Punjab asked to expedite funds for facilitation of CPSP training courses
Lahore, Oct 4: Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal has asked the provincial government to expedite the process of allocation of funds for facilitation of short training courses/workshops of trainees and supervisors at various regional centres of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) in the province.
He gave the direction to expedite the process of allocation of funds during a briefing at College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) Lahore Centre on Saturday after having been informed that the funds were stopped in the Finance Department despite the orders of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif at CPSP convocation last year.
While giving a briefing about the performance of CPSP, Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Regional Director CPSP, demanded the provincial government support CPSP in facilitation of educational workshops for trainees and supervisors that spent an annual cost of Rs 233.183 million.
It included a cost of Rs 205.065 million on short training courses such as Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and other educational workshops for trainee doctors from CPSP's regional centres of Lahore, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Multan, Rahimyar Khan and Rawalpindi in Punjab besides a cost of Rs 28.118 million for educational workshops for supervisors.
Therefore, he urged the provincial government to support and immediately release the funds to the CPSP for holding these mandatory workshops for trainees and supervisors, which would help improve the standard of healthcare delivery system in the province.
He said that the CPSP had trained 6,224 trainees and 1,468 trainers/supervisors through short training courses during the last one year. He said that the CPSP, an autonomous institution, had been bearing all academic and developmental expenditures without increasing fees of trainee doctors since 2002 without the financial support of the federal and provincial governments in the country.
Call to eliminate bonded labour: Punjab Assembly speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan has reiterated the Punjab government's commitment to eliminate bonded labour from the province, saying independence is the birth right of every man and no religion, society and man has the right to imprison other people and force them to work as bonded labourers.
He was presiding over a meeting, which was held here on Saturday titled "Role of Parliamentarians in the Eradication of Bonded Labour from Pakistan."
The Punjab assembly speaker expressed the hope that all the members of the assembly, irrespective of the political divide, would extend their full support and cooperation to the government in formulating a comprehensive policy for curbing the vice of bonded and child labour from the society. The news
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A-Level students sweep road to protest UHS discrimination
Lahore: A large number of non-FSc students who recently took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) 2009 protested outside the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Saturday.
The students swept the road outside the campus as a symbolic protest against what they called the discriminatory attitude of the UHS.
The students chanted slogans against the UHS administration for allegedly asking at least 40 questions from out of the syllabus and committing other blunders during the MCAT. The protesters said they were Pakistanis and their parents worked day and night to ensure better education for them, but the UHS punished them for getting education of an international standard.
They said they would keep protesting against the university until the government formed an independent committee to assess the misconduct and compensate the students whose future was at stake. The students asked why the university administration had removed the syllabus and other details from its website.
UHS spokesman Muhammad Atif said that the administration had already done its best to satisfy these students. He said the administration had reassessed the question papers to check if any question was out of the syllabus. He said the experts who had designed the paper had reconfirmed that there was no such question in the MCAT. He said the syllabus was removed from the university's website due to a shortage of space. He said the students should talk to the government instead of protesting outside the UHS. Daily timesYour Comments
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Youth must commit to national uplift
Lahore: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has urged the youth to commit themselves to national development, social work and character building through constructive activities. He was addressing in the meeting of the provincial Council of Punjab Boys Scouts Association (PBSA) here at the Governor's House Saturday. The Governor said scouting is a national movement, which is beyond political interests. He said he would extend all possible help to spread the movement across the province as Chief Scout Punjab.
"I have a dream that Scout movement should lead and inspire the youth in schools, colleges and universities," he said. He said that scouts are the ambassadors of Pakistan and they should work hard to carry the image of a liberal, democratic Pakistan across the frontiers since it is an international movement. Talking about Pakistan, he said that Pakistan has successfully traversed through testing times in the recent past while countries without vision wilt under crises. He said that PPP government has promoted politics of tolerance and reconciliation. He urged the scouts to be the first flag bearers in the face of crises and lead the youth. F.P Report
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