Medical entrance test on July 20
Lahore, June 16: The entrance test 2010-11 for admission to public and private medical and dental colleges in Punjab will be held on July 20, just two weeks or so after the conclusion of the FSc pre-medical examination. The minimum passing marks will be 60 per cent.
The University of Health Sciences will conduct the test simultaneously in 12 cities -- Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Rawalpindi and Hasanabdaal – at 9am. The test will be free of cost as the chief minister has directed the admission board not to charge fee of Rs1,000.
Sources said the decision to conduct the test just two weeks after the FSc examination was meant to discourage the candidates to join academies for preparation. Earlier, there had been a gap of at least three months between the result of FSc examination and entrance test. It allowed the private academies to charge exorbitant fees from the candidates preparing themselves for the test.
UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Hussain Mubashar Malik said that the decision would provide a break to the successful candidates who would join after four months a very rigorous medical education.
"Passing UHS entrance test with a minimum score of 60 per cent is mandatory. It will also be a mandatory requirement for the university registration of MBBS and BDS students admitted to all affiliated institutions.
"Eligibility criteria for the candidates who appeared in the FSC pre-medical Part II or equivalent examination provides that he\she present FSc pre-medical Part-I certificate attested by the head of his\her institution as well as a certificate issued by the head of the institution that he\she has appeared in FSc Part-II or equivalent," the VC said.
He said the UHS entrance test would consist of 220 MCQs divided into four sections -- Physics (60), Chemistry (60), Biology (70) and English (30).
"There will be a separate entrance test for FSc and non-FSc candidates at the same time out of their respective syllabi and books. Non-FSc candidates taking the test of FSc students will be disqualified from the test and vice versa. The syllabi for both FSc and non-FSc groups are available at the UHS website (www.uhs.edu.pk)."
Prof Malik said orientation seminars for the candidates and their families would be conducted in the 12 cities between July 5 and 15.
Last year the final merit for admission to public medical and dental colleges was 82.6 per cent (aggregate).
The Punjab government has decided to appoint the King Edward Medical University vice chancellor on a regular basis. According to a handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the officials to invite applications for the post from the highly-qualified Pakistani doctors working here or abroad.
Secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad said advertisement would appear in newspapers in a
few days and applications would also be invited through websites. Dawn
PU eligibility criteria blasted
Lahore: Former president of Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) strongly criticizing the varsity administration for following alleged discriminatory eligibility criteria has demanded implementation of formula approved by the PU Senate in this regard.
In a letter circulated among PU faculty members, a copy available with The News, former PUASA president Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Salik said unlike lecturers of Karachi University, Sindh University, Peshawar University and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan etc, the PU lecturers were not eligible for promotion as assistant professors despite having six years of teaching experience as they were also required to possess MPhil or PhD degree.
Dr Mumtaz Salik, who is also coordinator of Affectees of Eligibility Conditions, said PU assistant professors were being allegedly deprived promotion to associate professors despite having 15 years of teaching experience when 15 of their research articles were not published in journals approved by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). He further said other public sector universities however required publication of research articles in journals either approved by the Board of Advance Studies of particular university and/or other journals of national and international repute.
Dr Mumtaz Salik said the PU administration added to the problems of teaching faculty through an advertisement in newspapers on 30 May 2010 according to which requirement of post-PhD had been introduced for the posts of professor and associate professor.
He said the same condition was postponed by the HEC till 30 June 2010 while further claiming that the Commission had agreed to postpone the same for five years after negotiations with the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA).
He further said PU Senate while approving service structure and upgradation had declared 6 years of teaching experience enough as eligibility criteria for assistant professor.
'50,000 teachers inept'
Lahore: Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said on Tuesday that over 50,000 teachers of government schools across the province could not teach.
"These teachers were recruited on political basis in past", he went on to say while addressing a seminar "Protection of Child Rights: Responsibilities of Civil Society & Media" held at a local hotel here on Tuesday. The minister expressed concern over inability of these teachers to teach saying "Some of these teachers might be holding fake degrees."
Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, further, reiterated his government claim that recent appointment of 40,000 educators was done purely on merit in a transparent way.
After the seminar when this correspondent asked the minister as to why the government could not fire the teachers who could not deliver, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman replied, "The Punjab government does not have resources to offer golden handshakes to these teachers."
He further said majority of those teachers were primary school teachers. To another question the minister said the data of "incapable" teachers was result of "good governance" of the present government.
Earlier, addressing the seminar he said the Punjab government was committed to provide quality education and for this purpose it had increased the budget of education by 12 percent.
Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said personally he was in favour of imparting education in the national language adding but unfortunately parents did not send their children to government schools because they were Urdu medium while they preferred to send their children to the English medium schools who were opened in the small houses. The news
En bloc resignations: Teaching hospital bosses 'detain' doctors
Faisalabad: The administration of the Madina Teaching Hospital, a constituent of the University of Faisalabad, situated at Sargodha Road, allegedly detained over a dozen doctors for two hours on Tuesday.
The doctors had tendered en bloc resignations, expressing solidarity with their two senior fellows.
One of the hospital doctors namely Ahsan Lali said that the hospital administration had shown the door to Dr Naeema, head of the pharmacology department, and her husband, Habib Subhani, head of the medicine department, after the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) during the inspection of pharmacology department refused to accredit it owing to the dearth of required faculty.
He said the administration made the couple scapegoat to avoid the wrath of the students due to non-accreditation of the department. The couple had been serving at the institution for the last three years; however, they were expelled without any notice.
"The insult of the seniors prompted others to register their protest and 14 doctors namely Sajjad, Mushtaq, Adnan, Usman, Sehar, Gulnaz, Faria, Rida Akmal, Haider, Obaid, Shama, Mariam and myself resigned and subsequently all the doctors left the institution," Lali said.
However, he said, the administration locked the main door of the institution and security guards took the doctors to the principal office where they were detained for two hours.
He alleged that the administration had freed them after obtaining signatures of all doctors on a paper that patients were suffering owing to their resignations.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Medical Association condemned the alleged detention of the doctors and asked the PMDC for cancellation of the departments of the university.
Talking to this correspondent PMA press secretary Dr Mohammad Irfan said: "It has been decided in the meeting that black day will be observed on Wednesday (today) and all doctors will perform their duties wearing black armbands." He said banners would also be displayed at public hospitals to condemn the incident.
He said the administration must be aware of the difference between brick kiln workers and doctors. He said the association would also approach the police for registration of a case and a letter would also be dispatched to the PMDC for cancellation of the registration of the institution for providing fake information.
MoU on technology upgradation
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the University of Northampton, United Kingdom, have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue a programme of scientific and technical collaboration in technology upgradation, especially in leather sector.
The MoU was signed by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and University of Northampton (UoN) VC Prof Dr Ann Tate. The MoU signed during Prof Nawaz' visit to the University of Northampton, will remain operative for a period of five years.
Prior to Prof Nawaz visit to the UK, the delegates from UoN had visited UVAS and had a consultative meeting with the vice-chancellor and deans of all faculties.
EXAMS: The Punjab University has announced that the LLB Part-III annual examination for 2010 will begin from Aug 11. Dawn
Indus Water commissioner calls on PU vice chancellor
Lahore: Indus Water Commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah called on Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office on Tuesday and discussed with him various measures to enhance the numbers of PhD scholars in the international water law. In Pakistan, there is an acute shortage of highly qualified experts of international water law while India has around 5,000 experts, the commissioner and the vice chancellor noted during their meeting, held at the New Campus of the university. In respect of the Indus Water Treaty, the vital interest of Pakistan could be protected comprehensively through the services of the local experts on the international water law. Dr Mujahid gave a firm assurance to the visiting commissioner that the Punjab University would try its best to produce PhD scholars in international water law. Daily times