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Evening shifts in medical colleges turned down

PMDC turns down evening shift proposal
Lahore, April 26: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has turned down the proposal of evening shifts at public and private medical colleges of the country, finally 'dumping the controversial plan for ever', it is learnt.

The proposal for evening classes was presented by Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUM&HS), Jamshoro, sparking agitation across the country as the medical community termed the initiative an attempt to deteriorate medical education standard. It was of the view that the medical institutions already facing acute shortage of senior faculty would produce 'quacks' instead of qualified doctors if the programme was materialized at this stage.

Similarly, the PMDC has also recommended immediate closure of a private medical institution - Northern Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Abbotabbad - for violating laid down rules. The NIMS institute is a project of overseas Pakistanis established by the Society for Promotion of Health and Health Education, registered under an act of the NWFP Government.

The decisions were taken in the PMDC's 118th meeting held on April 3, of this month, at Islamabad. Presided over by PMDC president Prof Dr Sibtul Hasnain the meeting was attended by 48 members. Its minutes were circulated a couple of days back to the stakeholders.

The PMDC had considered the letter dated Aug 3, 2010 received from LUM&HS regarding start of evening classes at the institute.

The meeting was informed that the LUM&HS vice-chancellor Naushad A Shaikh would apprise the council with developments regarding start of evening shift in the medical colleges.

The meeting minutes say: "Prof Naushad declined to make the presentation; consequently the council upheld its previous decision of not having the night shift in the medical colleges."

Earlier, the University of Health Sciences had also unanimously rejected the proposal to start evening classes in its admission board meeting held on April 19. The proposal was also opposed by the Punjab chapter of Pakistan Medical Association and Pakistan chapter of Young Doctors Association (YDA).

A similar opposition was also reported from Sindh where PMA's central and Karachi chapters warned of a strong protest. PMA Central office-bearer Dr Qaiser Sajjad said that though the PMDC decision was admired by the medical community, some private medical college owners in Karachi and other parts of the province were making efforts to convince the council's higher authority for evening shift.

The PMDC meeting also upheld its previous decision regarding the NIMS, declaring: "After thorough consideration of facts and due deliberations, the council maintained its decision taken in its 117th session on Nov 8, 2010 that this institution does not merit recognition in view of the deficient available facilities and has violated the rules of the Council and the law by admitting students and the case be referred to the Federal Government for immediate closure of Northern Institute of Medical Sciences, Abbottabad".

The PMDC took decision in the light of inspection reports compiled by a 13-member committee comprising senior doctors on Nov 5, 2010.

The PMDC also decided to refer a case to the authorities concerned for appropriate disciplinary action against Ministry of Health Deputy Director General Dr Qazi Mujtaba Kamal for committing violations in the matter of recognition of NIMS.

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LCWU registrar resigns
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) registrar has resigned following a Supreme Court decision that no superannuated person can serve against an administrative post.

It is learnt that Registrar Shaista Vine had retired in 2009 and was continuing serving as a registrar. She was supposed to relinquish charge on Monday. Dawn

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PU announces results
Lahore: Punjab University has also announced the results of MBBS, First Professional, Part-I, Supplementary Exam 2010, MBBS, First Professional, Part-II, Supplementary Exam 2010, Diploma in German, Semester System, Session 2009-10, Diploma in Chinese, Semester System, Session 2009-10, Diploma in Japanese, Semester System, Session 2009-10, Diploma in Turkish, Semester System, Session 2009-10, Diploma in Spanish, Semester System, Session 2009-10, Diploma in Russian, Semester System, Session 2009-10, Diploma in Pashto, Semester System, Session 2009-10 and Diploma in Italian, Semester System, Session 2009-10. The detailed results are available at PU website

PU wins competitions: Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) team has won team and individual trophies at the competitions organised at the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad.

According to a press statement, moreover, BS 2nd semester student Hafiz Muhammad Tayyib Bin Ibn e Ali not only represented Institute of Communication Studies at many Qirat competitions but also won the same which include the competitions at Peer Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi and Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, where he won the first prize for the best Qirat from FJWU Chancellor/Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa.

