Medical students protest over errors in results
Errors in results of MBBS first professional
Lahore, May 04: Students of public and private medical colleges held a
protest demonstration against alleged errors in results of MBBS first
professional part-II supplementary 2009, and MBBS second professional
More than 200 students of Allama
Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad,
Nishtar Medical College, Multan, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College,
Bahawalpur, and private medical colleges including CMH Medical College,
Lahore Medical and Dental College, FMH College of Medicine and
Dentistry, held a protest demonstration in front of the UHS. They
blocked Shahra-e-Jamia-e-Punjab for two hours to register their protest
against examination system and allegedly detaining more than 300
students because of errors in compilation and declaration of results.
They were holding placards inscribed with their demands and raising
slogans against the UHS administration for detaining such a huge number
of students, which they said was unprecedented.
that university administration ousted all qualified staff of university
particularly from the Examination Department, which was presently
staffed by unqualified people not trained for the job who had made
errors in preparation of results. They also alleged that the UHS had
also been passing students on the basis of favouritism through
reassessment in violation of rules and regulations.
demanded the varsity give them "carry on" or allow them a chance to
appear in "supra suppli". They informed that the VC initially refused
to meet them but later told them to submit their applications for
rechecking. According to them, the VC also issued threats to them and
called police to disperse them. Students announced that they would
boycott classes in all medical colleges and hold a protest
demonstration on Tuesday (today) on The Mall, which would continue
until acceptance of their demands.
When contacted, the UHS
spokesman said that students were challenging their results without any
solid reason as, according to him, the MBBS 1st Professional Part-II
Supplementary Examination 2009 had shown 71 pass percentage and MBBS
2nd Professional Supplementary Examination 2009 79 pass percentage,
which was more than the annual result of the same examinations. He said
that students were also raising unjust demand of awarding "carry on" or
"supra suppli", which was against the rules and regulations.
also denied students' allegations, saying the UHS had trained
examination staff therefore there was no chance of errors in
compilation of results. "Students have the backing of political
elements from protesting employees of the UHS to blackmail the
university," he added. The news
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KEMU boarders suffering from prolonged power outages
Lahore: Around 12 hours of daily load shedding at the Hall Road wing of the
King Edward Medical University (KEMU) boys' hostel has become a
permanent "nuisance" for boarders, drastically affecting their
performance, learnt on Monday.
criticised the government and the university administration for failing
to ensure uninterrupted power supply, as is the case at the hostel's
Link McLeod Road wing.
There are 100 rooms in the Hall Road wing of the hostel, housing 70 first year students and over
doctors demanded that the hostels was part of the teaching hospital and
should be exempted from power outages, adding that load shedding was
affecting their performance at
Performance: Dr Zaidaan Idrees Chaudhry said, "If one
doesn't sleep at night, he cannot perform during the daytime at the
hospital. The other hostel [McLeod Road] has an electricity connection
from the Mayo Hospital, while the hostel for doctors has been left
without a dual line or a generator. The whole routine has been
disturbed due to long power outages."
Generator: He said in
August last year, the hostel administration put up a notice saying it
would provide a generator at the Hall Road wing to address the problem,
however, no action has been taken so far.
"Students have no idea whether the administration is going to take any steps to provide any relief to them," Chaudhry added.
first year student said load shedding was taking its toll on studies.
He said the lack of an electricity generator or an alternative power
supply system meant that the students had little facility for studying.
"Exams are around the corner and we cannot concentrate on our studies,
which is ultimately going to affect our result," he added.
Registrar Dr Mehmood Shaukat said that the administration
had advertised a tender for acquiring a generator for the Hall Road
wing and the process would be completed within a couple of days.
He said the generator would consume Rs 2.5 million worth of fuel per year, which the government had categorically refused to pay due to scarcity of resources.
the administration also demanded uninterrupted power supply for all
hostels, but the government provided power supply from the Mayo
Hospital to only the McLeod Road wing, Shaukat said.
To another question, he said LESCO authorities had also refused to extend exemption from load shedding to all of KEMU hostels.
registrar said the administration could only purchase the equipment and
it was the government's responsibility to provide resources to run them.
Chief Minister's Task Force on Health Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said the
government has already raised the health budget, with Rs 2.20 billion
allocated for providing air conditioners at hospitals across Punjab. He
said the money was being spent in phases at various hospitals, with 87
generators to be installed at hospitals initially. Elahi said the
government would ensure the provision of requisite funds to run the
generator if the university purchased it. Daily times
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Private schools demand VAT withdrawal
Lahore: Various associations of the private schools, criticising the government for
imposing proposed 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private schools,
demanded its immediate withdrawal. The Joint Action Committee for All
Pakistan Private Schools Association, All Pakistan Private Schools
Welfare Association and other associations held meetings on Monday and
unanimously rejected the proposed 15 percent VAT, maintaining that
private schools were already paying different kinds of taxes. They
observed that the proposed move was anti-education and would ultimately
prove a burden on inflation-stricken people. The associations,
observing that private schools are already helping the government in
promotion of education, have warned that a countrywide protest campaign
would be launched if the VAT was imposed on private schools. The news
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132 students booked for cheating in exams
Kohat: The secretary Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education, Kohat on Monday raided several examination centres along
with his team in Karak district and caught 132 students red handed
BISE secretary Kohat Shahid Zaman assisted by
Prof Habibur Rehman and assistant secretary Nayyar Azam Khan Khattak
conducted sudden raids at government girls colleges, Ahmedabad, Mitha
Khel, government degree girls college, Karak and Shina Ghar Children
Academy and found 132 candidates who were cheating. The staff booked
the students for using unfair means and cancelled their papers.
The inspections at girls' centres were conducted by personal secretary
to the chairman, Madam Yasmeen, Madam Naseem, Madam Asifa who were
assisted by Dr Salma.
According to a press release the raids
were part of the campaign ordered by the BISE chairman Kohat, Khan
Muhammad Khalil, against booty mafia and upholding of strict policy of
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Owners of schools in houses reject closure notice
Taxila: The office-bearers of private schools/colleges executive
association on Monday rejected closure notices issued by the cantonment
board Wah to over 230 private educational institutions working in
They called upon the director general
military land and cantonments and chairman POF Wah to take notice of
the matter and save the future of over 30,000 students.
meeting chaired by its president Sabir Minhas, the association said
private schools and colleges were working in residential areas of over
23 cantonments in the country but nowhere any notice had been issued to
them. They said the authorities had introduced discriminatory rules in
Wah Cantonment which created unrest among students and their parents.
said this year Sir Syed School run by Sir Syed Educational Society of
POF could not enroll even a single student from class 2 to 10.
Cantonment Executive Officer Younus Khan could not be contacted for comments. Dawn
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Residents protest teachers' shortage
Bisham: The Ghorband Action Committee has threatened to launch a
movement against the government if the issues of shortage of teachers
in schools and faulty telephone system were not addressed. Addressing a
protest rally here Monday, president of Action Committee Musa Khan,
Shamsur Rehman and Zaman Gul said that Ghorband area of Shangla
district was being kept backward intentionally under a conspiracy. The
leaders said education system was on the verge of collapse in the
government-run schools due to shortage of teachers. They also said
telephone system had been out of order for the last six months but the
department concerned did not take any step to repair the system. The
protesters threatened that if the situation was not rectified, the
residents would come on roads to press the government for acceptance of
their demands. The news
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