Government College University high tech RF-Induction Furnace

GCU installed high tech RF-Induction Furnace
Lahore, Oct 9: Government College University, Lahore has covered another milestone in the field of the Science and Technology by installing a high tech RF-Induction Furnace.

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has provided funds for the purchase of fully automatic RF-Induction Furnace whereas the Pakistan's all-time friend China has provided the technical support. The furnace, which can melt down almost all the chemical elements of the periodic table, would help GCU scholars in studying and experimenting with advanced alloys.

The already available facilities like SEM, TEM, SPM, LASER and particle Accelerator are being utilized by the PhD Scholars of the GC University besides other universities and advanced industries of the country. GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab has appreciated the efforts of the project team and the visiting Chinese engineers on the completion of the task. He also said that the GC University, Lahore would continue working for the self-reliance of the country in the field of science of technology. F.P Report

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Rs 13.664 million for the SEMS employees of Mayo Hospital
Lahore: The Punjab government has decided to release an amount of Rs 13.664 million for the payment of 50 per cent SEMS allowance for the SEMS employees of Mayo Hospital, Lahore, during the current financial year 2009-10.

The Punjab governor accorded sanction for the release of the said amount and, in pursuance of the governorís orders, the Punjab Health Department issued a notification accordingly on Thursday. The notification states, “The Governor of the Punjab is pleased to accord sanction and release an amount of Rs 13.664 million in anticipation of provision of funds through supplementary grant during the current financial year 2009-10 in favour of Medical Superintendent, Mayo Hospital, Lahore, for the payment of 50 per cent SEMS allowance for the SEMS employees of Mayo Hospital, Lahore.

The expenditure involved will be debatable under Grant No. PC21016 (016)-Health Services-07-Health-073-Hospital Services-0731-General Hospital Services-073101-General Hospital Services-LQ5879-Mayo Hospital Lahore-A012-Total Allowances-A012-1-Total Regular Allowance-A01239-Special Allowance during the financial year 2009-10-Cost Centre/Spending Level DDO Code LO4566,” the notification concluded.

Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that the emergency staff of Mayo Hospital, Lahore had not been paid emergency allowance of extra 50 per cent of their salaries since recruited under Strengthening Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) in 2003/04.

The former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi launched Strengthening Emergency Medical Services with establishment of state-of-the-art emergency blocks in all teaching hospitals of Punjab in 2003/04 with the objective to provide improved emergency services to the patients, and for the purpose, also announced to give additional incentive of extra 50 per cent allowance to emergency staff, recruited under SEMS project, to attract doctors to serve patients in emergency wards of teaching hospitals in the province.

However, the emergency staff of the Mayo Hospital ever since has been denied emergency allowance of extra 50 per cent of their basic pays, especially as their colleagues in other teaching hospitals in Punjab have been regularly getting this additional incentive under SEMS project.

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Demand for Nephrology Dept at KEMU
Lahore: Young Doctors Association (YDA) urged Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to issue the orders for immediate establishment of Nephrology Department at the King Edward Medical University Lahore.

YDA President Dr Rana Sohail and General Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi, in a statement, regretted that the Nephrology Department was not yet established in the 150 years old historical institution. They also expressed concern that there was only one Nephrologist in a biggest public sector medical institution of Pakistan. They said that the posts of Professors and Associate Professors of Nephrology were lying vacant in KEMU, saying that the appointments were also made against these posts but the selected candidates never joined because of the absence of a Nephrology Department in the institution. The Nephrology Ward can be established at available space in Psychiatry Ward. They alleged that KEMU's Vice Chancellor had not been paying heed towards this grave issue.

They further said that the absence of Nephrology Department had been badly affecting the training of young doctors and treatment of patients.

"If young doctors will not be imparted training on kidney diseases then they will not be able to become a good specialist in the field," they said and added that as many as 24 latest dialysis machines were available in Mayo Hospital which were not being properly utilized for the benefit of poor patients in the hospital.

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Delay in issuance of UK visas caused serious problems
Lahore, Oct 9: Delay in issuance of visas is causing serious problems for Pakistani students planning to start studies in the UK during October and the delay has also made it impossible for them to make other choices.

