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Medical, dental colleges halt admission process
Lahore, Oct 05: The private medical colleges in Punjab have agreed to stop their admission process and will not ask the applicants and their parents to deposit dues before the display of first merit list for the public-sector medical and dental colleges across the province.

The private medical and dental colleges also agreed in principle to centralise their admission process by voluntarily handing over their MBBS and BDS admissions to the University of Health Sciences. The UHS will complete the admission procedures the same way it does for public-sector institutes, says a press release.

The decisions were taken at a meeting (held on Friday) which was chaired by UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof M.H. Mubashar. The principals and representative of the 14 affiliated private medical and dental colleges attended the meeting.

Prof Mubashar said the university would conduct another entrance test on Oct 14 in pursuance of the orders of the Lahore High Court for all those candidates who had secured 60 per cent or above marks in FSc or equivalent examination but could not earlier appear in the test conducted on July 20. He said admissions to public medical colleges were delayed this year because of litigation.

According to the regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), he said, the private colleges could not go for their admissions and ask people to deposit fees before the merit list of the public-sector colleges was displayed. But most private colleges were going contrary to the rules by seeking fees for admissions quite early, he said.

"Some of these applicants have scored very good marks in FSc examination and the central entrance test conducted by the UHS. But they are not sure whether or not they would get admission to any public medical college. They are, therefore, compelled to pay fees in the private colleges to secure seats," he said.

He further said the private colleges should wait until the admissions to the public-sector colleges were completed. And the representatives of the private colleges agreed to stop their admission process till the display of the first merit list for the government-run medical colleges, he added.

The participants also agreed that the private medical colleges would not give any weightage to the test they conduct. However, they could hold an 'aptitude interview' and give it an appropriate weightage which would be defined by the university. The merit list would be prepared according to the formula laid down by the PMDC according to which the weightage of matriculation would be 10 per cent, FSc (40 per cent) and that of centralised entrance test (50 per cent).

The participants were informed that under the PMDC regulations the private medical colleges were required to complete their admission process by Nov 30 and submit the list of their applicants and selected candidates to the university.

It was also observed that most private colleges had unlawfully introduced a category of 'overseas students' and the admissions under this category were usually made on the payment of donations and extraordinary fees. "The existing rules don't allow seats under any such category," the press release stated.

The participants decided to write to the Higher Education Commission and the Punjab government to create a new category of reserved seats for children of the expatriate Pakistanis.

The colleges were also directed to strictly follow the PMDC directions regarding fees and other charges. The council says: "No medical/dental institution in private sector shall charge fee more than Rs500,000 per year per student. This fee shall exclude university fee, taxes, hostel fee, transport fee and the one-time admission fee. One-time admission fee shall not exceed more than 15 per cent of the fee per annum.

"Copies of all receipts shall be submitted to the PMDC. Any monetary demand or any other charges or donations on any pretext other than the annual fee or any other non-compliance of these regulations shall be construed a major violation and shall make the institution liable for action under section 22 of the PMDC Ordinance 1962."

The private medical colleges' representatives were informed that the UHS syndicate at its 20th meeting held on Sept 21 last had directed the affiliation committee to inspect the private-sector colleges to assess their adherence to the rules and regulations defined by the UHS and the PMDC and report cases of violations to the syndicate to initiate disaffiliation proceedings according to section 40 of the UHS (Amendment) Act of 2009.

Prof Mubashar urged the private medical colleges to develop a code of ethics and strictly follow it.

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Academic's advice to young teachers
Lahore: Young teachers must adopt teaching models that require them to display their best capabilities during lectures. This was stated by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz at the concluding session of a workshop entitled "Professional Competency Enhancement Training Programme" at Conference Hall on Friday.

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Dean Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Faculty of Biosciences Dean Prof Ijaz Ahmad, Bahauddin Zakariya University Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Dean Prof Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Pharmacology and Toxicology Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf and Registrar Dr Kamran Ashraf were also present.

The VC said teachers should be dedicated to their profession and added that a teacher could imagine the activities for students and give them suggestions to accomplish futuristic goals. He stressed that teaching method was highly important, especially in teaching of professional disciplines.

Dr Nawaz stressed upon the faculty members to upgrade their knowledge and help students understand their subjects. Dawn

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PU Convocation 2010
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has tentatively fixed December 30 for 119th convocation of the university in which PhD scholars will be awarded medals and degrees.

This was disclosed by Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch while presiding over a meeting of the main Convocation Coordination Committee comprising conveners of all the sub-committees constituted for finalising arrangements to hold the forthcoming convocation in a befitting manner.

PU Controller Examinations Department Dr Zahid Karim Khan informed the meeting that a letter had already been addressed to all the Deans, Principals, Directors and Chairmen of the varsity teaching departments to immediately provide the list of nominee students who would participate in the 119th Convocation.

As many as 1000 students of MA/MSc sessions 2007-2009, 4-year BA/BSc (Hons) sessions 2005-2009, MPhil sessions 2007-2009 and PhD scholars will be awarded medals and degrees. Governor Punjab/Chancellor Punjab University Salmaan Taseer will be the chief guest.

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Rescue engages GCU for selection
Lahore: The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) has engaged the expertise of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore's Clinical Psychologists to work on post-traumatic stress among rescue workers and develop modern psychological test system for selection of right people in the life saving emergency services.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and Rescue 1122 Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer signed the agreement carried out between the GCU Department of Clinical Psychology and the Punjab Emergency Service. Department of Clinical Psychology Director Prof Zahid Mehmood was also present. "Rescue workers are daily exposed to traumatic stress while helping people in emergency. Dealing with situations like terrorism, fire, car accidents and rape, they develop traumatic stress disorder in them which reduces their efficiency and commitment," said 1122 DG Dr Rizwan while requesting the Clinical Psychologists of the university to help the Punjab Emergency Service in coping with the situation.

The GCU and Rescue 1122 have also pledged to work for development of safer communities in Pakistan through research projects and joint practical initiatives including conferences, workshops, awareness and training programmes and seminars. Both the intuitions have also pledged to share resources, knowledge and expertise for joint projects.

They will also conduct behaviour studies of communities to prevent road traffic accidents and injuries.

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Kinnaird College Distinction
Lahore: Sundus Shahzad of Kinnaird College secured an oustanding postion in FSc 2010 exams by securing 1008/1100 marks, while her younger sister Ruman Shahzad of Divisional Public School, Model Town, secured 973/1050 marks in Matric 2010 exams in the Lahore Board. Both are daughters of Lt Col Sohail Shahzad. The news

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