DCom, DBA exams
Lahore, May 05: The Punjab Board of Technical Education's Diploma in Commerce and Diploma in Business Administration, First Annual Examination 2010, will commence from Wednesday (today).
According to the PBTE Controller of Examinations, approximately 45,000 candidates will take part in the said exams while 160 examination centres have been established across the Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He stated that letters had been sent to all the District Managers Tevta for the supervision of exams in their respective districts. For transparent examination system, mobile inspection teams have been constituted which will pay surprise visits to examination centres, he added.
A complaint cell has also been established for addressing the complaints and problems regarding the said examinations. Muhammad Aslam, ex-Secretary PBTE, will be the convener of the complaint cell and concerned Assistant Controllers will be the members of this cell. The newsYour Comments
Why male principal in female college?
Lahore: After the incumbent male Principal of Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) will soon retire from service, albeit a nice and competent one in the person of Dr Mohammad Akbar Chaudhry, the post will fall vacant again which is primarily meant for female professor. But it is a rumour that a male professor is desirous and has been tipped to fill this post.
Learning about this, the executive body of the Association of FJM College Old Graduates (AFJOG), a registered NGO, providing free treatment to marginalised people of the city and providing many scholarships for the deserving students of this college, has strongly denounced this move.
The association held an emergent meeting to discuss the issue in which it was unanimously decided that new appointee must be a lady professor only. It was observed that there was no dearth of such worthy and meritorious lady professors already serving in the college.
The association members led by Col Dr (Mrs) ZI Khawaja, President AFJOG, who also called on Editor-in-Chief The Nation Majid Nizami in his office Tuesday, also decided to oppose the appointment of a male professor to this post and to launch a peaceful protest. If it did not succeed to bring a fruitful result, the AFJOG won't hesitate to carry out a 'gharao' for this purpose.
Talking to this correspondent, Dr Mrs ZI Khawaja said the issue of principalship of this college was categorically decided in the letter issued by Punjab Government vide No SOP&P79-5/12 dated Ist July 1980 by the Punjab health department in 1980.
It was decided to maintain the all-female distinction of this college, the appointees to all posts in the college should preferably be from the female gender and even in the case of promotions in the college preference should always be given to females. The incumbent female staff was also given assurance that they will not be transferred to other medical institutions.
She said taking cognizance of the peculiar social and religious stance of the people of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Madre-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, herself a medical doctor (a dentist), thought of establishing a medical college exclusively for ladies.
She inaugurated the first-ever exclusive women medical college in 1948 and the only one of its kind in the world.
This was a giant step forward not only for the emancipation of women but for their empowerment as well. In her inaugural speech, she envisaged, "one day this college will produce accomplished doctors of repute in all fields of medicines and surgery.
Her noble dream was prophetic, as this august institution has produced female doctors not only in great number but also doctors of great quality whose mettle has been recognised nationally and internationally.
The medical graduates of this college are at present serving with distinction in North America, Europe and other developed countries of the World, she added.
Starting with a male principal due to the dearth of suitable female incumbent at the time of partition, the administration of the college was later geared up very effectively and commendably by many illustrious and dedicated female principals.
This galaxy included the glorified name of Dr Prof Nabiha, Dr Prof Nasima, Dr Prof Bilqees Fatima, Dr Prof Basharat, Dr Prof Asmat Qazi, Dr Prof Fakhur-un-Nisa and Dr Prof Khalida Usmani.
This famous medical college attracted students from 25 Muslim countries of the world over the years who were attracted to this college not only for its unique identity but also for the quality of medical education in a sober and serene atmosphere.
Edu Dept cancels temporary, erratic postings
Lahore: The Secretary School Education Muhammad Aslam Kamboh has directed all Executive District Officers (Education) to cancel transfer orders issued on the basis of temporary duty, loan basis and erratic postings with immediate effects and submit implementation report before May 20.
A circular issued in this regard states that the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan passed verdict in the case titled 'Human Rights' Numbering 313/93 that the practice of transferring and posting of teachers on 'Loan' basis be stopped forthwith and all such teachers working on loan basis be ordered to give duty only at their lawful place of postings. These orders of the Honourable Court had been circulated to the field formations for implementations vide No. PS/ES/916/97 dated 28.3.1997.
The circular further states that the 'Competent Authority" has also ordered 'The corrupt practices of temporary duty, attachment, erratic postings and up-gradation of posts for unfair benefit of individuals be finished'. The Ombudsman Punjab in complaint No. 9583/12/2007/C.V.150/2007 dated 27.12.2007 has directed the Department to 'obtain a clear certificate from all EDOs (Education) in the Province certifying that all such irregular adjustments / temporary duties have been withdrawn and the teachers recruited against specific posts have joined at their places of duty and that this practice of temporary duty/adjustment shall not be repeated'.
