PMDC entrance test policy challenged
Lahore, Oct 21: The medical entrance test policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) terming the same against fundamental rights of the students seeking admission in MBBS.
Afzal Butt, father of a FSC student, moved the petition through advocate Muha-mmad Azhar Siddique against the policy for entrance test to medical colleges issued in May 2003 by PMDC under Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Ordinance 1962 to regulate admission process in the medical colleges.
He said his daughter Humera Arshad Butt secured 1000 marks in FSc examination and despite that she was not given admission in the MBBS only due to loopholes dotted in the policy for entrance tests for medical colleges. The nationYour Comments
Rally against BoGs in colleges
Lahore: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of teachers and students on Wednesday staged a protest rally against the constitution of boards of governors in 26 colleges and staged a sit-in in front of the Punjab Assembly for almost six hours.
Various teachers and students organisations' representatives also joined hands with the JAC and participated in the rally.
During the protesters, commuters faced problems as traffic blockade on The Mall also choked traffic on adjacent roads.
The rally participants led by JAC Chairman Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh, Syed Tanvir Ahmad Shah, Hafiz Abdul Nasir, Qaiser Sharif and Zahida Niazi chanted slogans against BoGs, increase in fees, launching of four-year BS (Honours) programme without homework and teachers transfers as victimisation.
The JAC leaders said the committee would organise a Road Caravan across the province and observe complete academic boycott on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dawn
Int'l education conference starts at PU
Lahore: A three-day international conference on "Education in Pakistan: issues, challenges and reforms" will open at the Punjab University New Campus on Thursday (today).
University acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry will preside over the inaugural session, while Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman will be the chief guest at the concluding session of the conference on Oct 23.
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Beaconhouse National University VC Sirtaj Aziz, Pre-STEP Pakistan Chief Dr Mahmoodul Hasan Butt and UMT Rector Dr Hasan Murad will be keynote speakers.
Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Dr Muhammad Memon from AKU-IED Karachi, Dr Rasul Bux Rais from LUMS, Dr Shahid Siddiqi from Lahore School of Economics, Arif Majeed from JEA curriculum wing, Ministry of Education, Islamabad, and Dr Khalid Iqbal will chair different sessions.
The PU Faculty of Education has so far received about 140 abstracts from national and international resource persons for the conference. After the blind peer review, 80 abstracts were accepted for oral and 10 for poster presentations.
About 80 resource persons are going to present their papers, and there will be five poster presentations. Among these 80 persons, seven paper presenters are from abroad while the rest of them belong to different universities of Pakistan.
Overall 22 sessions are will be organised during a three-day conference on different themes. app