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'Unattractive' HEC rules forcing KMC teachers to leave
Peshawar, May 28, 2008: Students at Khyber
Medical College (KMC) on Tuesday staged a protest rally outside the institution
against the implementation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) rules in the
Khyber Medical University (KMU).
The students said that due to the
implementation of HEC rules, teachers of the constituent college of the KMU were
leaving the institution.
According to the protesters, the HEC criteria
is tougher and offers less financial benefits and promotional opportunities as
compared to that of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). They
demanded that medical institutions be dealt with under the rules and regulations
of the PMDC.
They said that under the HEC rules, a PhD degree was
necessary for promotion to the status of associate professor and full-fledged
professor, whereas the PMDC did not regard the same as compulsory for
The students resented that their best teachers were leaving
for private colleges due to implementation of the HEC rules.
PMDC-affiliated institutions: Meanwhile, teachers of the KMC claimed
that their colleagues serving at the PMDC-affiliated institutions are getting
higher financial benefits and stand healthy chances of getting promotions.
"Getting a PhD degree in medical sciences is not that easy," a professor
of KMC said on condition of anonymity.
"Those teachers who
are teaching basic medical sciences (BMS) should get extra allowances from the
government because they do not run clinics," he said, adding, " Our colleagues
at the Kohat Medical University are getting three times higher salaries than
their counterparts at the KMU-constituent colleges."
According to the
rules of the HEC, all the colleges getting recognition from the PMDC will be
considered as constituents of the KMU, whereas those without recognition will
work under the NWFP government and will be run under the PMDC rules.
Last year, the provincial government announced special allowance for
those teaching basic medical sciences. The faculties of those institutions which
are run by the provincial government (Khyber Girls Medical College and Bannu
Medical College) are getting the extra allowance but the KMU is hesitant to give
the same to the faculty members of its constituent colleges, the medical experts
claim. In addition, private colleges are offering higher salaries to the BMS
The present position of the faculty of various departments of
the KMC is given below:
There were eight faculty members of the Anatomy
department, among whom five have left for other institutions, while two of the
remaining three teachers have also applied for jobs in other institutions. The
Bio Chemistry Department has also suffered heavily as five out of its eight
faculty members have joined other medical institutions. It is the same the
Community Medicine Department, where three out of its six faculty members have
left the department.
Two out of six Biomedical experts are teaching at
the Department of Forensic Medicine as the other four have joined other
colleges. Six senior professors of Pharmacology Department have left the
institution. The department of Pathology remains unaffected, as none of its
faculty members has left the department. The KMU administration offered no
comments on the issue. Daily Times
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Universities to discuss research strategy in Physics
Islamabad: A daylong meeting of Chairpersons of Physics departments of
national universities across the country is being held tomorrow (Thursday) under
the auspices of National Centre for Physics (NCP), Quaid-I-Azam University.
The main aims to hold this meeting is to devise future strategies to promote
research environment in field of Physics in Pakistan with the help of NCP and to
define the areas of physics to be focused at present as in Pakistan there is
tremendous paucity of energetic scientists.
The regional resource persons
for collaboration with NCP will be nominated in the meeting. During the meeting
associate ship programme will also be discussed. Annual calendar of scientific
activities will be also finalised with the consensus of participants.
22 universities are expected to participate through their representatives
including University of Balochistan, University of Karachi, COMSATS, University
of Punjab, University of Peshawar, GIKI (Topi), UET, Lahore, GC University,
Lahore, and AJK University etc.
The event will be helpful in making the
policies to improve the teaching and educational skills as well as the
understanding of Physics among college and university teachers to motivate
younger scientists. The Nation
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HU holds entrepreneurship seminar
Islamabad: The Hamdard University organised 'Entrepreneurship Day' to
highlight the importance of entrepreneurs and the role they can play in changing
economic market in Pakistan, says a press release issued here on Tuesday.
Addressing a seminar on 'Entrepreneurship' at the Hamdard University,
Syed Masood said that 70 per cent of business flops in one year, 30 to 40 per
cent in two years and only 8 to 12 per cent flourish for longer time. The main
reason behind dwindling business is that entrepreneurs lack knowledge about
tackling problems, low investment, lack of technical staff and less consistency.
Businessman Faisal Butt said "We have planned a series of lectures for
students on ways to overcome hurdles in their practical life."
concluding speech, HIMS Director Dr. M Kamran Naqi Khan said that students must
concentrate on their professional studies.
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Seminar on discourse analysis held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: Prominent Professor of Linguistics, Dr Ruqaiya Hasan, has
talked about discourse analysis in a seminar held here at Fatima Jinnah Women
University (FJWU) Tuesday.
The university's Department of English has
arranged the seminar in collaboration with Learning Innovation Division of the
Higher Education Commission at the university.
Dr Hasan spoke on key
issues regarding 'Discourse Analysis: Meaning in Context' and discussed the
effects of context in terms of field, tenor and mode, and how language is
interpreted by an individual in the field of discourse analysis.
of 40 participants comprising faculty members from different degree awarding
colleges and universities of Islamabad along with students of the host
university attended the seminar.
Dr Hasan is a professor of Linguistics
at Macquarie University, New South Wales, and her book 'Cohesion in English'
with Halliday is one of the seminal works in linguistics. She has written 14
books and scores of articles mostly published in well-known journals in the
field of linguistics. The News
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Roots School System Annual Arts Exhibition
Rawalpindi: The "Annual Arts Exhibition 2008" of Roots School System was celebrated here with
the theme of "Main Bhi Pakistan Hun, Tu Bhi Pakistan Hai". The objective of the
exhibition was to inculcate love and patriotism for the country and to
understand its rich culture and traditions, attributes, arts and crafts, way of
living and various festivals, says a statement issued here today.
The students displayed fascinating
folk heritage of the four provinces depicting the colourful culture of the
To catch the glimpses of Indus
Valley Civilization, the school illustrated a historic look of the region
including the spread of Islam, Mughal era, the British rule and the Independence
movement for the creation of Pakistan.
A puppet dance performance was
also a part of the event representing a colourful portrayal all the provinces of
The students in traditional
costumes presented songs and dances reflecting the messages of unity, love,
peace and harmony.
The event was largely attended by
the parents of the students, faculty members and the students.
Assistant professor, NCA, Rabia
Khalid was chief guest while Branch head, Roots School System, Sobia Aleem was
also present on the occasion. App
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