BZU sexual harassment probe | CPSP convocation

Yet another probe into sexual harassment
Multan, Aug 18, 2008: The Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) syndicate has formed yet another committee to probe the alleged sexual harassment of two psychology department female students.

The syndicate appointed Lahore High Court Justice Khalid Alvi, also a syndicate member, and Dr G.A. Meyana, former Gomal University vice chancellor, committee members to hear the alleged harassment of victims on Aug 25, BZU vice chancellor Muhammad Zaffarullah said.

It will be a third inquiry into the allegations of two clinical psychology students, who say that on May 23 when they were attempting their paper, a female teacher summoned them to her office on charges of cheating.

They alleged that four women teachers forced them to take off their clothes for body search and asked them to "please" a male teacher.

Earlier, a two-member committee, consisting of Dr Humaira Arif Dasti and Dr Zahida Tassawur, looked into the matter but the complainants boycotted the proceedings, which forced the university to make another four-member inquiry team, consisting of Dr G.R. Pasha, Dr Sikandar Hayat, Sahr Khalil and Dr Khwaja Alqama. The body submitted its findings to the vice chancellor on July 1.

A syndicate member seeking anonymity said the report of the four-member committee was presented in the meeting but the administration tried to hush up the matter.

The complainants said they would present all evidences to the new committee. Dawn

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College of Physicians and Surgeons convocation:
Lahore: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not spare anyone who had violated the constitution and committed corruption for eight years, said Chief Minister and PML-N President Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday. He said there was no possibility that his party would give a safe exit to President Pervez Musharraf.

Shahbaz was talking to reporters after attending the 42nd convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. Replying to a question, he said that he did not know about any move by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leadership regarding a safe exit for the president instead an impeachment him. He said Pakistanis would never forgive those who had caused harm to the country.

Healthcare top priority: During the convocation, the CM said that providing better healthcare facilities to the people was at the top of his government's priority list. He criticised the previous government for its 'corruption' and for making the Health Department "almost dysfunctional". He said his government had witnessed a Health Department "with deteriorated professional standards" and which did not focus on the patients' satisfaction.

Shahbaz said he had seen that Pakistani doctors in Saudi Arabia, the US and the UK were considered the of among their profession. However, he added, that commitment is lacking in the medical professionals of Pakistan. The CM urged doctors to put extra efforts to provide relief to the country's poor people. He said that their profession was the noblest in the world and promised that the provincial government would always be at their service.

Dialysis centres: Shahbaz said the government was spending Rs 540 million to restore kidney and dialysis centres in different hospitals that had been shut down by the previous government. He said the government was planning to provide free medication at all hospitals and had launched a massive operation against spurious drugs.

He said the government had ended the self-finance system in medical colleges to promote professionalism on the basis of merit. He said his government wanted to produce doctors, nurses and paramedics who would serve their fields with a missionary zeal, especially in remote areas.

CPSP President Prof Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry said his institute was producing postgraduate medical professionals with limited resources and without accepting financial help from the government or non-governmental organisations.

Doctors want to return: Dr Chaudhry said there were more than 7,000 postgraduate doctors abroad who wanted to start their specialisation in Pakistan, but the CPSP did not have adequate resources to cater to them because it was already training thousands of doctors in the country. He asked the government to help upgrade the college, as the number of medical practitioners was constantly increasing.

At the end of the convocation, the CM and CPSP administrators awarded gold medals to high achievers. Dr Asifa Dian, a post-graduate doctor with a score of 72.33 percent in General Surgery from Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi, was awarded the Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry Medal. Dr Bushra Khan, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a score of 76 percent, was awarded the Prof Rashid Latif Khan Medal. Dr Koukab Gulzar, who scored 71 percent in Dermatology, was awarded the Prof Tahir Saeed Medal.

The CM announced a fourth medal for Rajanpur Executive District Officer (Health) Dr Shahnaz for her services in providing healthcare to flood victims. The CPSP Fellowship was awarded to another 442 students. Daily Times

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KEMU stops salaries of foreign doctors
Lahore: King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has stopped salaries of around two dozen foreign national postgraduate trainee doctors working in various departments of the Mayo Hospital, besides asking them to stop working till further orders.

These doctors who became victim of the KEMU policy, belong to Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Iran, Palestine, and other countries of the Middle East.

They got admissions in KEMU giving preference to the said institute to the medical institutes of the other countries. Before joining KEMU, the doctors had gone through all the process of admission that also included the admission fee of Rs 100,000 each, it was learnt.

When contacted for comments on the issue, Medical Superintendent of the Mayo Hospital Dr Zaffar Ikram confirmed the decision of stopping foreign national PG trainee doctors' salaries. He said that the hospital management had requested the KEMU committee to review its decision. He hoped that efforts were in progress and the doctors would be paid soon.

A university source told The Nation that a committee constituted by the KEMU management that comprised of some professors has recommended immediate stoppage of salaries of only foreign national PG trainee doctors. The committee in its recommendations asked the Mayo Hospital administration to immediately ensure implementation on the recommendations till further orders.

The MS, when asked about the 'objections' raised in the recommendations that led to the stoppage of salaries especially of the foreign doctors, said that he was unaware of the situation.

Around a year ago the said doctors had cleared the entry test exams for Doctor of Medicine (MD) and were discharging their duties for around 12 hours almost daily in different wards besides joining their classes regularly.

Meanwhile, the foreign doctors have termed the decision a 'cruel act' on the part of the KEMU committee saying that it is a serious violation of human rights. They said that this decision would damage image of not only the university but also of Pakistan in the world. No foreign doctor will think of taking admission in Pakistan's any medical institute, their many other colleagues had earlier left their jobs and gone back to their countries when the KEMU stopped their salaries in the past, they maintained.

A PG trainee doctor Sandev who came from Nepal said that the KEMU did not inform the foreign nationals about the reasons to stop their salaries. Sandev said that as he and his other foreign colleagues did not have alternate source of income, it would be almost impossible for them to continue their further stay in Pakistan if their salaries were not released.

He has appealed to the Punjab government to immediately intervene to resolve the issue of their salaries otherwise all the foreign doctors would go on strike from Monday. The Nation

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Cathedral School, Hall Road Distinction
This year again, the Cathedral School, Hall Road, produced an excellent result in the O' Level examination held in June. Three students of the school, Faris Ali Qazi, Haider Tariq and Muhammad Ali Ahsan got 9 A's each. Ali Ashraf Kareemi, Hamza Naveed, Hajira Iftikhar and Syeda Mariam Hussian secured 8 A's. Bishop of Lahore Alexander John Malik, Lahore Diocesan Board of Examination Chairman KM Roy and Principal Mrs P Samuel have congratulated the students, their parents and teachers. The News

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"Congratulation to our teachers and whole faculty, i am a proud alumni of cathedral school hall road (1995)."
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