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
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
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.
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
"this is reduculus for medical students."
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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.
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
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.
prominent feature of the programme is that most of the students have been
selected from the government schools of the backward districts of Balochistan
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
Therefore, the students chosen from Pakistan are said
to have been selected from the lower class the society of Pakistan.
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.
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
Secretary of Education Sindh Rizan Memon on the occasion
congratulated the students for being selected on merit for a prestigious
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
"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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