Khyber Medical University teachers promotion Act
KMU Act to be changed to promote non-PhDs
Peshawar, July 02, 2008: The government will amend the Khyber Medical University
Act 2006 to pave the way for promotion of teachers of basic medical sciences,
"NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani will issue an ordinance
whereby amendments would be made to the KMU Act 2006. This would enable the 166
teachers of the basic medical sciences to get upgraded," reliable sources at the
Governor's House said.
They said that provincial governor had also
held a meeting with KMU Vice-chancellor Dr Mohammad Daud Khan to seek his
opinion regarding the proposed amendments. Sources said that the formalities had
already been completed in this regard and an ordinance would be issued within a
couple of days.
They said that after the establishment of KMU, teachers
of clinical sciences had been upgraded whereas those of basic sciences were
denied upgradation for not possessing PhD degrees. The KMU is following the
criteria of Higher Education Commission (HEC) for promotion and
According to rules of HEC a postgraduate degree is must for
promotion to next grade for medical teachers. Most of the teachers of basic
medical sciences don't have postgraduate degrees.
Sources said that soon
after the establishment of ANP and PPP coalition government in the province,
doctors affiliated with People's Doctors Forum (PDF), a wing of PPP, had started
struggle to remove obstacles in the way of promotion of the basic medical
sciences teachers. Provincial Minister for Health Syed Zahir Ali Shah, who also
belongs to PPP, had extended complete support to PDF regarding the
Sources said that PDF wanted to take credit for the promotion of
the teachers of the basic medical sciences, who according to the HEC's rules
didn't qualify to get upgradation.
Meanwhile, Malgary Doctoran, an
organisation affiliated with ANP, has been opposing incorporating amendments to
KMU Act and they had suggested to the chief minister to give grace period of
five to 10 years to the basic medical science teachers of the medical colleges
to get PhDs and become eligible for promotion. "It is a struggle of the
bureaucracy of health department to take control of some teaching staff of the
medical colleges and teaching institutions, which would take us back to square
one," said a leader of Malgari Doctoran. According to him, efforts to discerp
the constituent medical colleges from KMU would be a sever blow. "We are against
any amendment which is meant to affiliate medical colleges again with the
provincial health department," he said.
If the amendment was made to KMU
Act to separate the medical colleges and teaching hospitals from the university
and affiliate them with the provincial government, it would not solve problems
of all the teaching staff, he said.
Besides this, after becoming
de-constituent and affiliated with the provincial government, all the medical
colleges and teaching hospitals would be deprived of billions of funds which are
to be given by the HEC for producing PhD teachers. Dawn
"There are two wings of teaching staff in a medical college.1st wing of basic sciences teaching up to 4th year at gratuating level and 2nd wing teaching clinical scienses at gratuating level from 4th year majorly in 5th year. Basic scienses staff is deficient as low charm wing across the counry. clinical wing with good charm professionally well facilitated with out restriction to appear in FCPS examination in collgege of physician and Surgeon Pakistan wide training facility in hospitals in all provinces. In basic sciences training majorly in M Phil training with limited No.of seats only in Punjab and SINDH.....limited NO.of Postgraduate Doctors are prouced annually.All medical colleges nationally are facing deficiency even with M Phil. PMDC is regulating all since 1962.Now HEC knowing little about situation of Medicall colleges, imposing its own compulsions as recognition FCPS,MS,MD,and M Phil only for clinical sciences but not for basic sciences. M Phill is an international degree but HEC is not recognising for Basic Medical sciences only PhD.Further distinction by HEC that funding only for Ph D upto maximum 40 years age. Existing faculty with M Phil are mostly beyond 45.If they are not promoted, basic sciences will suffer alot. New batches of Ph D of HEC trained will be available after 4-5 years later.Promotion to associate and Professor level will require further 10-15 years.Meanwhile who will teach in basic sciences? Shuold all existing basic science teacher retire as no promotion there?
Name: Dr Aziz Marjan Khattak
City, Country: D I khan, Pakistan
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