Bogus UK colleges rob students | KEMU status issue
Bogus foreign students free to flout new UK laws
Lahore, April 16: Thousands of bogus students are free to enter Britain despite new laws aimed at tightening controls
on immigration due to weaknesses in the student visa system.
has revealed that hundreds of colleges approved by the Home Office to accept
non-European Union (EU) students have not been inspected by it's officers. It
has also emerged that the vast majority of non-EU students would not be
interviewed by the Home Office but admitted on the basis of written applications
and evidence of sponsorship, educational qualifications and bank statements.
John Tincey, the Immigration Service Union chairman, said the failure to include
interviews could be exploited by terrorists. Under the present system,
universities, colleges and schools must register with the Home Office to accept
students from outside the EU and must agree to alert the Home Office if a
student fails to register, stops attending classes or if a course is shortened.
The new regime came in two weeks ago and is intended to end a scam in which
thousands of foreigners enrolled at bogus colleges to work in the
According to the report, the problems in the visa are highlighted by
the fact that until 2005, there was no official register of education providers
- allowing anyone to set up a so-called college and accept overseas students.
Under the new system, only universities and colleges officially registered with
the Home Office will be able to sponsor students from overseas..
colleges: Last week's terror raids revealed the questionable nature of some
Manchester colleges catering to for international students. At least one of the
arrested students, Abdul Wahab Khan, 26, was registered as an English language
student at the Manchester College of Professional Studies, which closed after a
raid by the Home Office last year. An earlier report revealed the college had
sold hundreds of places on fake courses to young men in the NWFP at £50 a head.
A former associate of Bashir and Khan told The Times the vast majority of their
college's students had never attended the college because they were all working
full-time to earn money. Daily Times
How bogus UK colleges rob students of poor countries
London: As the parents of the 12 Pakistanis arrested last Wednesday on
suspicion of being involved in hatching terrorist plots anxiously await the
outcome of the week-long police investigation, new facts have emerged which tell
a harrowing tale of how bogus UK colleges rob unsuspecting students from poor
countries, including Pakistan, of billions with the British government
conveniently looking the other way.
A report in The Times on Wednesday
said that hundreds of colleges recently approved by the Home Office to accept
non-EU students had not been inspected by its officers.
At one college
in Manchester that claims to have more than 100 students - most of them from
North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan - only two turned up for classes on
It has also emerged that the vast majority of non-EU students
are not interviewed by the Home Office but admitted on the basis of written
applications and evidence of sponsorship, educational qualifications and bank
Under the system, universities, colleges and schools must
register with the Home Office to accept students from outside the EU. They must
agree to alert the Home Office if a student fails to register, stops attending
classes or if a course is shortened and keep copies of the students' passports
as well as up-to-date contact addresses.
The Times said one college
acted as a gateway to Britain for foreigners willing to pay £50 for the letter
of admis- sion that earned them a student visa.
The college, which
operated for two years, shut down last July after a Home Office raid prompted by
"concerns about irregularities", according to the Department for Innovation,
Universities and Skills.
The Times report also mentioned a new
institution which a fortnight ago was listed - alongside Eton, Cambridge and
Oxford - on the government's register of approved education and training
Its Manchester campus is a series of small rooms along the
second-floor corridor of a rundown business park. Students admitted to this
college sought full-time work as soon as they came to Britain and contacted the
college only when their 12-month visas were about to expire.
further payment of between £800 and £1,000, they would be issued with a
certificate confirming that they had "completed the entire work and academic
requirements" for whichever first-year course they were allegedly studying. The
documents - a copy of one has been seen by The Times - enabled those willing to
pay to extend their visa by up to three years. Dawn
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King Edward Medical University status divides medical community
Lahore: The issue of downgrading the status of
the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) to a college has divided the medical
community into supporters and opponents of the decision, even though the Punjab
chief minister has announced that the university's status will remain intact
until further orders.
The split has extended, with another group of
doctors demanding the creation of a new medical college affiliated with the
oldest medical university. Senior professors of the KEMU are still fighting over
the issue, while the younger doctors are seeking reconciliation for the welfare
of the medical community and the public at large.
The division among the
doctors has now extended so far that the biggest body of King Edward Medical
College alumni has also been divided, with both groups fighting for their
supremacy and for the acceptance of their demands.
Kemcolians Forum (KF)
is a body of former students of the college. Two groups of alumni now claim to
be the real KF.
One group claims the membership of 700 members and to be
the rightful representatives of the alumni. This group claims that Prof Abdul
Waheed is the president of KF, Dr Taur Manzar, Dr Khalid Nawaz and Dr Sabiha
Khurshid are vice presidents, and Prof Mahmood Shaukat is general secretary.
The other group claims the support of 1,500 doctors. Their president is
Prof Dr Javed Akram, the senior vice president is Prof Amir Aziz, and Dr Salman
Kazmi is the general secretary of the forum.
