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National Examination Board examination

Majority of foreign graduates flunk UHS exams
Lahore, Jan 23: Hardly 10 per cent of the Pakistani students who have done their MBBS and BDS from 19 foreign countries have got through the exam conducted by the National Examination Board to test their ability before awarding them licence to practice in the country.

The NEB was constituted by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to make the graduates from other countries prove their mettle, but now it has been handed over to the University of Health Sciences, Lahore. The UHS vice-chancellor is the chairman of the board (NEB).

Accordingly, theoretical examination was held in Islamabad on Jan 17. The registration examination is conducted twice a year and it is mandatory for every foreign doctor or dentist to pass this examination before being allowed to practice in Pakistan.

UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Husain Mubashar announced the NEB result on Friday at a press conference. "A total of 526 Pakistanis who have done their medical graduation from 19 different countries appeared in the examination.

Only 52 got through with 9.88 percentage. However, none of the 11 dental graduates could pass the exam," he said.

He said the NEB conducts examination to determine the professional competence of a candidate for registration and equivalence of his/her foreign medical and dental qualifications. He said the successful candidates would also appear in the clinical test of the NEB.

Among those who graduated from China, twenty-two of the 157 candidates have passed the exam. From Kyrgyz Republic; eight of the 120 students have passed, from Kazakhstan; 14 of the 83 have passed, from Iran; three of the five have passed.

A candidate each from Ukraine, Russia and Bangladesh has got through. Sixty-two medical graduates from Afghanistan appeared and none of them could pass the exam.

"Some 22 Pakistani graduates from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore and Services Institute of Medical Sciences have been asked to attempt the same question paper. Of them, 21 passed the exam," Prof Mubbashar said.

Pertinent to mention is the fact that the candidates have unlimited chances to appear in the examination (conducted twice a year) to get a licence.

Jinnah Hospital's Professor of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Azim Jahangir Khan said there was a need to create awareness among the parents not to send their children to such countries.

"The parents must check with the PMDC before sending their children to the countries where the standard of medical education is poor," he said.

Prof Khalida Waheed said the PMDC had handed over the task to the UHS because of its high security, validity and transparent examination system.

Dow Medical College, Karachi, Principal Prof Salahuddin, Prof Zubair A. Khan, Maj-Gen Tasawar Hussain (retired), Nishtar Medical College, Multan, Principal Prof Laiq Hussain, Prof Inayatur Rehman Khalil, Prof Nazia Yazdanie and Prof Arif Zaidi were also present on the occasion. Dawn

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PU students protest against IJT
Lahore: Students of Punjab University protested on Friday against the alleged use of weapons on campus and the targeting of students from Gilgit-Baltistan and NWFP, by members of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).

The protesters claimed that armed members of IJT assaulted students from these territories, and had fired guns into the air around certain hostels in further attempts at intimidation.

The protesters gathered near Punjab University's Faisal Auditorium, where leaders of various political parties were present in connection with a seminar held on Wednesday, and recorded their protest. They held posters and placards calling for the removal of weapons from the campus, and requested that the Chancellor take action against the IJT in light of events.

The students further demanded that further security was provided to students from Gilgit-Baltistan, and that all weapons be banned from the campus. They also distributed pamphlets amongst faculty and students highlighting the issues and condemning the presence and use of weapons in an educational institution.

The protesters claimed that members of the IJT had physically attacked students from Gilgit-Baltistan a couple of days ago, and that they fired their weapons into the air around Hostel No 16, to further intimidate students. It was also claimed that IJT Punjab University Law College Nazim Ihsan Butt, son of a former Jamaat-e-Islami MNA, had beaten a hostel employee from Gilgit for not serving him dinner before official timings.

Others asserted that members of the IJT had opened fire on students the previous year, leading to several injuries with police subsequently recovering weapons from certain hostels. Action has not been taken against the IJT despite protests, with students claiming secret deals were struck between university officials and the IJT.

Punjab University IJT Nazim Qaiser Sharif denied a link between his party and the firing incident at the hostel, saying that IJT members were victims as well. He claimed that any involvement of IJT was being propagated by Gilgit students belonging to Shia sects, and also by Gilgit-Baltistanis that were neither living in the hostels nor students. He said that both parties Gilgit-Baltistani students and IJT members had approached him for reconciliation.

Punjab University Student Advisor Iftikhar Chaudhry said that university Chancellor Salmaan Taseer and other members of the administration had been made aware of the incidents in question, and that Gilgit-Baltistani students had been approached to submit an application.

