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
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.
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.
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
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.
decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of PMDC, Higher Education
Commission (HEC) and federal health ministry officials in Islamabad on
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.
government provided 1,000 scholarships to the HEC and the students on remaining
(over 600) scholarships await a go-ahead from the commission.
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
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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