PMDC holds registration exam
Islamabad, Jan 09: As many as 1,300 Pakistani foreign qualified MBBS and dentistry students appeared for Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's (PMDC) registration exam at Pak-China Centre on Sunday.
According to an official of the PMDC, medical students who have acquired degrees from foreign medical institutions appear in tests for getting registration which opens avenues for them besides making them eligible for medical practice in the country.
The exam, he said, was held under an arrangement of National Examination Board (NEB) for Foreign Students. Foreign qualified doctors have to register with the NEB so that they can appear in the PMDC registration exam, said the official. He explained that it was theory paper while the clinical paper and viva will be held in March. DawnYour Comments
Teachers favour banning mobile
Islamabad: Majority of the teachers favoured the recently passed resolution of Punjab Assembly to ban use of mobile phones in schools and colleges, considering it a source of distracting the students from their studies.
The administration of every school and college impose restrictions on the use of cell phones during the study hours and parents and teachers also believe that students must not keep the cell phones with them at college or school level.
"The only justification, for some of the parents, for giving children cell phones is the ups and downs in law and order situation of the country however it is the responsibility of administration of institutions to keep the parents of the children well-informed about every situation," Farooq Ahmad, lecturer at a college said.
"It is very annoying when a teacher is delivering a lecture and students continue exchanging text messages rather focussing on their studies," he said. Most of the time, students are observed sitting at different corners of the college, listening FM and MP3 music on head phones and exchanging messages through SMS, quitting the classes, Farooq Ahmad said. Cell phones are also used by the students for cheating in exams, harassment, facilitating gossip and other social activities which divert their attention from studies.
Parents demand probe into delay of FCE examinations
Islamabad: Parents of the students studying at Federal College of Education (FCE), H-9, have demanded of the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to conduct inquiry of six-month delay in examinations of MS.Ed and BS.Ed (Part I-II).
The college faculty is of the view that the examinations were scheduled to be held in the month of August last year but internal politics hindered the daily classes and caused delay in submission of admission forms.
The examinations are being conducted in the current month after wasting the whole year of the students, besides depriving them to apply for admission in any university for further studies.
"Delay in exams by the college has wasted one year of my son, putting his future on stake and the concerned department must take action against responsible," a parent of a student said while talking to this agency.
A group of senior faculty members of the college informed that affairs of the college were affected due to internal politics and students and teachers are suffering a lot.
They said that the college is getting Rs30,000 per year from the students of morning shift and Rs50,000 in evening shift. And the students of evening shift are being accommodated in morning by the authorities to save the bus expenses.
There is no audit of the amount being earned from the evening shift and some of the favourite teachers are hired to perform duties in the evening and get double salaries, the members said.A computer lab was established at the college last year with an amount of Rs4.25 million which is still without IT teacher and such a costly investment is of no use for anyone.
The faculty members told that the college has acquired the hiring budget of more than Rs4 million out of which funds of worth Rs0.3 million have lapsed despite several requests by the employees for hiring.
The auditorium and a hostel comprising 85 rooms worth Rs55 million each were constructed within the college premises last year for the students, which are still under-utilised. The college which trains 8,000 to 10,000 teachers under its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) project on yearly basis has not trained any teacher during the year 2011, which was declared as the year of education, they said.A two years programme of 'Early Childhood Education' was initiated with the support of UNESCO with a cost of Rs4 million and was packed up after one year. FCE imparts skilful training to around 600 students in morning and evening shifts.
Talking to this agency, spokesman CADD Rafique Tahir said that he was unaware of any delay in exams in FCE or any other issue and said that the board of studies at Punjab University is supposed to schedule the examinations, as there is no authority at college level."If there was any delay it can be due to the negligence of the college administration who could not pursue the exams schedule with the board of studies in time," he said.
Meanwhile, representative of Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) Professor Tahir said the association condemns delay in papers of specialized teachers training courses and demand inquiry against those who were responsible for delay.
The association also demands appointment of a competent Director for the college which is the sole institution to arrange pre-service, in-service trainings and refresher courses for teachers community at federal level.
