Fatima Jinnah Medical College university status
Why FJMC denied varsity status?
Lahore, March 19: A special division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday
asked the Punjab government to explain why the Fatima Jinnah Medical College was
not granted the status of a university at the time when the King Edward Medical
College was given the same status.
The bench comprising Chief Justice
Khwaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Ijazul Ahsan also extended a stay against
Punjab government's Nov 26 order under which the FJMC was affiliated with the
University of Health Sciences and adjourned the hearing for April 8.
chief justice had taken suo motu notice of college's affiliation to the UHS
after students launched a series of protests against the move, terming it a
severe blow to their future.
Previously, the court had sought minutes of
meetings which decided FJMC's affiliation with the UHS.
the counsel for Punjab University, had informed court that the PU stood at 767
number while the UHS was at 5,939 position in the international ranking of
In the national ranking, the PU is on second number while
the UHS has not been granted any ranking so far. The ranking list has been
prepared in the light of criteria set by the Higher Education Commission on the
basis of research-based studies, strength of students, qualification of faculty
members and finances.
The PU's counsel said the ranking of the local
institution played a vital role in the admission of Pakistani students to
foreign institutions. On the other side, the UHS through its counsel said that
at least 28,500 students of different affiliated medical colleges were enrolled
with the university.
He said the UHS was established with a vision of
standardised and specialised education in the medical field.
university also offered postgraduate courses to prepare students for higher
education besides holding training programmes for the faculty of its affiliated
colleges on a regular basis. He said almost all major medical colleges in the
country, including Allama Iqbal Medical College and Quaid-i-Azam Medical
College, Bahawalpur, had already been affiliated to the UHS.
pointed out that the Section 37 of the UHS Ordinance 2002, which deals with
affiliation of medical institutions, required every medical institution to be
affiliated with the university unless there was any legal cover in favour of an
institution. He also referred to a judgment of the Supreme Court that decided an
identical case in favour of the UHS.
The LHC sought
comments from the Services Hospital medical superintendent and the Services
Institute of Medical Sciences principal on a petition moved by 19 employees of
the hospital seeking their regularisation.
Muhammad Shafi, through their counsel, pleaded that they had been working as
account assistants, receptionists and helpers for the period ranging from two to
six years. They said they were appointed on a contract basis under selection
They pointed out that the chief minister through a notification
on Oct 14, 2009, had directed all autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies in
Punjab to regularise contractual employees. They said in the light of this
notification, services of 90 doctors were regularised along with nurses and
paramedical and other staff.
They prayed to the court that respondents
should be directed to implement the notification and regularise their services.
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PU students stage rally for water, power
Lahore: Punjab University Old Campus students on Thursday staged a
protest demonstration in front of the Lahore Press Club against ever-increasing
water and power shortage.
The students were carrying a banner and
placards and demanding that the university administration ensure uninterrupted
power and water supply to the campus.
They said water and power were
disappearing at the same time, creating problems for the students.
said the university administration should provide generators to Old Campus
hostels so that students could prepare for their exams.
University's Institute of Communication Studies on Thursday had a
videoconference with the Colorado University of the US at its undergraduate
block. The conference was meant to promote distance learning, education
research, teachers' training, depict media scene in the US and Pakistan and
develop students' skills.
Colorado University dean Paul Boakes and Amy
Hardy were focal persons from the US.
At the videoconference, ICS
Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz said collaboration with the Colorado University
would help teachers as well as students equip themselves with modern research
ICS students also participated in the videoconference and
exchanged views with experts. The Punjab University
Academic Staff Association has condemned Islami Jamiat Tulaba activists for
their misbehaviour with a university teacher.
In a news release issued
on Thursday, PUASA acting president Prof Dr Abdul Ghaffar and secretary Javed
Samee said IJT activists' misbehaviour with Sardar Asghar Iqbal annoyed the
PUASA demanded that the varsity administration initiate
disciplinary proceedings against those involved in the act. Dawn
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50 schools of Lahore to be upgraded
Lahore: The Punjab government will spend Rs 575 million on provision of
missing facilities to different schools and upgrade of 50 schools of Lahore.
