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FCPS, MCPS accreditation in Saudi Arabia

FCPS, MCPS accreditation implemented in Saudi Arabia
Rawalpindi, Apr 09: The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has been informed by the Saudi Council of Health Sciences that the accreditation of FCPS and MCPS has been implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

After the decision, the MCPS doctors serving in the KSA have been given the status of specialist, while FCPS doctors would be equivalent to consultants. The SCHS informed the CPSP that the accreditation was implemented after a SCHS decree dated January 15, 2012.

CPSP Vice President Professor Muhammad Shoaib Shafi, terming the decision a great achievement, informed 'The News' on Thursday that earlier the MCPS doctors were given the status of residents in the KSA and they had to do evening and night shifts against an average salary of Saudi Riyals 8,500 to 10,000. "Now after implementation, the MCPS doctors would be able to get SR18,000 as specialists, while FCPS doctors would get SR33,000 plus as consultants."

He said that Pakistani doctors serving in the KSA would benefit from the SCHS decision. "I have received a number of calls from Pakistani doctors serving in the KSA who informed that they have been informed of the pay raise after implementation of the MCPS and FCPS accreditation," he said.

It is important that CPSP which is the highest degree awarding institution in Pakistan in post-graduate medical education in as many as 63 disciplines was established 50 years back under the act of parliament. The CPSP is an autonomous body that covers nearly 95 per cent of the total specialists in medical profession in Pakistan.

On Thursday, the Young Doctors Association appreciated the efforts of the CPSP in making possible implementation through which the FCPS doctors would be able to get status equal to consultants of other countries in the KSA.

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"i was working in madina cardiac center ksa as associate consultant but saudi commission does not registered me as consultant dispite of 6 years post fcps cardiology experiance and as assitant professror also . i myself contected the riydh scfhs director he asked me for pakistani fellowes we change the rule you have to appear in mcq prometric exam and if youe get more then 85% marks you will be registered as consultant otherwise work as specialist so after one and half year of sruggle for my position in madina cardiac center ultimately i quited my job there and i suffered b/c of my week qualification and week cpsp president and backward and poor country poor qualification thats my feeling after i lefted madina in may 2013"
Name: aurangzeb khan
City, Country: islamabad

"there is no such policy announced or followed up in saudi arabia till date as has been mentioned in the forum regarding status and salary for mcps and fcps. fcps is a registrar in moh only on others like national gaurds as staff physician and no accredition to is it possible that fcps is taken as a seniour registrar in the country of origin i.e pakistan and other countries would make him consultant.irony for this elite suppressed community."
Name: salman
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"Please clear that now mcps is recognised or not till this date of august 12 ,2015"
Name: Abdullah
City, Country: Pakistan

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QAU to host moot on emerging issues of social sciences
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) will host International Conference on 'Emerging Issues of Social Sciences' from April 27-29. Its aim is to promote social sciences in Pakistan, especially highlighting the research conducted by local and foreign scholars on various issues related to economy, state and society in Pakistan.

The conference will be held in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), American Institute

of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), Council of Social Sciences (COSS), National Testing

Services, Inter-Universities Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities in Pakistan and the Committee for Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Social scientists from all over the country and abroad will gather and address emerging challenges facing Pakistan under thematic areas of sustainable human development, internal and external challenges to Pakistan, cultural diversity, human rights and civil society and role of media. Around 80 abstracts have so far been received out of which 40 are selected for presentation in various thematic sessions of the conference that would be arranged into four plenary and several technical sessions.

The conference will be helpful in providing guidelines and suggestions to the policy making sector so as to help them take country out of the current quagmire that has badly afflicted it at this critical juncture.

Dr. Razia Sultana, chairperson of Department of History, QAU, said the initiative is an outstanding and timely effort to bring together scholars on a common platform to share their researches on various issues at the time when the country is facing various political, social and economic challenges.

"Interestingly, social science is the science of society that means that inherently

it has to deal with the kind of challenges and issues confronting society, she said.

She said there are some of the key issues that need immediate attention of every segment of the society including security, terrorism, militancy, religious extremism, political crisis, institutional decay, rule of law, challenges of foreign policy and the role of civil society.