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GCU signed MoU with TEC
Lahore: THE Government College University, Lahore, Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with Technology Exchange and Coordination Limited (TEC) to set up a students' placement centre at the Sundar Industrial State. According to a press statement, GCU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq and TEC Chief Executive Officer Siddiqur Rehman Rana signed the accord at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room. Social Sciences Dean Dr Khalid Perviaz and State Bank of Pakistan former Chief Manager Munir Ahmed were also present.

The GCU in collaboration with TEC would also establish Industry Resource Centre (IRC) to facilitate establishment of new industry in Punjab. The Centre would work as incubator for new projects and also provide turnkey solutions for production lines. The scientists from GCU Chemistry would provide all technical expertise in this regard, especially in the domain of chemical testing and analysis services, development of analytical protocols, method of process validation and development of documentation structures. Prof Dr Ikramul Haq said the industry needs to shift their dependence from the West to indigenous research outcomes. He deplored that a serious trust-deficit existed among the investors vis--vis Pakistani research.

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Three PhDs awarded at GCU
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) has awarded PhDs to three students in two different subjects. According to a press statement, Muhammad Imran Qureshi was awarded a PhD after he completed his research on the topic of "Computing the Stanley Depth" under the supervision of noted mathematician Dr Dorin Popescu while Atif Yaqub and Zahid Iqbal Hussain have been notified as PhDs in Zoology after the approval of their thesis on the topic of "Biosorptive Potential and Binding Sites of Heavy Metals on the Cell Wall of Selected Filamentous Algea" and "Some Studies on Bio-Ecology of Pheasant tailed Jacana, Hydrophasianus Chirurgus in Punjab, Pakistan" respectively. Meanwhile, Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to two students. According to a press statement, Ghulam Murtaza Anjum, son of Abdul Ghafoor, has been awarded a PhD in Molecular Biology after approval of his research thesis "Identification of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) for Forensic DNA Analysis." Saeeda Mumtaz, daughter of Ch Mumtaz Hussain, has been awarded a PhD in Punjabi after approval of her research thesis "Punjabi Ghazal Di Rwait Te Pir Fazal Gujrati."

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Inquiry ordered against education officer
Karachi: Secretary Education Naheed Shah Durrani has appointed Additional Secretary (Endowment), Education and Literacy Department, Abida Lodhi, as inquiry officer to conduct preliminary inquiry against District Officer Elementary (DOE) Farnaz Muneer and Clerk Nasir for their alleged involvement in a number of irregularity cases.

The inquiry was ordered by Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq on a complaint filed by the president of a body overseeing affairs of government and nationalised schools, Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal.

According to the education office, the services of Farnaz Muneer, an Associate Professor in BPS-19, had to be confined to teaching department, however, she is holding a non-cadre post.

The complainant alleged that the DOE (Female) and her clerk were involved in irregularities, as Farnaz has been holding the charge of different offices, including Comprehensive Government Girls Higher Secondary School in North Nazimabad Block-M and District Education Officer (Primary).

The complainant alleged that Farnaz Muneer was withdrawing salaries of ghost employees (mostly teachers) of different towns. Besides, the DOE (Female) was currently holding the charge of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) and obtaining extra-ordinary benefits from her multiple positions.

It was alleged that the teachers, who were on leave, were shown on duty by the DOE (F) who also received salaries on their behalf. It was further alleged that Farnaz Muneer was involved in illegal postings and transfers of the employees, besides misusing the funds of the School Management Committee.

Inquiry Officer Abida Lodhi said that she has written a letter to the Executive District Officer (Education) Muhammad Ibrahim Kumber for recording Farnaz's statement. When contacted, Farnaz Muneer expressed ignorance about any inquiry ordered against her. The news

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'Institutes like AIMS is the need of hour'
Karachi: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has underlined the need of skilled professionals in the media field to help further improve the performance of media organisations. He expressed these views during his visit of Awaaz Institute of Media Sciences (AIMS), says a statement of the institute issued here on Monday. It said that Memon applauded the academic performance of AIMS to educate the students with the latest technology for media education. Administrator Mazhar Abbas briefly informed the minister about the aims and educational programmes of the AIMS. app

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