LHC cancels FJMC affiliation with UHS
Lahore, March 09: A special division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday suspended the Punjab government's November 26 order which had cancelled the Fatima Jinnah Medical College's affiliation with the Punjab University and linked it with the University of Health Science, adjourning the hearing until March 11.
The bench, comprising of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, passed the order after UHS's counsel pointed out that FJMC's students were waiting to appear in the forthcoming supplementary exams. Neither the UHS nor the Punjab University was ready to conduct the exams because the latter had no legal authority to hold the exams after November 26 notification while the former was avoiding to conduct the exams because of the pending litigation on the affiliation issue. At this, the court suspended the affiliation notification, allowing the PU to hold supplementary exams of FJMC's students.
The CJ had taken suo motu notice of the college's affiliation with the UHS after the students had lunched protest against the government move.
Shahzad Shaukat, the counsel for the Punjab University, had informed the court that, in international ranking of universities, the PU stood at number 767 while the UHS was at 5,939the position. In national ranking, PU was on second number while the UHS had not been granted any ranking so far, he added.
The counsel said the ranking list was prepared in light of criteria set by Higher Education Commission on the basis of research-based studies, strength of students, qualification of faculty members and finances.
The PU's counsel said the ranking of the local institution played a vital role in the admission of Pakistani students to foreign institutions. On the other side, the UHS counsel said at least 28,500 students of different affiliated medical colleges were enrolled in the university. He said the UHS was established with a vision of standardized and specialized education in medical field. The university also offered postgraduate courses to prepare students for higher education besides holding training programs for the faculty of its affiliated colleges on regular basis.
He said almost all the major medical colleges of the country, including Allama Iqbal Medical College and Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur, had already been affiliated with the UHS.
The counsel pointed out that the section 37 of UHS Ordinance 2002, which deals with affiliation of medical institutions, required every medical institution to be affiliated with the university unless there was any legal cover in favour of an institution.
He also referred a judgment of the Supreme Court that decided an identical case in favor of the UHS. He pleaded that the role of the UHS was same to the PU as it was only a degree awarding institution. The UHS counsel said though the varsity did not have its own building so far, a 50 acre-campus at Kala Shah Kaku was under construction with the funding of the HEC. The news
Explosion unleashes school 'hell'
Lahore: Noor Mohammad had just sat down with his classmates when a suicide car bomb pulverised part of his school and turned his religious studies class into a living hell.
"We had just assembled in our classroom when it looked as if hell had broken with a huge blast that rocked our school," he said at the crater-marked bomb site strewn with collapsed masonry, twisted metal and snapped tree branches.
A thick ball of smoke coiled into the sky outside the window of his classroom at a privately run madrassa.
Wood panels shattered into shards, hitting and injuring students. "There was panic as students, many of them carrying their injured friends, rushed to the exit in a bid to find a safe place," Mohammad said.
As he emerged from the severely damaged building, he remembers people crying and running in different directions. Lightly wounded, he nursed a wide bandage wrapped around his head.
The bomber struck during the Monday rush hour, causing major damage. The blast reduced to huge piles of rubble a police building used to interrogate suspected terrorists and nearby houses.
Police said 13 people were killed and more than 60 wounded, after rescue workers pulled out the last survivors and bodies from the debris. Daily times
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