PMDC planned to introduce a new admission policy
Islamabad, Nov 17: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has planned to introduce a new admission policy for both public and private medical institutions.
Sources in PMDC informed that the council had been working on combined entrance test policy for both public and private medical and dental institutions. Besides, it would introduce uniform fee structure for both the institutions located in the same region.Previously, there was no proper check on private medical institutions, and this is for the first time that the council intends to monitor the admission to these institutions.
After receiving a number of complaints by students and parents alleging that private medical and dental colleges award admissions to the candidates on the basis of their financial position and not on their academic abilities, the PMDC was forced to introduce a combined admission policy, sources added.
The private medical colleges were charging between Rs50,000 and Rs100,000 as non-refundable admission fees alone, the sources added. The policy would also address the issue of fee structure for private institutions by making it uniform for all the public and private medical and dental institutions located in a region, the sources said adding the draft policy would be presented in next meeting of the board for approval.
According to statistics, about 30,000 students appear in entry test every year against 7,000 seats in 88 public and private medical institutions. Out of total 88 medical and dental institutions 40 per cent are private colleges. DawnYour Comments
Allama Iqbal Open University normalised exam procedure
Islamabad: The administration of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to withdraw the condition furnishing CNIC copies at the time of receipt of roll number slips as well as acknowledging validity of the online roll number slips.
As per announcement, roll number slips can be downloaded now from website of AIOU. A note has also been written on the website reading, "Web based printed roll number slips will be accepted by centre superintendent on production of original CNIC or any other photographed authenticated document."
This note now clarifies that there is no need to visit AIOU offices and it is mandatory for the candidates to keep the original CNIC or photographed authenticated document while entering examination centres.
Exams of PTC, ATTC and B Ed for spring semester started from November 14 across the country. An official of AIOU Examination Branch said that university administration decided to facilitate students in a meeting.
Educationists and students appreciated this step, though taken after protests and exchange of harsh words between clerks and candidates. APP
Protest against fee hike, Guards injured two UoG students
Gujrat: Security guards thrashed scores of students of the University of Gujrat (UoG) for protesting hike in fees here on Monday, injuring two of them.
The administration officials allegedly called some "outsiders" to disrupt the demonstration which led to a clash in front of the administration block, prompting security guards to use batons.
It has been learnt that a peaceful protest drive had been going on the campus since Thursday but it turned violent after the administration tried to disrupt it on Monday. Umar Bin Sarwer and Muhammad Saqib of the social sciences department were injured in the incident.
Earlier, hundreds of students gathered in front of the academic block and marched towards the administration block where they staged a sit-in. They also chanted slogans in favour of their demands.
Sources said that the outsiders were called by an influential group in the administration.
The students said that Prof Shabbir Shah, who is Research and Development Cell director, and his colleagues including External Linkages director Shahid Minhas and deputy registrar Naeem Butt slapped the students, including girls.
After the Monday's baton charge, the charged students threatened to go on strike for an indefinite period. "This was unfortunate and unexpected for us as we do not expect the university to resort to such tactics. This has damaged the image of the vice-chancellor who wants to transform this institution into a centre of excellence," said a student.
The students added that a group of hoodlums turned up at the venue of demonstration and started thrashing boys and abusing girls. Then the guards started beating them. They added that the "influential group" later called those hoodlums back to the administration block.
In the meantime, the university administration requisitioned police force to maintain security on the campus. Anti-riot personnel set up three pickets on the main road leading to the university but they did not enter the university.
This correspondent tried to get vice-chancellor's version but his cell phone remained unanswered. A message was also dropped with the university operator manning landline phones but the VC did not respond. Dawn
Unidentified people tried suspect attempt
Chakwal: Panic gripped Mureed village on Monday when two unidentified people tried to send a bag to the Government Girls High School through two children.
Two men near the school asked two children playing in front of the school to carry a suspicious bag into the school, but they refused to do so and informed the headmistress. In the meantime, the suspects managed to escape. Police have arrested two Pathans selling blankets in the village and started investigation.
Experts for universalisation of primary education
Islamabad: Universalisation of primary education is the only way to improve the country's literacy ratio that portrays a gloomy picture, as Pakistan ranks 44th among 55 Islamic countries and sixth among the Saarc member states.
Experts made these comments while addressing a national conference on 'Issues of Development & Civil Society', organised by the Behbood Association of Pakistan and sponsored by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Germany at a local hotel here Monday.
TV compare and educationist Professor Laeeq Ahmed said the Literary Act was submitted to the National Assembly in 1985 and approved by the Senate in 1987, adding, "The Act is still awaiting implementation."
Dr Muhammad Zia Ul Haq, Chairman Department of Shariah & Law, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), said the country's youth is hard working, capable and committed, who have the potential to become leaders of the Muslim world if they acquire appropriate guidance.
"The youth can make the country a model for Islamic society," he hoped and urged for strengthening the process of democracy and also emphasised upon the policymakers to pay heed to the voice of masses to turn the nascent democracy into a real government of the people.
Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan said one of the challenges of democracy in a third world country is an uniformed civil society.
She urged for creating awareness amongst the ordinary citizens, especially the women, as to how much they matter in the process of a self-sustaining democratic government and to learn about the levels of interaction between the civilians and the state.
Educational bodies seek security
Islamabad: Government and private educational institutions in the capital have threatened the government to close the institutes if it does not provide them proper security, sources have said.
In a letter to the president, prime minister and the interior minister, institutional representatives expressed serious security concerns and claimed that the police are not providing proper security to the institutions and students and teachers are feared with the recent wave of terrorism in the country.
They said they are receiving threatening mails, letters and shrouds but the police are not doing anything. They warned the government that any untoward incident could happen in the capital. Owners and heads of the institutions said they are taking a risk by continuing classes in the current environment, adding that educational institutes could not provide enough security without the help of the police.
Art exhibition held at SZABIST
Islamabad: An art exhibition, displaying the creative work of students, was organised at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Islamabad, on Monday, says a press release.
Nahida Raza, Artist Director, Jharoka Art Gallery, Islamabad, was the chief guest on the occasion. Many renowned artists, campus head, faculty members, students as well as general public visited the exhibition, wherein paintings of students of Media Sciences were displayed.
While appreciating the innovative work of youngsters, Nahida Raza also admired the SZABIST faculty and administration for encouraging talented young artists by providing them an opportunity to portray their skills.
The visitors took keen interest in the paintings, which depicted various social, cultural and environmental issues of the Pakistani society. The news
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