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Medical entrance tests : Negative marking issue

Entrance test: SC moved against LHC verdict
Lahore, Sept 24: A constitutional petition has been filed with the Supreme Court challenging decision of the LHC wherein the University of Health Science's criterion for medical entrance tests was set aside, but no verdict was given on negative marking or eligibility to take test of such candidates who had earlier participated in tests.

The appeal was filed by a medical student, Hadia Hasan, through Advocate Nasir Mahmood Qureshi contending that the LHC failed to understand and decide questions of law in its true perspective.

The counsel said though the LHC bench held that regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council were binding upon all medical institutions, the question of law qua applicability of "negative marking" was not decided.

He said whether by not even touching the question of negative marking in entire impugned judgment, the LHC bench had not failed to decide question of law which had resulted in miscarriage of justice and whether this question of law should not have been decided alongwith its legal effects?

He further said the impugned judgment of high court was a non-speaking judgment to the extent of legal and fundamental rights of the petitioner.

Advocate Qureshi stated that the PMDC regulations being binding upon all medical colleges must be adhered to in letter and spirit without exception.

The impugned medical entrance test, having been conducted in violation of PMDC rules was liable to be set aside and same should have been ordered to be held afresh in strict compliance with PMDC rules.

The authorities should not have been allowed to take benefit of their own wrongdoings, he said and added that the impugned judgment was not clear to this extent as to whether the petitioner was at liberty to participate in fresh medical entrance test, which was to be conducted under directions of the LHC. The petitioner, therefore, has prayed to the SC to grant leave against the impugned judgment of LHC and after conversion of this petition into an appeal, the same may be accepted and entrance test held on July 20, 2010 in violation of PMDC regulations may kindly be declared to be void ab-initio to the extent of the petitioner.

He said the respondents be directed to arrange fresh entrance test in accordance with PMDC regulations, enabling the petitioner to participate in it.

He further prayed that question of law pertaining to negative marking may also be decided to hold whether negative marking was mandated by PMDC. Dawn

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"Dear Please can i know about selection for MBBS. With Thanks Falak Waseem"
Name: Falak Waseem
City, Country: Sialkot, Pakistan

"PMDC's rules should be followed from the next year. If they are followed this year, it would be unjust because students must have been informed about it at least one year before.By the way, it will be an uphill task for UHS to follow PMDC's rules to the letter this year."
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City, Country: Layyah, Pakistan

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IJT stages anti-US demos
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) activists on Thursday staged anti-US demonstrations at Bhaikaywal and Nasir Bagh traffic intersections to protest against the conviction of Dr Aafia Siddiqui by a US court.

A US court sentenced Dr Aafia to 86-years imprisonment on seven different charges which spurred anti-US sentiments.

The IJT activists from Punjab University, Govt Science College Wahdat Road and Govt Islamia College Civil Lines gathered at the Bhaikaywal Chowk and Nasir Bagh to protest against the US court verdict.

The protesters burnt tyres and raised anti-US slogans.They demanded the immediate release of Dr Aafia from the US custody.

The demonstrations caused a standstill to traffic while the commuters remained stranded for more than an hour. App

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Varsity teachers' token protest
Lahore: All public sector universities' faculty members on Thursday observed one-hour token academic boycott on the call of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) and reiterated their demand the government should bridge the financial cut made in the federal budget in June this year.

FAPUASA president Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar said the federation appreciated the prime minister's special committee for pledging release of additional recurring grant for the 50 per cent increase in salaries and 15 per cent medical allowance to employees of all public sector varsities in the country.

He said the government had also agreed that all foreign and local scholars would be funded till the completion of their studies.

Prof Akhtar said the federation executive body would hold meeting in Islamabad on Friday (today) and finalise future course of action. He said the government needed to give at least Rs10 billion to the varsities. Dawn

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KEMU exam schedule revised
Lahore: The Deans Committee of King Edward Medical University has revised the schedule of examination of all professionals of MBBS during 2010 due to flood because 30 percent of the university students belong to flood-affected areas.

The committee took the decision on Thursday during a meeting held under the chairmanship of KEMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Asad Aslam Khan and it was attended by Prof Muhammad Akram, Prof Azhar Hameed, Prof Maaz Ahmad and Prof Imtiaz Akhtar Bajwa, Controller of Examinations, attended the meeting.

According to the revised date-sheet, First Professional Part-I will be held on November 22, First Professional Part-II on December 6, Second Professional on November 23, Third Professional on December 7 and Final Professional will start from December 30, 2010. The date-sheet for practical exam and viva will be announced later.

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Petition against fake varsities
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Thursday directed Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey to get ads published in newspapers to serve notices on 40 alleged fake universities which had been made respondents in his petition against unrecognised colleges and universities functioning in Punjab. Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry adjourned further hearing on the petition till Oct 15. Barrister Jaffrey in his petition had challenged the mushroom growth of fake educational institutions and sought court's direction for government to close all the fake and unrecognised colleges and universities. The news

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