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University of Karachi exams, enrolment forms, Aptitude tests

KU exams held amid tight security
Karachi, Dec 24: Examinations were held according to schedule in the University of Karachi amid tight security on Thursday.

It needs to be mentioned here that student groups backed by political parties had been disrupting academic activities for about a month.

On Wednesday the vice chancellor of the university held a meeting with student groups who assured the vice chancellor that they would not indulge in violence during examinations.

Sources said that the vice chancellor had declared the controversial "transfer letters" reportedly signed by a pro-vice chancellor as null and void.

The "transfer letters" relating to the campus security officer and the deputy registrar general was also a bone of contention among student groups.

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Enrolment form
The University of Karachi has announced that the enrolment forms for BEd, MEd, BL, LLM, BPEd and MPEd for the academic session 2010-2011 may be submitted till January 15, 2011.

The announcement was made by KU Registrar Prof M. Kaleem Raza Khan in a press statement on Thursday.

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Aptitude tests
Director of the Karachi University evening programme announced on Thursday that the aptitude tests for the BSSE, BSCS and MBA admissions 2011 earlier scheduled for December 11 would now be held on December 26.

In a press release, he said the tests for BSSE and BSCS would start at 11am and those for MBA at 2:30pm. Candidates have been advised to arrive in the faculty of arts at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

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Holiday on 27th
Karachi: The Sindh government will observe a public holiday on Dec 27 on the occasion of the third death anniversary of the slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto.

This was decided at a meeting held at the Chief Minister's House. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presided over the meeting. Arrangements for the death anniversary were reviewed at the meeting.

Senior Sindh Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Sindh Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Ayaz Soomro and others were present.

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44th CPSP convocation held. 400 get CPSP fellowship, membership
Karachi: Over 400 candidates from various southern cities of the country were awarded fellowship (FCPS) and membership (MCPS) at a well-attended 44th convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) held on its premises on Wednesday.

In addition, 25 eminent doctors from various parts of the country having different specialties were also awarded fellowship of the college without examination.

The fellowship of the college without examination is awarded to doctors in different medical disciplines having at least 20 years of teaching experience.

Besides, six diplomas in healthcare systems management and health profession education were also given while Dr Beena Yousuf was awarded a gold medal for securing the highest marks (71 per cent) in the FCPS-II (anaesthesiology) in September 2009.

Eminent physician and former provincial health minister in a caretaker set-up Dr S.M. Rab, who was the chief guest at the convocation, said that he, being the only surviving founder fellow of the CPSP, considered himself the chief host and not a chief guest at this ceremony.

Tracing the history of the CPSP, he recalled that when he migrated to the then East Pakistan in 1947, there were only 12 MBBS doctors and since there were 16 districts, so every one of them became a district medical officer.

The then government was considerate and allowed ex-Pakistan leave to these doctors and even offered them scholarships, he said.

The doctors got postgraduate qualification and because of these doctors the CPSP was founded in 1962, he said.

Initially the council of the college used to have its meetings at borrowed mess rooms and private drawing rooms, he said, adding that it was because of the 48-year-long untiring efforts and selfless service of its fellows that the college was now visible in its infrastructure as there were 12 regional centres and two overseas centres each established in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Besides, the intellectual input was much more visible as the college was now producing medical specialists in 60 different medical disciplines, he added.

Talking about the rapid growth of medical colleges, Dr Rab deplored that there were over 100 medical colleges across the country, but the graduates being produced there lacked quality education.

Felicitating the fresh fellows and members of the college, he said that the society had invested in them and it was now their turn to pay back to their alma mater and the country."It is neither tuition nor notebooks that improves their skills, but it is a passion, commitment and dedication to profession that help improve the professional capability of a doctor," he said, adding that "it is not the money which you receive but it's the smile and gratitude of patients whom you have saved".

Referring to media criticism about incidences of negligence on the part of the medical community, he urged the media not to scandalise the medical profession. Instead use the power of the pen to bring about healthy and positive changes in society, he suggested.

Presenting the convocation address, the CPSP president, Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry, said that the number of trainees successfully completing fellowship and membership programme was growing with such a pace that each year the CPSP had to convene its convocations in three major cities - Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

About the 44th convocation at which 434 candidates from different parts of the country were awarded fellowship and membership, he said that these include 268 FCPS, 151 MCPS, six diplomas in healthcare systems management and health profession education, besides 25 prominent doctors received fellowship of the college without examination.

Referring to the CPSP diploma in health profession education, he said that this course from this year had been upgraded to a two-year MCPS diploma in health profession education by adding two modules in the course work: one on educational research and the other on educational leadership along with the mandatory requirement of conducting research on educational issues in their parent institutions culminating into a publishable research article.

Paying tribute to the founder fellows of the CPSP, Prof Chaudhry said that the college was catering for over 13,000 specialists in 60 different medical disciplines.

He said that the CPSP present council had revitalised the institution of faculties which, he added, was assigned the task of revising curricula and streamlining residency training, monitoring and evaluation.

Prof Chaudhry said that though there were challenges of shrinking opportunities of postgraduate medical education in the developed world coupled with the travel restrictions imposed after the 9/11 while the availability of training positions for fellowships under royal colleges of the United Kingdom had also been restricted, the efforts made by the college in this regard had succeeded in meeting these challenges and the CPSP trainees and fellows could now access the UK healthcare system for training and to get experience in a number of specialties.

Mentioning about the rapidly increasing network of the CPSP, Prof Chaudhry said that the council had adopted a policy of strengthening its regional centres to provide academic and administrative facilities to trainees and trainers near their place of work.

"In this regard, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta centres have been designated as provincial centres and services of an epidemiologist and statistician have been made available for the evaluation of synopsis and dissertation while Hyderabad, Multan and Peshawar centres have been upgraded to conduct clinical examinations," he said.

He said that the CPSP had recently signed a memorandum of understanding with a ministry of Saudi Arabia enabling the college fellows to visit and work in well-equipped hospitals of the Kingdom for eight to 12 weeks with handsome emoluments.

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Minister wants exam system improved
Karachi: Describing the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) initiative of involving students in the policy-making process 'a revolutionary step', Sindh Minister for Information Technology Raza Haroon has said that the novel idea of setting up the Student-Education Syndicate (SES) will be given serious consideration by all other boards.

He noted that the formation of the SES was aimed at improving the examination system and uplifting the education standards.

Presiding over the first meeting of the 60-member syndicate - comprising 36 position-holders of all nine faculties of Intermediate examinations-2010, 12 senior teachers belonging to the institutions of the students and 12 officials of the BIEK, besides several educationists, paper-setters and examiners - the minister remarked that "the current examination system is the 'weakest segment' of our education system".

He lauded BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai's vision reflected in the formation and objectives of the SES, and hoped that the forum would not only achieve its goal but would also set an example for other educational boards of the country.

Besides improving the examination system, the SES would help eradicate use of unfair means in examinations, said the minister. He assured the BIEK of his department's full cooperation to the SES.

Speaking at the meeting, Prof Zai said that the SES would meet after every three months and its recommendations would be given due consideration by the board's academic council.

The SES inauguration ceremony was attended, among others, by regional director of colleges (Karachi) Prof Najma Niaz, BIEK controller of examinations Prof Agha Akber Mirza, SES deputy secretary and coordinator Imran Chishti and senior examiners, paper-setters and educationists.

BIEK Secretary Prof Naveen Haider gave the vote of thanks. Dawn

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