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No more SAT exemption for foreign students

No more test waiver for foreign students: PMDC
Islamabad, June 03: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has decided not to extend exemption to students of some friendly states from the entry test or Scholastic Aptitude Test Part-II (SAT-II) examination for admission to local government-run medical colleges.

Unlike last year when 63 students from Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Yemen and Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir were exempted from entrance test/SAT-II examination in the Punjab, foreigners will have to clear the prescribed examination for admission to medical and dental educational institutions this year.

"Our executive committee has decided that no waiver of entry test, SAT-II, IELTS or TOEFL will be given to foreign students for current session (2011-12). In future, all such students intending to get admission to medical colleges in Pakistan under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme will have to appear in the entry test or clear SAT-II test," PMDC Registrar Dr. Ahmed Nadeem Akbar told this scribe here on Thursday.

According to Dr. Akbar, foreign students named under the Pakistan Technical Assistant Programme last year were exempted from entry test or SAT-11 examination at the request of the Foreign Office and Economic Affairs Division.

Soon after doing the favour to students from friendly states, PMDC came under fire from medical organisations, which believed relaxation of rules would hit the country's education standards and international opinion about it hard.

The Punjab government, too, opposed the PMDC move but later agreed, though reluctantly, to let foreign students in question continue with their studies in local medical colleges. It told PMDC in plain words that the nod shouldn't be quoted as a precedent in future.

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Islamabad: The Cornell University, one of the 8 Ivy League universities, awarded a PhD degree to Basit Riaz Sheikh, a Pakistani student, in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering, says a press release issued here Thursday.

The Cornell University held its annual commencement ceremony to recognise and honour its graduates and advanced degree scholars for May and August 2011 in the ceremony attended by hundreds of scholars from different departments and thousands of people from all walks of life.

Basit is the only Pakistani to receive a PhD degree from Cornell University this year. It may be recalled that previously Basit won the best paper award at the IEEE international symposium on asynchronous circuits and systems held at Grenoble, France for his novel design of an energy efficient high throughput asynchronous floating-point unit. Basit's PhD was fully sponsored by Cornell University and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Basit Riaz Sheikh is a son of former, Additional Director General FIA, Ahmad Riaz Sheikh and MPA Shabina Riaz.

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AIOU exams to start from June 6
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold exams of all its postgraduate programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2010 from June 6, simultaneously across the country.

AIOU Controller of Exams Hafeezullah said the roll no slips have been dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses by Postal Mail Service.

The students who will not receive their roll number slips up to June 3 are advised to contact the nearest regional office of the University or Deputy Controller of Exams (Result) at main campus of the University personally to get the duplicate roll number slip.

To facilitate the students, roll number slips are also available at web site of the university. The news

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Spelling Bee workshops
Islamabad: The Dawn Spelling Bee Phonetic Workshops in collaboration with Oxford University Press begin on Thursday.

To facilitate the Dawn in Education Spelling Bee participating schools, the Dawn Media Group has been hosting the phonetics workshops in collaboration with the Oxford University Press for the last two years. After the resounding success of these workshops a level 2 phonetics workshop is being conducted at the Grammar School, Rawalpindi, and the City School, Islamabad, the day after. The workshops aim to further enhance teachers' skills, help them train their students in class, improve upon their spellings besides teaching them an easy method of learning words of different origins.

The workshops will be conducted by Mohammad Ali Khan, Senior Instructor and Coordinator Professional Link Committee at the Centre of English Language, Aga Khan University, Karachi.

Around 130 teachers across schools from both the twin cities and the northern region will benefit from the workshop. Outstation participation includes teachers from schools in Mianwali, Abbottabad, Mardan, Chakwal, Peshawar, Taxila, Mirpur, Wah and Mandi Bahauddin. Dawn

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