He said that the university's disciplinary committee would then take action towards responsible parties accordingly, as per university rules and regulations. Daily times

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Punjab varsity STC seminar
Lahore: Faisal Auditorium of the Punjab University (PU) echoed with "Go Zardari Go" slogans when a PPP leader came on stage to address students on "Aey Quaid! Ab Kisay Rahnuma Karay Koi" here on Friday.

The seminar was arranged by PU Student Teacher Centre (STC), which besides others was also addressed by PML-N central leader Javaid Hashmi and Jamat-e-Islami's (JI) Dr Fareed Paracha. According to PU invitation, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan, PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badr and PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed were also scheduled to speak on the occasion. However, none of them attended the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Javaid Hashmi urged all the political leaders to bring back their assets from foreign countries to steer the country out of the financial crisis. He said some part-time politicians had also jumped into Pakistani politics, adding there was need that the political leaders first correct themselves.

The PML-N senior leader also expressed concern over presence of Black Water saying the organisation might be involved in recent incidents of terrorism in different parts of the country. "Interior Minister Rehman Malik had stated before a Senate Standing Committee that he would resign if it was proved that Black Water was operating inside Pakistan", he said adding, "Its presence in Pakistan has now been confirmed by US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates."

Javaid Hashmi further said Quaid-e-Azam was an enlightened and a courageous leader, adding the country would progress by leaps and bounds if the leaders follow rules. "They should realise that they have failed", he added. He urged the in their practical lives. He said education was more powerful than atomic bomb. Fareed Paracha said big tragedies took place in the country during rule of dictators, adding that the country was forced to beg from other countries despite having great potential. He said it was unfortunate that despite having great resources of coal and potential of wind energy, the rental power project was introduced.

He said US, Israel and India had joined hands against Pakistan, adding the drone attacks were the results of Kerry-Lugar Bill. He regretted that bureaucracy, feudal lords, capitalists and despotic forces made the country a hostage soon after the demise of father of nation. He said the present poverty, illiteracy and disease was the direct outcome of the past misrule of vested interests. He remarked that if our political leadership brought back the country's plundered wealth amounting to billions of dollars from abroad, the plight of poor masses could be improved radically.

He stressed for unity and harmony among the political parties in the larger interest of nation and the country at this critical juncture. The PU auditorium however echoed with "Go Zardari Go" slogans when PPP leader Ch Ghulam Abbass came on stage to deliver his address.

He made an appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan that he should take a suo motto notice of the statement of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasim Hasan Shah that they were forced to send Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto to gallows. He said he might be questioned as to which political leader; gun or threatening messages had left no option for him but to hang the country's elected Prime Minister. He said appointment of PCO judges was the greatest crime committed in the country, adding the Chief Justice should expose all those characters involved in the drafting and promulgation of PCO.

Ch Ghulam Abbas asked the political leadership to join hands for beginning a new journey by burying the obsolete and rotten feudal and capitalist system which had subjected most of population to abject poverty.

PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and former student leader Iftikhar Feroze also spoke on the occasion while a large number of PU students attended the seminar. The news

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1-month winter vacation in edu institutions demanded
Lahore: Public circles have urged the government to allow at least one month winter vacation in the educational institutions during intense cold as it always allows summer vacation in the hot summer.

Pakistan is known for intense summer and winter weather. The two months of summer i.e. June-July and two months of winter i.e. December-January are usually intensive hot and cold respectively. The winter season has further become intense beyond the affordable limit of the inhabitants.

The weather cycle has changed due to unusual phenomenon of El-Nino and La Nino. Statistics shows that the temperature in plains of Punjab particularly in the cities of Lahore, Sialkot, Okara, Mandi Bahauddin and Rawalpindi-Islamabad was lower than Murree in the first week of January this year.

It was below freezing point last year and the year 2008. The dry and excessively cold weather also cause unprecedented fog in which the road transport also come to standstill during the school timings in the morning and after the sunset when evening classes in colleges and universities are progress.

The government has already allowed ten days winter vacation from December 20 to 31st but that is not enough. The concerned circles and the parents say that the government could reduce the summer vacation to begin from June 8 and to conclude after August 15.

The three weeks vacations in summer can be inducted into winter vacation to complete the three and a half month vacation in summer and winter in an academic calendar in the session. The nation

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GC univeristy contest
Lahore: Ancient civilisations from Greece to Indus Valley were depicted through architectural models displayed during the 'History of Civilizations' contest at the Government College University on Friday.

