HEC to offer more indigenous scholarships for PhD
Islamabad, July 19: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to offer more indigenous scholarships for the pursuance of PhD at the HEC recognized universities and degree awarding institutes whose departments are meeting the HEC criteria for running MS/PhD programmes.
The decision has been taken in line of government decision to increase the number of scholarships and to meet the targets under Mid-Term Development Framework MTDF 2010-15.
The applicants are required to follow advertisement to apply for the scholarships and the last date for the submission of applications would be August 30.
The prospective applicants who are willing to avail this opportunity are required to complete the pre-requisite formalities including university admission and GAT General Scores conducted by NTS. The information is available at the website of HEC www.hec.gov.pk/indigenous. The news
Teaching punishment over fake degree
Rawalpindi: A 25-year-old woman has been ordered by the court to teach children in a school as a punishment on taking admission in Holy Family Nursing School on fake Matric certificate.
Anti-Corruption Special Judge Suhail Nasir ordered Sonia Arshad to teach in the Khadija High School, Saidpur Road on probation for first three days of the week for the period of two years, while principal of the school had been ordered to submit the monthly report to the court about the punishment of the woman.
It was ordered that she would not get any remuneration in return.
The Anti-Corruption department had filed the case against Sonia Arshad and Muhammad Ameer on August 5, 2009. Sonia was accused of taking admission in the Holy Family Nursing School by submitting the fake Matric certificate, while Muhammad Ameer was found innocent and was released. inp
PMA slams launch of evening classes at CMC
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) termed launching of evening classes at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) Larkana as 'the darkest day in medical history' which would make a laughing stock of the country in the rest of the world.
"In spite of all the resistance and struggle by the PMA to stop evening classes at the SMBBMU, they have started from today (Tuesday). This day will be remembered as the black day in the history of medical education not only in Pakistan but throughout the world," said Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, secretary general of the PMA centre, at a press conference at the PMA House on Tuesday.
Dr Azhar was accompanied by former president of the PMA centre, Dr Tipu Sultan, treasurer Dr S. M. Qaisar Sajjad, president and general secretary of PMA Karachi, Dr Idrees Adhi and Dr Qazi Wasiq, respectively.
Dr Azhar said that the PMA had raised its voice from the day the idea of establishing an evening medical college at the Liaquat Medical University Hospital Hyderabad had been considered but later abandoned.
"The idea was dropped due to our continued opposition but after some time it resurfaced with a new venue at the SMBBMU," he said.
He said that the PMA's struggle had prompted the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to take serious notice of the matter and write a letter to the SMBBMU to refrain from launching a medical and dental college in the evening shift.
He said that the move was against all relevant rules and regulations stipulated by the PMDC. "There is no provision in the PMDC bylaws to start evening classes in any medical college of the country," said Dr Azhar. "It is a clear violation of rules and regulations."
He said that the evening college was nothing but a bid to mint money and would ruin the name of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Moreover, he said that the move would be a trendsetter for the rest of medical and dental colleges in the country. "The PMA believes that once evening MBBS classes begin at the SMBBMU's Chandka Medical College it will be a trailblazer for the rest of medical and dental colleges in both public and private sectors," he said. "That would prove to be an ultimate disaster for already substandard medical education in the country."
Dr Azhar said that recently PMA officials had called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and had apprised him of the consequences of opening an evening medical college. He said that the chief minister had promised the PMA delegation to stop the initiative.
Also speaking at the press conference, Dr S.M. Qaisar Sajjad said that the health and education sectors had not remained the priority of any government for the past 65 years and now starting evening classes was the worst joke with an already suffering health education in Pakistan.
The PMA officials appealed to the governor of Sindh, who is the chancellor of universities in the province, to intervene and requested Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and Sindh Chief Justice Mushir Alam to take notice of the matter.
They also suggested to the PMDC to strip the Chandka Medical College of its affiliation until evening classes were stopped. Dawn
Newly-built library closed for one year
Rawalpindi: The city district government, Rawalpindi, has failed to make newly built public library functional due to non-provision of books, stationery, furniture and other necessary things for the last one year.
