Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali has assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor, Government College University Faisalabad

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali has assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor, Government College University Faisalabad

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali has assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor, Government College University Faisalabad

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali has assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor, Government College University Faisalabad

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali has assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor, Government College University Faisalabad, in pursuance of Government of the Punjab, Higher Education Department, Lahore Notification No. SO(Univ.)5-3/09.P dated 17-12-2014

PMDC Approves Increased Admission Seats for Medical Colleges in Punjab

PMDC Approves Increased Admission Seats for Medical Colleges in Punjab

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has increased the admission seats in seven medical colleges of health department, Pakistan

This decision came with a condition that heads of these medical colleges would not increase any number of seats in coming future on their own.

The details of the new seats in medical colleges are as under:

Punjab Medical College = Old 250. New 325.
Nishtar Medical College Multan = Old 250. New 325.
Qaud-i-Azam Medical College = Old 300. new 325.
Nishtar Institute of Dentistry Multan = Old 50. New 66.
Services Institute of Medical Sciences Lahore = Old 150. New 200.
Sheikh Zaid Rahimyar Khan = Old 100. New 150.
Nawaz Sharif Medical College = Old 50. New 100.

Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) for redefining HEC role

Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) for redefining HEC role

Islamabad – In the light of the 18th constitutional amendment, the role of Higher Education Commission (HEC) should be redefined and recommendations of implementation commission regarding higher education sector should be implemented in true letter and spirit.
It was demanded by Dr Kaleemullah Berach, the central secretary general and president Balochistan chapter of federation of all Pakistan universities academic staff association (FAPUASA).
While appreciating the formation of higher education set up by Sindh and Punjab governments, he demanded of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to realise their constitutional obligations and undertake steps for promotion of higher education through expediting the process for establishment of provincial higher education set-ups. As the universities are already under the administrative control of the provincial governments, the provincial governments should also realise their financial responsibilities as well.
He emphasised over provincial government of Balochistan to fulfil its commitments promised in their elections manifesto regarding establishment of provincial HEC.
Reacting to the recent vice chancellors’ meeting at Islamabad, he stated, “Implementation of the 18th constitutional amendment is our moral and constitutional responsibility and it was not the mandate of the HEC management and vice chancellors to criticise it. Parliament is the sole right platform where such debates should held.” He further stated that university faculty as well as civil society would not accept any plot against 18th constitutional amendment.
He was of the view that in the light of 18th constitutional amendment, the federal government should allocate the development funds as per the provincial share prescribed in National Finance Commission (NFC) award. Under the new formula of current NFC Award, approximately 51.74% of shares were directed to Punjab, 24.55% to Sindh, 14.62% to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 9.09% to Balochistan. But unfortunately, in this current higher education budget, smaller provinces had been ignored in development funds and allocation had not been made according to this NFC formula.
He demanded that quotas for provinces and regions for appointments in all grades must be religiously followed and only real natives of Balochistan and other smaller provinces should be considered against the legitimate quotas.
He vowed that FAPUASA as representative body of universities’ faculty would continue its role for promotion of higher education in Pakistan and for the protection legitimate rights of federal units.

HIV positive women can have safe offspring after treatment!

HIV positive women can have safe offspring after treatment!

Islamabad – World AIDS Day was observed on Monday as an opportunity to harness the power of social change and close the access gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region comprising 22 countries including Pakistan is using the slogan “HIV treatment controls the virus. Treat for Life. Prevent for Life.” This is a call for action so that every individual living with HIV can enjoy the highest attainable level of health through lifelong access to good quality HIV care and treatment.
The antiretroviral therapy has become less toxic and easier to administer, and people living with HIV can take it in the right combination of medicines to control the virus and bring it down to undetectable levels. This keeps the immune system sufficiently strong to fight opportunistic infections and cancers. Thus people living with HIV can now live long, healthy and productive lives.
On this occasion, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, has affirmed, “HIV treatment reduces the virus to undetectable levels, and protects people against diseases. Secondary to the preventive benefit to individuals of reducing the virus to undetectable levels, there is a benefit to public health in general. Implementing ART programmes reduces the likelihood of transmission from people living with HIV to others. This is a major public health gain that will eventually result in curbing the HIV epidemic.”
“Effective HIV treatment will help people living with HIV to avoid the transmission of their infection to their uninfected partners. Similarly, once the level of their infection has become undetectable, pregnant women living with HIV can give birth without passing the virus on to their babies,” he added.
He has called for adapting health systems to ensure that even the least privileged and most marginalised individuals are not excluded, while monitoring the treatment success in individuals. The government of Pakistan has been maintaining a sustained response to the HIV epidemic since the late-80s or early 90s through the National and Provincial AIDS Control Programme, UN agencies specially UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO and UNFPA, bilateral and multilateral donors, a large number of NGOs and CSOs operating at all levels. The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has been financing a substantial portion of the HIV/AIDS response in Pakistan. Since June 2011, the Provincial AIDS Control Programs are leading the implementation of the policies, strategies and guidelines developed by them.
Pakistan falls under the category of a high-risk but low prevalence country for HIV-AIDS with a concentrated epidemic meaning that the prevalence in traditional risk groups exceeds 5 per cent. The National AIDS Control Programme estimates that there are around 100,000 HIV cases in Pakistan, with an overall general population prevalence ranging between 0.05 per cent – less than 0.1 per cent during the last decade.
However, the epidemic is expanding among the country’s estimated 150,000 injecting drug users.
According to Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Representative in Pakistan, Pakistan faces a continued risk of HIV transmission as a result of poverty, low literacy, gender discrimination, ignorance about modes of transmission and the stigma that prohibits people with risky behaviours from seeking HIV testing or care. He mentioned that WHO had been supporting the programne since the early 90s with a focus on enhancing capacity of national and provincial HIV/AIDS programmes, supporting policy development, strengthening HIV/AIDS treatment and monitoring prevention of HIV transmission in healthcare settings alongside blood safety, in addition to HIV testing and counselling, and diagnosis and treatment of other sexually transmitted infections. It also helps the programme in resource mobilisation.
Dr Thieren stressed that while the multi-sectoral effort involving a large number of agencies belonging to different sectors was yielding good results in Pakistan, there was a need for better monitoring, surveillance and coordination among other programs including those for tuberculosis control, maternal and child health, and lady health workers. This would result in proper documentation and eschew duplication of efforts, he added. He emphasised on the need for eliminating barriers to the provision of anti-retroviral drugs to needy patients with proper privacy and counselling, while pursuing a gender-sensitive and human rights-based approach.

