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Evening shift in medical colleges

PMA rejects proposal for evening shift in medical colleges
Lahore, April 18: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has condemned the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) for putting forward a proposal of evening shifts in public and private medical colleges of the country.

The idea of evening shift in medical colleges, allegedly conceived by some influential office-bearers of the PMDC, has been forwarded to President Asif Zardari for approval.

According to a press release here on Sunday, PMA office-bearers, including Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Akhtar Rashid, Dr Tanveer Anwar, Dr Izhar Ch, Dr Shahid Malik and Dr Salman Kazmi, in a joint press statement, said that the federal government had asked the provinces to make arrangements for evening classes both in public and private medical and dental colleges and institutes.

They said that it had also been revealed that the President wanted immediate introduction of evening shifts in all public and private medical/dental colleges, adding that the PMA and medical educationists were in a state of shock that how come the President of the country could give instructions to follow the idea which had never been implemented in any part of world before. It appeared that the President had been misguided by the lobby of a group having vested interests, they said.

The PMA office-bearers said that there were 108 public and private medical colleges in the country and at least more than a dozen in the pipeline.

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New VU fee structure shocks students
Lahore: An abrupt and unexpected change in fee structure by the Virtual University (VU) administration has put thousands of university students in a fix while prompting hundreds of them to freeze their ongoing semesters.

The VU, the country s first university completely based on modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), through a fresh move abolished the option of submitting per month (Rs 2,000) fee by its students and introduced fee structure based on per credit hour basis.

According to the new fee structure, the fee will be charged from the students on a per credit hour basis at the rate of Rs 750. It is pertinent to mention here that every subject contains 3 credit hours. The university has also imposed Rs1,000 as semester enrolment fee which was earlier not charged from the students. The varsity administration has, however favoured the students by giving them the option to pay fee in three instalments. But interestingly, total duration of instalments is one and a half months.

Earlier, the VU students had to pay semester fee of Rs12,000 in six instalments (Rs 2,000 per month) but under the new structure, the amount would be paid, with Rs 1,000 as semester enrolment fee, by the VU students in three installments and that too maximum in one and a half months only.

A number of aggrieved students said the university administration while changing the fee structure blatantly ignored the fact that the majority of its students were from the middle or lower middle class and the move would certainly create a lot of financial problems for them. They were unanimous in their demand that the VU administration must revert to the previous fee structure as the new one was more like paying fee in a lump sum.

According to the students, the VU was their choice, above all, because of its fee structure which was quite affordable, especially for those belonging to the working class. A student, Ali, said he and many of his friends were seriously planning to freeze their ongoing semester as they could not manage to pay the fee under the new structure. He, however, appreciated the VU administration for not substantially increasing its fee unlike other public varsities in the wake of ever increasing inflation. Another student, seeking anonymity, said one of his friends had recently emailed a death certificate of his father along with his request of continuing the old fee structure but to no avail. He said there were thousands of students who could manage only month-wise fee.

One of the students also shared VU s notification available on its web-based Learning Management System (LMS) which reads, All students are informed that the credit hour fee structure is duly approved by the university. The same has been intimated, notified on the LMS time and again. All are requested to abide by the schedule and do not refer to Accounts Department for the instalments/extension in dates. Any query related to fee structure will not be entertained.

When contacted, VU Rector Dr Naveed A Malik said he had already taken notice of the issue and had directed the university s director finance to allow students paying fee in six instalments as per the previous practice. He said the new notification would be available for students on LSM on Monday (today). He also agreed that collection of fee in three instalments was a burden on students. About the semester enrolment fee and other increases in fee, Dr Malik said the increases were quite minor as compared to any public university, adding that the VU had not raised its fee for the last many years. The news

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Students force BZU dept head to resign
Multan: Succumbing to the pressure of students, the Bahauddin Zakariya University administration has accepted the resignation of Commerce Department chairman Dr Muhammad Mutahir Abbas.

Students have been boycotting classes for the last two weeks after the department administration declared a student successful in an examination but later declared him fail.

Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah has accepted the resignation of Dr Mutahir Abbas as chairman and gave the acting charge of Assistant Professor Allah Bakhsh.

Dr Abbas was meanwhile directed to assume his original seat of associate professor in the statistics department.

The students of commerce department had claimed that Dr Abbas was rude with them. Dawn

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UVAS approves new degree programmes
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has approved several new degree programmes in its syndicate meeting held on Saturday, said university spokesman Asim Jawed.

The new degree programmes include BSc and BBA (Hons) Leather Sciences, BSc Environmental Sciences, MPhil Establishment of Centre of Environmental Sciences Policy and Management leading to PhD in Bio Informatics. UVAS has also constituted a committee to make the tenure track system more transparent. Presiding over the meeting, UVAS Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Nawaz gave a detailed presentation on the four-year tenure. app

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Private schools' fees at record high
Lahore: Private schools especially having chains in the City have increased their school fees from 25 to 40 percent putting the inflation crushed parents in trouble, it was learnt during a survey conducted on Saturday.

