benazir
Bhutto and other leaders shed their blood but didn't compromise on the
He also demanded of the party high-ups to take action
against those people who posed themselves as PSF leaders despite the fact they
were not regular students of the university. Dawn
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Peshawar: Professor Dr Elahi Bakhsh Awan, an eminent England-based
lexicographer, linguist, research scholar, poet and writer from the Walled City
of Peshawar, is carrying out work on a comprehensive Hindko-English dictionary,
which will hit the market this year.
This was disclosed at a meeting of
the Gandhara Hindko Board, a literary, cultural and social welfare organisation,
held here Wednesday. Chairman of the organisation Professor Dr Zahoor Ahmad Awan
presided the special meeting, which was also attended by other office-bearers.
The participants praised Professor Dr Elahi Bakhsh Awan for compiling an earlier
inclusive Hindko dictionary that signified the linguistic research conducted by
the noted lexicographer, extending over four decades. They termed him an asset
Elahi Bakhsh, who joined the meeting through teleconference,
informed the participants about his forthcoming Hindko-English dictionary. The
eminent philologist, who did doctorate in Linguistics from the University of
London, UK in 1974 and is now settled in London, said the dictionary would
conform to international standards.
Enumerating the main features of the
publication, he said the lexicon would have a main entry, pronunciation,
information about the origin of the word and its grammatical status. He said
proverbs would also be included in the publication along with slang, which were
part and parcel of any language.
Awan, who is also Director of the
Linguistic Academy of Pakistan-United Kingdom and an associate of Institute of
Linguists, London, said he had already compiled a Hindko-Urdu dictionary after
studying Instrumental Linguistics and products such as Sonogram, Tonogram and
Pitch, etc that lent credibility and authenticity to such a
The scholar said the efforts launched by the youths for the
preservation and promotion of Hindko had given him additional strength to
explore several other aspects of Hindko, which was an ancient language of the
Gandhara region. He said he was working on an extended history of Hindko and its
grammar. He hoped the 'Homeland of Hindko' and 'Hindko grammar' would go a long
way towards preservation and promotion of Hindko, which was the second main
language of the NWFP and sixth main language of the country.
Ziaddin, who oversees the publication work of the Gandhara Hindko Board, told
the meeting that Hindko-Urdu dictionary was great achievement of Elahi Bakhsh
Awan and the board had honour to bring it into fine print. He said some
technical mistakes were committed during the printing of the dictionary, which
would be rectified in the next publication. He said the forthcoming
Hindko-English dictionary would have the word order, pronunciation and several
other words, which were collected after great efforts. The news
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