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PMDC finds top medical college lacking senior faculty
Islamabad, May 03: While
letting Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, continue
admitting and training 100 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery) students annually, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has
linked acceptance of the premier educational institution's request for
enhancement of seats with appointment of full-time faculty to basic
sciences departments and improvement of examination and evolution
During a recent PMDC meeting chaired by its
President, Professor Dr Syed Sibitul Hasnain, and attended by members in
Islamabad, a report on the comprehensive inspection of the
privately-run medical college came up for discussion to see whether the
educational institution has sufficient facilities in line with the
council's new criteria to merit continued recognition under Section 11
of PMDC Ordinance, 1962, and can be permitted to continue admitting and
training students for MBBS course and in what number annually or
The report was compiled by Professor Dr Imtaiz
Ahmad of Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Professor Dr Taj Mohammad
of Saidu Medical College, Professor Dr Fatima Mahboob of King Edward
Medical University, Lahore, Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan of Azad
Jammu and Kashmir Medical College, Muzaffarabad, and Professor Dr Amtul
Zareena of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, after inspecting
educational and training facilities at the college on January 30, 2012.
to inspectors, basic sciences departments of Aga Khan University
Medical College are grossly deficient in senior faculty; forensic
medicine department does not exist; the examination and evaluation
system needs considerate attention, and a few specialties, including
dermatology, need improvement, as they seem not according to the
laid-down PMDC principles.
They recommended that the
college employ full-time faculty members in line with PMDC rules and
bring examination and evaluation system in conformity and uniformity
with the standard one followed by educational institutions imparting
Participants thoroughly examined the
recommendations and decided to retain the number of annual MBBS
admissions to the college at 100. The news
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QAU students hold protest
Islamabad: Over 100 students of Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) on Wednesday gathered outside the National Press Club
to protest for acceptance of their demands and against the attitude of
the university management in the wake of students' strike on April 27.
Alleged mismanagement of funds by the administration, lack of
infrastructure and academic facilities, steady increase in fee and
excessive bureaucratic hurdles have sent a wave of unrest among the
The unique part of the protest was a drama staged by the students at
the venue, highlighting the attitude of the vice-chancellor, the campus
manager and administration after the recent protest.
Their leaders, Hamid Riaz, Najeebullah, Qadir Maher,
Malik Shaukat, Mohammad Qasim and others said for the first time in the
university's history the management had lodged an FIR against the
students, besides issuing show-cause notices.
The management has nominated 42 students in the FIR and among them 12 had been identified.
Mr Riaz said: "Unfortunately, the management of the university has kept its eyes close to the problems of the students and
has been busy minting money from them."
He said persistent increase in charges under different heads had added to the problems of the economically-overburdened parents.
Mohammad Qasim said the mess management charged guests of the
students double the original price for which students had lodged a
complaint with the management but to no avail.
"Campus Manager Col (retired) Nadeem Gul has become a problem for the
students, as he wants to run the university like a military academy,"
He said the university students also wanted registration of pharmacy
department with the pharmaceutical council, increase in buses of shuttle
service and dismissal of a driver who killed a student, Rashid Iqbal,
some six months back.
Earlier, while talking to mediapersons, students said their strike
was peaceful and they had no intention to "sabotage" any conference or
"Peaceful protest is their fundamental right ensured by the Constitution," the students said.
A student claimed that before observing strike on April 27, they had
submitted their demands in writing to the management but it gave no
Another student said the university had been closed for the last 10 days and the management had got all the hostels vacated,
forcing boarders, who could not travel to their hometown, to make hotels and mosques their temporary abode.
The QAU vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Mohammad Masoom Yasinzai said although the management was preoccupied with the
forthcoming convocation, disciplinary committee had been sorting out the
strike issue. He said the university would reopen on Monday.
The vice-chancellor said the management would show zero tolerance to the students involved in the violence. Dawn
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RIU forms Shariah advisory board
Islamabad: Riphah International University has constituted a Shariah Advisory Board to
make recommendations for inculcation of teachings of Quran and Sunna in
its syllabus and curricular and co-curricular activities while imparting
standard professional education.