Saddar is a book lover's heaven
Rawalpindi: No bibliophile's trip to Rawalpindi is complete without visiting Saddar's bookshops stocking a large range of new books nestling alongside secondhand books. In addition to classical and modern fiction, non-fiction publications, there's also a dedicated section on religion in every bookshop. Saddar bookshops have a wider selection of books than most book markets of other city areas. You are sure to find here books on any topic imaginable - leisure interest, travel, natural history, philosophy, literature, law, medicine, science, contemporary art, architecture etc. From general interest to special subject books, technical, vocational, children's, Saddar has everything a book lover could possibly need.
The area is even home to second-hand books. Looking for an academic book? You don't have to make a beeline for your favorite one. Saddar bookshops stock all academic disciplines as well as a selection of general interest titles. Whether you're looking to get an understanding of quantum physics or learn about the English subjunctive, this is the locality for you. Be it a textbook for the new semester, a printout of the softcopy of class projects or the latest edition of Harry Potter novel, the assortment of book and stationary shops at Saddar can offer one everything within a price range which is very affordable for the students.
Located very close to many colleges and universities, the Saddar shopping area always bustles with hundreds of student customers. One of the unique features of Saddar book market is that here students can buy and sell old or second-hand books. A number of shops sprawl out in series, including the ones located on footpath that deal with used books and magazines. University students, who often find their textbooks authored by international writers expensive, can buy the second-hand ones of the same books, at a much cheaper price from Saddar bookshops.
Riaz Ahmad, a Rawalpindi Medical College student, says, "Books on Physiology, Biochemistry and Anatomy are very expensive if I buy the original copy. But from Saddar I can purchase the photocopied version of the book at a very economical rate."
Not only the textbooks, but Saddar is also a heaven for the booklovers of all age who throng the market regularly in search of novels, magazines and journals published in the country and abroad.
Turab Ali, an Urdu literature student, was seen looking for a book on criticism at the bookshops of Saddar. "I searched for this particular book in some of the bookshops at the China Market near Liaquar Bagh and Commercial Market, Satellite Town. However, as I did not find the book in those shops my friends suggested me to visit Saddar and I am amazed to see the huge collection of books at every single shop at such a reasonable price," says Turab.
Amjad Sheikh, an engineering student, says, "It is only at Saddar where one can find a variety of books on the subject of engineering. Besides supplying books, the Saddar bookshops offer additional services to the students such as stationery, photocopying notes or getting printouts."
"Saddar happens to be the place, where one could buy every educational material imaginable," says Sibte Hasan, a student studying English Literature at Asghar Mall College.
The shelves of these well laid-out bookshops are groaning with just about every kind of book at knock-down prices - and all for a great cause.
NME awards five female educationists
Islamabad: Five women received Nahida Mahboob Elahi (NME) Award on their outstanding performance in education. The award giving ceremony was organised by the Nahida Mahboob Elahi Foundation on the 54th birth anniversary of Nahida Mahboob Elahi, well-known lawyer, social worker, human rights and women's rights activist and former deputy attorney general of Pakistan, who passed away two years ago.
Former law minister and Human Rights Society of Pakistan Chairman Senator S M Zafar was the chief guest on the occasion who gave away awards to Dr. Kalsoom Akhtar, Sajida Feroz, Rabia Anwar, Kiran Aslam and Jawaria Nazir on outstanding performance. A special award was also granted to Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Zobia Rubab for her valuable contribution in politics.
The foundation in collaboration with Asia Foundation also distributed library books to 50 girls educational institutions, including Tehsil Bar Association, Bhalwal. Former deputy attorney generals Hafiz S A Rehman and Niaz Ahmad Rhatore, Finance Secretary Supreme Court Bar Association Sanaullah Zahid, Khawaja Zahid Naseem, Chairman Nahida Mahboob Elahi Foundation, Former Library Secretary Islamabad Bar Council Shahida Sukhera, Advocates Farah Naz, Yameen, Hafza and a large number of women from different walks of life and lawyers attended the ceremony.
Students exhibit entrepreneurial skills at NUML Sales Gala
Islamabad: A beautiful rather productive blend of theoretical learning and practical experience of business, material, marketing and entrepreneurial skills continued to pull crowd on the second day of the Sales Gala organized by the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) at Serena Hotel here on Sunday.