Last time, Punjab government had allocated Rs15.4 million for the construction of two public libraries in Rawalpindi city because presently there are only two public libraries for a population of over 14 million in the whole city. The building department had completed the construction of a Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road and handed it over to the concerned authority a year back. The construction work of another Public Library at Dhoke Ratta UC-I was in final stage and will be completed very soon. But, nobody was ready to take over the charge of Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road and it had been lying locked for one year. The newly established Public Library was closed after its inauguration, which was done by the than Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Shaharyar Riaz.
Deputy District Officer (DDO) Building Zahid Irshad said that the newly built Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road has been lying closed for year due to absence of books and other necessary things. He said that they will complete another Public Library plus Community Hall soon.
In a statement, previous District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rashid Mehmood Langriyal said that education department would take over Public Library at Babu Lal Hussain Road soon. He also said that all kinds of books will be available here and we will provide fine quality furniture for readers in this library.
Unfortunately, neither city district government, Rawalpindi, nor any private organisation has been taking the charge of the public library for one year.
It is a cause of great concern that for a population of over 14 million, Rawalpindi has only two public libraries Municipal Library and Cantonment Board Library, which were established before partition of sub-continent.
Municipal Library is the oldest public library of the city, which was established in 1868. It is situated in the heart of the city at Liaqaut Bagh where access is very easy for the general public. It has a collection of some 48,000 books including 2,500 reference books, out of which approximately 20,000 books are in Urdu language. The library has some 7,600 members.
The second library is Cantonment Library. Cantonment Public Library has almost 50,000 books, half of them in English language. The library has some 1,550 members.
People belong to different walks of life said that having more and more libraries creates healthy atmosphere. It would boost reading habits in our generations.
Tahir Abbas, resident of Babu Lal Hussain Road and a retired government servant, said that we were happy to see the construction of a Public Library in our locality. But it was socking that the library could not be functional even after one year of its construction, he said. He urged the concerned authorities to provided books to the library so that it could start its functioning.
'No increase in tuition fee of medical colleges in Punjab'
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has approved the admission policy for the public sector medical colleges in the province.
According to the policy, there would be no increase in tuition fee of medical colleges.
According to a handout issued here on Tuesday, the spokesman of the Punjab Health Department said that the quota of reserve seats of other provinces including Azad Kashmir would also not be changed.
It was decided that there would be no reserve quota of seats for other provinces in the Shaikh Zayed Medical College Lahore.
QAU puts extra burden on students seeking admission
Islamabad: Apart from getting Rs800 from students for prospectus and admission form, the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is charging Rs1,000 extra from students who are still waiting for their examination results and giving 'hope certificates' to secure their seats.
A large number of students of BA, BSc of the Punjab University, who are still waiting for their examination results, have no option but to pay extra amount of Rs1,000 for 'hope certificates' or any other missing document with their admission forms to get admission at the QAU.
Parents said that the Punjab University hasn't announced its results for BA, BSc and it is not the fault of students then why QAU is charging extra amount for 'hope certificates'.
They said that the university is charging the extra amount of Rs1,000 in the name of processing fee then why they have taken Rs800 for prospectuses and admission forms. "This extra amount is a burden and Rs1,000 for 'hope certificate' or any other missing document should be refundable on submitting results or other missing documents," they urged.
Parents further said that the university is taking the advantage of the situation and getting huge amount from students in the name of processing fee for admission. "The concerned authorities should take notice and direct the university administration to refund Rs1,000 which they are charging from the students who are still waiting for their results," they said.
A high official of the QAU, on condition of anonymity, said that before announcement of admissions, the QAU asked all major universities about the announcement of their results. "Despite that if any university is not announcing its result on time then we couldn't delay our admission process."
He said that university is getting Rs1,000 for 'hope certificate' or any other missing documents along with admission forms, which is non-refundable and it's only because university wants only serious candidates should apply for admission.
When contacted QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, he said that the university is getting Rs1,000 for 'hope certificate' or any other missing documents for processing the application for admission.
He said if documents of students are missing along with their admission forms then instead of refusing them the university is giving them an opportunity to submit these later. That's why the university is charging Rs1,000 processing fee. The news