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Khyber Medical College Peshawar new Principal

KMC principal replaced
Peshawar, Aug 12: The Khyber Pakht-unkhwa government Wednesday finally replaced Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar Principal Prof Dr Nargis Parveen with a noted physician and senior faculty member Prof Dr Sultan Mahmud.

Provincial Health Minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah confirmed replacement of the KMC principal, saying that the decision to change the principal had been made on the complaint of the KMC Academic Council. "There were widespread complaints from the KMC Academic Council about financial and administrative mismanagement at the college. Being politicians, we will love to appoint someone to obey us. But the decision was made for betterment of the prestigious medical institution as the person appointed as principal of the college is widely known for his integrity and principles," explained the minister, who is also provincial president of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), a coalition partner of the Awami National Party (ANP) in the province.

The minister said the college had started losing its reputation due to poor management by successive principals and lack of interest on the part of government in the past. Zahir Shah said that some private colleges had become serious threat to the KMC and were taking away teachers from various departments by offering them lucrative salary packages.

The Department of Basic Sciences of the college, the minister maintained, had badly suffered as most of its teaching staff had left for private colleges on better packages. "At the moment, our top most priority is to enable KMC to regain its old name and reputation. And after long discussions and consultations, all were unanimous on Prof Dr Sultan Mahmud's appointment to bring the college out of present crisis," argued the health minister.

He said Prof Dr Sultan and his team would be enabled to work for betterment of the college and bring improvement in medical education. About the outgoing principal Dr Nargis Parveen, the health minister said there was no doubt that academically she was strong but did not have administrative skills to manage the college properly.

A senior official of the Health Department said that one of the several causes that led to the replacement of Dr Nargis Parveen was her alleged absence from the college. "She didn't give much time to the college and was mostly away from the college. She had delegated her responsibilities to other people and formed five bodies to deal with various matters of the college," the official said on condition of anonymity. He said the decision to replace the principal had been taken earlier and a summary had been sent to Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti. But he claimed political causes delayed the notification for some time. The official said the Academic Council and other quarters on a number of occasions raised apprehensions over spending of money provided by the government to KMC.

Health Minister Zahir Shah, he added, was seriously worried about the way the money was being spent and wanted it to be used on genuine requirements of the college. Being senior most faculty member of the KMC in BP-21, Prof Dr Sultan has an impressive medical background. He did his MBBS from KMC in 1975, and was declared the best graduate of the college and awarded a gold medal. Dr Sultan later went to the United Kingdom and did his MRCP and FRCP. He is presently head of the Medicine Department at the KMC and Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH). He has served as education director for the KMC for 12 years and was the first dean of Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences of the Khyber Medical University (KMU). The news

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Swat Degree College renamed
Peshawar: Following the approval of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Higher Education Department has renamed Government Degree College Kabal as "Dr. Khan Shaheed Government Degree College Kabal, Swat", with immediate effect. It was announced by the Higher Education Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. F.P. report

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Experts for phasing out distant teachers' training
Islamabad: The education experts in a two-day national conference urged for phasing out the distant training for the teachers as according to them teaching is not only all about theoretical study but also eye contact, lecture delivering and assessment of child's mind.

The National Conference 'Policy dialogue on teacher education in country' was organised by Federal Project Management Unit (PMU) in collaboration with Ministry of Education and supported by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

CIDA Department for Education Conversion (DFEC) is a unique Debt Swap Project in which Canadian Government announced to convert up to C$449.553 million outstanding loan worth Rs6.5 billion into grant to be utilized over a period of five years from 2006 to 2011, subsequently extended for further two years up to June 2013, for improving the quality of elementary teachers training, strengthening and capacity building of teachers training institutions.

The participants of the conference said that the distance training courses for the teachers were not delivering what they need to deliver. "Nine months of rigorous training must be made mandatory for the teachers so that they could also have a practical experience of what they have learnt theoretically," said an educationalist Shaistan Pirzada.

She stressed the need for the modernisation of curriculum for the teachers training as according to her there were several lapses in the current curriculum. "The teachers don't have training as how to assign homework, how to prepare test papers and even how to develop questions. The majority of teachers learn these things through trail and error," she said.

Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, on the occasion, explained formative assessment and summative assessment that should be adopted to gauge the performance of the students. "There should be quiz in 15 days, presentations, short assignments and weekly test that could prove to be fruitful in accessing the performance of students," he said. The news

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