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Delay in medical admission policy 2009

Government failed to announce new uniformed admission policy
Karachi, Oct 2: Unnecessary delay in the announcement of a new uniformed admission policy of medical universities and colleges in Sindh for the academic year of 2009 has exposed the approach of the coalition government towards education and health sectors of the province.

The provincial government is deliberately causing impediment in declaring the admission policy to promote private medical colleges and universities in the country, as nearly 80 per cent admission campaigns in private institutions have been completed. These views were expressed by the students and their parents, anxiously waiting for the admission policy

"This was happened for the first time in the province that October has been started but students are still waiting for their admissions in medical institutions," said Muhammad Ghauri, father of a daughter. He said, "My daughter has got tired, while waiting for the admission policy. The policy should have been announced before the time of admission, but the authorities concerned had not done to gain their vested interests. Politicians are playing with the future of students on account of political domestic issues."

Tooba Akhtar, a student of DHA Degree College for Women, expressed serious concern over the issue and said that she and her fellows were eagerly waiting for commencement of admissions at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) that gave student admissions to MBBS and BDS course at Dow Medical College, Sindh Medical College and Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences.

Tooba, who gained 83 per cent marks in the intermediate examination, said that after being frustrated from significant impediment in admission procedures, many students have got admissions in a renowned private medical university of the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had decided few months ago to review and devise a new admission policy of medical universities and colleges in Sindh. The decision was causing significant delay in the admission procedures for medical institutions as the policy has yet to be announced.

On the other hand, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Karachi Chapter, has shown serious concern over the unnecessary delay from Sindh government in devising a new uniformed admission policy, and demanded the government that the admission should be given on open merit across the province and admission test should be commenced once in the province.

Central leader of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Prof Ather Hussain Mirza has shown grave apprehensions over the needless delay in devising a new uniformed admission policy, and said that Sindh government showed criminal negligence towards the issue.

He said that the government policies had been exposed through its policies to promote private institutions in the province by not starting admission procedures in public institutions. Significant impediment in the announcement of policy has given huge financial advantage not only to the private medical institutions but also to the coaching centres. He said that the coalition government had completely failed to announce admission policy due to domestic political disputes. The government's negligence had caused severe pain and stress for students and their parents. The nation

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52 students of Sindh, Balochistan to go to US for education
Karachi: Abdul Majid, 15, who hails from Kalaar village of district Awaran of Balochistan, could never even imagine in his dreams that some day he would be visiting the United States of America for education.

All that he could dream was to become a high ranked officer so that he could bring electricity to his village. He burnt his midnight oil to realise his dreams.

"I could not think out of my books and village," says Majid, wearing a white shirt and black pant, narrates his life's story while sitting in the luxurious hall of a local hotel in order to attend a programme. However he was clear about one thing, which was that hard work always pays off.

Majid, who belongs to a village where there is no power supply and even in the modern-age where students of other cities and countries think about and discuss cyber space and other things, he has to study in the candle light.

However, all the problems and miseries that he faced turned into something that he could proudly tell to others- his success story.

He is part of the 52 students delegation, from interior Sindh and Balochistan, who have been selected to go to Washington DC for a two-week Science and Technology programme. The students including 26 girls and 26 boys are making this trip as part of the Links to Learning (ED-Links) programme supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

These students will go in two groups. The first batch will leave for the US on October 3 and the second one will leave on October 23.

The prominent feature of the programme is that most of the students have been selected from the government schools of the backward districts of Balochistan and Sindh.

It is interesting to mention here that in Pakistan most of the parents who have a bit financial resources try to admit their children to private schools.

Therefore, the students chosen from Pakistan are said to have been selected from the lower class the society of Pakistan.

The aim of the programme is to help students of both the countries understand each other's cultures and environment. It will also help Pakistani students attain knowledge, which they could not in their native land.

Balochistan Minister of Education, Shafiq Ahmed Khan, on the occasion regarded this opportunity as an opener.

"It is not the goal for the talented students of my province rather it is the beginning of a new journey," Khan said.

Secretary of Education Sindh Rizan Memon on the occasion congratulated the students for being selected on merit for a prestigious programme.

ED-Link's education programme will teach students about web development, digital photography and video production. The programme also aims at developing the students' teamwork, leadership skills and cultural understanding.

"This programme will open new doors of opportunity, cross-cultural understanding, and learning for each of you," said Consular General of US consulate in Karachi Stephen Fakan addressed the students. "I know you will be proud and effective representatives of Pakistan, and that you will form rewarding friendships with the American students and teachers you meet." Daily times

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