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MBBS, BDS northern areas students quota

MBBS, BDS quota of Northern Areas doubled
Lahore, Jan 03: The Punjab government has doubled the quota of students of northern areas in MBBS, BDS and other disciplines in the educational institutes of the province including medical colleges, agricultural universities and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

The Punjab Health Department on Saturday issued a notification with a revised break-up of seats in medical and dental colleges of the province according to which the quota of northern areas students had been increased from existing 30 to 60 seats.

The seats have been increased from existing 25 to 50 for MBBS studies in nine medical colleges and from existing five to 10 for BDS studies in two dental colleges. For MBBS, the seats will be doubled from existing three to six in the King Edward Medical University, Lahore, from existing one to two in the Nishtar Medical College, Multan, from three to six in Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, from two to four in the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, from four to eight in the Rawalpindi Medical College, from existing three to six in the Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, from four to eight in the Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, from three to six in the Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, and from two to four in the Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Rahimyar Khan.

For BDS, the seats will be doubled from existing three to six in de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore, and from existing two to four in the Nishtar Medical College (Dental Section), Multan. The students of northern areas shall receive free education until the completion of their academic courses as they will not be charged any tuition fee during their studies in medical colleges of Punjab.

Meanwhile, Tayyaba Rasool, daughter of Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Skardu, Baltistan, ID Card No. 71103-8141617-4, presently residing in Wahdat Colony, Lahore, who had passed her FSc in first position from the Government Girls College, Skardu, Baltistan, and also passed the medical entrance test in Punjab, complained that she had been denied admission to medical colleges of the province in violation of the orders of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

She alleged that officials of the Directorate Education, Gilgit, had only recommended the children of their relatives or other influential personalities of the northern areas to the disadvantage of competent students belonging to the poor segments of Gilgit, Baltistan.

Tayyaba also regretted that she was also denied a meeting with Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif when she tried to approach him for justice. She demanded the chief minister to grant her admission to a medical college of Punjab to save her future. The news

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Rs170m allocated for CM's speech contest winners
Lahore: The last round of series of Chief Minister's essay-writing and speech contests both in English and Urdu languages of all institutions including medical, technical colleges, government and private universities, and sports competitions from primary to degree level commenced here on Friday. It will conclude on January 11.

Similar competitions at district and divisional level were conducted during the past four weeks.

While the district level prize distribution was held last week, the prize distribution for divisional level winners will be held in all divisions on January 3.

This year the sports and debate contests were specially organised to provide an opportunity to students to show their talent in extra curricular activities vital for their development and capacity building. It also aimed at encouraging students to adopt healthy activities.

A sum of Rs170 million has been allocated for cash prizes to the winners while special teams of teachers, government officials were formed under the supervision of EDOs Education of all districts, and the DPI colleges to conduct massive activities which began in early December. The sports competitions were being organised from tehsil to provincial level.

The prizes were given away to winners of district level competitions at all districts. A sum of Rs20,000 to Ist position holder, Rs15,000 to second and Rs10,000 to third were given. At divisional level, the prizes range from Rs30,000, Rs25,000 and Rs20,000 for Ist, 2nd and 3rd position holders respectively. As many as 108 students will be awarded cash prizes. The activities continued without disrupting the academic activities while the competitions were witnessed by a large number of students.

The competitions of Lahore district and division were held at Government College for Boys, and Postgraduate College for Girls, Wahdat Road, and at Central Model School, Rattigan Road. Prizes to Lahore district winners were given at a ceremony chaired by MPA Adnan Usman, Chairman Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Prof Dr M Akram Kashmiri, Director Colleges Zafar Inayat. Additional Secretary Prof M Akram Chaudhry and Prof Shahid Chaudhry were present.

The prize distribution for divisional level competitions will be held on January 3.

According to reports, students of Lahore were shinning at district and Division level competitions. The Government MAO college students alone bagged 13 positions in the competitions. Hafiz Mohammad Faisal of B-Com Part II secured Ist prize in Urdu debate at both district and division level at Intermediate level. Safdar Hassan Naqvi of I.Com Part I secured 2nd and 3rd prizes at district and division level in Intermediate English debate. Syed Mujtaba Tanveer Naqvi got 3rd prize in Urdu debate at district level and Wahab Ahmad of B-Com Part II secured Ist prize in Urdu debate at degree level and third prize in Urdu debate at division level.

Principal Prof Zafar ul Mohsin Pirzada has congratulated the students who won the prizes and said that the MAO College was not only shinning in academic but in extra-curricular activities. The nation

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Inter result announcement
Lahore: The result of Intermediate Supplementary Examinations 2009 of Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore will be announced January 09, 2010.

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Doctors hold protest rally
Lahore: On the call of Young Doctors Association (YDA), scores of doctors staged a protest rally from Mayo Hospital, Lahore, to GPO Chowk, The Mall, on Saturday.

A large number of doctors participated in the protest rally led by YDA President Dr Rana Sohail.

They were holding banners and placards and chanting slogans to press the provincial government for acceptance of their demands. It caused great inconvenience to the motorists, as the arteries were also clogged due to traffic diversion from The Mall.

The ambulances were also stuck up in the traffic mess. Besides, the patients also suffered due to unavailability of treatment services in the Mayo Hospital throughout the day on Saturday. The outdoor ward remained closed as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Irfan Rao, Dr Shahid, Dr Mudassir, Dr Sohail Arshad, Dr Hasnain, Dr Mariyum, Dr Fareeha, Dr Lalarukh and others demanded the provincial government raise the pay of A House Officer to Rs 30,000 per month, P.G./M.O. to Rs 70,000 per month, Senior Registrar to Rs 1.5 lakh per month, Assistant Professor to Rs 2 lakh per month, Associate Professor to Rs 3 lakh and Professor to be paid Rs 5 lakh per month with an optional 'ban' on private practice.

They demanded announcement of a regular service structure with time scale promotion for doctors and withdrawal of the registration of murder cases against doctors and the so-called Health Care Commission Bill 2009.

Young doctors have further added that they had requested for time for a meeting from the Chief Minister Punjab many times but to no avail and we were again being forced to turn to the roads for our issues.

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First PhD from UVAS
Lahore: Khawaja Tahir Mahmood, a senior pharmacist in the Punjab Health Department, has become the first PhD from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore. The news

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