Medical colleges faculty shortage | AIOU sacks 300 tutors
Shortage of faculty in medical colleges
Islamabad, July 04: The faculty shortage has plagued medical colleges around the country.
total, 128 government and private medical colleges, recognised by the
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), are functioning in the
country. Under the PMDC rules, every medical college is bound to have a
professor, an associate professor, two assistant professors of every
specialty and other teaching staff, including a senior registrar, a
senior demonstrator, senior lecturers, lecturers and demonstrators.
However, the statistics compiled by the PMDC lately reveal a severe
shortage of medical faculty in the country.
In total, the
countrywide medical colleges have 1,197 professors, 651 associate
professors, 3,855 assistant professors, 504 senior registrars, 38 senior
demonstrators, 59 senior lecturers and 4,996 other members of the
teaching staff though the required strength is over 17,000.
to the breakdown of the statistics, there are 73 professors of anatomy
against the required strength of 128; 52 of physiology against 128; 36
of biochemistry against 128; 39 of community medicine against 68; 53 of
pharmacology against 68, and 18 of forensic medicine against 68.
the medical colleges have 37 associate professors of anatomy against
the need of 128; 31 associate professors of physiology against 128; 31
associate professors of biochemistry against 128; 32 associate
professors of community medicine against 68; 20 associate professors of
pharmacology against 68, and 19 associate professors of forensic
medicine against 68.
As for assistant professors, their
current and required strength at medical colleges is 145 of anatomy
against 258; 152 of physiology against 258; 88 of biochemistry against
258; 128 of community medicine against 136; 74 of pharmacology against
136, and 58 of forensic medicine against 136.
students, the medical colleges are bound by the rules to get their
faculty, too, registered with PMDC. However, most of them are understood
to have not done so.
When contacted, a PMDC official
confirmed the acute faculty shortage in the country's medical colleges.
He said that the PMDC had recently written to the administrations of
private and government medical colleges to apprise PMDC of their faculty
strength and get all their teaching staff registered with it without
delay. He said that the colleges failing to follow these instructions
would be dealt with strictly.
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HEC plans to set up sub-offices
Islamabad: In order to facilitate young people and general public from remote and
far-flung areas of southern Punjab, the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) plans to establish its sub-office in Bahawalpur. The sub-office
will be inaugurated this month.
Subsequently, the HEC
will establish sub-offices in Sukkur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit to cater
to the youth of upper Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and
Gilgit-Baltistan. Through these offices, the HEC would guide youth of
far-flung areas about various HEC programmes and initiatives,
scholarships and close liaison with higher education institutions of the
areas would also be established.
HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid
R. Laghari said the HEC is focusing on increase of access to higher
education targeting especially youth belonging to remote,
under-developed and far-flung areas of country.
establishment of four new outreach offices would not only guide and
encourage the youth of these areas to avail various HEC programmes and
but also be helpful in networking with local universities and colleges.
The HEC sub-office at Bahawalpur would cater the three populated
divisions of Southern Punjab including Bahawalpur, Multan and Dera Ghazi
The HEC has paid special attention towards
increasing access to higher education in remote and far-flung areas of
the country. Within last few years, out of total 55 new university
campuses, 31 have been established in rural areas throughout Pakistan. A
number of scholarships and other programmes have been launched aiming
at equitable access to higher education throughout the country. The
commission is also implementing PM's Tuition Fee Payment Scheme for
students of Balochistan, Gilgit/Baltistan and Fata which has been
recently extended by the federal government to northern Sindh and
Four regional centres of HEC at all four
provincial headquarters are already coordinating and managing different
academic activities and events like meetings, workshops, seminars,
trainings, human resource development and quality assurance programmes
in collaboration with different divisions of HEC as well as regional
institutes of higher learning. The news
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AIOU sacks 300 tutors over 'irrelevant' experience
Lahore: The Allama Iqbal Open University Lahore region
administration has terminated services of some 300 tutors for not
fulfilling the criteria and inducted new ones with relevant
qualification and experience.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, AIOU Lahore Director
Rasul Bakhsh Behram said the university was celebrating 2013 as 'Quality
Education Year'. He said the university was offering a second chance to
people who had to discontinue their regular education for certain
reasons to get education from matriculation to PhD in around 150
In these programmes, he said, they were offering some 1,500 courses.
He said students were being admitted to various programmes twice a year.
During spring admissions, he said, the university had completed its
target and provided free books to students at their doorstep.
Behram said he had ensured this year that 3,500 tutors were appointed
well in time to benefit students. He said the university had also
developed a mechanism to monitor tutorials.
He said the university was increasing enrolment and in Lahore region
alone some 200 sales points had been established to sell their
prospectus and admission forms to attract more and more students for
fall admissions. He said the university would also be launching a
two-year associate degree programme offering specialisation in various
disciplines, including tourism management, hotel management, hospital
management, accounts and finance.
The director said the university had also imparted information
technology training to its tutors and asked them to submit students'
results online. Behram said a new building costing Rs70 million at the
varsity's regional campus was almost complete. Dawn
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AIOU, Iranian varsities to launch programmes for women education
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Prof
Nazir Ahmed Sangi on Wednesday showed keen interest in launching
academic programmes for promoting women education and family studies in
the country through a joint venture of AIOU and five-big Iranian
Iran's Women Section World Linkage Organisations head Dr Khanum Siddiqa Hijazi met with the AIOU's vice chancellor.
Cultural Consul Dr Taqqi Siddique, AIOU's Faculty of Social Sciences
Dean Prof Rashid A Naeem, Faculty of Gender and Women Studies head Dr
Riffat Haque, Abdul Basit Mujahid and Abdul Wadood were present on the
Both teams discussed ways and means to prepare and launch the academic programmes for the promotion of women education.
was said that the proposed agreement between AIOU and five-big Iranian
universities would be signed before the holy month of Ramzan. The AIOU
vice chancellor said that Model Study Centres and new campuses of the
university are being established in remote areas.
has also launched a plan of open-schooling system to provide
middle-level educational facilities to drop-out women students.
Khanum Siddiqa Hijazi appreciated the open-schooling system of AIOU and
said that this project would increase the literacy rate at a large
Dr Taqqi Siddique disclosed that Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmedinejad would deliver a special lecture on 'Architecture Design' at
AIOU during his upcoming visit to Pakistan.
On the occasion, Dr
Riffat Haque briefed the Iranian team about the academic programmes,
initiatives, achievements and planning of the Gender and Women Studies
Department for the empowerment of women. Daily times
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