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Tuition centres fleecing students
Islamabad, Jan 06: The government should immediately draft guidelines regarding the intake
capacity of students and fee structure in the tuition centres that are
believed to be fleecing students in the twin cities under the garb of
entry test preparations.
The tuition centres make publicity stunts using newspaper ads, banners, posters and fliers and charge students Rs7,000 to 18,000 for preparing them for admission in various varsities and institutes.
tuition centres charge excess fee from the students and are not
providing the quality education. There is no official mechanism to keep
vigil over the activities of such centres that are making undue profit
from the students," said Saeed Iqbal, a teacher at the Federal
Directorate of Education.
He said it is highly unethical that instead of teaching with dedication the teachers think it profitable to open tuition centres and earn handsomely against the true spirit of this respectable profession.
Tuition academies also offer preparation of entry tests of NUST, FAST, GIKI, PU, COMSATS and NTS.
preparatory courses normally range from two to three months. Business
of entry test books is also on the rise, as academies also publish their
own books for entry tests and ask students to buy them.
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Javed Akram joins SZAB Medical University as VC today
Islamabad: Professor Javed Akram will join Islamabad's first government medical university as its first permanent top boss today (Monday).
Friday, the Establishment Division had notified the appointment of
Professor Javed, the principal of Lahore's Allama Iqbal Medical College,
as the vice chancellor of Pakistan Institute of Medical
Sciences-Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) for
A committee of the Capital Administration and
Development Ministry, which oversees PIMS and the new university, had
selected Professor Javed after interviewing 39 candidates from within
the country and abroad, including some professors of the capital's
premier government hospital.
Professor Javed has served in
several clinical, academic and administrative positions and has six
books, over 400 research papers, and the Prime Minister's Gold Medal for
research in the field of Parkinson's Disease (1999), the Best Research
Award (2005-06) by the National Academy of Medical Sciences, and
Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (2011) by the president of Pakistan, under his belt.
PIMS was upgraded to SZABMU early last year after the president signed an Act of Parliament into a law.
the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad Act, the
medical university will consist of a chancellor, the a pro-chancellor, a
vice chancellor, a pro-vice chancellor and members of the Senate, the
Syndicate, the Academic Council and other authorities.
stated in the law, the vice chancellor is to appoint the university's
pro-vice chancellor from among the faculty members for three years,
while the Quaid-i-Azam University's faculty of medicine and its all
students will transfer to the university.
medical colleges and health institutions of the Islamabad Capital
Territory functioning in both public and private sectors will be
affiliated with the university.
When contacted, Professor
Javed confirmed that he would formally take up the new responsibility as
the SZABMU vice chancellor today (Monday).
following the abolition of the PIMS executive director's post, he would
appoint a director to oversee the affairs of the hospital and attached
facilities. Professor Javed denied former PIMS executive director
Professor Riaz Ahmad Warraich had been made the pro-vice chancellor of
"This is a false and misleading report.
It's my privilege to appoint the pro-VC of the (SZAB medical) varsity,
so just tell me how I could make that appointment even before assuming
the charge of my office. I will advertise the post and ensure that the
most suitable person available is selected for it," he said.
The SZABMU vice chancellor said a syndicate would make all key administrative appointments to the university.
to a CAD Ministry official, the SZABMU will seek to offer quality
medical education, encourage research and publications, hold
examinations, and award medical degrees.
Besides, it will
also help standardise medical education at undergraduate and
postgraduate level in the country in accordance with international
standards. The official said the university was planned to be
established in a phased manner.
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AIOU admission forms on website
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has placed the admission forms of MS,
MPhil, MSc (Hons) and PhD admissions for the Semester Spring, 2014 on
its website www.aiou.edu.pk, this was announced by Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi,
Director, Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR), AIOU.
Director BASR said that prospectus and admission forms can be
downloaded from the website of the university and Rs500 will be charged
as processing fee. He said that last date for submission of admission
form is 31 January 2014.
He further said that eligibility
for PhD admissions is MPhil 1st Division/3 GPA in the relevant subject
and must have passed NTS GAT (Subject) test with 60% marks while
eligibility for MS, MPhil and MSc (Hons) is MSc 2nd Division and must
have passed NTS GAT (General) test with 50% marks.
Niazi said that NTS GAT (General/Subject) results are valid for 2 years.
Students who have passed said test within this period and did not get
admission can also apply, he asserted.
He further said
that NTS will conduct special test on 19 January 2014 for those who have
not yet passed the test. Today (6th January, 2014) is last date for
registration. For more detail the candidates may visit the NTS website
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AIOU to launch MSc programmes in remote areas
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will launch M.Sc degree programmes in
remote and backward regions of the country, as a part of its ongoing
efforts, providing equal accessibility to quality education to all
segments of society.
These subjects will be introduced in
Physics, Chemistry, Mass Communication, Statistics and some others
disciplines from next academic year. The AIOU has already allocated Rs50
million for setting-up well-equipped laboratories in such regions to
facilitate the students.
AIOU has already made available
computer-based and E-learning education in the remote regions like
Umerkot and Metthi (Sindh), this was stated by the
Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmd Sangi while inaugurating the AIOU's campus at
Metthi. Dr. Mahesh Malani, MPA on the occasion announced donation of
20-acre land, enabling the University to set-up a Technical and
Vocational Institute in the region.
The campus will
facilitate thousands of students of AIOU who live around the region. The
campus is a part of the AIOU's strategy to promote job-oriented
education and to ensure access to equal quality education across the
country, Sangi said.
The AIOU regional campuses were
increased from 36 to 42 during the last three years. The number of
campuses will be further increased to 72 by 2017.
computer-based campus has also been established at Umer Kot (Sindh), he
said adding the video-conferencing facility also being provided at
these campuses so that the students could get the quality education
New regional offices are being
established across the country particularly where the literacy rate is
less than 30 percent. This is also aimed at providing academic services
to its students at their nearest places.
Dr. Sangi said
that the AIOU was considering a plan to launch engineering courses to
address the socio-economic problems of the country, like shortage of
energy and water.
The University, he said has already
decided that there will be no increase in academic fee at least for a
year, so that the benefit of education could reach to all sections of
society. The University has allocated Rs23 million annual fund to
accommodate poor and needy students in their fee under its
The unprecedented growth in number
of students enrolled on the University's programs and courses is a
reflection of its popularity among masses and also an indication of
quality of the programs it offers, he asserted. The news
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