Scam of bogus attendances of children in schools unearthed in Rawalpindi

Scam of bogus attendances of children in schools unearthed in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI- Education department Rawalpindi has decided to take action, in scam of bogus attendances of students in certain schools of Rawalpindi City and Cantt.

Education department Rawalpindi has started checking of new enrolment in schools under the directives of provincial secretary schools education. During the course of checking scam of marking bogus attendances of the students in several schools has come to light.

According to sources, there were many bogus schools in the district as masses demanded the authorities to take action against such schools, which are playing with future of new generation.

Gearing up for AIDS-free generation – – AIDS Day celebrated in Lahore

Gearing up for AIDS-free generation – – AIDS Day celebrated in Lahore

LAHORE – Like other around the world, the World AIDS Day was observed across the country Monday to raise awareness and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries.
The Day is observed on December 1 every year under different themes to renew the commitment to fight against the menace. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.’
Seminar, workshops and walks were arranged across the country including Lahore both at the private and government level to mark the day.
Speaking at a seminar arranged at a local hotel, Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq said that maximum resources would be provided for the control of HIV/AIDS as well as treatment of people affected by this virus. Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Director Punjab AIDS Control Programme Dr Suleman Shahid, Deputy Programme Manager Faisal Majeed, Dr Altaf Tariq, Dr Mehmood Aftab, Dr Humayun Mirza, representatives of NGOs and a large number of people from different segments of the society attended the seminar.
Kh Salman Rafiq said that the performance of Punjab Aids Control Programme was outstanding and it would further be enhanced with the cooperation of NGOs serving in this field. He said that religious scholars, media and other notable of the society have a big responsibility of creating public awareness regarding preventive measures and proper treatment of affected patients. He said that blood bank system was being regulated to check the un-screened blood which was the major cause of spreading various diseases including HIV/AIDS. He said that Blood Transfusion Authority (BTA) has been activated and a timeframe was being given to the blood banks for registration. After that, blood banks which did not register themselves would not be allowed to work.
Director PACP Dr Suleman Shahid said that diagnostic and treatment facilities for the AIDS patients has been improved in Punjab and at present, nine centers in government hospitals of different cities were providing treatment facilities and free medicines. He said that so far 4436 patients have been registered on these centers. Moreover, six centers of PPTCT are working for the prevention of transfusion of HIV/AIDS from pregnant women to their babies. He said that government was spending Rs 1 lac on each AIDS patient. He presented a survey report of Mapping of Most at Risk Population, Punjab 2014. This survey was conducted in ten major cities of the province. He said that Punjab was the only province which has conducted this survey from its own financial resources.

Young Doctors Association YDA threatens to stage street show

Young Doctors Association YDA threatens to stage street show

LAHORE – Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab has announced blocking Ferozepur Road outside Lahore General Hospital on Wednesday (tomorrow) to press their demand of restoration of doctors suspended for alleged negligence in treatment of a patient. YDA was on strike at OPD of LGH for the last 16 days in protest against suspension of doctors.
Addressing a press conference at Children’s Hospital on Monday, YDA office bearers Dr Ajmal Ch, Dr Amer Bandesha, Dr Al Tamash, Dr Khurram and others demanded impartial probe of the incident. They said that the committee that held doctors responsible was biased. They said that the DG Health had promised holding impartial probe five days back but it had not happened as yet.
They also announced to take the protest to other hospitals if the doctors were not restored.

