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PMA demands autonomous status for PMDC
Karachi, June 21: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Centre on Wednesday demanded autonomous status for the Pakistan Medical and Dental Association (PMDC) and less intervention in its affairs by the federal government.

It also rejected medical colleges with part-time makeshift faculties and no major tertiary-care level hospitals attached to them for practical training of medical students.

Speaking at a news conference at the PMA House on Wednesday, PMA Centre Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, PMA Punjab President Prof Dr Ashraf Nizami, PMA Karachi President Dr Idrees Adhi and PMA Centre Treasurer Dr SM Qaiser Sajjad said the practice of minting money in the name of "so-called" private medical colleges must be stopped.

They said the central council meeting of the PMA was held on June 10 in Abbottabad and the PMDC's legislative bill was on its agenda.

After a lengthy discussion, the participants of the meeting decided to have one more consultative meeting in Karachi and give recommendations.

Prof Nizami was given the task of giving the final shape to the recommendations.

They included autonomous status for the PMDC, less intervention by the federal government and unlimited powers for the executive committee under the transitory provision.

It was recommended that the transitory committee should be constituted for three months with limited powers to run the routine activities of the council and to ensure the formulating composition of the council within the stipulated time i.e. three months. New medical colleges, public or private, should not be registered and the transitory executive committee should make any principal decision.

Tertiary-care level hospital of 500 beds should be made an essential component of a medical college on 100 students' intake on the first visit of the PMDC for recognition. Medical college and attached hospital staff, including teaching staff, medical doctors, nurses and supportive staff, should be displayed on the institution's website and should also be available on the PMDC website for every medical college with the attached teaching hospital.

Proportional representation of doctors' community from all provinces and other components of the country should be considered in the formulation of the PMDC.

It was also suggested that PMA representation in the PMDC and PMA membership should be mandatory for PMDC registration, "as practiced in the civilised world". The news

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Termination of 11 SBBU teachers condemned
Hyderabad: The president of Sindh chapter of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association, Azhar Ali Shah, has condemned termination of services of 11 teachers by the administration of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU)' instead of reinstating dismissed Prof Anwar Mangrio, the VC terminated the teachers, he said.

He said Arshad Saleem Arain, who did not qualify for the post of vice-chancellor, was terminating services of qualified faculty members because they had challenged what he called his illegal appointment in the court.

"While appointing Arshad Saleem Arain as the VC, a dummy syndicate occupied by MNAs and MPAs of the ruling party and their cronies violated principles of merit and justice," he alleged.

The syndicate was being used by a single person as rubber stamp to continue 'autocratic style of governance' in a university named after a great leader who had sacrificed her life for democracy, he said.

He sought attention of President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and human rights and political activists and urged them to support teachers of SBBU. Dawn

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FUUAST announces law annual examinations dates
Karachi: Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) Controller Examination Prof Dr Waqar-ul-Haq announced the annual examination 2011 date for Bachelor of Law (BL) Part-I and II, LLB Final Year and LLM Part I and II, here on Wednesday. According to the schedule, the first examination of BL I, LLB final year and LLM first year will be conducted on June 26 while that of BL second year and LLM final year on June 27. All exams will be conducted at FUUAST Abdul Haq Campus in the afternoon shift. Dialy times

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