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Pakistani student deported without cogent reasons
London, May 30: A final year BBA student from Pakistan studying in a Newcastle institution was forcibly deported from the UK early last week on the charge that he had worked for more than the permitted hours.

Those who come here on student visa are allowed to work for only 20 hours a week and anyone found violating the law in most cases is normally warned off with a reprimand but has never before been deported in the fashion that the Pakistani student was subjected to.

The student in question was reportedly woken up by the metropolitan police in the early hours of the day, told he was to be deported because he had violated his visa work terms, forced to change in the presence of the police and whisked to the airport and bundled on a Pakistan-bound flight.

Meanwhile, his roommates are said to have telephoned his family in Pakistan which contacted the High Commission in London and the HC trying to trace the boy approached the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which put it in contact with the Home Office which is said to have stonewalled the query until the student was put on board.

On learning the sketchy details of the case, we approached the HC which said its staff was still trying to find the details of what had exactly prompted the UK authorities to deport the student on such a flimsy charge.

An HC official said that in the meanwhile it had been successful in arranging for the student to appear in his final examination from Pakistan.

Sources who have been following the case closely speculated that perhaps the UK authorities piqued by Pakistan's refusal to sign an MoU allowing Britain to deport any Pakistani without assigning any reason with Islamabad undertaking not to arrest and torture the deportee.

And as part of this retaliation campaign, they said, the Times published at about this time two reports, one on May 21 and the other on May 23, which amounted to media trial by association of the 10 students who are facing deportation proceedings after having being cleared of charges of being involved in plotting terrorist activities in the UK.

Since the bail applications of all the 10 students are still pending before the court, the media in the civilised world would normally avoid doing such 'judgmental' reports on such subjudice cases lest it is mistaken to be an attempt to influence the courts, said one of the lawyers handling their bail applications. Dawn

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Private medical college flouts PMDC rules
Islamabad: A private medical college closed on the orders of the chief justice of Pakistan in 2006 and later granted recognition after a change in the management of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), has once again resorted to practices that had impelled the country's apex court to order its closure.

Established in the late 1990s, the Islamabad Medical and Dental College (IMDC) had not been recognised by the PMDC till its closure in 2006; however, after a change in the council's management, the institution was revived, and with it, the induction of students also got underway.

Throughout the year 2008, the institution followed a transparent system to win the confidence of PMDC; however, in 2009, fees were received from numerous students before they even took the entry test, and a bogus merit list was presented before the public. The college also inducted 16 more students than the 50 authorised, thinking that the institution may not be closed once again. This led to the institution's principal Dr. Qazi Muhammad Rizwan resigning in protest over flouting of merit.

Documents available show that several students submitted their college dues for MBBS, well before the entry tests conducted on October 26, 2008. According to PMDC rules and regulations, the merit list is prepared on the basis of an entry test, which carries 50% marks; other than that, marks obtained at the intermediate and matriculation levels carry 40% and 10% weightage, respectively. Investigations show that the IMDC violated the laid down criteria inducting students for the 2009 session.

Talking to this correspondent, IMDC's Chairman Dr. Ghulam Akbar Niazi said that it was his prerogative to give admission to any student who fulfilled the PMDC criteria. When asked him whey there was a formality of an entry test when he was using his own discretionary powers while admitting students, Niazi gave a spin to the question and said, "No rule of the PMDC has been violated."

Well-placed sources conceded that over 400 students from all over Pakistan were subjected to the futile exercise of appearing for an entry test against a fee of Rs2,000 each, when only those students who had already been selected, got admissions. Niazi admitted having taken advance fee for the entry test, "because the students' parents were willing to pay it beforehand."

A letter written by the principal of IMDC to the chairman shows the former demanding the merit list of students, which was never provided to him, leading to his resignation in protest.

An attendance sheet (dated May 7, 2009) of one of the classes of MBBS Part-I, session 2009, shows that there are at least 66 students studying in the college against its authorised strength of 50. Clarifying his position, Niazi said, there were 10 extra students studying in the college. He said, he was authorised to induct only 50 students, but had applied for 100 seats; therefore, as soon as he gets permission to induct 100 students, he will admit another 40. He claimed not having taken a single penny from the 10 extra students. When his attention was drawn to documentary evidence showing that 54 students had paid their fees while the amount has been refunded to three others, Niazi said, many students have left the college and not a single student beyond 50 has been admitted.

Ironically, the fee being charged by the college varies between Rs618,000 to Rs975,000. A few students have submitted their fee in the personal accounts of the chairman and his son even though the college is the property of a trust.