University premises: Dr
Akram, who claims to be president, claimed he was recently elected president of
the forum in elections that took place on the university premises. He said a
large number of doctors had voted in the polls. He said Prof Waheed and his
supporters had virtually killed the forum by not holding any activity or
elections. He said the fresh elections had been held on the demand of young and
elderly doctors, who wanted to communicate with the people and the government
through the forum.
No legal standing: Prof Waheed, who also claims to be
the president of the KF, said his team had held elections of the
forum in 2006, and revived it to protect the rights of King Edward doctors. He
claimed the other group, led by Dr Akram, had no legal standing. He said it was
only a few people who had got together.
Dr Kazmi, who claims to be the
general secretary, said no one had objected when the elections took place, but
Prof Waheed was now claiming to represent the real KF. He said the issue of
downgrading or changing the status of KEMU was a bone of contention between the
entire medical community and each group was trying to gain an upper hand in
achieving their goals. Dr Kazmi said that the recent split would leave a
long lasting impact on the medical community and would decrease the respect of
the senior practitioners. He said most of the students of the university wanted
that the university be expanded by the developing a new college by the name of
King Edward Medical College, and affiliating it with the KEMU but in separate
KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan chose not to
comment on the issue, and said the university's administration was waiting for
the government's decision. Daily Times
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School heads get more powers
Lahore: The school education authorities have issued special circular
regarding empowerment of heads of educational institutions of primary to higher
According to a notification issued on Wednesday by
School Education Secretary Nadeem Ashraf, all the heads of schools may employ
temporary teachers or part time teachers for teaching science and English
subjects with minimum prescribed qualification on the salary fixed by the
government for this purpose under the Farogh-e-Taleem Fund. However, temporary
staff will not be given salary during summer vocation or holidays. The services
of part time sweepers may be hired by the school heads from Farogh-e-Taleem
The notification stated that all heads of institutions from primary
to higher secondary level would have full authority to assign any teaching or
administrative duty to their staff during or after office hours including
additional classes or periods, co-curricular activities, sports duty, library
duty, plantation, examination duty, record preparation or any activity mentioned
in Dastur-ul-Amal and Taleemi Calendar.
The schools' heads have also
been authorised to record the ACRs. Primary and elementary school heads will be
reporting officers for recording ACRs of all teaching and non-teaching staff.
The AEOs, Deputy DEOs will the countersigning officers.
The results and
achievement of targets will be incorporated in the ACRs of primary and
elementary teachers as well. Second examination duty in same academic session
and sanction of casual leave will be subject to the discretion of the heads of
schools concerned according to instructions of government on the subject.
Insubordination to the heads of schools and use of extraneous pressure will be
treated as gross misconduct and would be dealt with accordingly. The News
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Workshop for Editors of HEC organized
Lahore: Higher Education Commission organized a workshop for
Editors of HEC recognized social sciences journals in collaboration with the
Department of History and Pakistan Study Centre. The workshop was inaugurated by
the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. 19 Editors of HEC recognized
research journals participated in the workshop and gave presentations to improve
the quality of journals and identified their problems regarding
indexing/abstracting, peer review process of the social sciences journals. An
open discussion was hailed among the editors and HEC officials. HEC has spent an
amount of Rs.15 million during last fiscal year and this year distribution of
funds is under process so that editor could get out from their financial
problems. F.P. Report
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LCWU seminar on drug therapy concludes
Lahore: A two-day seminar on Ensuring
the Best Drug Therapy through Quality Pharmacy Services concluded at the Lahore
College for Women University (LCWU) on Wednesday.
The seminar's speakers
said the therapy for drug use was based on pharmaceutical care that needed to
build responsibility and accountability with the basic objective being to
achieve productive clinical outcomes.
LCWU Pharmacy Department and
UNESCO jointly organised the seminar. LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Bushra Mateen said
LCWU students would be able to produce expensive medicines generally produced by
multi-national companies. "It's a great achievement that the field of pharmacy
is rapidly flourishing in Pakistan and its services are now recognised by the
government as well. Young pharmacists should do their job with full devotion,
sincerity and honesty to keep this recognition alive," she said.
chief guest, Lahore Anti-Narcotics Force Commander Brigadier Sajjad Ahmed
Bakhshi said such seminars, conferences, workshops and training programmes were
extremely significant in enhancing the students' skills. He said such
professional help was vital for students to get a good grasp on the field of
The government would also cooperate for the uplift of pharmacy
in Pakistan, he added. Professor Dr M Jamshed said health in any country
depended primarily on physicians, research professionals (pharmacists) and
LCWU Natural Sciences Dean Professor Dr Kauser
Jamal Cheema said LCWU had always served as the platform for exploring new ideas
in the field of education and development. "Moreover, it has also provided
unique opportunities, information and research work to groom its students in
various fields," she said. Daily Times
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