PMDC finds top medical college lacking senior faculty
Islamabad, May 03: While letting Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, continue admitting and training 100 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) students annually, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has linked acceptance of the premier educational institution's request for enhancement of seats with appointment of full-time faculty to basic sciences departments and improvement of examination and evolution system.
During a recent PMDC meeting chaired by its President, Professor Dr Syed Sibitul Hasnain, and attended by members in Islamabad, a report on the comprehensive inspection of the privately-run medical college came up for discussion to see whether the educational institution has sufficient facilities in line with the council's new criteria to merit continued recognition under Section 11 of PMDC Ordinance, 1962, and can be permitted to continue admitting and training students for MBBS course and in what number annually or otherwise.
The report was compiled by Professor Dr Imtaiz Ahmad of Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Professor Dr Taj Mohammad of Saidu Medical College, Professor Dr Fatima Mahboob of King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Medical College, Muzaffarabad, and Professor Dr Amtul Zareena of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, after inspecting educational and training facilities at the college on January 30, 2012.
According to inspectors, basic sciences departments of Aga Khan University Medical College are grossly deficient in senior faculty; forensic medicine department does not exist; the examination and evaluation system needs considerate attention, and a few specialties, including dermatology, need improvement, as they seem not according to the laid-down PMDC principles.
They recommended that the college employ full-time faculty members in line with PMDC rules and bring examination and evaluation system in conformity and uniformity with the standard one followed by educational institutions imparting medical education.
Participants thoroughly examined the recommendations and decided to retain the number of annual MBBS admissions to the college at 100. The news
QAU students hold†protest
Islamabad: Over 100 students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Wednesday gathered outside the National Press Club to protest for acceptance of their demands and against the attitude of the university management in the wake of students' strike on April 27.
Alleged mismanagement of funds by the administration, lack of infrastructure and academic facilities, steady increase in fee and excessive bureaucratic hurdles have sent a wave of unrest among the students.
The unique part of the protest was a drama staged by the students at the venue, highlighting the attitude of the vice-chancellor, the campus manager and administration after the recent protest.
Their leaders, Hamid Riaz, Najeebullah, Qadir Maher, Malik Shaukat, Mohammad Qasim and others said for the first time in the university's history the management had lodged an FIR against the students, besides issuing show-cause notices.
The management has nominated 42 students in the FIR and among them 12 had been identified.
Mr Riaz said: "Unfortunately, the management of the university has kept its eyes close to the problems of the students and
has been busy minting money from them."
He said persistent increase in charges under different heads had added to the problems of the economically-overburdened parents.
Mohammad Qasim said the mess management charged guests of the students double the original price for which students had lodged a complaint with the management but to no avail.
"Campus Manager Col (retired) Nadeem Gul has become a problem for the students, as he wants to run the university like a military academy," he alleged.
He said the university students also wanted registration of pharmacy department with the pharmaceutical council, increase in buses of shuttle service and dismissal of a driver who killed a student, Rashid Iqbal, some six months back.
Earlier, while talking to mediapersons, students said their strike was peaceful and they had no intention to "sabotage" any conference or university activity.
"Peaceful protest is their fundamental right ensured by the Constitution," the students said.
A student claimed that before observing strike on April 27, they had submitted their demands in writing to the management but it gave no reply.
Another student said the university had been closed for the last 10 days and the management had got all the hostels vacated,
forcing boarders, who could not travel to their hometown, to make hotels and mosques their temporary abode.
The QAU vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Mohammad Masoom Yasinzai said although the management was preoccupied with the forthcoming convocation, disciplinary committee had been sorting out the strike issue. He said the university would reopen on Monday.
The vice-chancellor said the management would show zero tolerance to the students involved in the violence. Dawn
RIU forms Shariah advisory board
Islamabad: Riphah International University has constituted a Shariah Advisory Board to make recommendations for inculcation of teachings of Quran and Sunna in its syllabus and curricular and co-curricular activities while imparting standard professional education.
