Entrance test forms available till 24th
Lahore, June 21: Some 7,000 candidates got on Sunday application forms for the medical entrance test 2010-11 for admission to public and private medical and dental colleges in Punjab.
According to officials, the candidates can obtain the forms till June 24 from the University of Health Sciences, King Edward Medical University, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Services Institute of Management Sciences, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, de Montmorency College of Dentistry, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Nishter Medical College, Multan, Rawalpindi Medical College, Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan.
They can submit their application between June 27 and July 27.
The entrance test will be held on July 20.
The UHS 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. The test will be free of cost.
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. DawnYour Comments
PU dean a 3rd division holder Teachers demand action against unlawful appointment
Lahore: It is for the first time in history of prestigeous Punjab University since its establishment in October 1882, a teacher holding a third division in his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degreee has been appointed Dean, Institute of Education and Research (IER). Other contenders for the job were more qualified having a better academic background. Their names were also sent to Punjab Governor who is also Chancellor of the University, but were not considered for the appointment. When contacted, Governor's spokesman Farrukh Shah said definitely facts had been concealed in the panel summary for deanship, otherwise the Chancellor always firmly believed in supremacy of merit and rule of law. Another astonishing fact also revealed that Muhamamd Iqbal, the Dean, did matriculation in arts from Multan Board vide roll No. 45219 in 1968, and surprisingly passed intermediate examination in pre-medical from the same board in 1971. Later, he got a third division in BSc. from PU vide roll No. 40746 in 1973. He was lucky enough to get admission to master of science in Botany in PU with third division.
A number of IER faculty members had also lodged several complaints to Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran against him for his alleged malpractice, irregularities and harassment of lady teachers but no action was taken as per law. PU teachers Sunday demanded of the Punjab Governor, the Chief Minister and Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif to take cognizance of his unlawful appointment and a competent teacher be appointed as Dean on merit besides holding a thorough probe into the allegations levelled against him by faculty members. App
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department announced the written, oral and practical examination date-sheets on Sunday.
The date-sheets of Diploma in Anesthesia, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, Diploma in Clinical Pathology, Supplementary Examination 2007, Diploma in Child Health, Supplementary Examination 2007, Diploma in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Supplementary Examination 2007, Diploma in Laryngology and Otology, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, Diploma in Tuberculosis Chest Diseases, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2007, Diploma in Radiology Therapeutics, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, Diploma in Medical Radiology Diagnostic, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, and practical examination date-sheet of MBBS Final Professional (New Reorganised Scheme), Supplementary Examination 2009, have been issued which are available on varsity's website www.pu.edu.pk. Meanwhile, the PU has also announced the examinations' admission schedule for D.A, Part-I, Supple Exam 2008, and Annual Exam 2009, D.O.M.S, Part-I, Supplementary Exam 2008, and Annual Examination 2009, DMRD, Part-I, Annual Exam 2008, to Annual Examination 2009 and D.M.R.T, Part-I, Annual Exam 2008 to Annual Exam 2009. The exams will commence from 01-07-2010 while detailed schedule is available on university's website.
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Sunday announced the results of various examinations. These exams include MPhil Library & Information Science (Semester System), Session 2006-2008, BS Botany (Semester System), Session 2001-2003, MSc Biotechnology (Semester System), Session 2006-2007, MSc Zoology (2-year Replica Programme), Semester System, Session 2007-2009, and BS Biochemistry (4-year), Semester System, Session 2001-2005. Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
Lahore: The Debating Society of the Government College University (GCU) hosted the N.M Rashid Debates in Fazal-e-Hussain Reading Room on Saturday. In the English category, Ali Gee Salimi stood first, Shoaib Ahmad second and Saira Khan got third position. In the Urdu category, Almas Sabhie Saqib stood first, Ali Zafer second while Tahir Islam secured the third position. The news
Govt gears up to launch BS (Honours) in 26 colleges
Lahore: The Punjab higher education department is fine tuning its ambitious programme of launching four-year honours degree programme in 26 colleges as well as setting up board of governors (BoGs) to run these colleges "effectively".
The department is planning to launch four to five honours degree programmes, including one information technology related programme in each college. It has sensitised the principals of the respective colleges to assess their requirements in terms of laboratories, libraries and human resources to launch these programmes.
The Higher Education Council, represented by vice-chancellors of various universities, is meeting on Tuesday (June 22) to finalise the implementation of the BS (Honours) programme in the selected colleges from the next academic session.
In the meanwhile, the higher education department is asking the respective colleges' principals and directors as well as commissioners and district coordination officers to propose names of persons, who can be nominated as members of the BoGs. "The proposed BoGs will be able to take quick decisions in academic matters including hiring of qualified faculty members. They will also be given powers to generate revenue," says higher education secretary Ahad Khan Cheema.
He, however, said the BoGs would not be able to generate resources from students' fees because they would not be authorised to enhance tuition fees. "The selected colleges' proposed BoGs' financial worries had already been eased out by working out salary cost for new teachers and allocated Rs250 million for this purpose. Around Rs10 million will be given as an additional grant along with the existing budget to each of the selected 26 (16 boys and 10 girls) colleges," Mr Cheema said.
With regard to the launching of the BS (Honours) programme, the higher education department had already adopted the Higher Education Commission (HEC) courses and decided that the students would be assessed through a mixed system of internal and external examinations.
The Higher Education Council's sub-committee headed by Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin had already agreed that the internal assessment of honours degree programme students would have 40 per cent weightage, while the external evaluation by affiliating university would have weightage of 60 per cent.