According to a DGPR handout issued on Thursday, under this scheme, 22
primary schools would be upgraded to middle level, 12 middle schools to the high
level and seven high schools to the higher secondary schools.
to be upgraded to middle level are: the Govt Girls Primary School, Malikpur,
Shahdra, the Govt Primary School Khokhar Pind, the Govt Faiz Aam Primary School,
UC-12, the Tameer Islah Mashra Primary School, Shaadbagh, the Govt Primary
School, Shah Di Kohi, the CDG Primary School, Ajodiapur, Johar Town, the CDG
Junior Modal School, Huma Block, Alama Iqbal Town, the Govt APWA Girls Primary
School, Modal Town, the Govt Girls Primary School, Chung Khurd, the Govt Primary
School, Farooq Colony, the Govt Girls Primary School, Gohawa, the Govt Primary
School, Packages Colony, the Primary School, Kair Khur, the Govt Primary School,
Dograan Klaan, the Primary School, Mari, the Govt Primary School, Chapa, the
Govt Primary School, Dioo Kalaan, the Govt Girls Primary School, Dioo Klaan, the
Govt Primary School, Atari Sraba and the Govt Girls Primary School, Mall Road.
Moreover, the schools to be awarded the status of high school are: the
Govt Girls Middle School, Haji Kot, the Govt Girls Middle School, Nainshuk,
Shahdra, the Govt Middle School, Gaooshala, the Govt Jinnah Islamia Girls Middle
School, Santnagar, the CDG Middle School, Masti Gate, the Govt Elementary
School, Nishat Colony, the Govt Elementary School, Jalo Station, the Govt Girls
Middle School, Jalo Station, the Govt Girls Middle School, Sundar and the Govt
Girls Middle School, Araian.
Similarly, the Govt Lady Maclegan High
School, Laaj Road, the Govt Girls high School, China Scheme, the Govt
Tanveer-ul-Islam Girls High School, Mustafabad, the Govt Progressive Girls High
School and the Govt Practicing Girls High School, Township, will be awarded the
status of higher secondary schools.
The schools to which funds had been
provided for missing facilities are: the Govt Pilot Secondary School, Wahdat
Road, the Govt Muhammad Girls High School, Datanager, the Govt Fatima Girls High
School, Fan Road, the Govt High School, Chamramandi, the Govt Girls High School,
Chonamandi, the Govt High School, Shairanwala Gate, the Govt High School for
Boys, Amir Road, the Govt High School, Ghaziabad, the Govt Girls High School,
Gulshan Ravi, the Govt Dar-ul-Itafal Girls High School, Rajghar, the Govt High
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Entomology curriculum revised
Lahore: A Meeting of the National Curriculum Revision Committee of the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) was held at the Commission's Regional Centre,
Lahore, to revise and finalise the curricula of Entomology for graduate and
Faculty members representing universities from
around the country also participated in the meeting. The courses in the revised
curriculum were updated by including new concepts, such as molecular entomology,
insect cytogenetics and advances in biological control. The committee agreed to
follow international standards and recommended that refresher courses,
workshops, trainings and seminars should be arranged in the field of molecular
entomology, biotechnology, numerical taxonomy, toxicology and
The committee comprising Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Dr Muhammad Ashfaq,
Dr Mansoor ul Hassan, Dr Muhammad Naeem, Dr Imtiaz Ali Khan, Dr Farkhanda
Manzoor, Dr Anser Rizvi, Dr Muhammad Naeem, Dr Muhammad Afzal, Imran Ali Sani
and Ms Bushra Siddique discussed and approved the Entomology curriculum for BSc
(Hons), MSc (Hons) and PhD studies. The news
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NCA teacher's artwork
Lahore: Ahmad Ali Manganhar's exhibition titled 'Non Commissioned History' went
on display in a drawing exhibition at the National College of Arts (NCA), on
The solo exhibition by the faculty member of NCA denoted the theme
of the interplay of shattered landscapes as a result of the colonial invasion.
Manganhar delicately used oil pastels on paper, reflecting his personal
experience as a Sindhi living away from his home and thus expressing a feeling
"I always thought history was a thing of the past and hence
irrelevant... but during my trips back home, I came across destroyed, muddy
areas and developed interest in our history," he said, clarifying that his works
did not necessarily reflect factual accounts, but his 'inner feelings'. In fact
his works are a result of his "burden of memory" combined with his "love for
drawing". Commenting on the title of the exhibition, he said painters and
artists were paid for their efforts in the past, but his work was
From Pir Pagaro's patriotic father Pir Sabghatullah Rashdi,
to Hindu traitor Naurmal Hotchand, Manganhar has drawn historical references in
almost all his works. These historical figures depict the locals' love for their
homeland. Daily Times
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