Medical, dental colleges recognition
PMDC recognises four more medical and dental colleges
Islamabad, Jan 27: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has ordered
closure of a private medical college, approved recognition of one dental and
three medical colleges, and allowed several others more admissions in various
disciplines from the next session, it is learnt.
According to PMDC
sources, Abbottabad's Northern Institute of Medical Sciences had requested the
council for allowing MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
education to 100 students on its campus annually, but the council's inspectors
found the private educational institution unfit for recognition during several
visits in view of absence of adequate teaching and clinical facilities.
While observing the college admitted students without securing mandatory
PMDC recognition of its MBBS course and in violation of the Supreme Court, the
inspectors wanted the college closed without delay. The council, in a recent
session in Karachi, went along with the recommendations and ordered immediate
closure of the college. It also recommended that the federal government initiate
penal action against the college administration.
In the same meeting,
the PMDC granted recognition to Lahore's Shalimar Medical and Dental College,
Avicenna Medical College and Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nayan Medical College,
and Karachi's Ziauddin Dental College on the recommendations of its inspectors
and the executive council. In line with the PMDC decision, Shaikh Khalifa Bin
Zayed Al-Nayan Medical College, Avicenna Medical College and Shalimar Medical
and Dental College can now admit 100 students each for MBBS course annually from
the next session, while Ziauddin Dental College is free to grant admission to 50
students in BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) programme.
inclusion of four more medical and dental colleges, the number of PMDC
recognised private medical colleges in the country has increased from 34 to 36,
private dental colleges from 18 to 19, and public sector medical colleges from
27 to 28, while the number of public sector dental colleges is nine. This way,
55 nationwide medical and dental colleges are in private sector and 37 in public
sector, coming to 92.
According to the PMDC, the public sector medical
and dental colleges and universities other than recently recognised ones are as
follows: In Punjab, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore; Army Medical College,
Rawalpindi; Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women, Lahore; King Edward Medical
College, Lahore; Nishtar Medical College, Multan; Punjab Medical College,
Faisalabad; Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur; Rawalpindi Medical
College, Rawalpindi; Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore; Sargodha
Medical College, Sargodha; Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan;
de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore; Dental Section of Nishtar Medical
College, Multan, and Dental Section of Army Medical College, Rawalpindi In
Sindh, Chandka Medical College, Larkana; Dow University of Health Sciences,
Karachi; Sindh Medical College, Karachi; Karachi Medical & Dental College,
Karachi; Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro; Nawabshah
Medical College for Girls, Nawabshah; Dow International Medical College,
Karachi; Dental Section of Karachi Medical and Dental College, Karachi; Dental
Section of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, and Dr
Ishratul Ebad Institute of Oral Health Sciences Karachi.
In the North
Western Frontier Province (NWFP), Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad; Khyber
Medical College, Peshawar; Saidu Medical College, Swat; Gomal Medical College,
Dera Ismail Khan; KUST Institute of Medical Sciences, Kohat; Khyber Girls
Medical College, Peshawar; dental sections of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad,
and Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.
In Balochistan, Bolan Medical
College, Quetta, and Dental Section of Bolan Medical College, Quetta.
for private medical and dental colleges and universities, they are as follows:
In the Punjab: FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore; Foundation
University Medical College, Rawalpindi; Islamic International Medical College,
Rawalpindi; Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore; Shifa College of
Medicine, Islamabad; Wah Medical College, Wah Cantt; University Medical College,
Faisalabad; University College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore; CMH Lahore
Medical College, Lahore; Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Islamabad;
Independent Medical College, Faisalabad; Sharif Medical and Dental College,
Lahore; Continental Medical College, Lahore; Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental
College, Lahore; Central Parks Medical College, Lahore; Dental Section of FMH
CM&D, Lahore; Dental Section of Islamic International Medical College,
Rawalpindi; Dental Section of Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore;
Margalla College of Dentistry, Rawalpindi; Dental Section of UCM&D, Lahore;
Sharif Medical and Dental College, Lahore, and Dental Section of University
Medical College, Faisalabad.
In NWFP, Frontier Medical College,
Abbottabad; Kabir Medical College/GIMS, Peshawar; Women Medical College,
Abbottabad; Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar; Abbottabad International Medical
College, Abbottabad; Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar, and Sardar Begum Dental
In Sindh, the Aga Khan University Medical College,
Karachi; Baqai Medical College, Karachi; Isra Medical and Dental College,
Hyderabad; Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi; Jinnah Medical
and Dental College, Karachi; Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences for Girls,
Karachi; Ziauddin Medical College, Karachi; Muhammad Medical College,
Mirpurkhas; Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi; Liaquat National
Medical College, Karachi; Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Karachi;
Baqai Dental College, Karachi. Karachi; Fatima Jinnah Dental College, Karachi;
Dental Section of Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi; Dental
Section of Jinnah Medical and Dental College; Altamash Institute of Dental
Medicine, Karachi, and Dental Section of Liaquat College of Medicine and
In Balochistan, there exists no private medical or
Privately run Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College, Mirpur
is the only medical college in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The region is without any
public sector medical college, or public or private dental college. The PMDC, in
the Karachi meeting, also accepted quite a few medical and dental colleges'
requests for more admissions annually on the recommendations of its inspectors.