Most of the salaried parents have demanded any regulatory body to monitor the fees of these schools. Not only the fees have been increased but books' prices have also been increased by the publishers and book sellers at their own. There was no such department to check these prices also, lamented Hamid Javed, a father of kid studying in ESENA Foundation.

He said that his son was a student of class 8th and it was very difficult for him to continue his study. He said apart from fees increased by 25 to 40 percent he had to pay Rs 7,500 only to purchase his son's three books. "When I would have to purchase his all books it would cost about Rs 15,000 to 20,000," he maintained.

Another father of a female student said that his daughter was studying at Saint Dominic Convent School. The school management was not only increasing the school fees every year but also looting the parents with both hands. They receive not only high fees but also huge amounts in other heads like recreational trips, building funds and others. He said that his daughter has to pay Rs 500 to get a single snap drawn during any school function.

Another senior citizen seeking anonymity said that his grandson was studying at Crescent Model School and father of kid was paying Rs 5,000 per month for his class one school fee. Saeed Khan, resident of Gulshan-e-Ravi, said that the management of Lahore Grammar School was charging Rs 15,000 as school fee for class I student. All the parents were of the view that these private schools were enjoying full independence to charge the school fees at their own and there was no regulatory body in the province to check these schools in this regard.

Reason behind this independence was that all these famous chains of schools were owned by parliamentarians and politicians.

No government wanted to displease these people by checking them in connection with the fee increase, said a father of a kid. He said that missionary schools had also increased their fees. He said that a regulatory body was formed during the tenure of last government but it could not survive due to the reasons best known to the former government.

All the above said parents have demanded formation of regulatory body to make these educational institutions bound to follow its instruction regarding increase of school fee.

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Teachers protest schedule changed
Lahore: Leaders of Joint Action Committee and Punjab Teachers Union have changed the date of their scheduled protest on April 20 on the surety of Secretary Schools for resolving their issues and demands in a week during a meeting held on Sunday.

The office-bearers of the union including Rana Muhammad Arshad, Rana Liaquat, Syed Sajjad Akabar Kazmi, Malik Saeed, Tariq Zaidi, Ishaqi Rehmani, Aslam Ghuman, Saeed Naamdar, Mustansar Awan, Ch Shafaqat Ali, Zulfqar Sheikh, Irfanul Haq and others termed the meeting constructive.

According to the new schedule, the teachers would set up hunger strike camp in front of the Punjab Assembly instead of staging protest demonstration following by a rally on April 20, whereas the teachers would stage protest demonstrations in front of District Press Clubs and DCO offices across the province.

In case, Secretary Schools failed to fulfill his promise till April 28, the teachers would stage protest after procession at Nasir Bagh following a rally from Nasir Bagh to the Punjab Assembly on May 4.

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'Principal accused of extortion'
Mianwali: Government Degree College Mianwali Principal Tahira Imtiaz is extorting money from the candidates, appearing in the FA examinations of Sargodha Board

According to the sources, the principal has forcibly stopped a candidate namely Rabia Shafee, Roll No-251, from appearing in the examination and demanded a handsome amount as "donation" for the college's development fund. Moreover, it has also been learnt that the Principal has been receiving Rs100 to 1800 from the candidates for the issuance of roll no slip to raise the college's development fund. However, upon refusal, she allegedly resorts to barring the candidates to take their examinations. The nation

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Poster exhibition kicks off at GCU
Lahore: A two-day poster exhibition being held at the Government College University (GCU) with the theme "Environment" received a warm response from students and art lovers on its first day on Saturday.

Students from 20 colleges and universities displayed some 117 posters at the varsity's Abdus Salam Hall on various topics, including "Can man be a saviour", "Natural resources", "Adverse effects of nuclear radiation" and "How to save the earth". Retired Prof Khalid Hameed was the chief guest of the event, which was jointly organised by the GCU's Biological Society and WWF-Pakistan. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq also attended the exhibition and lauded the artworks of the students. The VC said the role of art in education was very important as "it enabled us to see the world with a different perspective". Daily times

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Two PBTE officials arrested
Lahore: Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), Punjab, has arrested two employees of Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) allegedly involved in tampering with result. The arrested accused are: junior clerk Muhammad Nazim and data entry cell in charge Muhammad Zahid. According to a Punjab Board of Technical Education press release issued on Saturday, 640 papers of 289 candidates of Diploma in Associate Engineer (DAE) and Diploma in Commerce (DCom) Second Annual Examinations 2010 were tampered with. The news

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