The students of Management Sciences and Mass Communication departments of NUML organised the gala by setting up 35 stalls, each offering different products.
The spacious hall of the hotel was literally packed with families, who showed interest in various products. The event also provided an opportunity to project traditional and cultural products of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. The visitors, especially young women, bought shawls, dresses and shoes at affordable prices. The stalls were arranged not only from the business point of view, but also in a way that it appeared good to the eyes of the visitors. A wide range of products were displayed on the occasion that mainly included dresses, clothes, shawls, stuffed toys, paintings, calligraphy, perfumes, handicrafts, jewellery, shoes, decoration pieces and electronic appliances in the gala.
One of the unique features of the gala was the calligraphic exhibition by Wasil Shahid, a student of Mass Communication. He, while talking to this scribe, said that he was overwhelmed to see the huge response of people towards his paintings. "I haven't even thought that my artpieces would sell like hot cakes," he added.
'Khusas' of Multan attracted attention of most of the visitors who also bought Multani jewellery, including necklaces, earrings and rings ranging between Rs500 and Rs2,500. The students who displayed their products were of the view that such events prepare and lead students towards a professional life that involves entrepreneurial challenges.
A student of Management Sciences, Mohsin Malik, told this scribe "Such events motivate students for market research and teach them event management, customer handling, face to face dealing, communication skills and customer service. As a result of this field training, students are hired by top business companies and syndicates as soon as they pass out from the university."
The chief organiser of the event and NUML faculty member, Fahad Mukadas, while talking to this scribe, said that the sales gala was a part of students' project "personal selling". "We, in this project, encourage students to bring out their marketing as well as entrepreneurial skills before actually stepping into practical life," he said. He said that there were 50 marks for this projects, which are given on the basis of marketing skills, purchasing, selection o products, management and presentation," he said.
A new campus for Murree, by a youth leader
Peshawar: Hanan Ali Abbasi, the president of Pakistan Youth Senate (PYS) announced a new campus of the University of Punjab for Murree after the government of Punjab approved a model concept of the youth leader.
This announcement was made after two years of rigorous effort of youth-led movement under the leadership of Hanan Ali Abbasi. Interestingly, having a background of village, Abbasi was nominated best youth parliamentarian of session 2009-10 and in October 2009 he introduced the concept of Kohsar University and launched an effective public awareness campaign for the establishment of this university.
In an interview he said, "Through this campaign, he captivated the attention of the legislators through TV talk shows, public gatherings etc. and affirmed that "On the border of district Abbottabad, district Bagh and Tehsil Murree "KOHSAR UNIVERSITY" can be the symbol of educational friendship and harmony between Kashmir, Punjab & KP province," adding it will be the message of bright future for those students who could not complete their higher education, just because of poverty and unavailability of university.
Hanan said that for this purpose, he had designed a feasibility including from land to construction, technicalities, statistical information, composed all the details in the shape of a book and presented this book to concerned authorities including Chairman, Higher Education Commission; chief minister Punjab and others.
Finally, the chief minister approved the concept of the university and announced immediate establishment of the University of Punjab campus for deprived people of Khitta-e-Kohsar.The president PYS termed this announcement a landmark achievement for the future generation of the region, and this dream will interpret in the shape of educated youth for future.
Abbasi said the students of the area had to travel to Rawalpindi/ Islamabad for higher studies, which were too expensive for them and ultimately they had no option but to give up their studies. The decision of the university campus will help redress the past grievances of the people of Murree.
Abbasi, President of National Youth Senate, hailing from Abbottabad is one of those people who are ordinary by birth but their hard work, talent and determination makes them stand out. In an early age he became the president of symbolic parliament of Pakistani future leaders-National Youth Assembly. He has received International Youth Human Rights Award 2012-13 on International Human Right Day.
He was also nominated as young personality of the year for the New Year calendar 2012 of Azm-e-Alishan; the most credible national talent hunt programme of the country. Hanan is also a holder of state's highest official award-National Youth Award 2010 - in the area of youth leadership, literature and media.
He has authored two books: "Zameeni Sitare" and "Cheen Se Bartania Tak" and has visited China and UK as a state guest where he closely watched their governmental and administrative structures. The news