PMDC task UHS with conducting examinations
Islamabad, Jan 14: From now onwards, foreign medical and dental graduates will have to appear in the University of Health Sciences (UHS) examination for registration with Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC).
Previously, PMDC itself conducted the examination of medical doctors and dentists with graduation degrees from foreign educational institutions for registration - a prerequisite for practice in Pakistan.
According to Registrar PMDC Dr Ahmed Nadeem Akbar, the Council has engaged UHS for the registration examination in view of its strict and pro-merit evaluation processes.
"Acknowledging its high credibility, and fair and reliable examination system, we've handed over the task of conducting the registration examination for foreign medical and dental graduates to University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore," Dr Akbar said on Wednesday.
Inaugurated in October 2002 as the first dedicated public sector health university of Pakistan following the promulgation of a presidential ordinance, UHS regulates and coordinates the activities of medical education, training and research institutions throughout Punjab.
Currently, 33 medical and dental colleges, 16 postgraduate educational institutions, 20 allied health sciences and five postgraduate nursing colleges of Punjab are affiliated with UHS.
The PMDC registrar said that Vice Chancellor UHS Prof MH Mubbashar had been named chairman of the National Examination Board (NEB), tasked with conducting the examination for foreign qualified doctors and dentists' registration. He said the next PMDC registration examination would be conducted on January 17.
According to him, the NEB members are Prof Dr Masood Hammed Khan, Prof Dr Zubair A Khan, Prof Dr Nazia Yazdani, Prof Dr Arif Zaidi, Prof Dr Javed Akram, Prof Dr Laiq Hussain, Prof Dr Inayatur Rehman Khalil and Prof Dr Khalida Waheed.
Dr Akbar believed that UHS could execute the task of conducting the PMDC registration examination with much precision, security and transparency, adding that UHS is already conducting the entrance test for admission in all public and private sector medical and dental colleges of Punjab.
He said UHS has involved senior professors from all the four provinces in the examination process, and added that the examination for medical and dental practitioners' registration has become all the more important in view of the general complaints against low quality foreign medical and dental graduates, practicing in the country.
The PMDC registrar said the registration examination conducted twice a year is necessary to determine the professional competence or otherwise of a candidate for the registration and equivalence of his or her foreign medical and dental qualification before allowing him or her to practice in Pakistan.
According to him, to appear in the examination, the candidate must be a citizen of Pakistan and be in possession of a qualification or degree awarded by an educational institution, which is included in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organisation, Global Directory of Educational Institutions for
Health Professionals, or International Medical Education Directory.
Dr Akbar said every candidate wanting to appear in the registration examination has to obtain an eligibility certificate from PMDC.
He said the registration examination would consist of two parts - theory paper I and II - slated for January 17 and clinical examination scheduled for January 31 at Hotel Margalla in Islamabad. The newsYour Comments
Call to lift ban on private candidates
Rawalpindi: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) Divisional President Abrar Ahmed flayed the ban on private candidates from appearing matriculation exams in science subjects and appealed to Chief Minister (CM) Punjab to lift this ban at once by complying with the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
He said that LHC has granted permission to private students to sit in the examinations but Punjab Education Department (PED) is violating the court orders.
He along with other office bearers of association was addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.
Abrar Ahmed said that former CM Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi banned the private science candidates to conduct matric examinations due to which thousands of students were affected and their precious time was wasted throughout the province.
He said that the Shahbaz Government continued the embargo instead of tall claims of resolving the problems of the people.
"For the last three years the ban was lifted by the provincial government just for two or three days, before the last date of submitting the admissions on the demand of APPSMA. But this year, the government did not lift the ban and the future of all the private students of science subjects is being ruined" he lamented.
On this, APPSMA approached LHC, which gave the association relief by permitting all the students to appear in the examination. Now it is up to provincial government to respect the court decision and allow private science students to take the examinations of 9th and 10th class.
APPSMA Divisional President Abrar Ahmed, while responding to a query, said that the association did not recommend its members schools to receive extra money from parents of the children in the name of proper security arrangements. The nation
FJMC result distinction
Rawalpindi: Qurrat ul Aien, daughter of Lieutenant Colonel (r) Shahzad Anwar Bhatti, has been awarded gold medal for the academic session 2005-09 in Bachelor of Fine Arts programme of the Fatima Jinnah Women University, says a press release. She got the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree by obtaining 3.98 GPA.
Urdu speech competition
Islamabad: In connection with the Annual Academic Week, the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Wednesday, organised Urdu speech competition at the Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), I-8/3, says a press release.
Muhammad Habib Khattak, principal of Islamabad College for Boys, G-6/3, was the chief guest on the occasion. Students of various schools and colleges affiliated with the FBISE participated in the competition. Mariam Arif of Bahria Foundation College, Westridge, Rawalpindi, got first position in the competition.
Ammara Shoaib of Fauji Foundation College for Girls, New Lalazar, Rawalpindi, got second position and Mariam Habeeb of Army Public School and College for Girls, Humayun Road, Rawalpindi, bagged third position.Rabia Iftikhar of FG Girls Public School, Wah Cantonment, got the consolation prize. The news
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