Though the higher education secretary says that the selected 26 colleges in 12 districts had Ph.D and M.Phil faculty members, the Affiliation Committee of the Punjab University (PU) had inspected 19 out of 26 colleges for the launch of one honours degree programme each and reported that 10 colleges did not require labs for proposed honours programmes in the subjects of English, Urdu, Islamic Studies, economics and political science. The remaining nine colleges, where honours programme in chemistry, physics, mathematics, botany, zoology, psychology and mass communication had been proposed for launching, needed massive upgradation of infrastructure. Similarly, 14 colleges needed more faculty members for the launch of honours programme.
In case of launching four to five honours programmes in the selected 26 colleges, PU sources said each college would be required to massively upgrade its all facilities including classrooms, labs, equipment, libraries and faculty.
Sources also expressed their apprehensions about the affiliation of these colleges' honours programmes with different universities offering varying standards. There are also issues with regard to evaluation of students in the semester system as well as a college's affiliation with two universities – for regular degree and postgraduate programmes and honours programme.
The higher education secretary says the department has plans to get these 26 colleges affiliated to seven or eight universities including a couple of private universities and degree-awarding institutions.
Besides three existing affiliating varsities – PU; Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan; and Islamia University, Bahawalpur (IUB); the higher education department is planning to get some of the 26 colleges affiliated to the University of Sargodha, University of Gujrat, private sector's Forman Christian College (FCC), a chartered university, and Lahore School of Economics.
However, when contacted, FCC Rector Prof Dr Peter H Armacost said it would not be possible for the university to affiliate Punjab government colleges for BS (Honours) programme. "The FCC is currently striving to get accreditations from the United States and the United Kingdom," he said.
Stating that the FCC's charter does not allow it to affiliate any college till 2014, Prof Armacost said that it would grant affiliation to only those colleges that would come up to the FCC standards.
A senior official also said that the PU had launched semester programme at its masters' classes and almost 75 per cent of them had so far reverted to the annual examination system. "It will be very difficult to run honours degree programme in public sector colleges for want of resources, qualified staff and proper teaching, assessment and monitoring," he observed.
Of 26 selected government colleges, 19 are currently affiliated with the PU, four with the BZU and three with the IUB.
The Punjab University affiliated colleges are: Government College for Women, Samanabad, Lahore; Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, Lahore; Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore; Government M.A.O. College, Lahore; Government Islamia College for Women, Cooper Road, Lahore; Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women, Choona Mandi, Lahore; Government Queen Mary College for Women, Lahore; Government College, Attock; Government Postgraduate College, Asghar Mall, Rawalpindi; Government Gordon College, Rawalpindi; Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi; Government Postgraduate College, Chakwal; Government College for Women, Chandni Chowk, Sargodha; Government College, Samanabad, Faisalabad; Government College for Women, Madina Town, Faisalabad; Government College, Satellite Town, Gujranwala; Government Zamindar College, Gujrat, and Government Murray College, Sialkot.
The colleges affiliated with the BZU are: Government College, Bosan Road, Multan; Government College for Women, Kutchery Road, Multan; Government College, Sahiwal; and Government College, Dera Ghazi Khan.
The colleges affiliated with the IUB are: Government S.E. College, Bahawalpur; Government Sadiq Degree College for Girls, Bahawalpur; and Government Khawaja Farid College, Rahim Yar Khan.
Agri graduates to get land on lease: CM
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif claimed on Sunday that a record development programme of Rs193.5 billion had been evolved for the next fiscal year.
He was talking to assembly members belonging to various districts.
He said 51 per cent of Pakistan's population comprises women and the targets of progress cannot be achieved without involving them in the development process, says an official handout.
He said that an amount of Rs15 billion was being allocated in the development budget of the new fiscal year for various sectors of the welfare of women. The elimination of poverty, ignorance and unemployment was the top priority of the government.
He said projects such as Sasti Roti Scheme for the poor people, workers and dwellers of katchi abadis and slums, setting up of Danish schools in far-flung and backward areas and provision of scholarships from the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund to talented students were the projects benefiting tens of thousands of poor families.
He said the government was launching a low-cost housing scheme under which the poor and low-income people would be given houses. He said the Punjab Land Development Company would work on it. Similarly, he said, a scheme was also being initiated for the provision of free of cost 5-marla plots to about 200,000 poor families in rural areas. He said the government had also adopted a strategy for the development of the agriculture sector and promotion of modern agri technology.
He said agri and veterinary graduates would be given 25 state acres each for a lease period of 15 years and agri graduates would also be offered loans for model agri farms. He said the measure would result in promotion of modern technology in the agriculture sector as well as substantial increase in agri production.
The chief minister added special attention was being paid in the development budget of next fiscal year to education, health, water supply and drainage and social welfare and substantial funds had been allocated for this purpose. He said the government had taken solid measures to accelerate the pace of industrial development.
He said skilled workforce was of fundamental important for industrial and agriculture development and keeping this fact in view TEVTA had been activated and given the target of producing 500,000 skilled workers each year in accordance with the market needs.
He said that Rs2 billion had been allocated in the next year's development budget for technical education whereas an overall amount of Rs6.8 billion was being earmarked for the sector. He said the government had also decided to set up a Skills Development Endowment Fund with the seed money of Rs500 million.
He said that population of south Punjab was 31 per cent of the whole population of the province whereas the ratio of development funds for this region was 36 per cent. He said that technical and vocational institutes for women would also be set up in the next budget for enabling them play their due role in national development.
The chief minister said solution of public problems, implementation of welfare projects and timely and transparent completion of development schemes was the responsibility of elected representatives and they should utilize all their energies for this purpose. Dawn