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FDE announces admission schedule
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has announced the admission schedule of class Prep and I for session 2012-13 at all the Islamabad model colleges and schools.

The directorate will issue the registration forms for Class Prep from April 11-20 and receive from April 12-23 while the written tests will be conducted on April 26. The merit lists will be placed on May 2 and the classes would start from May 7.

About the eligibility, the directorate said the parents of children must be the residents of Islamabad while those living in Rawalpindi but serving in government/semi government organisations in Islamabad are also eligible to apply the admission.

According to FDE, the age limit must be at least four years but not more than five years (4 to 5 years) as on 31.03.2012 according to 'B' form issued by Nadra and the admission forms must have attested copies of relevant certificates or documents.

The admission forms can be obtained from Islamabad Model Colleges for Boys (IMCB) in the sectors G-6/3, F-8/4, G-10/4, F-10/3, F-11/3, G-11/1 and Islamabad Model Colleges for Girls in the sectors including F-6/2, F-7/2, F-10/2, F-8/1, G-10/2, I-8/4 and also from Islamabad College for Girls (ICG) F-6/2.

Evening shift is not available in all the model colleges except ICB G-6/3 and IMCB F-8/4.

The registration forms for class I were available at the selected colleges till today and can be submitted till April 4.

The tests would be conducted on April 10 and merit list will be placed on April 18 while the classes would start from April 23.

The admission forms can be obtained from Islamabad Model Colleges for Boys in the sectors including F-8/4, F-7/3, G-10/4, F-10/3, I-10/1, I-8/3, F-11/3, F-11/1, G-11/1 and Islamabad College for Boys in G-6/3 and Islamabad Model Colleges for Girls in the sectors including F-6/2, G-7/4, F-10/2, F-8/1, G-10/2, I-8/4, I-10/4, Korang Town and Islamabad College for Girls (ICG) F-6/2.

Evening shift is available in all model colleges except IMCB, F-11/3 and IMCB, G-11/1.

Principal Islamabad College for Boys G-6/3, Professor Anwar Ali Khan is the convener of admissions.

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Grade five, eight students face trouble
Rawalpindi: The online computerised system has put students of grade five and eight into trouble, as a large number of them, who appeared in the annual examinations conducted by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC), were declared unsuccessful and scores still waiting for their results.

A total 49,129 candidates appeared in the primary examination, whereas 43,132 students appeared in the examination of grade eight, in which only 19,126 and 22,502 students passed the examinations of grades five and eight respectively.

Hundreds of students have passed these examinations with grace marks and promoted to next classes.

This year, the results of grade five and eight examinations were announced on March 31, but because of negligence on the part of the concerned authorities many students could not know their results on the same day.

Parents and teachers, while talking to 'The News,' said that many students who appeared in the examinations have not got their results yet, as the Punjab Examination Commission has declared them absent.

They further said that in many cases only 8 to 10 students passed the examinations in a class of 60 students, which is unbelievable. "It has happened only because of the error in the online computerised system. The concerned authorities should take notice of the issue and correct the results of students," they urged.

They said that now students have to wait for the whole academic year to qualify the examinations.

The PEC, established a few years back, is mandated by the Punjab government to conduct grade five and eight examinations on a uniform basis across the province. Every year, the Punjab Examination Commission face criticism for mismanagement in conducting the examinations.

EDO Education Qazi Zahoor Ahmed was not available when 'The News' tried to contact him to get this version on the issue.

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FDE to ensure timely supply of textbooks
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) received 58 titles of textbooks out of 74 and started the process of delivering books to the schools and colleges.

Talking to APP, Model Colleges Director Tariq Masood said the National Book Foundation (NBF), the book publishing authority will deliver remaining 16 titles soon so that the students can start their study in time.

He said the directorate will ensure timely delivery of the books this year and the students will get their books soon after reopening of the institutes on April 13, which are closed for spring break. FDE has placed the order of textbooks to NBF during the month of February to save the students from any inconvenience. The parents are feared that the students may not get the textbooks timely as it happened last year.

NBF Secretary Aftab Soomro said that printing of books is underway and textbooks of only two or three subjects are yet to be

printed. NBF is responsible to provide books to the FDE run institutes as well as schools being run under the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA). The news

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