IJT attacked PU hostel | Medics dubious courses

IJT activists attack PU hostel, injure teacher, students
Lahore, June 27: A number of activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) allegedly attacked some boarding students of the Punjab University in Hostel No 7 and injured them in the wee hours of Sunday.

They also manhandled superintendent hostel Shahid Gull who was also an assistant professor at Department of Philosophy while according to PU spokesman, assistant superintendent and a teacher at Zoology Department, Hassan Siddiqi, security guard Mumtaz and students Muhammad Shahid, Hafiz Shahrukh, Kashif and Ghulam Ishaq of Philosophy Department were also injured in the incident.

A PU press statement issued on Sunday said that groups of armed miscreants belonging to the Islami Jamiat Talaba raided the Punjab University Hostel No 7. While entering the hostel area through gate number 4, the miscreants reported to the security guards that they were going to participate in a "Dars-e-Quran". After entering Hostel No 7, their true designs came to light when they assaulted a number of rooms of the hostel and opened fire.

When the university security force appeared on the scene along with hostel administration, including superintendent and hall area president, the miscreants managed to flee by jumping over the boundary walls of the hostel.

The injured were taken to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital first having suffered serious loss of blood and later were referred to Jinnah Hospital after normal treatment because of police case. A case has been registered with the local police, the statement claimed.

Meanwhile, PU Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran held an emergency meeting of the deans and principals of colleges early Sunday morning to discuss the situation.

The VC also visited Hostel No 7 along with senior members of the administration and expressed sympathy with the injured students who were assured by him that the administration and the Punjab government would take all necessary steps for their safety and protection while exemplary punishment would be given to the miscreants and law breakers.

The students, in response to the VC's address, assured him that they would not be deterred by a handful of undisciplined students who were disrupting the academic environment of the university because the overwhelming majority of the students community fully appreciated the efforts made by the administration regarding education.

It is pertinent to mention here that on Friday, a large number of students, especially those from the Philosophy Department, had taken out a rally against the IJT hooliganism. PU Resident Officer (RO-I) Javed Sami said the incident seemed to be a reaction by the IJT against the recent anti-IJT rally in which the students condemned hooliganism of its activists on the campus. He said the administration, after consulting the university's legal advisor, would register a case against the IJT hooligans.

An IJT spokesman, however, denied the allegations and claimed the incident was staged by the PU administration when some IJT activists were visiting the fruit shop at the hostel. He termed the incident a clash among students of the Punjab University, alleging that the VC had instigated innocent students for the clash by patronising anti-IJT rallies at the university. He claimed that two Jamiat activists, including Faisal Ahmed and Ammar Hussain, were injured. In another development, dozens of activists of the National Student Federation (NSF), staging a demonstration on Sunday strongly protested against hooliganism by activists of the IJT at the Punjab University.

The demo was held outside the Lahore Press Club in which the participants chanted slogans against the IJT and demanded the government take serious notice of the incident.

NSF Lahore Secretary General Ali Raza led the demo and demanded that the IJT activists involved in thrashing innocent students and manhandling teachers should be expelled from the university.

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FCC convocation
Lahore: Some 382 degrees were awarded to graduating students at the 2011 commencement of the Forman Christian College University here on Sunday.

Jamsheed Marker, the veteran diplomat, gave an interesting speech combining both humour and seriousness. He recalled his days at the FCC, which he joined in 1940 as a third year student from Quetta, with great affection. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Forman Christian College at the end. The valedictory address was given by Usman Zia Khan, the student with the highest CGPA from the graduating baccalaureate class of 2011. Vice Rector Dr Marcia Grant announced awards to students who had shown outstanding performance in their disciplines.

FC College University Rector Dr Peter H Armacost was also present on the occasion. A total of 382 degrees were awarded to the students in the convocation. The degrees were: BA Hons, 77; BSc Honors, 154; BCS Honors, 19; BSc Business Honors, 82; MBA, 22; MAS Economics, 4; Executive MA Public Policy, 9; MPhil Chemistry, 10; MPhil Economics, 2. There were also three students graduating with the conventional two-year BA/BSc degrees. The ceremony was attended by a large number of people, including faculty, parents and friends of graduating students.

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PU re-exam
Lahore: On the recommendations of the Punjab University's Board of Studies of Mathematics and approval of the vice-chancellor, there will be re-examination of MSc Mathematics, Part-I, Paper-IV (Mechanics), Annual Examination, 2011. The re-examination of the said paper is being held on Monday (today) at 9am only for those candidates who appeared at PU Examination Hall, Wahdat Road, Lahore, at the same centre. All those candidates who appeared at other centres will get 10 grace marks. The news

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Spotlight on 21 institutes: Medics oblivious to high cost of dubious courses
Lahore: Twenty-one leading medical institutions in the country are 'illegally' running several postgraduate training programmes, jeopardising the future of hundreds of students.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan is among the institutions many postgraduate programmes of which have not been recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

These institutions have neither applied for the PMDC recognition of postgraduate programmes nor have they heeded the warning letters and reminders by the Council.

