PMDC doubles federal medical college's MBBS seats
Islamabad, Feb 11: The federal capital's first government medical college is set to enrol first batch of 100 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) students after the medical education watchdog doubled seats for the course of late.
In April last year, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council recognised Federal Medical and Dental College before giving it the mandatory green light to admit 50 MBBS students for the 2012 session.
Earlier, on February 6 it sanctioned permission for increase of seats to 100 in line with the recommendations of its inspection team, which found the college's educational, teaching and clinical training facilities and standards, as well as availability of financial resources within acceptable limits.
In June last year, the prime minister inaugurated FMDC, which is affiliated with the country's premier Quaid-i-Azam University and has the city's premier Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences as attached teaching hospital.
According to a relevant official, admission will be offered to the first 100 candidates on the merit list prepared after the holding of a written test by the public sector National Testing Service and in line with the government-approved quota for provinces, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Some seats are reserved for candidates with Islamabad's domicile.
More than 100 professors, associate and assistant professors and demonstrators with teaching experience of anatomy, physiology, psychology, biochemistry, internal medicine, pharmacology and other disciplines have been hired for the college located in Chak Shahzad, while besides PIMS, the college is also attached to a 200-bedded non-teaching hospital, Federal General Hospital, close at hand. The hospital is on the erstwhile premises of National Institute of Health's Allergy Centre.
Former RBISE official flees after bail rejection
Rawalpindi: The former controller of examination at the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE), Amjad Iqbal Bhara, fled from the Anti-Corruption Court after rejection of his appeal for interim bail by Special Judge Anti-Corruption Chaudhry Ameer Muhammad Khan.
Three other accused, including In-Charge Computer Section Asif Bhatti, Data Processing Officer Muhammad Sarfraz and Senior Clerk Muhammad Asif, were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Police from the courtroom.
The court directed police to arrest the main accused in the case at the earliest and granted five-day physical remand of the three arrested accused. The court directd police to bring the three accused to the court on the next hearing of the case on February 15.
Psychology moot begins at IIU
Islamabad: The opening ceremony of the two-day 13th National Psychology Conference was held at the International Islamic University (IIU) here on Friday.
The conference was organised by the Pakistan Psychological Association (PPA) in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, IIU. Riaz Fatyana, chairman of the organising committee, presided over the ceremony while Senate Chairman Farooq H. Naik was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Jumani, dean of the IIU Faculty of Social Sciences of the IIU, faculty members, officials and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Farooq H Naik lauded the efforts of researchers who presented their articles in the conference. Riaz Fatyana said that the purpose of holding the conference was to encourage researchers and they would also organise such kind of conferences at international level.
Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Jumani said that psychology covers the entire life of human beings and through advance research in this area many problems can be resolved in an amicable way.
BSS awards certificates to teachers
Islamabad: A ceremony was held at Islamabad Club to award certificates to the teachers of Beaconhouse School System who participated in training courses of the Professional Education.
Dr. Anwar Nasim renowned scientist graced the occasion as chief guest. Danial Kasuri the executive Director of Beaconhouse Group of Companies and the school leadership of Beaconhouse were also present. The chief guest congratulated the participants and appreciated the commitment of Beaconhouse to provide professional and qualified human resource to the country for children of today who are more aware and have more facilities than ever.
Some recipients/ valedictorians talked about their experiences and achievements and expressed their pride in being a member of Beaconhouse Fraternity. Certificates in Professional Development, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education from University College Plymouth St. Marks and St. John and Diploma in Teaching with ICT from Cambridge University were awarded to the proud recipients.
Danial Kasuri valued the family members of the recipients who were a constant support to the teachers during the courses and showed the resolution to provide qualified trainers for the ever challenging youth of the nation.
Anwar Nasim while speaking on the occasion said that as a scientist, the rapid pace with which information-technology is growing, worries him. The young people today are so much aware about the latest technologies around them that it is a big challenge for teachers to keep up with students.
The chief guest spoke about Non-Government-Individuals (NGIs), who contribute to their community. He said that teachers are invaluable NGIs as they shape and mould future generation.
Saima Rashid Manager Staff Development Centre said that these training programmes include generic teaching and learning competencies; individualised, needs based activities; customised programmes based on internationally designed courses; and courses designed for specific schools based on their demonstrated and expressed needs.
Naureen Dogar Managar Training Central while speaking on the occasion said that the programme adopts a multi-tiered approach where each layer of the region complements the activities of the training delivered.
Book fair at St Mary's School
Rawalpindi: Keeping in mind the famous maxim, 'Readers are leaders', St. Mary's Cambridge School, Murree Road, held a book fair in collaboration with Pauline Publications an International society better known as Daughters of St. Paul, says a press release issued here Friday. Pauline Publications is a well-known media group that publishes and sells books around the world.
Knowing the importance of books in a world where the book reading culture is diminishing by the day, the St. Mary's Cambridge School Principal Roger Francis invited the Pauline sisters to conduct this book fair at his school.
The book fair will go on for the next two days. The students and their parents have been invited to visit the Book Fair and buy the books, which are sold at an affordable price. Reading is a mental exercise, which helps students to improve their knowledge and understanding. Today's students need to go back to reading culture, which is a time-tested way to succeed in life. A good book is man's best friend; the habit of reading should be inculcated from childhood. Instead of buying video games, parents should give their children books," Roger Francis said.
UHS, University of Glasgow to start partnership
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) and the University of Glasgow, UK, will enter into a partnership to start a 'sandwich' PhD programme for Pakistani researchers in molecular biology, clinical neurosciences, medical genetics, nursing and public health.
This was decided in a meeting between UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar and the international leader of School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, Prof Maryann Lumsden, at UHS on Friday.
In sandwich doctorate, the students will initiate their PhD at University of Health Sciences and in the second phase, varying from a few months to one or more years, they will carry out their research at Glasgow.
The degrees will be awarded by both UHS and University of Glasgow. Prof Maryann said, "Since 2000, our staff has supervised 1,286 new postgraduate research students, providing them with the highest quality learning environment.
Our students are involved in a wide range of research subject areas, including human nutrition, paediatric endocrinology, cancer biomarkers as well research in medical education and e-learning."
Prof Mubbashar said that the University of Health Sciences had entered into strategic partnerships with reputed universities of the world to develop innovative and distinctive basic sciences, translational and clinical research programmes based on interdisciplinary and a multi-professional approach.
Prof Junaid Sarfraz Khan of UHS medical education department said the university would soon establish an institute of research excellence in collaboration with University of Liverpool, UK, which would train 10 PhD students of UHS every year.
"The British university has not only waived the bench fee for these students, but has also frozen the tuition fee for next five years," said Prof Junaid, adding that selection of PhD students would be made on merit only.
Lahore: Punjab University on Friday announced the results of various examinations. These exams include MPhil Persian, Semester System, Session 2008-10, BCom (IT), Semester System, Session 2009-11, MPhil South Asian Studies (Social Sciences), Semester System (Fall), Session 2008-10, MPhil South Asian Studies (Social Sciences), Semester System (Spring), Session 2008-10, MPhil South Asian Studies (Social Sciences), Semester System, Session 2009-11, MSc Coal Technology, Semester System, Session 2009-11, Diploma in Linguistics, Semester System, Session 2011, Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching, Semester System, Session 2011 and Postgraduate Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting, Semester System, Session 2005-06. The news