Higher Education Commission (HEC) Cuban medicine scholarship

Medical students leave for Cuba
Islamabad, July 14, 2008: After a painful seven-month wait, around 65 more youth on Sunday left for Cuba to study general medicine on scholarship. Fifty-five youth, including four girls, boarded various flights for the Caribbean island from Islamabad and around 10 from Karachi. They will have a stopover at Dubai on the way to their destination, a Higher Education Commission (HEC) official said.

These students are part of the last batch whose departure hit snags almost seven months ago after Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) raised certain objections to the programme for which they had been enrolled in Cuba. A doctor or a dentist requires his/her degree's recognition by the PMDC for practice in Pakistan. There followed deliberations among the HEC, the PMDC and Cuban embassy representatives on the subject and a PMDC team's visit to the North American republic to examine medical teaching and laboratory facilities.

The distraught youth, totalled around 640, heaved a sigh of relief last month when the PMDC gave much-desired green light to their programme. Under the plan, the students will be sent to Cuba in phases till August 3, Muhammad Sadiq of the HEC said. He said that the HEC was bearing travel and other expenses of the students. He said that students would be paid 50 Euros each as daily allowance and would be bound to return to Pakistan for service for at least five years. Daily Times

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'QAU facing funds shortage'
Islamabad: Qauid-i-Azam University is badly suffering due to lack of funds. Female students are seeking residence in the university hostels. Lack of funds and allocation in the present budget presented by the PPP government has created many problems, especially for the higher education institutes. There is much regrettable situation in the top-level universities of the country.

Vice-chancellor of Qauid-I-Azam University (QAU) Dr Muhammad Qasim Jan said, " QAU is the best public sector university, across the country, students enroll here in different disciplines but lack of funds is the main hurdle to expand the departments or create more seats for those students who come from far-flung areas of the country to get admission in the university.

He said, "80 percent students were seeking hostel facilities but we could not succeed to provide them hostels because of less capacity in the hostels due to which a large numbers of the that students are living in rented houses or with their relatives in miserable condition."

Only 20 percent students were studying from the twin cities, who are day-scholars, and those who were living in rented houses their studies are also affected due to skyrocketing house rents and price hike, the VC told this correspondent.

Dr Qasim Jan said that especially female students, 2,500 in numbers, were suffering more than male students when they could not find place in the hostels.

"We are already giving Rs 250 crore subsidy in transport to 6,000 students of the university and fee schedule is also not much tough", he noted. However, the VC said that it was difficult for the university to pay salaries to their employees in the current available funds. He mentioned that several times the university advertised the post of Director (Planning and Development) and some other vacant positions in the university but no one was ready to come at that salary package which the university was offering.

To a quarry, the VC said that to settle all these problems he had a plan to construct more hostels in the university premises and to start four-year under-graduate programme and for this purpose Rs 6 billion PC1 submitted to the Higher Education Commission (HEC)", he mentioned.

To another question, he said that so far no response from the government has come. He further said that due to lack of funds he could not do accordingly in the expansion of the university.

A top official of the HEC confirmed that funds released by the government to the HEC did not meet the requirements so, therefore, the HEC was unable to release required funds to the universities, especially QAU. The source further said the HEC continuously was convincing the government for more funds in its meetings with government officials.

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NTS entry test of COMSATS, negligence to deprive students of entry test
Islamabad: Owing to oblivion of National Testing Service (NTS), hundreds of aspiring students for the entry test of COMSATS are caught in agony, as the NTS has not yet issued roll number slips to them.

The candidates did not receive their roll number slips whereas their names were enrolled in the universities website, while the test would be held today (Sunday).

Majority of the students who want to appear in the test were standing in front of the National Testing Serviceoffice for getting their roll number slips as according to reparatory book "NAT-IM" that "with out roll number slip, no one is allowed to sit in the test".

Students were of the view that for the last so many days they had been asking on the phone about the roll number slips but the National Testing Service officials simply replying, "be patient and we will send the slips to every one whose names are in the list.

"When I inquired about the roll number slip, the authorities informed that the slip would be dispatched on her mailing address but I have yet to receive the slip", said Malahat Bukhari, a student.

She added that when she came to the National Testing Service office no concerned person was available to issue her the roll number slip.

Similarly, another student, Sadaf Batool, who came with her father to get the roll number slip, said that her name was in the website of the university but has not received the slip.

The test is being conducted today (Sunday) but she is not sure whether she will be allowed to appear in the test or not, she added.

When tried to contact Director Students Affairs of National Testing Servicebut he was not available for comments. The Nation

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"the procedure which follow the nts not good bcz it asking question from student of natural sciences about maths and english and the student of natural sciences does not know about it. i m requesting that plz evaluate the students in their own subjects.it is our big problen inshallah u will consider my comments thank u."
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