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Entrance test for MBBS/BDS: Hurdle removed for 63 foreign students
Lahore, May 30: A high-level committee headed by Senator Ishaq Dar has
endorsed the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's decision to exempt 63 foreign
students from entrance test or Scholastic Aptitude Test Part-II (SAT-II)
examination, holding them eligible for admission to the public-sector medical
colleges in the province.
The documents revealed that earlier these (foreign) students,
nominated by the Economic Affairs Division for admission to the medical colleges
of Punjab under the Pakistan Technical Assistant Programme (PTAP), had been
exempted by the PMDC from entrance test or SAT-II examination in September 2010,
setting a precedent for such sort of admissions.
The council took a decision on the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs which had sought favour for the students of those countries with whom
Pakistan enjoys good relations.
The medical organisations and other stakeholders had criticised the council's
initiative, observing that the system should not be 'breached' at any cost to
maintain education standard in the country as well as abroad.
The PMDC later directed the administrations of the medical colleges to
accommodate these students. The Punjab government, however, turned down the
decision on the recommendations of a committee headed by Senator Ishaq Dar,
which categorically refused to "compromise on basic minimum eligibility
criteria" in its recommendations formulated on Feb 14, 2011.
The documents say the committee also directed these students to appear on May
7 for entrance test and SAT-II exam and declared that only those who would pass
these exams would be held eligible for admissions.
Of the total 67 nominated students, only four could qualify the examination
and the remaining 63 did not appear owing to English-language problem as most of
them came from Arab states.
Meanwhile, the embassies of 19 countries continued to exert pressure on the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan "to relax its laws" and accommodate
their 63 students without entrance test or SAT-II exam.
The Cultural Counselor Embassy of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in a letter of
Feb 23, 2011, sought intervention of the EAD secretary in the matter. "I would
like to draw your kind attention towards a very serious issue created by the
authorities of medical and dental colleges in Punjab for admission of foreign
students that they must pass entrance test or SAT-II examination as
pre-requisite," read the letter.
He said the embassy had nominated some Jordanian students for admission to
study MBBS under the PTAP for the session 2010-2011 at the UHS under the
impression that the PMDC had exempted all the foreign students from passing
entrance test/SAT-II examination for MBBS/BDS for this session.
"All our students have been declared eligible for admission by the IBBC,
Islamabad, declaring their certificates as equivalent to HSSC (pre-medical) of
Pakistan with excellent grades.
"Now at this belated stage when the students have been admitted to the
colleges and attending classes regularly for the last two months the
recommendations of the committee constituted by the Punjab chief minister, if
implemented, will create a lot of difficulties for many departments and
individuals," the letter said.
It further argued how a student could be asked to go back to his country by
bearing travel expenses. Such an action could spoil a student's academic future,
Later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised the issue in a letter (No
DG(SA)-1/1/2011) and requested the Punjab government to reconsider its previous
The chief minister constituted another five-member committee (again headed by
Senator Ishaq Dar) to review its decision. Also on the committee were Justice
Aamer Raza Khan (retired), Punjab Health Secretary Muhammad Jehanzeb, UHS Member
Board of Governors Prof Amer Aziz and UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain
The committee met on May 23 and was informed that the ministries of foreign
affairs and economic affairs and statistics had sought exemption from entrance
test/SAT-II examination for the students of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan,
Jordan, Yemen, Indian occupied Kashmir and other neighbouring countries.
The committee formulated recommendations which said: "The nominated bona fide
foreign national candidates, who have not appeared in entrance test/SAT-II
examination with requisite score, may be exempted from this requirement for
session 2010-2011 only and allowed to continue their studies. However, it is not
to be quoted as a precedent in future."
It further recommended that "the nominated candidates of Pakistani origin,
having dual nationality, shall have to pass the SAT-II examination with a
minimum score of 550 marks in each science subject including biology, chemistry
and physics/mathematics before their provisional admission could be
"EAD and HEC may be asked to ensure, in future, that all foreign candidates
fulfill the conditions laid down in the prospectus before nominating them for
admissions to public-sector medical and dental colleges of Punjab.
"EAD and HEC should devise their own mechanism to widely disseminate the
eligibility conditions for admission of foreign students to MBBS/BDS through
Pakistani embassies in other countries and also to advertise these in
international media. It would be more appropriate that HEC and EAD get the
eligibility of these candidates verified by UHS before finalising their
nomination," the committee said.
In view of the fact that every year a number of foreign reserved seats remain
vacant in the medical and dental colleges due to unavailability of eligible
candidates, the committee also took another important decision and proposed a
policy for session 2011-12 and onwards.
According to new policy, "the HEC and EAD shall complete their admission
process strictly according to the rules and regulations as laid down in the
prospectus of the same session and their nominations should reach the Punjab
health secretary on or before Nov 30. After this date, all vacant foreign
reserved seats shall be converted into open merit seats and candidates from the
waiting list of Punjab shall be admitted, strictly on merit, against these
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UVAS develops bioinformatics software
Lahore: The Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBBT) of the University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences (UVAS) has developed bioinformatics software for the analysis of
molecular biology data to develop phylogenetic trees to deal with identifying
and understanding evolutionary relationships among organisms.
stated by UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz during a briefing about
the HEC conference /exhibition on Setting Standard for the 21st Century
Pakistan; Universities building economy on Saturday which was attended by all
Dr Nawaz said the UVAS had entered into a new era of
development of bioinformatics software and first time in Pakistan developed the
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Director
Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Baber said the software was developed by using the BioJava
and Forester, the latest Java based platforms for software development which
understood the problems and analysed the molecular biology data.
software is vibrant, comparatively easy to learn, operate and understand with
many unique features, not offered in already available software of its kind, he
Dr Masroor said the main emphasis of the Institute of
Biochemistry and Biotechnology research team was on molecular studies on health
and production aspects of human and livestock, using the latest techniques in
wet labs. The news
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PU aspiring to get listed amongst top 200 varsities of world
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) administration wants an increased budget for research to enhance the number of
PhD teachers in the varsity and continuity of its present pro-research policies
to get listed amongst the top 200 universities of the world.
Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran said this while addressing the
inauguration ceremony of an examination centre at the Institute of Chemical
Engineering and Technology (ICET) on Saturday.
The VC also announced the
result of BSc Chemical Engineering, Session 2006-10, and launched the Campus
Management Solution (CMS) software, which was prepared for the first time, and
distributed certificates among the students.
Dr Kamran congratulated the
graduating students and advised them to work hard with commitment and devotion
to be successful in their practical lives. He said they had a bright future, as
industries and refineries had plenty of job opportunities for them.
VC asked them to enhance their learning habits, respect each other and try to
learn from their mistakes.
He said there was a dire need to increase the
research budget to enhance the number of PhD teachers in the varsity. He said
the PU would be ranked amongst the top 200 varsities of the world if the
policies of the present administration were followed in the coming
Earlier, Institute Director Dr Zahoorul Hassan Rizvi paid rich
tributes to the practical efforts of VC Kamran in launching the CMS software. He
asked the students to utilise their skills in playing a crucial role in the
development of the country.
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FC College students win international honour
Lahore: Two teams of Forman Christian College MBA students have won a reputed international honour by finishing first and second in the Globus
Best-In-Strategy Invitational Championship where 139 teams from business schools
all over the world were invited to compete on the basis of their performance
within their schools. These 139 teams were placed in 15 Industry groups and
competed in a 15-year business simulation that mirrors competitive dynamics in
the global digital camera industry. Student teams are scored on multiple
financial and other dimensions as they make real time decisions on a number of
complex business variables such as R and D, workforce compensation, production,
outsourcing, product line performance, pricing, and finance in the simulated
competitive space. Glo-Bus is used by several hundred universities worldwide and
has been developed by a team led by an eminent authority on Strategy, Prof
Arthur Strickland, Emeritus Professor of Strategy at the University of
The top two teams in Glo-Bus from the Forman Christian College
School of Management were invited to play the Best-in Strategy invitational that
featured 139 winners from other universities. The team of Faisal Pervez, Syeda
Ataat Zehra and Hassan Saqlain topped their industry, beating teams that
included the formidable National University of Singapore among others. The team
of Ali Imran, Sohaib ul Haq and Azhar Moazzam stood second in their industry.
Remarkably, while the other competing universities have all used Glo-Bus for
several years, the game was used for the very first time at FC
As a recognition of the top team's performance, the Strategy
faculty at the School of Management at Forman Christian College, Professor Wasif
M Khan was honoured by being selected to the Faculty Hall of Fame where he joins
a select group of 67 other faculty from among 2400 registered faculty from
several hundred universities using Glo-Bus worldwide. Daily times
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Cadet College Razmak reopens after two years
Miramshah: The authorities have reopened Cadet College
Razmak, which was closed about two years ago owing to insecurity in North
The prestigious educational institution was closed in June 2009 when security
situation worsened in the tribal region and a military offensive was launched.
Security forces were stationed in the college building during the operation.
More than 438 students were evacuated in 35 vehicles from North Waziristan
after the college was closed but 74 of them along with some staff members were
kidnapped near Bakakhel by militants when they were on their way to Bannu.
A 40-member tribal jirga was tasked by political administration to negotiate
with militants for the safe recovery of the abducted students and staff members.
The kidnapped students were recovered from Makeen.
One of the abducted students recalled the horrific incident, saying he still
had concerns about security situation in the region. "I doubted that situation
has improved in the past two years," he said on condition of anonymity.
Another student said that there was no security anywhere in the country. "So
it is not surprising if people still have concerns about their security in North
Waziristan," he said. It would be better to return to the college, which had all
the required facilities, he said.
"We are cadets. We can study better in an environment where all curricular
and extra-curricular activities are ensured," he said.
More than 400 students, who were shifted to Peshawar, were attending classes
in three different rented buildings at different locations.
The classes were not regular and it affected their studies, he said,
expressing satisfaction over the reopening of the college.
He said that the college administration had asked them whether they were
willing to go to the college and majority of them showed willingness.
The cadet college was set up by former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in
Meanwhile, security forces in North Waziristan have also removed checkposts
from Khajori to Bakakhle area of Bannu.
The locals, who had to go through checking at those points, lauded removal o
the checkposts. These repeated checking resulted in prolonging of the one-hour
journey between Miramshah and Bannu to three hours most of the times.
Officials said that the decision to reopen cadet college and remove
checkposts was taken after improvement in security situation in North Waziristan
tribal region. Dawn
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Three in run for GMC principal slot
Dera Ismail Kha: Three names are under consideration for the post of the principal at the
Gomal Medical College (GMC) as the incumbent principal is going to retire today
(Monday), official sources said. The sources said that credentials of three
senior professors were being weighed for the appointment as principal after the
retirement of Prof Abdul Mateen Khan. The sources said the names of Prof Shaukat
Ali, Prof Ihsanullah Mahsud and Prof Muhammad Saleem Khan Gandapur were under
consideration. The new principal would face certain challenges to put the
college's affairs in order. The performance of the Mufti Mahmood Teaching
Hospital and to unearth the alleged embezzlement in purchase of equipment worth
Rs90 million for the District Headquarters Hospital would be a litmus test for
the new principal, the sources added. The news
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