BISE introduces FSc in Medical Tech
Lahore, Sep 09: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Lahore has decided to grant affiliation to different institutions for introduction of two-year FSc in Medical Technology bringing the medical technology courses in the main stream of education.
The six technologies to be taught in FSc in Medical Technology will be physiotherapy, medical lab technology, dental hygiene, medical imaging technology, laser, radiography and ophthalmology. These courses were hitherto conducted by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Punjab Medical Faculty and University of Health Sciences. And now the paramedical diploma courses including medical lab technicians, dispenser (category C), dental hygienist, radiographic technician, dental technician and operation theatre technicians will be conducted by Punjab Medical Faculty of Health Department.
The FSc Medical Technology Group can lead to graduate courses of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D), BSc Physiotherapy and BSc Medical Lab.
The institutions conducting medical technology courses had no mechanism and infrastructures to conduct examinations of these technologies and hence faced many problems putting a question mark on the efficacy of these certificates. Usually the certificates were granted on the basis of experience and working in the respective fields in government hospitals and dispensaries and viva voce.
According to the arrangements, the government and private institutions providing these courses at their campuses will be affiliated with the Board to conduct their examinations in line with the existing system of Part I and Part II Intermediate.
The step will regularise the certification of medical technologies courses and will bring these courses at par with the Intermediate Science group leading to higher education in the same discipline.
The admission to these technologies at the FSc level is open to the students after matriculation. This year the institutions that would enrol the students would get registration of their students from the Board and send the registration returns as per the schedule of the Board prescribed for general education.
Most of the institutions, however, which provide two years courses in medical technology, are in private sector. The medical educationists and public circle have welcomed the step saying that it will improve the quality of education in paramedical education as well as practice besides improving the standard of health services. The nationYour Comments
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V, VIII students bound to sit PEC exams
Lahore: The Punjab School Education Department has made it compulsory for all students of government and private registered schools to sit grade V and VIII examinations organised by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC).
From April 1 next year, government schools will admit only those students in class VI and IX who have passed grade-V and VIII examinations organised by the PEC.
Privately schools registered for 'O' and 'A' levels affiliated with foreign examinations bodies will be exempted for this year.
The Schools Education Department has decided to implement the 'Policy of Grade-V and Grade-VIII Examinations, 2010' to promote the uniform system of examination and upgrade the existing system of grade V and VIII examinations across Punjab.
The department states that all executive district officers (education) will be responsible for smooth conduct of examinations and fair marking of answer-sheets. They will also be responsible for arranging halls, furniture, drinking water and toilets for candidates.
As far as possible, examination centres will be established in high and higher secondary schools. Elementary and primary schools can only be considered if there is no high school in the vicinity. The standard strength of a centre will be between 200 to 300 candidates. In the urban area, the centres of less than 200 candidates will not be established. Only in exceptional cases in rural areas, centres can be established for 100 girl candidates. These centres will be given permanent status. The notified examination centres will not be changed without the approval of the PEC.
The marking of answer sheets will be carried out in other tehsils/towns of the district in such a manner that tehsils are not inter-changed. The 60 per cent of answer sheets will be marked through computers.
It is learnt that the grade-V annual examination for 2010 will be held in the first week of February next and grade-VIII examination in the second week of February. The results of both examinations will be declared on March 31. The PEC expects that some 2.3 million students will appear for these examinations every year.
The incentive award for teachers and scholarships to students will be determined on the basis of these examination results.
The students of government schools, Punjab Education Foundation schools and registered private schools can submit registration and admission forms free of cost from Sept 10 (tomorrow) till Nov 10 this year. The Punjab government itself will provide Rs2 registration fee per student to the PEC.
The PEC will provide question papers in both Urdu and English languages for Urdu and English medium students. Question papers will be set on the basis of solo taxonomy and learning outcomes to meet international standards. The commission's previous examinations' question-papers have been uploaded at commission's website www.pec.edu.pk.
In order to hold these examinations in a transparent manner, the PEC will also appoint over 3,000 field inspectors for monitoring.
On the instructions of the chief minister, the PEC has enhanced examiners' remunerations by five times, while the examination supervisory staff remuneration has also been enhanced.
An examination superintendent, examination invigilator, resident inspector, mobile inspector, paper-marker, head examiner and class-IV employees will be given remuneration at the rate of Rs400 per day, Rs200, Rs500, Rs400, Rs5, Rs5 per paper plus 10 per cent incentive and Rs100 per day. Dawn
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Three PhDs awarded at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) awarded three PhD degrees to the candidates in different subjects on Tuesday.
Muhammad Rashid Khan s/o Baqa Muhammad Khan has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Communication Studies after the approval of his research thesis entitled "Political Communication and Democratic Process in Pakistan: A Case Study of Leading English Newspapers".
He completed his thesis under the supervision of PU Dean Faculty of Behavioral & Social Studies Prof Dr Mughees-ud-Din Sheikh while National College of Arts Lahore Department of Film & Television Prof Wolfgang Laengsfeld was his Co-Supervisor.
Muhammad Naeem Mohsin s/o Muhammad Hanif Mohsin has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Special Education after the approval of his research thesis entitled "Need Assessment of Children with Mental Retardation Using Ecological Inventories and Development of a Functional Skills Training Programme Involving Parents".
He completed his thesis under the supervision of Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan Institute of Education & Research Prof Dr Nasir-ud-Din. The news
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Seminar held in connection with Int'l Literacy Day
Lahore: A seminar was held in connection with International Literacy Day under the aegis of Literacy Department and Rotary Club Lahore Garrison at Community Center Rotary Club, Muslim Town, Lahore, here today. The seminar was addressed by President Rotary Club Lahore M. Sadiq, District Governor Shehzad Ahmed, Acting President Lahore Garrison G. R. Siddiqui and Additional Secretary (Literacy) Nadim Ahmed Malik.
Addressing the seminar, Additional Secretary (Literacy) Nadim Ahmed Malik said that government while keeping in view the importance of non-formal education, has established a separate department of literacy under which non-formal schools are being set up throughout the province. He said that planning has been made for the promotion of non-formal education while keeping in view the ground realities.
Literacy department will extend full cooperation to welfare institutions like Rotary Club for increasing literacy rate, he added. He said true way of celebrating International Day of Literacy is that every person should work for increasing literacy rate at according to his resources.
M. Sadiq while addressing on the occasion, said that literacy rate was had not been increased due to inattention of the governments besides no direction was determined in the field of education due to which Pakistan is far behind in education sector compared to developing countries. District Governor Rotary Club Lahore, Shehzad Ahmed said that Rotary Club is active against illiteracy through non-formal schools and it has provided teachers and teaching staff to 28 centers. He said that Rotary Club will establish more schools in this sector with the cooperation of Literacy Department. Deputy Secretary Literacy, Sh. Anis Ahmed informed that functions have been held under the auspices of department in the whole province with regard to International Literacy Day in which significance of non-formal method of education has been highlighted and awareness has been created among the people about the importance of literacy. F.P. Report
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