Over 100 students took part in the contest organised by the GCU Brett Philosophy Society. The students displayed model homes and buildings of various ancient civilisations including the Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Vedic and the Indus.

Pictures depicting Roman goddesses, slaves and citizens were also on display at the exhibition. The Indus Valley Civilization model home constructed by a group of five students who used clay as their preferred choice of medium clinched the top position in the contest.

Commenting on the Indus Valley Civilisation model, GCU Philosophy instructor Yasir Sultan said it was very difficult to create models out of clay. Moreover, he said, the model is a true reflection of the culture and tradition of the Indus Valley civilisation. The Chinese Civilisation model secured the second spot, while the model of the Babylonian Civilisation received the third prize. The model of the Khana Kaba remained the centre of attraction at the exhibition.

Separately, an exhibition of paintings by Amira Farooq opened at the Nairang Art Gallery on Friday. Amira's work on the 'feminine figure' has a surreal impressionist quality, with vaguely defined form and features that captivated the viewers. The exhibition was inaugurated by renowned painter Saeed Akhtar. Daily times

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KC teachers case
Lahore: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Friday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by four teachers of Kinnaird College Lahore against its administration for not allowing them to take classes despite court's orders.

A representative on behalf of the college told the court that administration had no objection over the aggrieved teachers to take classes if they were willing to do that. However, College's principal and Secretary Higher Education were yet to file their replies. LHC had already ordered college administration to include names of four teachers in the list of faculty members and allow them to take classes after issuing a stay order against their transfers.

College principal's counsel Jawad Hassan sought more time to file reply and the court adjourned hearing for January 22.

Petitioners Farrukh Sohail, Head of Islamic Studies Department, D. Helen Khokhar, Head of Physics Department and two others had challenged their repatriation to higher education department ordered by Principal Dr. Bernadette L. Dean on Dec. 23, 2009, terming it mala fide since the petitioners had filed a complaint against the principal before the College Board of Governors. They said the action of principal was also in violation of Punjab Kinnaird College for Women Ordinance 2002.

The petitioners said they had been serving as regular faculty members at KC since long and Punjab higher education department had issued written orders to principal KC not to transfer any regular or contract employee. They requested the court to declare the repatriation orders of petitioners as illegal and suspend the operation of impugned order till the final decision of the petitions.

The Lahore High Court on Friday called for reply from the Punjab government till February 3 on a petition challenging the withdrawal of risk allowance to the ministerial staff of the police department.

Petitioners Sarfraz Jalal and 16 other employees of the police department submitted before Justice Mansoor Ali Shah that they were allowed Risk Allowance equal to one basic pay since April 2009 but finance department issued a letter to Accountant General Punjab on January 8, saying that ministerial staff of the Punjab police was not exposed to risk, so there was no logic in granting them risk allowance. The petitioners said the chief minister had already approved the allowance and barred finance department from withdrawing it.

The Lahore High Court Friday stayed the demolition of a plaza in Sheikhupura allegedly being razed in violation of court order and issued notices to Punjab Highway authorities, DCO Sheikhupura and PML-N MNA Javed Latif for January 29.

The court was moved by Aftab Aslam, owner of Aftab Aslam Plaza, through his counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique Advocate, submitting that his ancestors were the owners of the plaza at Lahore- Sargodha Road before the creation of Pakistan, but Highways authorities fraudulently showed him as an illegal occupant.

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Regularisation of doctors
Lahore: The Punjab Health Department has withdrawn orders of regularisation of 68 medical officers (MOs) working at different hospitals of the province.

Young Doctors Association (YDA) in a press statement on Friday claimed that the medical officers did not fulfil the condition of rule 20 of the PCS (A&CS) Rules 1974, i.e. they did not have domicile of Punjab.

YDA President Dr Rana Sohail and General Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi said after regularisation of 3,765 doctors their documents were being verified which had revealed the issue. They further said doctors from all over the country come to Punjab owing to more pays.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif instructed the Health Department for completing the process of promotion of doctors from grade 17 to 18 and from grade 18 to 19 on priority basis.

A DGPR handout said this was disclosed by Chairman Chief Minister's Taskforce on Health and Anti Spurious Drugs Dr Saeed Elahi. He said that due to incomplete annual reports of doctors, cases of their promotion were kept pending. The news

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