PMDC flayed for fee raise in private colleges
Lahore, Sept 07: The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has condemned the decision of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to allow private medical colleges to raise their tuition fee by 20 per cent.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, the PIMA termed it a highly objectionable step as private medical colleges were already charging exorbitant fees from students.
"The medical community has serious reservations about the dissolution of the PMDC and considers it mala fide as it seems that its purpose has been to look after the interests of private medical colleges and not the doctors community," it said.
Calling upon the PMDC to immediately withdraw the decision, the PIMA also urges the federal government to stop the transitional ex-committee of the PMDC from taking important decisions arbitrarily and leave such matters to the properly-elected council.
The PIMA also appeals to all doctors' bodies to raise their voice against the unjust decision.
This is an act of shame to charge such high fees for the medical education in a country where more than 50 per cent people live below the poverty line, it said. DawnYour Comments
VC completes two years in captivity
Peshawar: The vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University Ajmal Khan would complete two years in Taliban captivity today as the government and law-enforcement agencies have failed to secure his release. The aging vice-chancellor was kidnapped on September 7, 2010 from the Professors' Colony adjacent to the University of Peshawar Campus by unknown people. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed responsibility for his kidnapping. The TTP have released four video tapes of the detained VC. The news
KU registration form schedule
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Thursday announced that the registration forms for BA, BCom, BOI and improvement of division (BA, BCom and BSc) would be accepted with original fee of Rs2,500 between Sept 7 and Oct 8.
For the change of a subject a fee of Rs500 would be charged, a KU notification added.
Meanwhile the department of botany of the University of Karachi has granted scholarships to nine students on a merit-cum-need basis. According to a university official, these students included two MSc students while the remaining were students of BS first year. Dawn
KU to launch Postgraduate Diploma in Food Safety
Karachi: The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Karachi has announced that one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Food Safety and Controls would be initiated from this month at the department. This will be under the European Union Funded Trade Related Technical assistance TRTA II programme and implemented by UNIDO.
University of Karachi in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will initiate this Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in order to develop human resource for food sector in Pakistan, says a statement on Thursday. It said that the diploma of the programme would be accredited by Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), UK. A batch of 40 students per year and total 160 candidates would be trained during two years from 2012- 2014. The duration of the course will be one-year based on two semesters. While talking about the objectives of the programme, chairperson department of Food Science and Technology said that food safety is a scientific discipline that teaches handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illnesses. It was stated that in Pakistan, the food safety control system is weak.
The PGD-Food Safety and Controls being very comprehensive in its contents and design will be more effective in producing technically sound and academically qualified experts, which will strengthen the trade capacity building process of the country, create employment by enhancing export, protect consumer by improving the safety status of food, facilitate Pakistan's capacity to integrate into global trade and hence improve overall economy. The candidates having Masters/BS four-year degree (16 years of education) in pure and applied Sciences will be eligible for admission. However, they will be required to appear in pre-entry test, consisting of two components: general and technical. Final selection of candidates will be based on their entry test performance, academic record and interview, it was further stated. app
Universities urged to create new knowledge
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said the ultimate objective of universities is that these must create new knowledge.
Addressing the inaugural session of a three-day international conference on "Research Methodology New Trends and Integrative Approach from Bench to Bedside" organised by PU College of Pharmacy, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Pharmacist Association at the college, he said the current administration of the university had given the highest priority to research by increasing funding for research, consolidating PhD programme, organising workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.
Prof Dr Naeem Anwar Muzafar, Prof Dr Zahri Ismail from University of Science, Malaysia, Dr Muhammad Abbas from Quetta, Dr Mubasher Ahmed Butt, Dr Nadeem Irfan, scholars from various universities and a large number of students participated in the conference.
The PU VC said it was sad that among Muslim countries, Pakistan stood 5th after Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Malaysia in scientific publications. He said, "Pakistan has very small number of PhDs and an average of only 24 per cent faculty members are PhDs in our universities." He said when the current administration took charge in January 2008, PU had 700 faculty members out of which 29 per cent were PhDs. He said that now PU had over 1,000 teachers and the PhD percentage was over 39 per cent and this would increase rapidly as many of young faculty members were pursuing their PhDs in and outside the country. Dr Kamran said the nations who didn't create knowledge were finally subjugated.
Admissions to medical, dental colleges
Sahiwal: The district administration has finalised arrangements for holding entrance test for admissions to medical and dental colleges of the Punjab on September 23.
This was said by Commissioner Qazi Muhammad Ashfaq while chairing a meeting to review the arrangements here. He said that as many as 1,800 students would appear in the test at the Government Postgraduate College centre. He directed the Health Department to establish a medical camp at the centre to meet any emergency. He also directed the TMA to ensure proper seating arrangements for the students' parents. Speaking on the occasion, the DPO said that more than 200 police personnel would be deputed to provide security to the students and they would be allowed to enter the examination hall after physical checking. The news