Quaid-i-Azam Medical College dean post

Dean post for Quaid-i-Azam Medical College sanctioned
Islamabad, Sept 07: The finance ministry has sanctioned a post of dean for Quaid-i-Azam Postgraduate Medical College on the recommendation of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

Sources said that the Pims administration had demanded of the health ministry to create the post of dean so that it could run its affairs effectively. The health ministry approached the finance ministry for creation of the post and allocation of salary and other additional benefits and facilities.

The sources said that the finance ministry created the post and the health ministry proposed three names of Prof Ghazala Mehmood of Gynaecology, Prof Zahir Abbas of Paediatric and Prof Aslam Shah of Surgery to the health minister for final approval.

The sources said that according to the rule of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council the dean should be a professor and has got at least 10 research articles published in national and international journal, his/her minimum age should be 45, and has at least five years experience of professorship.

Executive Directive Pims Jamal Mehmood when contacted said the case for the creation of the post had been in process since long.

He neither confirmed nor denied that the post was being created but said the notification in this regard was yet to be received in hospital.

The college was established in 1988 and being run under the administration of the Pims.

The deans worked at the post since 1988 without any salary and perks and privileges as the post was not sanctioned. Dawn

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AIOU flood relief efforts for students
Islamabad: As a gesture of national solidarity with the flood affected people, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has taken various measures to help them out of the crisis, says a press release.

AIOU has once again proved that it not only caters to the educational needs of people living in all parts of the country but it is with the nation through all thick and thin.

AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi has very graciously announced special fee concession for flood affectees. Students who have already availed concession under AIOU Financial Support Program for any past semester can also avail concession for this semester as well. A sum of Rs17.7 million has been allocated to only flood affected students. In addition, National Bank of Pakistan and First Women Bank Limited will extend loans to salaried student of AIOU.

AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr. Sangi said that books were sent to the students across the country just few days before the country hit by worst flood. Concerning the lost of students' book in the flood he announced that those who lost their books in the flood may contact the nearest AIOU Regional office or send an application to Director, Admissions AIOU Islamabad for re-issuance of books. Dr. Sangi appealed to students residing in the flood safe areas and who have completed their course/programme may send their spare books to the nearby AIOU regional offices so that these books can be given to the flood affected students. The VC has also announced that students of higher classes will be provided short term loans with the help of National Bank of Pakistan and First Women Bank.

The Vice Chancellor has also directed to set up relief camps in the AIOU main campus and Regional Offices located throughout the country. These camps will concentrate on education especially preventive health education, special agriculture based programs and adult literacy, etc. Furthermore, Regional offices will provide free duplicate result cards and other facilities to affected students and for this purpose at least 04 staff members in each of 36 regions have been deputed. AIOU has also made a call to philanthropists to financially support AIOU students for two semesters so that they may be able to continue their education.

To meet these financial challenges, the university has taken austerity economic measures to curtail its expenditures in other heads of its budget. However, had these measures and relief support not been provided, hundreds and thousands of AIOU students would have been out of education! The VC showed concern by taking all possible steps to help in mitigating suffering of the students' community and said. "We are a responsible academic entity and will ensure low cost, well supported education to the deserving students in flood hit regions."

He called upon the AIOU students and academic staff to actively participate in rescue and relief operations.

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'Youth FM Radio' station to be on air next month
Islamabad: Ministry of Youth Affairs' full-fledged 'Youth FM station' would be on air next month by the approval of high authorities. Federal Minister for Youth Affair Shahid Hussain Bhutto told APP that it is a gift for Pakistani youth and this youth FM station would present and highlight youth related programmes containing both information and entertainment. This FM station would start in the federal capital first and after it would be expanded to all over the country.

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FJWU holds 'Asma-e-Husna' recitation
Rawalpindi: In compliance with the holy month of Ramazan, the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) organised a recitation of 'Asma-e-Husna' here on Monday.

The FJWU, in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Consulate, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamabad, organises these 'Mahafil' every year. This year, the delegation hailing from Babulsar city of Iran known as Yaseen Group, comprising Qari Mohammad Habibi Najaad, Qari Mohammad Hadi Zad Nayyad, Qari Ali Razai and Qari Saddiq Siyyari presented 'Qirat', 'Naat', 'Kalam-e-Iqbal' and recited 'Asma-e-Husna'. FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, Registrar Dr. Maryam Rab and a large number of senior faculty members were present on the occasion.

The 'Qaris' beautifully recited different verses and 'Surahs' from the Holy Qur'aan. They kept mesmerising the audience with their soulful voices throughout the 'Mahfil'. Dr Raza Diyanat while speaking on the occasion briefed the audiences regarding the importance of Ramazan and fasting. He answered the questions of audiences regarding 'Ayats' of Qur'aan. The delegates were accompanied by Mahmmud Amir Gul, Director Iran Culture and Mr Khuram.

Mahmmud Amir Gul while speaking on the occasion briefed the audiences regarding the importance of Ramazan and fasting. He apprised the audience about Iran-Pakistan relations and specially importance of Iqbal in Iran. He wished to have closed relations with FJWU.

Later, university souvenirs were presented to delegates as a token of appreciation by the Vice Chancellor. The event formally ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Shamim M. Zaidi, Chairperson Department of Communication Sciences.

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Student seeks help to study further
Mardan: Aurangzeb, an 18-year-old student from Badar Banda in Mardan district has appealed to the government and philanthropists to extend financial assistance to enable him to continue his studies.

Aurangzeb said his ailing father could not bear his educational expenses. He added that he had two brothers and two sisters and it was not possible for the family to pay for their education.

He said he topped the Government High School, Badar Banda in matriculation examination in 2008 and secured 713 marks (79.22 per cent). He said he scored 744 marks in the intermediate examination in pre-engineering (67.63 per cent).

Aurangzeb said that his elder brother Ihsanullah was a labourer and the family's only breadwinner. He said he would be grateful if he was helped in acquiring higher education. Those wishing to help the student could reach him on mobile: 0346-9349455. The news

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