The documents available with Dawn reveal that the PMDC has issued "last warning letters" to the administrations of the medical institutions concerned asking them to stop admitting students for unregistered programmes.

Issued on May 30, 2011, the letter warns: "You are categorically instructed not to admit/enroll any student unless notification of recognition of the qualification and institution by the Federal Government is issued in terms of Section 16 of PMDC Ordinance 1962. "It is further informed that admitting and training students in an unrecognized course is not legal and is a violation of the PMDC Ordinance 1962 and the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in PLD 2007 SC 323."

Earlier, the PMDC had sought from all the postgraduate medical institutions complete details of recognised qualifications that were added to Third Schedule (Section 16) of the PMDC ordinance.

The PMDC registrar, in a letter of May 31, 2011 addressed to the Punjab University vice chancellor, said: "You are required to specify specialties for MS and MD programmes. You are also required to provide a complete list of affiliated training institutes for additional postgraduate programmes for each specialty programme along with the names and qualifications of the supervisers and concurrence from the institution conducting training."

During process of streamlining the postgraduate section came to know that these institutions were running many programmes without getting prior approval by the PMDC. The matter was later placed in the Postgraduate Medical/Dental Education Committee meeting which considered the case regarding qualifications of CPSP.

The committee meeting on June 2 expressed its disappointment over the state of affairs. It decided to contact the CPSP to get its unregistered programmes recognised.

According to the documents, the Institute of Management Studies, Peshawar has launched MPH and DHPM programmes and their training which was not included in the Third Schedule in terms of Section 16 (PMDC ordinance).

Similarly, the Provincial Health Services Academy, Peshawar has launched 'unregistered' MPH programme.

The other unregistered postgraduate programmes launched by the medical institutions are: MPhil in Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Endocrinology qualifications and training by Hazara University Mansehra; PMH qualification and its training by Executive Development Centre, ICMS, University Campus, Peshawar; Gomal Medical College, D.I. Khan; Postgraduate Medical Institute, Quetta; Institute of Public Health, Quetta; Centre of Advance Studies, Vaccinology & Biochemistry, Quetta…

…MPhil in Physiology and Biochemistry, and MPH qualifications and training by Institute of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Lahore; MHM and DHM qualifications and training by Institute of Public Health, Lahore; MPhil Oral (Pathology), Anatomy, Dentistry, Community Medicine and Morbid Anatomy qualifications by Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore; DPM qualification and its training by Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore.

…MPhil in Reproductive Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and MD (General Medicine) qualifications and its training by Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; MPhil in Morbid Anatomy, Histopathology, Microbiology and Endocrinology qualifications and its training by Quaid-i-Azam Postgraduate Medical College, PIMS, Islamabad; MPhil programme by Hamdard College of Medicine, Karachi…

…DLO qualification and its training by Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Institute, BMSI, Karachi; DIP (Paeads Surgery), MS (Orthodontics) programmes by Liaqat Medical College, Jamshoro; DIP (Heamatology), MPhil in Clinical Pathology, DIP (Diabetology) qualifications and their training by Baqai Medical College, Karachi; MPhil in Pharmacology and Pathology qualifications and their training by Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi…

…MHA and its training by Institute of Administrative Sciences, Lahore; and DMRD, MPhil in Physiology and Biochemistry, MPH programmes and their training by University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

The committee unanimously decided that "since a uniform policy is being followed by all postgraduate medical colleges/universities, the CPSP should also be asked to get all its postgraduate programmes recognised by the PMDC, running in and outside Pakistan, so that their activity is legalised if they (programmes) get notified by the Ministry of Health like all other recognised additional postgraduate qualifications added in Third Schedule."

The PMDC registrar informed the committee that it had been his highest priority to make efforts to establish the working of the Council according to the PMDC Ordinance 1962.

The committee appreciated the efforts made by the postgraduate section and desired that the PMDC rules should be followed by all institutions. It also expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Third Schedule had been updated.

The PMDC has also compiled and circulated a comprehensive list of the recognised medical and dental qualifications among its members and postgraduate institutions. Dawn

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Education denied, life denied
Lahore: A first year girl student committed suicide by shooting herself in the Batapur police area on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Ayesha, daughter of Muhammad Hussian of Jallo Morr. Police said that the girl got dejected upon being stopped from further studies by her father due to financial constraints. On the day of the incident, Ayesha shot herself with a gun. Police have handed over the body to her family after legal formalities.

