Bannu Medical College students seek recognition
Islamabad, Sept 25: After demonstrating in Bannu, Peshawar, dozens of Bannu Medical College (BMC) students have been protesting in the capital seeking recognition of their medical college by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
The collage was established in 2006 by the former Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani. Strength wise it was the 3rd biggest college in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in public sector. The students enrolled were selected by a joint admission committee.
However, the college had been facing problems from the start. There were no basic infrastructure, no proper hostels, and medical instruments were missing from labs. But students ignored these problems in the hope that things would become better.
"But it's going from bad to worse," said a 4th year medical student. "We have knocked every politician's door but have been turned away. The Health Minister told us that half of the country was on roads we should do the same," said her batch mate.
Four years on, but the students have not done any practical. "Practicals should have started in 3rd year. But in our 4th year we don't even know how to administer an injection. We did not even have a pharmacology instructor in 3rd year to teach us about drugs," said another student.
The students feared that without recognition of their degrees they would be denied even house jobs let alone employment in government hospitals. "Even private practice will be criminal," said a student adding, "We took entrance tests like other students in Khyber Medical College and Ayub Medical College yet our future is uncertain."
The students who have been protesting since March had met speaker and deputy speaker, National Assembly, KP Chief Minister and officials of the health department but without avail.
"We urge the Chief Justice to take a stand for us. The future of 500 medical students is at stake," said the student.
Teachers demand payment of advance increments
Swabi: Teachers at a meeting here on Friday criticised the provincial finance department for 'delaying' payment of advance increments on higher qualification to them despite verdicts in their favour by both the Service Tribunal and the Peshawar High Court.
Teachers of all cadres attended the meeting with Abdul Latif, president of All Teachers Association in the chair.
The participants said instead of resolving genuine problems of teachers the finance department had issued a letter to executive district officers (education) saying primary school teachers (PSTs) who were promoted to certified teachers (CTs), physical education teachers (PETs) and drawing master posts had already got three increments on attaining BA/BSc certificates during their primary teaching service.
The letter said the promoted teachers were awarded BPS-14 entitling them to double benefits.
Participants said now the officials of finance department had been talking about withdrawing one of the two benefits which would inflict great financial losses on them.
The same issue was raised by finance department during the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal government but the then finance minister rejected the demand and got issued a letter making mandatory the payment of advance allowances to the teachers, the participants claimed.
However, they said, the finance department again raised the issue forcing the teachers to plead their cases in the service tribunal. The teachers said they had also filed a contempt petition in the apex court against the finance department for not implementing the court's ruling.
Malakand students demand quota in other varsities
Timergara: Dozens of students of four commerce colleges affiliated with Malakand University on Friday held a demonstration in front of Chakdara press club, demanding quota for themselves in other universities, particularly those in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Students from Thana Commerce College and other colleges of Lower Dir took part in the demonstration. Speaking on the occasion, student leaders Fazal Mabood, Farman, Muhammad Amin and Iqbal said the University of Malakand had postponed their examinations twice this year owing to floods and destruction of bridges.
They said that now the examinations for BA, BBA etc would be held on Sept 28. "It means the results will be announced at least two months after that and by that time the University of Peshawar would have completed its admission in master's classes and they would lose an academic year," said one of the speakers.
The speakers recalled that last year some of the universities in the country had reserved seats for the students of Malakand region when a large population of the area had left their homes due to militancy and were living in camps as internally displaced persons (IDPs).
They said that the four commerce colleges in the jurisdiction of Malakand University had over 500 students of BA and BBA. They demanded of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to direct universities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to reserve special quota for students of the Malakand region as they were not responsible for delay in examinations. Dawn