When contacted, Dr. Qazi Muhammad Rizwan confirmed having resigned in protest over flouting of merit and induction of students in excess of the authorised strength.

PMDC's registrar Dr. Nadeem Ahmad stated that the regulatory body would not register more than 50 students and that the rest of the students should go to the court against the IMDC. He said that if fees have been taken before the entry test, then students should go to the court to seek justice for the fraud committed with them by the college. He said, PMDC is formulating rules to monitor the entry test system; it has been regularised in Punjab and will soon be implemented in Islamabad too.

The former registrar of PMDC Dr. Sohail Karim Hashmi regretted that the practices, which led the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice and order closure of IMDC are once again being followed. Dr. Sohail is the one who had stood against private medical colleges, winning a battle in the Supreme Court, leading to the closure of IMDC and refund of fees to students.

Hashmi said, the PMDC management and owners of private colleges have made a nexus, and are hand-in-glove with each other; that is why PMDC is not taking action against the college. He commented that it was not merely a matter of one or 10 students, but of tens of thousands of patients who will be placed at the mercy of these professionally weak and untrained students when they practice medicine. The News

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Exam cheater sentenced to one-year probation
Rawalpindi: Civil judge Ahmed Masood Janjua on Friday handed down one-year probation and Rs 2,000 fine to an examination cheating convict. Banni police had arrested Irfanullah for cheating in the DAT Electronics Examination six months ago. Meanwhile, civil judge Malik Azmatullah served a notice on the Civil Lines' station house officer (SHO) for submission of a charge sheet against police officials accused of raiding RDBA offices and torturing lawyers on March 15. The court asked the SHO to appear before it today (Saturday) with the charge sheet. Daily Times

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QAU faculty strike enters second week
Islamabad: The protest demonstrations by the teaching faculty of Quaid-i-Azam University continued in the second week against the non-acceptance of their demands of BPS Incentive Scheme, up gradation of hardship cases and for regularization of the contractual faculty members.

The faculty members have been protesting on alternative days on the call of Academic Staff Association of the universality since May 18. They have been demanding payment of incentives to non-TTS faculty members, who did not qualify or opt for Tenure Track System (TTS), without the condition of 25 per cent. They were of the view that the entire faculty member should be treated equally and all non-TTS staff who qualified under a formula approved by the Syndicate should be paid incentives according to which a lecturer could be paid 3 to 4 extra salaries in a year on the basis of his/her best performance.

The second demand relates to regularising the lecturers who despite going through the same procedure of tests and interviews prescribed for regular recruits were appointed on the basis of contract. The teachers objected that QAU rules have no provision for appointment of teachers on contract in BPS category.

The third demand of the teaching faculty was to upgrade the stuck-up cases of lecturers to associate professors. They argued that public sector universities including QAU had a history of upgrading its staff. Recently, even QAU has given one scale higher to stuck cases to non-teaching staff and many public sector universities have already implemented the upgradation formula. Meanwhile, a meeting of nearly eight different universities held at HEC where the representatives of the universities agreed that the BPS Incentives scheme for the 25 per cent teaching faculty would be implemented. According to the officials of the HEC the decision regarding the BPS Incentive Scheme for 25 per cent.

faculty members had been taken four years ago by the Finance Ministry and HEC. They informed that it was not a new scheme and already had been implemented in most of the universities.

"It's a performance-based incentive scheme which would be given only to those BPS faculty members who shows high performance. It's not an allowance, which is given equally to all. And how can the commission raise the salaries of the teaching faculty against the decision of the Finance Ministry" they insisted. The Nation

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Little graduates, BIG degrees
Rawalpindi: Parents were overwhelmed with pride when kindergarteners of the City School, Satellite Town Nursery Branch, in maroon gowns entered the hall for their graduation ceremony here on Friday.

Holding their heads high and filled with a sense of pride and achievement, the little graduates received their degrees one by one.

Some of them also expressed their feelings while leaving the school. The whole atmosphere became gloomy when a group of students presented the 'Goodbye Song'. Many book-reading activities were organised during the academic session and 'Gold Star' badges were distributed among students who have shown remarkable performance in the term.

Regional Academic Coordinator of the Northern Region Misbah Khurshid praised Headmistress Maria Waqas, Senior Mistress Rumana Ahmed and staff of the Satellite Town Nursery Branch for organising an excellent programme to make the last day of students in the school memorable. She also commended efforts of teachers and parents and hard work of students who excelled in different fields. The News

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