Woman shot dead by brother-in-law: A 40-year-old woman was killed by her brother-in-law and his son following a domestic issue in the Burki police jurisdiction on Sunday. The victim was identified as Safiya, a resident Phularwan, Burki. Police said Liaquat Ali, the victim's brother-in-law and Liaquat's son Waqas alias Sunny exchanged harsh words with her over a domestic issue two days back. On the day of the incident, Liaquat and his son allegedly shot and wounded her. She was rushed to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Both accused managed to escape from the scene. Police have shifted the body to morgue and registered a case on the complaint of the victim's husband Muhammad Amanat.

Man injured in electric shock: A 35-year-old man sustained burns after he suffered severe electric shocks near Salamatpura on Sunday. Victim Allah Rakha, a resident of Kachupura, was a sanitary worker. He was working in a house near Salamatpura when he suffered electric shocks. He was rushed to hospital where his condition was stated to be critical.

Three injured in accidents: Three people sustained severe injuries in road accidents in different parts of the provincial metropolis on Sunday. Two bikes collided with each other near Amir Road, Shadbagh.

As a result, Alam, 20, suffered injuries and was rushed to hospital by Edhi ambulance. Meanwhile, two men, Tariq, 38 and Irfan, 55, were injured when a car hit their motorbike near Center Point, Liberty. They were removed to hospital. Their condition is stated to be out of danger.

commits suicide: A 30-year-old woman committed suicide over domestic issues near Punjab Society in the Factory Area police jurisdiction on Sunday. She was identified as Saima Bibi, a resident of F-Block Punjab Society. She was married to one Sameer Shaukat a few years back. The couple used to quarrel with each other on petty issues. Saima locked herself in a room and hanged herself with a rope. Police have removed the body to morgue. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

Police operation: Model Town police launched a search operation in different areas to hunt suspected persons on the night between June 25 and 26. Garden Town ASP Memona Tahir has said that search operation was launched against suspicious persons at N-Block flats, Model Town. Police checked the identity cards of several suspicious persons but no one was arrested.

Valuables burnt: Valuables worth thousands of rupees were reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in a catering shop near Bilal Ganj on Sunday. The fire erupted due to short-circuit. Fire-fighters put it out after hectic efforts. The news

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Institutions charging heavy fees in name of summer camps
Lahore: Summer vacations have kicked off in almost all the schools across the city, however, a large number of private schools have set up summer camps for students, hence, cutting down their holidays and charging the parents extra fees. A large number of parents had complained about the extra charges for the summer camps. "Some schools even forced students to join the summer camp, warning them of heavy fines if they don't," they said. Meanwhile, different hotels, academies and other institutions also offered summer camps on heavy fees. These summer camps offered study, co-curricular and sports activities to students.

The parents said that despite the fact that educational institutions are not allowed to charge extra fees for summer camps, some are charging heavy amounts in the name of registration fee, sports fee, computer lab fee, transport and sports fee. They also said that they were forced to pay a two-month fee in advance. Aalia, mother of a student from grade 5, said that she tried convincing the school's management to exempt them from the advance payment of fee since they were not given salaries in advance. "However, the school's management threatened to issue my daughter's leaving certificate in case I did not pay the fee in advance," she added. Another parent, Ifftikhar, said that his son was a Montessori student and it was very difficult for him to pay his son's monthly fee. "I do not want to admit my son to a cheap school since I am concerned about his future," he said.

The school's administration, before the summer vacation had started, asked for payment of three months fees in advance. He said that when he went to the school to collect his child's summer work files, he was informed that he had to pay a three-month fee in advance for the summer camp. He said, "When I refused to pay the fee, they threatened to rusticate the child or charge heavy fine". Another guardian of a child said that the government should take action against schools that were charging money in the name of summer camps in order to provide relief to the citizens. "It seems that private schools have been given a free hand to fleece parents at their whim," she said. arsalan haider. Daily times

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GCU prof remembered
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Economics Department Sunday held a condolence meeting to remember distinguished educationist and economist Prof Abdul Samad Khalid, former chairperson of GCU Economics Department, who passed away in the United States two weeks ago.

According to a press statement, in their condolences messages, GCU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Khalid Pervaiz paid glowing tribute to the late Prof Abdul Samad Khalid on account of his indispensable services for promotion of education in Pakistan.

GCU Economics Department Chairman Dr Asif Saeed also lauded the services rendered by Professor AS Khalid for academic growth and development of the department. Professor Hamid Yamin Dar and Prof Tariq Sultan also spoke on the occasion.

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The News Education Expo-11 started
Lahore: A two-day educational event "The News Education Expo 11" will start at PC Hotel here on Monday (today).

Dozens of universities, colleges, higher education institutes and education organisations will set up their stalls in the expo and the visitors will be provided free information about academic programmes being offered by the participating institutes.

The event will be a great opportunity for prospective students to select a suitable institute. The expo, like the previous years, is likely to attract thousands of visitors, especially students and their parents.

The entry to The News Education Expo 11 is free while the expo will continue for two days (June 27th and 28th) from 11am to 8pm. The news

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