PMDC inspection for private medical colleges

Private medical colleges: Young doctors for relaunch of inspection
Lahore, Sept 17: The Young Doctors Association (YDA), Lahore, has asked the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) to re-launch inspection of private medical colleges and revoke the registration of those colleges which fail to fulfill the criterion laid down by the council.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, YDA office bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Khalid Idrees and others showed serious concern over the state of affairs in private medical colleges.

They said that various private medical colleges had increased the admission quota for overseas students and were involved in out of merit admissions in their bid to earn more and more profit.

These colleges demand, both from local and overseas student, as much as Rs1.2 to Rs1.5 million per student in the name of 'donation' and are making millions of rupees annually.

They said various posts of teachers were lying vacant in several private medical colleges, but the PMDC management took no action against them.

Most of these colleges are not offering house job to their medical graduates. A few of them offer only Rs10,000 to Rs12,000 as stipend per month to young doctors who otherwise are getting Rs18,000 in public sector hospitals.

YDA officials asked parents and students not to pay attention to attractive advertisements and get information about the faculty and other facilities of private medical colleges before getting admission.

They demanded of the prime minister to take action against the PMDC management for using delaying tactics in re-launching inspection of private medical colleges. Dawn

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Protest rally against BoGs in govt colleges
Lahore: Many college teachers and students taking out a rally on Thursday strongly protested against the establishment of Board of Governors (BoG) in 26 public colleges of the province.

The rally was organised by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in which besides office-bearers of Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA) and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), dozens of students and teachers also participated and expressed resentment over the move.

It is pertinent to mention here that the JAC had announced to observe September 16 as Black Day by observing academic boycott in government colleges across the province against the decision of granting autonomy to 26 colleges and establishment of BoGs there by the Punjab government.

On Thursday, the rally started from Government MAO College and culminated outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat where the participants also observed a protest sit-in for quite some time which caused traffic mess on Lower Mall and many adjacent roads.

The rally participants carrying placards and banners also chanted slogans against the Punjab government saying the establishment of BoG at the government colleges would create a lot of problems for the students. They termed the move as an effort to privatize renowned educational institutions. JAC office bearers addressing the rally participants strongly criticised the grant of autonomy to colleges saying the earlier experiments had proved that after autonomy the fees were increased which deprived poor students to continue education at such educational institutions.

Later, the rally dispersed peacefully demanding the government to withdraw the decision in the best interest of the students.

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PU approves 20 new shops
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor has approved construction of 20 new shops in hostel area with the directions that the existing owners of temporary shops should also be provided another opportunity to participate in the open auction of the same.

In a press statement, PU Resident Officer-I Prof Javed Samee said that a decision has been made to demolish makeshift shops in the varsity hostel area in the light of recommendations of shop and khokha committee headed by Prof Dr Kh Harris Rashid, adding the temporary shops and khokhas were supplying highly unhygienic food and eatables to the students residing in hostels while some of the owners were not even paying rent and electricity bills for the past several months. He claimed the administration had given warnings to the temporary shop owners to shift their material and belongings from there but they did not pay any head.

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GCU merit list
Lahore: The first merit list for the admissions to the Government College University (GCU) four-year BA/BSc (Hons) will be displayed on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. The trials for admissions on sports and co-curricular basis will be held from September 20 to September 23. The test for admissions in BA (Hons) English literature will be held on Monday, September 20, at 10am at GCU New Block.

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PEF to partner 71 schools
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation has planned to increase the number of partner schools under New School Programme (NSP) from 129 to 200 by December 31, 2010. Briefing a three-member World Bank delegation, Managing Director PEF Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani added this would provide free educational facilities to maximum number of deserving students. The WB delegation was headed by Ms Sofia Shakil and accompanied by Huma Ali Waheed (Research Analyst) and Umbreen Arif (Education Specialist). The news

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