Khyber Medical University new courses

KMU approves new master`s courses
Peshawar, Jan 10: The Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar has introduced four new courses in various disciplines. A press release on Monday read the academic council of KMU has formally approved the introduction of the courses in a meeting held with Vice-chancellor KMU Dr Mohammad Hafizullah in the chair.

After thorough discussion, the meeting gave approval to master's programme in physical therapy in two disciplines - Musculoskeletal and Neurological Physiotherapy, Masters in Public Health (MPH) with specialisation in Maternal and Child Health (MNCH) and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and a six-month certificate programme in Health Professions Education (HPE).

It said the MSPT programme would provide physiotherapy graduates with the advanced, specialised training in respective disciplined of physiotherapy. The programme has been designed to meet both national and international standards. Both courses are designed to enable fulltime study over two years period, said the communiqué, issued after the meeting.

The MNCH programme at the Institute of Public Health and Social Sciences (IPH&SS) is a MPH programme, which focuses on current health problems and diseases affecting both women and children worldwide with special emphasise on developing countries including Pakistan.

The students will acquaint with the epidemiology of women and childhood diseases. The MNCH programme is designed to train individuals to become responsible and productive public health professionals with an emphasis on MNCH problems, according to the statement.

The statement maintained that the MPH-NCDs programme offered by IPH&SS is a two-year degree programme. The academic council also approved equivalence committee, plagiarism committee, institutional graduate study committee and institutional board of studies for all its constituent institutions. The news

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Gomal varsity VC rejects students' protest over fee
DI Khan: Describing the ongoing protests by students against fee raise as illegal, Gomal University vice-chancellor Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi has said that 10 per cent increase in the fee is in accordance with the directive of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Speaking to media persons here on Monday, Dr Kundi said that the varsity administration would not bow down to the students` pressure and take action against those responsible for creating disturbance in the campus.

He claimed that Gomal University had still the lowest fee charges and that majority of the students were in favour of the administration`s decision and didn`t participate in the protest. He said that the situation was under control and he knew that some insiders with vested interests were pushing the issue.

The VC said that the administration was monitoring the situation and nobody would be allowed to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the university. He claimed that in past the administration would keep 50 per cent of the budget in banks and most of sanctioned posts vacant. Thus a way for misappropriation of public money and illegal appointments was created in the university, he said.

He clarified that neither the USAID nor any other donor agency had provided the GU with financial assistance for scholarships or any other purpose. The VC claimed that the administration was using resources on the betterment of students. He said that a few new buses had been bought to resolve transport problem of the students.

Mr Kundi said that the HEC had approved the distance education system before its launch. He said that several projects would be initiated soon to improve standard of the varsity. Dawn

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Orientation for newcomers at FUMC held
Islamabad: The Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) has organised its annual orientation ceremony to welcome newcomers and enlighten them about rules and regulations of the academic institution.

The ceremony was attended by all new students along with their parents. Professor Dr. Belal A. Khan, rector of the Foundation University, Islamabad, was the chief guest on the occasion while Major General (r) Dr. Nasim ul Majeed, principal of the FUMC, was also present on the occasion.

Addressing the students, Professor Dr. Belal A. Khan said that they were joining the right institution for pursuing their studies where they would have all opportunities to excel in life in a friendly and professional environment.

He said that the FUI has attained a high reputation as a centre of higher learning in a short span of time. He informed the audience that all FUI constituent institutions are imparting quality education to students in the fields of medicine, engineering, management sciences and social sciences.

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Graduation ceremony of PAF Finishing School
Islamabad: Graduation ceremony of the 31st batch of students of the PAF Finishing School was held at the Air Headquarters Officers' Mess here on Monday, says a press release. President of Pakistan Air Force Women Association (PAFWA) Begum Farzana Qamar was the chief guest on the occasion. She awarded the certificates to the graduating students.

The chief guest said, "The womenfolk have a vital role to play in the betterment of any society. The saying, 'Hands that rock the cradle, rule the world' is an apt description of women's contribution in shaping the destiny of a nation. In fact, no society can afford to ignore women that account for half of its population".

The PAF Finishing School was established in July 1996. It offers various courses in communication skills, languages, management, art of self-presentation, domestic science, general culture, cuisine, protocol, art, childcare, introduction to psychology and spiritual enrichment.

PAF Finishing School an institute which is the first of its kind in Asia is a step by Pakistan Air Force towards the promotion of education and literacy in the country. Earlier, the director of the school presented a report that highlighted the main aspects of the training, which are aimed at transforming young girls into useful members of the society. The news

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