Sindh medical college admissions delay

Delay in medical college admissions slammed
Karachi, Sept 23: Expressing concern over delay in process of admissions to public sector medical colleges of Sindh, the office-bearers of Pakistan Medical and Dental College (PMDC) and Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Wednesday termed it a move to benefit private sector medical colleges.

Speaking at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, PMDC member from Sindh Dr Sher Shah Syed and PMA secretary-general Dr Habib-ur-Rehman Soomro said it was also against PMDC directives of preparing just one merit list for admission to both public and private sector medical colleges after simultaneously conducting entrance tests.

The PMA and PMDC office-bearers advised the government to stop such institutions from charging heavy non-refundable fee till the entrance tests to government-run medical colleges are conducted and their results are announced.

They lamented that private sector medical colleges have been allowed to mint money as they would start collecting non-refundable fee from their students, although some of the students would have a chance to get admission to government-run medical colleges.

"The delay in admissions to public sector medical colleges has given a licence to private medical colleges to charge heavy non-refundable fees from students," said Dr Sher Shah.

When a newsman reminded him that the Sindh government had cited unprecedented floods as the main reason behind extension of date for entrance test to public sector medical colleges, Sher Shah Syed said the government would have been justified in its action when process of admissions to private medical colleges would have also been suspended till the holding of entrance tests to public sector medical colleges and till the compilation of merit list of successful candidates.

Accusing PMDC of being controlled by owners of private medical colleges and the vested-interest, both the senior doctors alleged that the PMDC had failed to regulate medical education.

They urged the president and the prime minister to take notice of a move to approve 12 to 15 more private medical colleges at the behest of federal health ministry. This was being done despite the fact that most of the colleges do not meet PMDC criteria, and they neither have facilities, nor strength of faculties as required under the PMDC rules. They also demanded re-organisation of PMDC in the light of Supreme Court verdict and sought ban on opening of new medical college as desired by the Senate standing committee on medical education. Dawn

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Edhi awarded honorary PhD degree by University of Bedfordshire
Islamabad: Abdus Sattar Edhi, famous philanthropist and social worker, was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree by University of Bedfordshire, UK, during the 27th convocation of the Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, that was held here on Wednesday. He was the chief guest on the occasion.

A total of 752 graduates of different programmes were awarded degrees by CIIT Rector Dr. Syed Muhammad Junaid Zaidi. Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE Bedfordshire University, UK, conferred the degree on Abdus Sattar Edhi.

Abdul Sattar Edhi's grandson spoke on his behalf and said that that he was honoured by the degree awarded to him. Edhi Foundation is currently working in 38 countries serving the humanity regardless of their caste, creed and religion. He said that he just wants to create awareness in Pakistan about humanitarian work and wants to make Pakistan a welfare state. Abdul Sattar Edhi said that our education system should also teach about social welfare and humanity.

Addressing the graduating students, CIIT Rector Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi said that they were really grateful that they have honoured Abdul Sattar Edhi with the Doctorate Degree and recognised his services for Pakistan. He said that the excellence in the field of sciences and technology is a prerequisite to develop skilled manpower. He stressed that Pakistan has to introduce structural changes in the policy on science and technology for ensuring the qualitative transformation of industrial sector and to compete in the international market.

He further said that Comsats Institute of Information Technology, within 10 years of its existence, has delivered state-of-the-art technological, scientific education and has broadened the research horizons. It is one of the youngest institutions of HEC who has spread the canvas of higher education all over Pakistan by running its seven campuses, well equipped with modernised labs and other requisite facilities. CIIT, recognising its duties, is committed to provide the best opportunities for learning and personal development within a caring and supportive environment. The rector also lauded the efforts of the faculty who has been innovative in teaching and delivery methods and who helped the students not only in their studies but also in their character building.

The rector said that the Government of Pakistan is fully committed with the aim to provide quality technological, scientific and modern education for all. In this regard, government is fully aware of rapid technological advancement around the globe. To improve the standards of education and research works being delivered in universities, government is sending around hundreds of faculty members every year on scholarships through Faculty Development Programme under the supervision of HEC.

Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE Bedfordshire University, UK, while speaking on the occasion said that he was really impressed by the phenomenal growth of CIIT in student and staff capacity. He said that one-third students in Bedfordshire University belong to other countries. Foreign students add colour and life to a campus because they get a chance to experience different culture and also respect them.

At the 27th Convocation of CIIT, 752 students were awarded degrees in different disciplines. Fifty-six students were awarded gold medals, 38 got silver and 32 students were awarded bronze medals on the basis of their outstanding performance in their academic careers. From Islamabad campus 12 students got institute's gold medals, five students got silver and five students were awarded bronze medals. Apart from this five students were awarded PhD degrees and there were 114 graduates from MS disciplines as well.

Abdus Sattar Edhi was conferred the honorary Doctorate Degree by University of Bedfordshire on the recommendation of Comsats Institute of Information Technology for his involvement in charity work and his tireless efforts in helping the needy and the poor. For him the world of suffering is his tutor and source of wisdom through which he has established a system of services to reduce the human miseries. Despite his enormous fame and the vast sums of money that passes through his hands, Abdus Sattar Edhi adheres to a very modest lifestyle. The news

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