Rs77.6m issued for scholarships
Islamabad, May 20: Staff Welfare organisations of Establishment Division has issued Rs77.6m for scholarship funds for 72,284 male and female children of the FG Employees.
According to a press release issued here on Thursday by the Staff Welfare of Establishment Division, 277 Hafiz Quran male and female students were also given scholarship while further 1,398 students were given additional merit award.
All Ministries, Divisions and DDO's have been advised to collect scholarship cheque from staff welfare organization, Ch. Rehmat Ali Community Centre, G-7 Markaz after submitting relevant documents.
The departments which were abolished by government and the children of diseased employees are advised to collect the same from staff welfare organisation by providing the copy of CNIC and receipt of submitted form.Your Comments
FAPUASA flays termination of ASA office-bearers
Islamabad: President Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations has strongly condemned the action of Vice Chancellor of Karakoram International University, Dr Najma Najam, for issuing termination notices to the ASA representatives.
According to Academic Staff Associations, KIU, termination notice was issued against Iftikhar Ali (Finance Secretary) whereas conduct probation letters were issued to Dr Shahnawaz (Chairperson), Sajid Turi (General-Secretary) and Sadat Sher Khan (Information Secretary) for frequently highlighting the "corruption" of Dr Najam.
It may be mentioned that the ASA office-bearers had raised the stance of FAPUASA that retired faculty should be relieved from their contracts. The ASA said that KIU VC had appointed retired people mostly above 70 on contract basis defying the Supreme Court verdict.
In a statement, the FAPUASA President asked the KIU vice chancellor to immediately withdraw the notices against Dr Shahnawaz, Iftikhar Ali, Sajid Turi and Sadat Sher Khan. He also requested the Gilgit-Baltistan governor, the HEC chairperson and the executive director of HEC to play their role in resolving the issue before it causes further distress.
Dr Fida also asked all the vice-chancellors of public sector universities to honour the verdict of the Supreme Court in true letter and spirit and immediately relieve the re-employed retired personnel from their respective universities before the FAPUASA start protest campaign against it.
Meanwhile, Dr Afzal Bhatti, President of ASA, Quaid-i-Azam University, has requested the FAPUASA chief to convene an urgent meeting of the federation to discuss the serious issue.
Dr Muhammad Akram, General-Secretary, ASA, Government College University, Lahore, has urged the FAPUASA president and general secretary to contact Dr Najma Najam exhorting her to take the step back.
World Book Day celebrated at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A programme regarding 'World Book Day' was arranged by Susan B. Anthony Reading Room, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in collaboration with Department of Education, FJWU, here on Thursday.
The theme of the event was 'Books are lighthouses, erected in the great sea of time'. The main purpose of this day is to develop students with wider outlook and a balanced view towards science and humanities. It is our intent desire and effort to inculcate reading habits in our students. It also helped in achieving the ultimate goals of developing knowledgeable and compassionate citizens for the society.
In his welcoming address, Zafar Javaid Naqvi, Senior Librarian FJWU, said regarding the importance of books and education that education is the light of knowledge and this light is what will take our country forward. Its aim is to encourage everyone, and in particular young people to discover the pleasure of readings and gaining a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered social and cultural progress.
FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest of the event. Speaking on the occasion, she said that books can play an important role in our lives and we should connect with reading habits. Learning is a significant process in human being life. It is self-evidence that human development cannot stand without a good learning. Therefore, the books can be faithful friend and the nearest to us which can guide us that how to behave in our practical life.
Zainab Younas read poem on the occasion and read some passages from different books. Dr. Mussarat Anwar Sheikh, Head of the Department Education, also read some passages from books and shared her own reading experiences with the audience.
SCHS adjusts qualification for CPSP fellows
Rawalpindi: The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) has adjusted qualifications for fellows and members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and recognised MCPS as specialists.
In a recent visit to KSA, President CPSP Professor Zafarullah Chaudhry and elected councillor/Controller of Examination of Islamabad Centre CPSP Professor Dr Shoaib Shafi held meetings with authorities in SCHS and Saudi ministry of health.
"In the meeting with SCHS authorities, the Saudi commission accepted the MCPS (Pakistan) which is two years registered structured training acquired in CPSP accredited institutions," said Dr Shoaib here on Thursday. Terming the decision a major breakthrough, he said that earlier the SCHS did not recognise MCPS as specialists. In Pakistan, the MCPS qualifies to registrar after having required experience.
Dr Shoaib said that the health practitioners who are qualified with 4-5 years programme (FCPS) from CPSP during the period from 2005 to 2008 are accepted in the SCHS and they will be classified as senior registrar and afterwards with considerable years of recognized experience, they will be classified as consultants. "The CPSP is to provide the SCHS with a list of Pakistani recognised and well reputed hospitals that give trusted certificates of experience."
He said that the CPSP accepted in principle to host SCHS trainees for their specialty training rotation for a period of 6 to 12 months as a part of their training. "Also the CPSP accepted in principle to assist SCHS in test development and to provide the SCHS with questions writers."
He said that in a meeting with deputy minister for planning and development KSA Dr Mohammad Khoshim and Dr Afaf Al Shammary of the ministry of health, the minister requested the CPSP to facilitate Haj season. "The CPSP will provide consultants in infectious diseases who will be given locum jobs to cover vacations of senior consultants for one month period."
Dr Shoaib said that in another meeting, deputy minister of health KSA Dr Aqeel Ghaman Ghamdi and Dr Taha A. Melibary of the ministry requested the CPSP to provide consultants for locum jobs in specialties including vascular, spinal surgery, emergency medicine and obstetrics & gynaecology (females preferred) while for permanent positions in family medicine.
The CPSP office bearers also held meeting with Dr Abdullah Umro of King Fahad Medical City with which the CPSP has already been running a joint training programme and 25 trainees of FCPS are currently employed in King Fahd Medical City for completion of training. "Dr Umro further requested 50 trainees from Pakistan in different specialties. He also requested the CPSP to arrange workshops for communication skills and research methodology as KFMC has state of the art equipments to conduct faculty workshops," said Dr Shoaib.
In another meeting, assistant deputy minister of health for preventative medicine KSA Dr Ziad Ahmed Memish invited Pakistani consultants to be part of mobile teams that will be responsible for any out breaks of clinical diseases in Saudi Arabia. "Consultants will be placed in the command centre in Mina with teams from WHO and University of Washington," said Dr Shoaib adding the minister wanted a role of the CPSP in helping Saudi government in improving quality of infectious diseases programme.
Dr Shaoib hoped that the decisions taken in meetings with health officials in KSA would help Pakistani practitioners in getting foreign experience. "Also Pakistani doctors serving there in KSA would be able to get financial benefits in result of qualification adjustments as their salaries would be readjusted in the light of recent decisions taken by the SCHS," he said adding the SCHS in KSA is authority like PMDC in Pakistan.
600 students without water in sizzling heat
Muridke: Over 600 students of Sheikhupura Malasoomia Model School Mohallah, Hanjranwala are facing difficulties due to unavailability of water for drinking and other purposes.
They said that the school administration had collected Rs 100 as generator fund from each student, but no generator could be installed there. They demanded the Education Department high-ups direct the school arrangement to make arrangements for drinking water and a generator. The news