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Khyber Medical College Convocation 2010

480 KMC graduates awarded MBBS degrees
Peshawar, Dec 23: A total of 480 graduates of the Khyber Medical College (KMC) were awarded MBBS degrees at the annual Convocation 2010 held here Wednesday as high-earning professors advised them to look after the needs of the poor while the minister for health urged them not to treat patients as money-making machines.

Held in the spacious Convocation Hall of the University of Peshawar, graduates of sessions 2007 and 2008 were given away degrees at the ceremony.

Minister for Health Syed Zahir Ali Shah was the chief guest, while Khyber Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeezullah, KMC Principal Prof Dr Sultan Mahmood, KMU Registrar Fazal Mahmood, a large number of former and present faculty members of the college, young medical graduates and their parents were also present.

A total of 38 graduates were awarded gold medals for their outstanding performance. Muneeb Hassan and Sameer Waheed were the shining stars on the occasion as they won 13 and 11 gold medals, respectively, for their brilliant academic achievements.

Some former principals and professors of the institution were given lifetime achievement awards for their services. They included Dr Nighat Yasmeen Ashfaq, Dr Khalid Mufti, Dr Ziaul Islam, Dr Mohammad Afzal and Dr Haider Bukhari.

Dr Sultan Mahmood presented annual report of the college. He stressed the need for renovation of the college building, updating of the laboratories and other facilities. He requested the health minister to provide funds for the purpose.

The KMC principal said accommodation facility both for the students and faculty members of the college was scarce. Also, he said there was no proper sports' ground in the college. He was of the opinion that at least two hostels for students and a residential colony for the staff was needed.

"The chief minister had announced in the 2008 convocation to construct two hostels and sports ground on the condition that the college should provide land for the purpose," he said. Dr Sultan Mahmood requested the health minister to help provide land for the purpose.

He expressed concern over the abolishment of employees' wards quota in professional college. "This became the prime reason of mass departure of teachers from public sector institutions. Therefore, the quota should be restored," he added.

Syed Zahir Ali Shah assured to resolve the problems mentioned by the KMC principal on a priority basis. He stressed the need for young graduates to serve the ailing humanity. "Don't consider your patients as money-making machine. Focus attention on curing the ailing people," he advised.

Prof Dr Hafeezullah said when he was a student at the KMC there were only 10 female students in the class of 140. "And now 60 to 70 percent girls are enrolled in medical institutions. But it is unfortunate that majority of these graduates fail to join the profession after completion of their education," he remarked.

The KMU vice-chancellor said in view of the domestic needs of women, the lady doctors should be exempted or given less on-call duties. Similarly, three lady doctors should be appointed against two positions so that they could get adequate holidays, he added.

He also threw light on the achievements of the university. He said the KMU had changed the traditional examination system and focused attention on research. The noted cardiologist also advised the student to take care of poor patients.

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College in Mardan closed as students clash
Mardan: A student sustained injuries when two groups of Pakhtun Students Federation clashed at the Government Postgraduate College here Wednesday and led to closure of the college for an indefinite period, sources said.

The sources said the clash started after some activists of Pakhtun Students Federation passed remarks about a student Nauman, a resident of Gujjar Garhi village near Mardan, belonging to a splinter group of the PkSF. This triggered a trouble as the activists of the two groups attacked each other with sticks, the sources added. Nauman sustained injuries in the incident.

The members of the two groups took positions on the college premises and resorted to heavy exchange of fire, prompting the police to intervene. The sources said the police arrested several students including Abdullah, Abbas, Sabirullah, Ibrahim, Saeed, Mohammad Ashfaq, Asad, Mohammad Suleman, Waqas, Mohammad Israr and Mansoor Iqbal. The college administration announced the closure of the institution for an indefinite period in a bid to calm down the situation.

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FDE winter vacation from December 25
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Tuesday announced winter vacation in all its schools and colleges from December 25 to January 1 (Saturday).

The schools and colleges will reopen on January 3, informed an official of FDE while talking to APP.