For next sessions, the number of Army Medical College, Rawalpindi's MBBS
seats has been increased from 150 to 200, Jinnah Medical and Dental College,
Karachi's BDS seats from 50 to 75, Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry,
Karachi's BDS seats from 50 to 75, Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine,
Karachi's BDS seats from 50 to 80, University College of Dentistry, Lahore's BDS
seats from 50 to 75, Baqai Dental College, Karachi's BDS seats from 50 to 75,
Isra Medical and Dental College, Hyderabad's BDS seats from 25 to 50, Islamabad
Medical and Dental College, Islamabad's MBBS seats from 50 to 100, and Islamic
International Dental College, Islamabad's BDS seats from 50 to 75.
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Nine private schools near GHQ face closure
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Association of Private Schools (RAPS) decided
here on Tuesday to bring the issue of closure notices to nine private academic
institutions near the General Headquarters (GHQ) before Chief of the Army Staff
(COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani for safeguarding the future of children.
The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) had given the deadline of April 10
to the private schools near the GHQ to close down their campuses otherwise they
would be forcibly evicted.
In a hurriedly called meeting of the RAPS, it
was decided to bring the matter into the notice of the COAS to save the future
of students. All office-bearers, including Rawalpindi Association of Private
Schools (RAPS) President Captain (r) Ameer-ud-Din Shaikh, Senior Vice President
Nasreen Tariq, Vice President Asia Talha, General Secretary Group Captain (r)
Muhammad Asif, Treasurer Humaira Jamil, Secretary Tahmina Malik and Professor
Azhar Mehmood attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, RCB Chief Executive
Officer Adil Rafiq said that they would close down all private
schools in cantonment's residential areas due to several reasons, including
security threats. "We cannot afford any school near the GHQ due to the
prevailing law and order situation," he said. He said that the RCB enforces
orders of higher authorities. "It is a part of policy that schools will not be
allowed in residential areas due to security threats, traffic problems and noise
pollution," he added.
"Secondly, the majority of private schools do not
fulfil legal requirements, as they do not have proper parking spaces, proper
playgrounds and proper buildings. Therefore, they cannot be allowed to continue
their activities," he added.
Responding to a query, he said that it was
not the duty of the RCB to provide alternative places to these academic
institutions to establish their schools.
RAPS President Captain (r)
Ameer-ud-Din Shaikh said that the RCB management, on behalf of the
station commander, had given a deadline to nine schools near the GHQ to close
down their campuses till April 10.
"There are 944 private schools in the
jurisdictions of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) and Chaklala Cantonment Board
(CCB). I can't understand the logic behind such an order. More than 100,000
students are studying in these schools where more than 20,000 persons are
employed," he said.
He said that they were holding talks with the
station commander to resolve the matter. If these talks were not fruitful then
they would approach Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to
intervene into the matter for the future of children.
RAPS Senior Vice
President Nasreen Tariq said that the authorities of cantonment boards should
provide alternative places to private schools for shifting their campuses. "We
obtained NOCs from the concerned authorities and after that we purchased
buildings. It is not possible for us to close down our institutions," she added.
"If the authorities can provide us some space even 10 kilometres from
the sensitive area then we are ready to shift our academic institutions," she
said. She said that the authorities should order all private schools to get NOCs
from them and those who had already obtained them should not be humiliated.
According to data provided by the RAPS, there are around 944 private
schools in the jurisdictions of RCB and CCB and the majority of them do not have
NOCs. According to the date, there are hardly 100 government schools in the entire district.
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Achievement of matric student
Islamabad: All praise for 17-year-old Naveed Asif, who after getting
second position in the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE),
Lahore, proved that one could achieve the highest targets through hard work and
determination despite unfavourable circumstances.
sites, including Facebook, these days are full of pictures and write-ups to
honour the achievement of this young boy. The youngsters are writing comments
and forwarding the post regarding Naveed.
According to the youth, this
young boy from Nahranwali village, Okara is undoubtedly a source of pride for
the whole nation and inspiration for the youth. Despite his school being seven
kilometres away from his house, which he used to reach on foot every day, Naveed
scored 919 marks in Matric in the Humanities group of boys and got second
position in BISE Lahore.
According to the reports, on the day of the
event organised to honour the position holders, the boy entered the spacious
Alhamra Hall, Lahore, unnoticed in his ragged clothes and worn out sandals. It
was a function where everyone was dressed up and entered with an utter sense of
pride. Probably Naveed didn't know that his achievement was worth a pride. After
looking around for a while, he could not find a seat for himself and preferred
to sit on the stairs.
Naveed Asif is an orphan and his mother works as a
labourer to bear his educational expenses. It was something unbelievable for the
two when they were told about Naveed's achievement. "We were really terrified by
the door knock late night and it was astonishing to know that the BISE team
actually visited my place to inform me about my position. My happiness knew no
bounds but my mother's happiness was far greater than mine. It was just like a
dream come true," he said. "You may deem it ridiculous but I ever said to my
mother that I wanted to be like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, as I ever
considered him my role model," he said.
Naveed had received a huge round
of applause as he narrated his circumstances to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif during the ceremony. His inspiring achievement moved the CM to make an
announcement of financial assistance for this ambitious student, ordering the
Punjab government to transfer Rs3 million in his account, so he could continue
The achievement of Naveed Asif has been highlighted by the
newspapers, TV channels and magazines as well as on websites and several social
connectivity sites but it fuelled a heated discussion and raised many questions,
such as if a boy living in a village - deprived of the basic facilities and
studying in a government school - could bring such laurels, why not the rest of
the youth, who are bestowed with all such blessings? Why the rest of the youth
does not want to become like Quaid-e-Azam? Why do we not try to get the best of
what is available rather criticising the system?
It is still not evident
as to what will come out of such discussions but hats off to this young
achiever, who made all of us feel proud, as he achieved what he aspired for
instead of criticising the system or the circumstances. The news
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