PMA slams medical college for high fee
Lahore, Feb 06: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has criticized Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Lahore, for charging Rs 500,000 each annually as fee from its students, terming it injustice to students.
"Being a government medical college, all the funding and budget is being provided by the funds from the public exchequer by the federal government," said Pakistan Medical Association office-bearers, including Dr Tanveer Anwar, Dr Izhar Ahmed Chaudhry and Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Ashraf Nizami.
Terming it sheer incompetence on the part of the federal government, which had failed to take action against the college on the matter, they said, "This is the only government medical college which is charging fee equal to that by private sector despite getting 100 percent funding from the government," they added.
They termed this a great injustice to students and their parents, saying the Pakistan Medical Association had raised the matter with the Prime Minister's Secretariat, which, instead of taking action on the matter, had referred the matter to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and the Federal Health Ministry.
Later, these departments, after shifting the responsibility of taking action to each other, had finally sent the matter to the Secretary Cabinet Division, who according to rules of business 1973, was in fact responsible for running the affairs of the Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Lahore.
The PMA's demand was now lying on the table of the Cabinet Secretary, who was not interested in taking a decision on the matter.
The PMA has announced moving the Lahore High Court on the issue, saying a petition would be filed in this regard in the court through Noshab A Khan advocate.
The PMA appealed to all the parents of the students of Shaikh Zayed Medical College Lahore to get themselves registered at Pakistan Medical Association House Lahore 66 Ferozpur Road Lahore to become a part of this movement so that a collective strategy could be announced at a later stage on the issue of unfair fee structure at the Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Lahore.
Lahore: Government College University's Political Science Department has extended last date for submission of admission forms for it's newly launched one-year Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Pakistan Affairs till Feb 7, 2012, said a press statement issued on Saturday.
IJT activists 'harass' hostel superintendent
Lahore: Some Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists allegedly harassed the superintendent of the Punjab University's Hostel No 1 and his family members by locking his house door from outside.
It is pertinent to mention that IJT members had found some rooms at the hostel, illegally occupied by their fellows, locked the other night.
The hostel superintendent Dr Munawar Sabir said that he had identified some eight rooms which were occupied by illegal occupants belonging to the IJT.
The superintendent said that the rooms were occupied by elements already expelled from the varsity. He added that he was preparing a comprehensive list but meanwhile the hostel warden had issued orders to double lock these rooms without his consent.
The morning after the rooms were locked, Dr Munawar said he had found himself locked in his own house, along with his mother. He accused the hostel warden of siding with Jamiat activists. He said he had also been threatened by an expelled Jamiat activist of dire consequences on Saturday morning for exposing the issue before media.
He said it was unfortunate that PU Academic Staff Association (ASA), a representative body of the varsity teachers, had so far not contacted him over the issue.
A PU teacher, seeking anonymity, said a number of expelled students, belonging to IJT, not only freely roamed around in the varsity campus premises but also were boarding at the hostels. The administration had become a silent spectator, he claimed, saying that some elements belonging to religious organizations were also residing at the hostels illegally, terming it a thing of great concern for the varsity's faculty members. Meanwhile, a PU spokesman condemned the incident and said the administration would take disciplinary action against the illegal boarders in the hostels. He alleged that criminal elements were operating in the ranks of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). The administration, following its previous policies, would not allow these hooligans to disturb the peaceful academic environment of the varsity and would take disciplinary action against them, he added.
An emergency meeting of Executive Council of the Punjab University's Teachers Front (PU-TF) was held here on Saturday, in which Syndicate members Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, assistant professor Javed Sami and lecturer Shumaila Gul participated, among others.
The meeting strongly denounced the incident and expressed solidarity with the faculty member. The participants demanded the Punjab government order police to launch operation with the help of university administration to oust rogue elements of Islami Jamiat Talaba so that students could continue their studies in a peaceful academic atmosphere.
The participants also demanded the university administration initiate legal action against the IJT activists.
However, PU chapter IJT's spokesman Amir Yaqoob said no Jamiat activists was involved in the incident, adding all the students belonging to Jamiat were legal allotees at the varsity hostels.
He said the rooms inspected by Dr Munawar were not occupied by Jamiat members. He said the episode might be a reaction by boarding students whose rooms were locked at the hostel by the administration.
Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department on Friday announced results of various examinations. These exams include Diploma in Physical Education, Annual Examination 2011, MSc Applied Psychology (Morning), 2-Year Programme, Semester System, Session 2009-11, MSc Applied Psychology (Replica), 2-Year Programme, Semester System, Session 2009-11, Master of Public Administration (Evening), Semester System, Session 2008-10, and BS (Hons), 4-Year Programme, Semester System, Session 2007-11.
MAO College Seminar
Lahore: Government MAO College on Friday organised a seminar in connection with the Kashmir Day in which Prof Dr Ijaz Butt, Principal of Government Degree College Township was the key note speaker. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ijaz Butt focused on Kashmir issue and said we should have a composite dialogue with India on Kashmir issue, adding this was the only way this issue could be solved.
Lahore: Punjab University's Centre for Clinical Psychology (CCP) arranged a lecture on "Dietary Omerag-3 Fatty Acids in the Brain" at the centre. According to a press statement issued on Saturday, renowned neuro-scientist from University of Wisconsin, US, Dr Aneeq Ahmad Khan delivered the lecture which was attended by faculty members, clinical psychologists and a large number of students.
Book fair attracts book lovers
Lahore: A large number of people on Saturday thronged the 26th Lahore International Book Fair (LIBF) 2012 at Expo Centre, Johar Town, on the second day of the event.
The book fair organised by the Lahore International Book Fair Trust was kicked off on Friday and since then it had been attracting hundreds of people from different walks of life.
Besides dozens of local publishers, a number of companies from foreign countries, including India, USA, UK, Singapore, Turkey and Germany, are participating in the book fair. The event is offering a variety of books and other educational material to visitors with special discount offers by different participating companies.
As Saturday was declared a holiday by the government in the wake of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, which will be celebrated on Sunday (today), a number of families visited the fair and explored the world of books. A number of young students were also seen visiting the fair with their parents.
A visitor, Tanvir, said he had especially come to the book fair with his children to encourage them and to develop the habit of book reading among them. He said it was essentially important for students to read other books besides textbooks.
Saleem Akhtar, another visitor, said the book fair was a great effort to revive the dying habit of book reading among people. He said such events certainly played a key role in promoting the habit of book reading.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Textbook Board (PTB), which is one of the participating companies, arranged a certificate distribution ceremony for winners of art and calligraphy competitions at the book fair. A large number of students participated in these competitions and exhibited their talent.
Punjab Textbook Board Chairman Izhar Ahmed Sheikh addressed the ceremony and said the board was playing an important role in provision of affordable and quality textbooks besides promoting extracurricular activities among students through such competitions.
PEC exams conclude
Lahore: The grade-5 annual examinations 2012 conducted by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) on uniform basis across the province concluded on Saturday.
The papers of Social Studies and Urdu were conducted on the last day of the exam. The Punjab government had declared Saturday as a holiday in the wake of Eid Milad-un-Nabi falling on Sunday (today) however the exams were conducted as per schedule already announced.
From Monday (tomorrow), the grade-8 examinations 2012 will commence across the province. According to the date-sheet, the paper of Mathematics is scheduled on February 6, Islamiat/Ethics and Nazra Quran on February 7, Science (Morning) and Urdu (Afternoon) on February 8, Social Studies (Morning) and Arabic/Computer (Afternoon) on February 9 and English on February 10. The news