Earlier, it was decided to curtail winter vacation due to prolonged summer vacations. But now it has been decided to close educational institutes for one week due to prevailing cold weather conditions.

All educational institutes have conducted December Tests and result will be announced before vacations, the official said. Although the students cannot plan trip to far off places but the vacations will give them an opportunity to visit local recreational spots.

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Education department to facilitate students in remote areas
Rawalpindi: A representative of the Punjab Higher Education Commission, Dr. Majid Naeem, and Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez on Wednesday assured the Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, that the education department will provide electricity and internet facilities to remote area students for having online registration of matriculation.

Both officials also assured the LHC that the education department representatives would also be deputed in these areas to facilitate students.

These officials responded to an earlier order of Justice Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh who had issued notices to the Punjab education secretary and the RBISE chairman, directing them to submit their replies in the matter of online registration of matriculation students. The LHC bench here on Wednesday disposed of the writ petition with the aforementioned directions.

The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA), through its divisional president Abrar Ahmad Khan, had adopted before the court that the newly introduced online registration of the matriculation students according to a Punjab education department notification is creating hurdles for rural area students.

The petitioner, through his legal counsel Raila Saleem Saboohi, adopted before the court that there are areas like Kallar Syedan and Kahuta where there is electricity lest there be internet facility or computer literacy.

The Punjab education department, through a notification dated November 25, 2010, had directed the education boards to introduce online registration system for class 9th and 10th students.

The petitioner, however, adopted before the court that the system has many flaws in it. The counsel of the petitioner argued before the court that the system is not friendly for students living in rural areas where there is no electricity and internet facility. Keeping that in mind, the system is complicated for both parents and children.

The online registration website is creating problems as in many areas it is not opening. Advocate Saboohi argued before the court that the Punjab government without taking care of the illiterate and rural class introduced this system that is not commensurate to the level of education and facilities there.

The online registration system is not a one-window operation. Students in any case have to submit their fees in the bank and personally submit their admission forms with photographs. This way, the system is complicated.

The Punjab Higher Education Commission representative and the RBISE chairman on Wednesday told the court that the system was simultaneously introduced in the rural areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir but there has been no complaint till this time. The respondents also told the court that around 99% registration has been completed till this time. The counsel of the petitioner provided to the court a list of areas where there was no electricity and internet facilities. The respondents assured the LHC that these facilities will be provided in remote areas.

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Paintings, photographs of Quaid-i-Azam go on display
Islamabad: The History Department of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), in collaboration with the National Archives of Pakistan, organised a two-day exhibition of paintings and photographs of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah here on Wednesday.

The show was organised in connection with Quaid-i-Azam Day (December 25) celebrations.

QAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai formally inaugurated the exhibition. More than 250 rare photographs and historical documents relating to founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his companions were put on display in the exhibition.

The photographs of Quaid-i-Azam, including his presidential address in the famous Lahore session and his meetings with Muslim League leaders and workers of different provinces caught the attention of visitors.

Addressing the opening ceremony, the QAU vice-chancellor said that every photograph on display tells a story not only about Quaid's life but also about the great freedom struggle of the leaders to get a separate homeland for Muslims.

"It's a great opportunity for students, especially students of history, to feel real moments captured in photographs and these are the windows to the past which show how our great leaders went through the freedom struggle," he said.

He thanked the National Archives of Pakistan and lauded the efforts of the History Department for organising a wonderful exhibition.

Ali Agha Noori, cultural counsellor of Islamic Republic of Iran, and a large number of students and faculty members attended the exhibition. The exhibition will continue at the History Department today (Thursday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The news

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Pakistan Post issues commemorative stamp of IIU
Islamabad: The Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative stamp to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the International Islamic University (IIU) here on Wednesday.

A ceremony was held at IIU New Campus that was presided by IIU President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui while Pakistan Post Additional Director General Fazl-e-Sattar Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.

Fazl-e-Sattar Khan in his speech said that stamps play role of ambassadors for the countries in the world and Pakistan Post realizing importance of IIU for imparting quality education decided to publish the commemorative stamp to acknowledge its services.

