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KU goes wireless! | PMDC puts Cuban degrees to the test

KU goes wireless!
Karachi, May 09, 2008: Prof Pirzada Qasim, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Karachi (KU), formally inaugurated the establishment of a fibre optic-based local area network (LAN) with wireless computing support at the KU on Thursday.

The fibre optic network established at the university is the largest academic fibre optic network in Pakistan and in Asia. More than 90,000 feet of fibre optic cable has been laid to connect 57 teaching departments and 18 research institutes in addition to providing services such as video conferencing, file sharing and communication with the Pakistan Educational Research Network.

Speaking at the ceremony, the VC relished that the brightest moments of the university was the completion and full-functioning of the high-speed fibre optic-based LAN project.

The VC termed the project a landmark and congratulated the Project Director Dr S.M. Aqil Burney and the entire project team who worked tirelessly to complete this project in an efficient manner. He also had words of praise for the Chairman, HEC, Prof Atta-ur-Rehman, for his unconditional support for the project.

Dr Muhammad Qaiser, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST), who was the guest of honour on the occasion, praised the project and thought that it was indeed necessary for the Universities of Pakistan to excel in every field, especially in technology, and this pioneering project could provide an example for other universities to follow.

Dr Burney said that the idea of the university-wide high speed fibre LAN (HSFBLAN) was conceived in the year 2001 to provide internet and intranet facilities to all the departments, research institutes and administration units of the University.

The PC-1 of this project was approved in the year 2003. Now, the Project has provided intranet and internet facilities to 62 departments (academic and administration) and 18 research institutes via fibre optic cables with eight access switches, 62 distribution switches and one core switch. This network is now providing internet, intranet and video conferencing, wireless hotspots for the students, staff, and faculty. The News

PMDC puts Cuban degrees to the test
Lahore: The Pakistani students doing MBBS in Cuba will also have to pass the exam of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's (PMDC) national examination board to get their degree recognised by the council.

The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of PMDC, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and federal health ministry officials in Islamabad on Thursday.

PMDC President Prof Sibtul Hasnain, HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman, Health Department Deputy Director General Zafar Lodhi and Cuban Ambassador Guatavo Machin Gomez were present.

The officials discussed the issue of sending 354 Pakistani students to Cuba for MBBS by the HEC on scholarships (provided by the Cuban government).

The controversy ensued between the PMDC and the HEC when the former complained that the latter did not consult it before sending the students to Cuba.

The PMDC had apprehensions that the standard of medical education in Cuba was not up to the mark and any decision to send more students there should be thoroughly reviewed. While the HEC maintains that it took a no-objection certificate from the council and healthcare facilities there were of international standard.

The Cuban government provided 1,000 scholarships to the HEC and the students on remaining (over 600) scholarships await a go-ahead from the commission.

In the meeting the officials agreed that the future of the students must be protected. The meeting discussed suggestions such as getting the Pakistani students admitted to the top medical institutions in Cuba. It was suggested that the students, after completing the (MBBS) course in Cuba, should be admitted in fourth year in local medical institutions.

A source, however, confirmed that the participants agreed that the students in question would take the examination of the national examination board which is mandatory for all students who complete their MBBS or dental degrees from foreign institutions.

The source said that the decision regarding sending another batch of over 600 students to Cuba would be decided in another meeting of the PMDC, the HEC and the federal health ministry.

He said that differences between the PMDC and the HEC over the issue were now resolved. However, he said, the decision in this regard would be made public after the next meeting to be held next week.

The PMDC sent a two-member committee to Cuba to inspect facilities and standards of education and living conditions being provided to the Pakistani students. It would also submit its recommendations to the council in the up coming meeting. The Cuban government has deported a couple of such Pakistani students for raising voice against poor living conditions. Dawn
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