The Punjab Education Department recruitment rules 1987 state that Subject Specialist shall not be eligible for posting as Headmaster/Headmistress/Deputy District Education Officer unless they have served as Subject Specialist for a period of ten years similarly Headmaster/Headmistress. The Secretary observed that accordingly, all such orders of temporary duty, loan basis, attachment and erratic postings of irrelevant subjects shall stand cancelled with immediate effect. The attachment of teachers with the offices of AEOs, Deputy DEOs, Tehsil Nazims and District Nazims or any other offices shall also be treated as cancelled. However, a single teacher detailed to open a closed primary school in remote areas will be exempted for a maximum period of 90-days and after 90-days the same teacher cannot continue for any reason. This exception cannot be used in urban areas. Separate certificates to this effect shall be submitted to the Deputy Secretary (EE), School Education Department, by the EDO and DMO concerned that all such orders have been cancelled and implemented before 20th May, 2010. The nation
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department announced the results of various examinations on Tuesday. These exams included Doctor of Pharmacy, Third Professional, Annual Examination 2009, MBBS, First Professional, Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2009, MBBS, First Professional, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, and MSc Home Economics, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009. The news
Loud protests new way to score free marks?
Lahore: You could hear the roar rising over the sound of passing traffic as they made their way down The Mall. It was a faint and distant noise at first, but as the horde drew closer, their well-coordinated chants began to make sense. All around, in shops and offices along the city's main business district, eyes turned to see what the commotion was.
This was nothing new for the traders and shopkeepers in the area. Protests, demonstrations and rallies on this section of the city's main thoroughfare have become a routine thing. But on this particular Tuesday, the cries were more full-throated than usual and the protesters' strides had a greater sense of purpose. But this particular group was not campaigning against load shedding, protesting the US role in Afghanistan or demanding the arrest of a certain group of land grabbers, not at all. In fact, this particular bunch, who would otherwise look much more at home on the campus of any of the city's many medical colleges, were asking for something much more fundamental, something they felt far more entitled to: grace marks.
According to these 'loud and proud revolutionaries', the University of Health Science (UHS) had made "gross errors" in marking their MBBS First Prof Part Two Supplementary exams 2009. "There has to be a mistake, after all, I studied my b*** off and I still failed." Coming up with a novel excuse for not scoring enough marks, the UHS students alleged the new examination staff hired by the varsity was not qualified enough to grade exam papers "who were solely to blame for their academic failure".
Around 100 students from different medical colleges affiliated with the UHS gathered at The Mall in front of the WAPDA House and marched towards the Governor's House, shouting slogans against the UHS vice chancellor (VC). The students belonged to the Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore, the Punjab Medical College Faisalabad, the Nishtar Medical College Multan, the Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur, the CMH Medical College, the Lahore Medical and Dental College and the FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry. The students incredulously demanded the university give them grace marks and promote them to the next class. They said they would launch a citywide protest against the 'great injustice' done to them, as the UHS VC was not listening to their "just" demands.
Separately, in a press release issued in connection with the protest, the UHS stated that out of a total of 589 candidates who appeared for the MBBS First Prof Part II Supplementary examination held in February, 417 students passed while 165 failed, the pass percentage being 71.65. In the MBBS Second Prof Party Supplementary Examination, also held in February, a total of 585 candidates appeared out of which 461 passed and 121 failed with the pass percentage being 79.21. The pass percentage of the annual results of the two examinations was 77.47 and 74.17 percent respectively. This showed, the press release stated, that there is hardly any difference in the pass percentage of the annual and supplementary examinations. The UHS went on to deny the never-before-heard-of allegation that the exam result was prepared by untrained staff. The administration said UHS Controller of Examinations Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan is a highly qualified and competent professional, a trained medical educationist, appointed by the Punjab governor.
The university also strongly refuted allegations that some students had been given a pass grade after rechecking their answer papers in the past. The university has always advocated high moral principles and therefore, would never submit to any unjustified and unlawful demand. Daily times
UHS centre of innovation in learning
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, UK, has established the Centre of Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) and it is all set to launch joint certificate and master's degree programme leading to PhD in medical education, which will result in dual award, for the professional development of medical faculty of the Punjab.
According to a press release here on Tuesday, Liverpool University Director Centre of Life Long Learning, Ian Willis, and International Academic Course Developer Hazel Howden-Leach are on a six-day fact-finding visit to Punjab. They are holding a seminar on "Best Practices in Medical Education" at the UHS.
More than 100 faculty members of affiliated medical colleges are attending the seminar.
The objective is to identify issues in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Pakistan and to find solution to these problems.
The two British medical educationists will visit different medical colleges of the province and also meet authorities of Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, on Friday.
GCU MPhil in Islamic studies
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) has announced initiating MPhil programme in Islamic Studies. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting with Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab in the chair. GCU Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies Chairman Dr Hamayun Abbass said that the two-year MPhil programme would be started in September this year. He said the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies was one of the oldest departments of the GCU, Lahore. Dr GW Leitner, professor of Arabic and the first principal of Government College, Lahore, founded the department in 1864. The news