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Fairness of KEMU exam system | Admission irregularities in MAO College

Fairness of KEMU exam system called into question
Lahore, May 06, 2008: A committee, constituted by the Punjab Health Department to review implications of the King Edward Medical University sub-campus at Sahiwal, has expressed serious reservations over the transparency of the examination system conducted by the university.

The committee, during its meeting on April 28, pointed out irregularities in the KEMU examination system. Special Secretary Health and Co-chairman of the Working Group for Health, Dr Shafqat Ranjha, chaired the meeting while Working Group Convener Dr Amer Aziz, Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) Principal Prof Dr Abdul Majeed Chaudhry, KEMU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Awais, newly-appointed Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan, Paediatrics Department Head Prof Dr Ashraf Sultan, Surgery Department Head Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal and Physiology Department Head Prof Dr Muhammad Akram attended it. Punjab Food Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran, who is PML-N MPA from Sahiwal district, especially attended the meeting.

Sources said that Dr Amer Aziz drew the attention of the participants towards the grave irregularities committed in the examination system conducted by the university. As the committee reviewed implications of setting up a KEMU sub-campus at Sahiwal, Dr Amer promptly rejected the proposal and instead suggested an independent medical college at Sahiwal, citing a lack of teaching staff on the KEMU main campus in Lahore. In this connection, he also pointed out KEMU administration's failure to establish a fair and foolproof examination system at the university while referring to Prof Dr Muhammad Akram's, Dean Basic Medical Sciences, presentation to the Governor/Chancellor about irregularities in the examination system.

Prof Dr Muhammad Akram, Dean Basic Medical Sciences, and Chairman Board of Studies, KEMU, had presented a detailed report of anomalies in results of the MBBS First Professional Annual Examination 2007, to Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool in a meeting held at the Governor's House last year. The report alleged the Examination Department had manipulated the result of the MBBS First Professional Annual Examination 2007, and it provided proof and evidence, according to which favouritism and victimisation were found in the alleged revision of the result. Marks of some students were deducted and extra marks had been awarded unfairly to some students to help them pass the examination. Following the complaint, the governor ordered an inquiry into alleged anomalies.

In response to Dr Amer's remarks on the flawed examination system, KEMU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Awais tried to hush up the matter in front of the high profile committee by saying that the matter had been resolved during a reconciliation meeting between KEMU authorities and Prof Muhammad Akram at the Governor's House.

However, Prof Dr Muhammad Akram, the next day of the committee meeting held on April 28, wrote a letter to Special Secretary Health and Committee Chairman, Dr Shafqat Ranjha, former registrar of the KEMU, and proved the veracity of Prof Amer's remarks on the examination system.

In his letter, whose copy was also forwarded to Malik Nadeem Kamran, Punjab Food Minister, Prof Dr Amer, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan, Professor of Medicine, KEMU, Prof Dr Abdul Majeed Chaudhry, Principal, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Awais, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of KEMU, Prof Dr Ashraf Sultan, Professor of Paediatrics, KEMU, Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Professor of Surgery, KEMU, said, "The statement of Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Syed Muhammad Awais on irregularities of the examinations conducted by the KEMU that a reconciliation meeting had held at the Governor's House is totally false as no such meeting was held.

In fact, Prof Muhammad Awais was washing his dirty linen in front of public representative Mr. Nadeem Kamran, Punjab Food Minister, and other members of the committee. Prof Amer's remarks on the examination system of the KEMU are correct. You are fully aware of all these facts when you were registrar of the KEMU."

Admission irregularities in MAO College to be investigated
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department has constituted a two-member committee to investigate alleged irregularities in Government MAO College's B Com admissions and incident of violence.

The committee has been formed on the instructions of the Punjab chief secretary. The issue of illegal admissions surfaced a couple of weeks ago when some students of the Government MAO College staged a protest demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club after the Punjab University (PU) refused to register them for annual examinations. The Punjab University had denied registration to these students on the pretext that the Government MAO College had granted admissions to more students than the seats allocated to it for B Com programme. Reportedly, a student group previously attached with the PML-Q manipulated admissions in MAO College's B Com programme in violation of rules and regulations. College's acting principal Prof Muhammad Khan had also leveled similar accusations. The committee would submit its report within a week.

Applications invited for vacant slots at KEMU
Lahore: The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan, has invited applications from teaching faculty to fill posts lying vacant as a result of transfers or termination of services under reversal of the orders of contractual reemployments in the university.

The vacant posts included Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Director Administration, Director Purchase and Director Works here at the King Edward Medical University.

The post of Registrar had been lying vacant after Dr Shafqat Ranjha was transferred and posted as Special Secretary Health, Department of Health, Punjab, while services of Col (retd) Masood-ul-Haq, Controller of Examinations having additional charge of Director Administration, Habibullah Goraya, Director Works, and Taj Khattak, Director Purchase, were terminated in compliance with reversal of orders of contractual re-employment by the Punjab Government.

As stop gap arrangement, Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Awais handed over three additional charges of Registrar, Director Administration and Director Purchase to Principal Medical Officer (PMO) Dr Manzoor Alam.

Similarly, Additional Principal Medical Officer (APMO) Community Medicine Department Dr Akhtar Long was handed an additional charge of Controller of Examinations, while Additional Principal Medical Officer (APMO) Pharmacology Department Dr Iftikhar Mirza was given additional charge of Director Works of the university.

The KEMU VC Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan called Academic Council meeting on Tuesday (today), which besides its own agenda of newly-appointed VC's first meeting with the faculty members of the university would also discuss the matter of filling of vacant posts in the university.

Schoolteachers warn of complete boycott from 26th
Lahore: Government schoolteachers have warned of complete educational boycott across the province from May 26 in case government fails to increase their salaries and to ensure implementation of teachersŪ package announced by the previous regime.

This announcement was made during a seminar organized by the Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) held at the Lahore Press Club on Monday. The seminar highlighted various problems faced by government schoolteachers of the province.

Earlier speaking on the occasion various representatives of the teaching community demanded 100 percent increase in salaries and allowances in the wake of frequent inflation. PTU president Jan-e-Alam Khan presided over the seminar while Qazi Abdul Rauf, Abdul Qayyum Rahi, Muhammad Arshad, M Ishaq, Azam Butt, Rana Liaqat Ali, Aslam Ghumman, Rana Ata, Rana Muhammad Arshad and president of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) Nazim Hussain Shah also spoke on the occasion.

Speakers said they welcomed the new government adding but they would not tolerate anti-teachers policies in any way demanding salaries of the teachers should be increased in proportion of frequent price hike.

They said teachers were leading miserable lives owing to meager salaries as compared to frequent price hike adding government should address their problems on priority basis. They also criticized the role of NGOs and monitoring cell.

Speaking on the occasion Jan-e-Alam Khan said all the governments had done futile experimentations in the education sector adding there was no respect for schoolteachers in the society. žBecause of the frequent price hike they (teachers) are compelled to lead a starving lifeÓ, he added.

PTU president said previous government had announced a special package for teachers but it was unfortunate the same was not being implemented in true spirit owing to which teachers were disturb.

He said to address teachers problems was need of the hour warning if relief was not provided to them by 24 May teachers across the province would observe complete educational boycott from 26 May to 28 May while a protest demonstration would be staged outside the Lahore Press Club on 29 May. After this a proper movement would be launched in which entire teaching community would participate, he warned. The News
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