Khyber Pakhtunkhwa medical colleges admissions

Admission to medical colleges
Peshawar, Nov 04: The admission to medical and dental colleges has started in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A spokesman said here on Tuesday that 120 students had so far been interviewed and admitted on merit to public sector medical and dental colleges. The process will continue till Nov 14 and the classes will start from Nov 25, he added.

It was stated the process was being supervised by a joint admission committee headed by Prof Dr Sultan Mahmood, Principal KMC, while principals of all medical and dental colleges would be its members.

The students intending to appear in the interview have been advised to be accompanied by their parents or guardian along with original documents.

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Student marriage case: Court directs school to produce admission form
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday directed the management of a local chain of private schools to produce the admission form of a seventh grade student who was expelled on the ground of contracting marriage.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejza Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel also directed the provincial education department to furnish written comments within a week in reply to the writ petition field by the expelled student, Gherat Khan.

The petitioner was expelled from Peshawar Model School, a known chain of educational institutions here. The respondents in the petition are the board of governors of Peshawar Model School, principal of Peshawar Model School, Boys III Branch and the provincial education department.

Advocate Abdul Rauf Rohaila appeared for the school management and contended that under the rules of the school a student could not marry while studying there. He contended that even in the admission form that condition was given.

The court directed him to produce the said form. The bench observed that even in last hearing that directive was issued, but the said form had not been produced.

The bench also inquired from the additional advocate general, Fazlur Rehman Khan, why the comments had not been filed. The AAG sought some time for filing the comments.

Advocate Muhammad Essa Khan appeared for the petitioner and contended that the precious time of the petitioner had been wasted due to this illegal act of the respondents. Dawn

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IBMS teachers want resolution of problems
Peshawar: The Teachers Association at the Institute of Business and Management Studies (IBMS), Agricultural University, staged a protest demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club here Wednesday and asked the governor to resolve their problems forthwith.

The protesters wearing black armbands and holding banners and placards inscribed with their demands chanted slogans against the university administration. The office-bearers of the association criticised the university administration for trying to sabotage their peaceful protest. They alleged that the administration had hired inexperienced teachers and was compelling students to attend classes. They also criticised the administration for not releasing their salaries.

The protesters asked the governor to resolve their problems as studies of about 5,000 students had been affected. They also threatened to move the court if their demands were not met.

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Reforms improving Gomal varsity standing, says VC
Dera Ismail Khan: Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, vice-chancellor of the Gomal University, has said the institution was becoming a reputed seat of learning due to inclusion of more subjects in the curricula and reforms.

He said private universities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were offering degrees in certain subjects without observing proper rules and regulations. He added that the affiliation committee of the university had been asked to apply new formula to enlist institutions imparting quality education.

He said the formula had already been approved in the fourth VCs Conference held in June. The VC said the government was focusing on higher education to improve the educational standards in the country and the committee would determine the educational standard of an institution before awarding it affiliation with the Gomal University. Talking about scarcity of funds, he said that financial support from the government was imperative to improve quality of education in the public sector varsities.

The academician added that the funds provided by the Higher Education Commission to the universities were inadequate to meet the financial needs of the institutions. He said the research activities in the Gomal University required allocation of funds to sustain educational standards.

The VC said there was a perception to dub Gomal University in 'B Class', which was quite odd as the institution had improved its standards. Dr Kundi said efficient administration was making a difference in the quality of education imparted in the varsity. He added that an effective monitoring system had been put into operation to oversee the university's progress.

The VC admitted that sectarian clashes and conflict in the neighbouring areas of Dera Ismail Khan was major cause for the brain drainage and a number of qualified and experienced teachers had already left Gomal University to take up jobs in other institutions. He said the tradition of entry test for the four-year degree in Bachelor of Science had been set for the first time and masters programmes had been re-organised in the best interest of the students. The news

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'Violation of merit'
Peshawar: The Pakhtun Students Federation (Azad) has alleged violation of merit in the appointments of wardens at the University of Peshawar and has warned of agitation against what it called nepotism and favoritism.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the PkSF (Azad) campus president alleged that the varsity had appointed five wardens in violation of merit.

He said students who had earned gold medals from the varsity had been denied jobs and those ranked very low on merit list were given jobs.

He also said that PkSF (Azad) was not associated with any political party or organisation and its activists were striving for the rights of deserving students.

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Students hold demo
Timegara: The Peoples Students Federation, Lower Dir, on Tuesday demanded of the government to immediately transfer principal of the postgraduate college Timergara and SHO of the Balambat police station.

Speaking at a news conference here president of PSF Shahab Utmani alleged principal of the Timergara college had been involved in student politics.

He said police used batons against peaceful students when they protested against the college's principal and also were mistreated by Dir Scouts personnel when they gathered outside DCO office to voice their concerns.

He said, five PSF workers sustained injuries when police charged them with sticks and stones. Earlier students marched from the college to Balambat, chanting slogans against the college principal and police. Dawn

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