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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 promotions.

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 teachers.

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.

Around 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."

In his 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.

A total 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 country.

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 Pakistan.

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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