It consists of renowned
Islamic scholars representing different schools of thought and
educationists and professionals. The board held its first meeting at the
main campus of the university on Friday. Prominent Ulema and
educationists from across the country attended the meeting. They
included Director General Shariah Academy of International Islamic
University Dr. Tahir Manoori, leader of the Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maulana
Abdul Aziz Hanif, Mohtamim Jamia Imdadia Faisalabad Mufti Muhammad
Zahid, Maulana Shams-ul-Haq from Khyber Pakhtunkhua (KPK), leader of
Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen Allama Amin Shaheedi and Principal of
Quaid-e-Azam Commerce College Peshawar University Prof. Muhammad Abbas.
Chancellor of Riphah International University, Professor Dr Anis Ahmad
welcomed the members of the board and thanked them for attending the
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Pakistani children to participate in UK School Games
Islamabad: The schoolchildren from Pakistan will participate in the upcoming UK School
Games. The UK School Games (UKSG) will commence on 6th May and finish
on 9th May 2012 in London and will include over 400 volunteers to
support the delivery of the event.
The UKSG is an annual
multi-sport event for top UK young athletes of school age. The
International Inspiration Programme has now been part of this event for
four consecutive years. These school going 'Young Sports Leaders' have
been part of the British Council's International Inspiration (II)
Programme and have gone through II training sessions held in schools
The 'Young Sports Leaders' along with
their chaperones will be part of many volunteering activities during the
games. They will be taking part in roles ranging from coordinating,
keeping score, and interacting with the media.
sports leaders from the International Inspiration Programme in Pakistan
will be taking part as volunteers in these exciting games. Maaz Ahmed
(14) from Multan and Mariam Rasheed (13) from Karachi along with Iram
Siddique (adult chaperon) from Islamabad will leave for London on this
exciting journey on 3rd May 2012. Young leaders and their chaperon are
part of II schools partnership managed by the British Council. There are
10 countries taking part in these UK school games and Pakistan is one
The Youth Sport Trust has overall responsibility
for the recruitment, training and deployment of all volunteers, with
support from the London Youth Games Foundation. The International
Inspiration volunteers will be one particular volunteering group within
the overall programme. Through this event, the aim is to reward and
recognise a diverse workforce of skilled, trained and enthusiastic young
volunteers and inspire them to continue their volunteering journey
beyond this event.
The International Inspiration programme
aims to inspire more than one million school going children across
Pakistan towards sports, volunteering and PE as a legacy of London 2012.
For this purpose it has connected 58 schools in Pakistan and UK, signed
MoUs with different educational organisations and with the government
to promote physical education in the Pakistani schools.
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ICU faculty rails against 'intervention'
Peshawar: Senior staffers of the Islamia College University (ICU) have decided to
discourage what they called illegal practices and intervention from the
Higher Education Commission and protect the sanctity of the prestigious
seat of learning.
The teachers continued the series of
their meetings and protests to press the Chancellor of the
University/governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to declare the proceedings of the
recently held meeting of the University Senate void and investigate the
anomalies made by the retired members of the body.
meeting of the senior staff members of the university was held on the
premises of the varsity on Wednesday, which was followed by a protest
procession. The meeting declared to continue the series of meetings and
another meeting was scheduled for today (Thursday). A total of 90
teachers of the university - both males and females - attended the
meeting and subsequent protest procession.
also decided to move court against the senate meeting held at the
Governor's House on April 27. A petition was also submitted at the
Peshawar High Court to get the proceedings of the meeting annulled. The
meeting participants reposed confidence in the vice-chancellor and
expressed their resolve to utilise every source to protect the integrity
of the university and prevent illegal practices. They opined that the
senate meeting held no legal grounds and retired members had been
allowed to attend the meeting through an extension in violation of the
They said the retired members had a
nefarious agenda against the current administration of the college,
which they managed to accomplish in the absence of the chancellor. They
informed that the meeting was started with Governor Masood Kausar, who
left the scene after a while for some other appointment. In his absence,
the meeting continued under the secretary higher education department,
against law and precedents, they said, adding that in the absence of the
chancellor, only vice-chancellor could preside over the proceedings.
teachers of the university expressed serious reservations over certain
decisions taken in the meeting. They urged chancellor and
vice-chancellor to annul those decisions, which include some
appointments and promotions in serious violation of merit. Even
ineligible candidates were appointed and promoted to next grades, they
alleged. They also expressed serious concern over the resolution moved
in the senate meeting against the acting vice-chancellor of the
university. The news
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