It consists of renowned Islamic scholars representing different schools of thought and educationists and professionals. The board held its first meeting at the main campus of the university on Friday. Prominent Ulema and educationists from across the country attended the meeting. They included Director General Shariah Academy of International Islamic University Dr. Tahir Manoori, leader of the Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maulana Abdul Aziz Hanif, Mohtamim Jamia Imdadia Faisalabad Mufti Muhammad Zahid, Maulana Shams-ul-Haq from Khyber Pakhtunkhua (KPK), leader of Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen Allama Amin Shaheedi and Principal of Quaid-e-Azam Commerce College Peshawar University Prof. Muhammad Abbas.
Vice Chancellor of Riphah International University, Professor Dr Anis Ahmad welcomed the members of the board and thanked them for attending the meeting.
Pakistani children to participate in UK School Games
Islamabad: The schoolchildren from Pakistan will participate in the upcoming UK School Games. The UK School Games (UKSG) will commence on 6th May and finish on 9th May 2012 in London and will include over 400 volunteers to support the delivery of the event.
The UKSG is an annual multi-sport event for top UK young athletes of school age. The International Inspiration Programme has now been part of this event for four consecutive years. These school going 'Young Sports Leaders' have been part of the British Council's International Inspiration (II) Programme and have gone through II training sessions held in schools across Pakistan.
The 'Young Sports Leaders' along with their chaperones will be part of many volunteering activities during the games. They will be taking part in roles ranging from coordinating, keeping score, and interacting with the media.
Two young sports leaders from the International Inspiration Programme in Pakistan will be taking part as volunteers in these exciting games. Maaz Ahmed (14) from Multan and Mariam Rasheed (13) from Karachi along with Iram Siddique (adult chaperon) from Islamabad will leave for London on this exciting journey on 3rd May 2012. Young leaders and their chaperon are part of II schools partnership managed by the British Council. There are 10 countries taking part in these UK school games and Pakistan is one of them.
The Youth Sport Trust has overall responsibility for the recruitment, training and deployment of all volunteers, with support from the London Youth Games Foundation. The International Inspiration volunteers will be one particular volunteering group within the overall programme. Through this event, the aim is to reward and recognise a diverse workforce of skilled, trained and enthusiastic young volunteers and inspire them to continue their volunteering journey beyond this event.
The International Inspiration programme aims to inspire more than one million school going children across Pakistan towards sports, volunteering and PE as a legacy of London 2012. For this purpose it has connected 58 schools in Pakistan and UK, signed MoUs with different educational organisations and with the government to promote physical education in the Pakistani schools.
ICU faculty rails against 'intervention'
Peshawar: Senior staffers of the Islamia College University (ICU) have decided to discourage what they called illegal practices and intervention from the Higher Education Commission and protect the sanctity of the prestigious seat of learning.
The teachers continued the series of their meetings and protests to press the Chancellor of the University/governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to declare the proceedings of the recently held meeting of the University Senate void and investigate the anomalies made by the retired members of the body.
A meeting of the senior staff members of the university was held on the premises of the varsity on Wednesday, which was followed by a protest procession. The meeting declared to continue the series of meetings and another meeting was scheduled for today (Thursday). A total of 90 teachers of the university - both males and females - attended the meeting and subsequent protest procession.
The meeting also decided to move court against the senate meeting held at the Governor's House on April 27. A petition was also submitted at the Peshawar High Court to get the proceedings of the meeting annulled. The meeting participants reposed confidence in the vice-chancellor and expressed their resolve to utilise every source to protect the integrity of the university and prevent illegal practices. They opined that the senate meeting held no legal grounds and retired members had been allowed to attend the meeting through an extension in violation of the university Act.
They said the retired members had a nefarious agenda against the current administration of the college, which they managed to accomplish in the absence of the chancellor. They informed that the meeting was started with Governor Masood Kausar, who left the scene after a while for some other appointment. In his absence, the meeting continued under the secretary higher education department, against law and precedents, they said, adding that in the absence of the chancellor, only vice-chancellor could preside over the proceedings.
The teachers of the university expressed serious reservations over certain decisions taken in the meeting. They urged chancellor and vice-chancellor to annul those decisions, which include some appointments and promotions in serious violation of merit. Even ineligible candidates were appointed and promoted to next grades, they alleged. They also expressed serious concern over the resolution moved in the senate meeting against the acting vice-chancellor of the university. The news