Bannu Medical College PMDC recognition
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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