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Karachi university tuition fees issue

KU senate rejected proposal to raise fee
Karachi, Dec 25: The 17th Senate meeting of the Karachi University (KU) has unanimously discarded the idea of increasing the tuition fees at the university.

The meeting was explained that the total expenditure of the university is Rs1,852.542 million and the income that university generates from its own resources is Rs490 millions.

The meeting was held after 3 years' gap, while Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui headed the meeting. Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association (SPLA) held a protest in front of the meeting place of Senate, as KU administration did not allow them to enter the meeting hall despite of giving invitation to the SPLA leaders.

However, KU administration was of the view that the leaders of SPLA had been allowed to enter the meeting but as observer because election of the senate of KU from the constituency of affiliated colleges could not be held till date.

However, KU Registrar Prof M Rais Alvi and Director Finance SM Khalid accompanied him. Members of Syndicate and Senate were also present. After the formal inauguration of the meeting, the proceedings of the 16th meeting of the Senate held on December 20, 2006 were confirmed.

Speaking in the meeting, the KU chief said, "Academic meetings should be organised on regular basis that's why we have planned to hold the meeting of Senate in two sessions every year. One session should be held in November, the agenda of which should exclusively be budget. Another session should be organised in March in which other academic matters will be discussed."

Later it was told in the meeting that the budget has been prepared taking into consideration the most genuine requirements of the University. The total expenditure of the university is Rs1,852.542 million and the income that university generates from its own resources is Rs490 million.

The government grant as approved for the year 2009-2010 is Rs981.271 million which is spent on account of wages and salaries, whereas the research grant which is received on request is Rs7 million and CDGK grant amounts Rs2.5 million.

The HEC has been requested for revision which is under consideration and allocation of additional funds is required particularly for academic purposes. It was also told that in order to overcome the financial crisis, the university is trying to cut down its expanses. Through such efforts the deficit of Rs362 million has now been reduced to Rs150 million.

But the university never compromise on the standard of education in the university's classroom and labs. This year the university's budget has been designed in co-operation from the heads of all the departments. All the members of Senate agreed on the agenda of no-inflation in academic fees. Allocation of endowment fund was also approved.

A committee will begin work on it very soon. The VC told the meeting that Ministry of Education and Higher Commission Education has approved the university's own power generation project and an amount of Rs263.258 million has been allocated for it and work on this project will begin very soon.

Senator Abdul Haseeb said that MPAs and MNAs should speak for an increase in the funds allocated to the university at the government's forums.

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FJMC likely to get varsity status
Lahore: Fate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) is going to be changed with its upgradation to the Medical University and a summary in this regard has been sent to the Chief Minister Punjab by a committee constituted on the directives of Shahbaz Sharif to resolve the issue of affiliation of the college.

It is worth mentioning here that students of FJMC have been protesting for the last three weeks against the decision of government wherein it has changed the affiliation of the FJMC from University of Punjab to University of Health Sciences (UHS).

A couple of days back a representative delegation of the female students visited Chief Minister House and held negotiations with the committee comprising Secretary Health, Anwaar Ahmad Khan, Dr Asad Ashraf, MPA Mohsin Latif, UHS Vice chancellor Dr Mubashir Malik, Dr Amir Aziz and Principal FJMC, Professor Majid Chaudhry.

Students were assured that the committee would send a report to the Chief Minister Punjab recommending the up-gradation of FJMC as Medical University, said a senior member of the committee. Fatima Jinnah Medical College is a premier medical institution of the country, which was established keeping in view the acute shortage of doctors, especially when female doctor ratio was alarmingly low. As only 121 registered female doctors were left in Pakistan, 118 in West wing and only 3 in East Pakistan after independence in 1947.

Visionary person like Prof Shujaat Ali thought of establishment of Medical College exclusively for women and abandoned site of Balak Ram Medical College was selected. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah herself a dental surgeon appreciated this great idea and supported this project.

Later Quaid-i-Azam approved the name of his sister to be associated with this institution in March 1948. FJMC started functioning in October, 1948 but was formally inaugurated on March 31, 1949 by the then Prime Minster Khawaja Nazimud Din and first batch of 39 students passed out in 1953. Since then the college has produced 9,098 graduates out of which an appreciable number belonged to other Muslim and friendly countries.

Fatima Jinnah Medical College is the premier and second oldest female medical institution of Asia. At the moment FJMC admitting 254 students annually and total strength is 1,250, which includes 120 students from 27 friendly countries, like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Nepal, Palestine, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Jordan, Oman, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, Fiji Ghana, US, UK, Afghanistan, Bangladesh.