It is certainly high-time for universities in the UK interested in genuine Pakistani students to wake up as they need to take a fresh look at their system. These views were expressed by renowned educationist and educational consultant, Syed Abidi on Thursday.

Explaining the delay, he said before shifting the UK visa office from Islamabad to Abu Dhabi almost a year ago, the British High Commission (BHC) in Islamabad used to process and deliver visas within 20 working days. This duration has now increased up to three months, he added.

Decisions made in August in Abu Dhabi were communicated to Islamabad in October, making it impossible for students to make alternate decisions. He said hundreds of visas already issued in Abu Dhabi were not communicated in time to the high commission in Islamabad, which was responsible for printing and delivering passports to students. He said more than 1,000 genuine students had been refused visa on weak grounds mostly because enclosed documentations were not properly read.

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Prof Saqib assumed charged at FIC
Lahore: Prof Dr Saqib Shafi of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), Lahore, has assumed charge of his new post of professor of cardiology at the Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology (FIC), Faisalabad.

According to a handout here on Thursday, FIC Medical Superintendent Dr Riaz Ahmad Chaudhry, in a statement, has said that on the instruction of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, internationally known and well-reputed cardiologists as well as cardiac surgeons were being recruited at the FIC. He said cardiac surgery would be started soon at the institute. He said that a modern operation theatre was being constructed and angiography machines and Gama Camera were being installed in the institute at a cost of Rs.60 million.

Dr Riaz Chaudhry said the institute was being provided with all possible assistance from government.

He said the FIC would be made a model institute for treatment of the cardio vascular diseases for the benefit of people from inland as well as outside the country. The news

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117th PU Convocation rehearsal
Lahore: Full dress rehearsal of Punjab University 117th Convocation will be held today (Friday, October 9) at 8:00am in the Faisal Auditorium. Since the teachers will be busy in convocation rehearsal no classes will be held in teaching department however the employees will remain on their duty.

All the students have been directed to participate in the full dress rehearsal. Those students, who will not attend the rehearsal, will not be allowed to participate in the convocation. Classes will not held in the teaching departments as all the teachers will be busy in rehearsal while the staff will remain on duty in these departments.Medals and degrees would be awarded to the overall top position holder of MA/MSc sessions 2002-2004, 2003-2005 and 2004-2006 and BSc (Hons) sessions.

Mean while Punjab University awarded PhD degree to Hafiz Muhammad Tahir, Najam-ul-Sehar Afshan, Fauzia Maqsood and Shahida Parveen Hafiz Muhammad Tahir S/o Fajar Ali has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Zoology after approval of his research thesis entitled "Biodiversity and Predatory Efficacy of Spiders Inhabiting the Rice Fields of Central Punjab, Pakistan". He completed his thesis under the supervision of Punjab University Department of Zoology Dr Abida Butt. Najam ul Sehar Afshan D/o Muhammad Ahsan Cheema has been awarded PhD degree in the subject Botany after approval of her research thesis entitled "A Contributiion to the Rust Flora of AJ&K (Azad Jammu & Kashmir) and Adjacent Northern Areas of Pakistan". She completed her thesis under the supervision of Punjab University Department of Botany Dr Abdul Nasir Khalid.

Fauzia Maqsood D/o Mian Maqsood Ahmad has been awarded PhD degree in the subject Sociology after approval of her research thesis entitled "Effects of Socio-Cultural Exclusion and Community Level Factors on Reproductive Health Behavior of Rural Women". She completed her thesis under the supervision of Punjab University Institute of Social & Cultural Studies (ISCS) Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar while her Co-Supervisor was Gujrat Univeristy Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin. Shahida Parveen D/o Abdul-ur-Rehman has been awarded PhD degree in the subject Islamic Studies after approval of her research thesis entitled "Contemporary Family Problems and Theacings of Islam". She completed her thesis under the supervision of Punjab University Department of Islamic Studies Dr Tahira Basharat. F.P Report

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BMA Medical Book Award
Lahore: A Pakistani heart surgeon in the US, Dr Farzad Najam, has won the first prize at the Bristol Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Award held at BMA House London for his book on robotic surgery. Around 684 books were considered for the award.

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