IIU President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui said the university has now entered a new era of promoting its message through Pakistan Post.

Meanwhile, the university has released the data of its achievements during the last four years under the leadership of Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui as IIU President..

Total strength of students at IIU in 2006 was 9060 now it is 22000, whereas Number of female students before 2006 was 3000 now it is 9000, Number of teachers before 2006 was 300 now it is 600, Number of PhDs before 2006 was 87 now it is 170, Number of Teaching Departments before 2006 was 29 now it is 42, University Budget before 2006 was 1.00 billion now it goes upto 2.5 billions, Number of computers before 2006 was 636 now there are 2206 computers, Number of Computer Labs before 2006 was negligible now there are 45 labs, there was no Engineering Labs before 2006 now there are 18,

Number of Research Papers in scholarly Journals/Books before 2006 was 85 now it is 785, Participation in International Conferences before 2006 was negligible now 150, Number of Research Articles in ISI Journals recognized by HEC before 2006 was negligible now it is 50 and before 2006 there was no IIU School System now there are 40- 42 schools.

During these four years the development of university also includes four new hostels, five academic blocks (two science blocks one engineering block), Dawah Centre and hostel, canteen for girls and shopping centre, gymnasium for girls, students activities centre, an

impressing administrative building, beginning of the Grand Mosque, new banking facilities and ATM's, transport fleet from 88 to 131, new road network, infrastructure development and horticulture development.

According to statement, the IIU is going to start faculty of medicine and hospital, grand mosque project is also in progress while the university is also endeavoring to jump in the HEC Ranking.

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1st Meeting of Steering Committee held at HEC
Islamabad: A meeting of the Steering Committee under Student Loan Programme was held at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat, to design a model for development of a sustainable Student Loan Programme in Pakistan.

Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairperson HEC, presided over the meeting, said a press release issued here on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, Dr. Saeeda Asadullah, Vice Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Mr. Mahmood Shafqat, Additional Director, Banking Policy and Regulation, State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Aamir Mahmood, Deputy Secretary (Finance), Mr. Shamim Iqbal, Vice President, Student Loan Scheme Wing, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba Kayani, Director General (Finance) HEC, and Khawaja Zahid Hussain, SAP/BAS Coordinator.

The Committee discussed the modalities for designing and development of the draft, in compliance with the Directive of the President of Pakistan to develop a sustainable Student Loan Programme.

The main focus was to prepare the policy document acceptable to all stakeholders to provide the opportunity of higher education to all the needy students.

Dr. Naqvi apprised the participants that under National Education Policy-2009, recognizing the challenges for attainment of development goals aims at raising access to higher education from existing 4.6 per cent (1.1 million approximately) including colleges and distance education to 10 per cent by 2015 and 15 per cent by 2020, which means tripling the enrolment of higher education sector in the next 6 years.

"Therefore, development of sustainable Students Loan Programme on a wider scale, which may be available to all the needy students in public as well as private sector institution of higher learning, is the need of the day," he said.

The Committee discussed different proposals on i.e. whether Government will be able to provide the seed money of five billion rupees or endowment fund at initial stage, how the risk will be shared/covered, what will be the interest rate charged by the commercial banks as well as queries about the payback period. App

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College students stage protest against transporters
Swabi: Students of government degree college, Kotha, here on Wednesday blocked the Swabi-Topi road for one hour to protest against the owners of public transport for not picking them from different stops.

They also chanted slogans against the district administration for its failure to ensure that public transport accommodated them in their journey to and from college.

The students gathered at the college and marched to Swabi-Topi road while chanting slogans against transporters and administration.

They blocked the road at Maini bus stop for all kind of traffic. The protest march also led to suspension of academic activities in the college for the whole day.

The students alleged that public transporters refused to pick them from different stops early in the morning and they also faced the same problem on their return from the college.

The students said that earlier both the district administration and transporters had assured them of cooperation, but both had failed to keep the pledge.

However, they ended the protest after an hour on the assurance of administration officials that they would be facilitated by public transport. Dawn

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