About 450 graduates of Fatima Jinnah Medical College are working in United States of America alone and some of them are distinguished in their fields of specialisation. Fatima Jinnah Medical College is known as the best training provider in the basic subjects like, Anatomy, Physiology Biochemistry, Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Community Medicine, as the institution has been lucky enough to have galaxy of faculty members like Prof R K Madan, known not only in Pakistan but the world over.

All the basic departments of the college have been upgraded as well as equipped with stat of the art electro-medical and laboratory equipments.

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200 KEMU medallists waiting for degrees
Lahore: As many as 200 gold medallists of King Edward Medical University of sessions 1998 to 2005 are still a waiting the award of their medals and degrees despite the lapse of 10 years.

The university is awarding medals and degrees to new graduates instead of giving priority to the old graduates.

According to a hand out, the students who graduated from King Edward Medical College a decade ago are still waiting for their medals and degrees because of negligence on the part of medical university.

The varsity administration held its maiden convocation in December 2008 after 10 years in which graduates of 2006 were awarded medals while graduates of 2007 were given medals and degrees.

All old graduates, some 2,500 in numbers were neither allowed to attend the event nor were they given medals and degrees.

A delegation of the gold medallists that met YDA President Dr Rana Sohail and General Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi said the previous convocation of December 2008 was an event planned to award medals to the wards of previous and present vice chancellor but the ordinary old graduates were denied their medals.

The KEMU administration had been assuring them in this regard since December 2008 but no initiative has yet been taken to fulfil the promise.

It is pertinent to add that a private TV channel held a talk on the issue and the university spokesman promised that if YDA provides a list of 500 graduates who wanted to have the convocation, the university would arrange it on the date proposed by the graduates.

After the list of graduates was provided to the administration, they turned a deaf ear to the demand and never fulfilled the promise they had made to the young doctors.

Recently Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) has announced that a convocation would be held on December 30 for all the graduates of the previous ten years. Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) has also accommodated all its old graduates but KEMU is still trying to avoid giving medals and degrees to its old graduates without any cogent reason.

Young doctors have urged the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the issue and direct the KEMU vice chancellor to accommodate all old graduates and fulfill his promises. The nation

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Quaid Day at Hamdard University
Islamabad: A special programme with regard to the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was held here at the Islamabad Campus of Hamdard University in which a large number of students participated.

According to a press release issued here Thursday, in the first programme, the audience had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by the students and teachers of the extracts from books written on the different aspects of the Quaid's life. A show of historic pictures of the Quaid was shown to the participants in the second programme.

Director General Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus Dr Masood A Malik spoke about our great leader and thanked the guests as well. Director Admin Col Mushtaq A Qureshi was also present on the occasion.

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FJWU tribute to GR
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) held a reference in memory of legendary artist Ghulam Rasool here on Thursday.

The reference was organised by the Fine Arts Department to pay a humble tribute to the late painter, who had a long experience of teaching the FJWU students. He was also a member of the Board of Studies of the Fine Arts Department.

FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, while speaking on the occasion, said Ghulam Rasool was not only a great Pakistani artist, but also a precious asset of our university. She was of the view that Ghulam Rasool's art speaks to the viewer and his paintings represent Pakistan, while the generosity of spirit is rich in his work.

She further said that his name would be written in golden words in the history of painting, as he was a vibrant painter who painted land and nature in an enchanting and vibrant way.

Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, in her address, admired the eminent artist and said that Ghulam Rasool's devotion and commitment to the university was long-lasting. She added that he was associated with the Fine Arts Department throughout its existence and opened the doors of imagination, helping the faculty to improve their academic standard. "He is no more with us in person but will remain with us through his work," she said and called his demise a great loss for the university, his family and the entire nation.

Tasneem Abbass, a famous artist and a well-known painter, also spoke on the occasion and briefed the audience on the splendid work done by the renowned artist and admired the uniqueness and quality of his work. Baroosh Ehsan, lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, and Dr. Tabassum Shaheen, in-charge of the Department of Fine Arts, also spoke on the occasion. The news

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Medical colleges reserved quota
Gilgit: The education department of Gilgit-Baltistan has nominated 75 students against reserved quota in different medical colleges of the country.

According to officials, 40 students were also given nomination letters to engineering colleges. The approval was given on merit by the chief secretary of the region. Dawn

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