Sisters on strike against Ganga Ram Hospital Lahore Medical Superintendent MS

Sisters on strike against Ganga Ram Hospital Lahore Medical Superintendent MS

LAHORE – Nurses on Monday staged a demonstration at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital to protest against interference of Medical Superintendent Dr Waqarun Nabi Bajwa in preparation of their duty roster.
Instead of allowing the Nursing superintendent to continue routine work of preparing duty roster, the Ganga Ram Hospital MS had insisted to carry out the exercise himself. Infuriated by his attitude, the nurses reached MS office and tore apart duty roster prepared by him after exchange of harsh arguments.
To pacify the protesting nurses, the MS agreed with their demands and allowed the Nursing superintendent to continue performing routine exercise of preparing duty roster. However, when contacted, Dr Waqar denied happening of such incident.

KIPS students awarded at Alhamra Lahore

KIPS students awarded at Alhamra Lahore

LAHORE – Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood on Monday distributed prizes among KIPS students at Alhamra.
Rana Mashhood, while addressing the ceremony, appreciated the efforts of KIPS Chief Executive Abid Wazir Khan and Managing Director Salman Maqsood for promoting education. On this occasion, Education Minister gave away special shields to the male and female students of KIPS obtaining more than 95 percent marks in matriculation examinations.

CM takes notice of admission policy of University of Karachi

CM takes notice of admission policy of University of Karachi

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has taken serious notice of the revised admission policy of Karachi University under which seats of other districts of the province have been reduced. The chief minister on the complaint of the Public Accounts Committee Sindh, has directed Universities and Boards Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah to inquire into the matter and file a detailed report. Public Accounts Committee Sindh, in its complaint, has said that the University of Karachi had increased the seats of other districts of the province to 400 but in the recently concluded admissions for the new session, the number of seats has been reduced to 90. The Universities and Boards secretary on the directives of the chief minister has written a letter to the Karachi University vice chancellor with the request to submit a detailed report urgently containing details of the admission policy and the procedure to increase or decrease seats for submission to the chief minister.

Five new AIDS diagnostic centres in Sindh soon in Sindh

Five new AIDS diagnostic centres in Sindh soon in Sindh

KARACHI: Provincial Programme Manager, Sindh AIDS Control Programme (SACP) Dr Sikander Ali Shah, on Thursday said five new AIDS diagnostic centres would be established in different cities of Sindh province soon and preparation of a PC-1 of these centres is in final stage. He shared these views while addressing an awareness session on HIV/AIDS for media at a local hotel, which was organised by the Sindh AIDS Control Programme in connection of the World AIDS Day, observed on December 1 every year. Dr Shah said new diagnostic & treatment centre would be established in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi, Liaquat Medical University Hospital Hyderabad, Civil Hospitals of Shaheed Benazirabad and Sukkur. He said currently five diagnostic and treatment centres were being run under Sindh AIDS Programme: two in Civil Hospital Karachi, one in Indus Hospital, one in Aga Khan Hospital and one in Larkana.

Aga Khan University Examination Board hosts annual high achievers awards ceremony

Aga Khan University Examination Board hosts annual high achievers awards ceremony

* An achiever says AKU examination board has helped him recognise his uniqueness

KARACHI: The Aga Khan University Examination Board hosted annual high achievers awards ceremony at the university campus on Wednesday, recognising the outstanding students who took the 2014 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examinations.

The Board recognised 185 high achievers from 21 cities across Pakistan including Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Daharki, Naushero Feroz, Khairpur, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Skardu and Chitral. “Every single student is unique. AKU examination board has helped us recognise our uniqueness and cultivate it to attain success in life,” said one of the award recipients. The distinctions were awarded to those who achieved the highest marks in any of the subjects or in any of the subject groups offered in SSC and HSSC exams.
The top three position holders in both qualifications also received cash prizes. Among the top SSC candidates were Hiba Khalid (1st) of P.E.C.H.S Girls School, Karachi, Maliha Ahmed Eesha (2nd) of Nusrat Jehan Academy Girls High School, Chenab Nagar and Syeda Kanza Kazmi (3rd) of Al-Murtaza School (Girls) Karachi.
The top HSSC candidates were Afshan Hussain (1st) of Habib Girls Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Sadori (2nd) and Sadaf Batool Rizvi (3rd) of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi.
The award ceremony this year also marked an important milestone: the announcement of the first 10 awardees of the AKU-EB Bridge Scholarship. The merit-cum-needs-based scholarship funds two years of HSSC education at an AKU-EB affiliated school or college and is offered to AKU-EB SSC graduates.
“For me, it’s a double celebration today, for my awards and for the scholarship,” said Muhammad Ghazanfar Sakrani of BVS Parsi School, Karachi who stood first in the Humanities Group, received a distinction in Economics and is also among the 10 students selected for AKU-EB Bridge Scholarship.
“It’s a good step to encourage candidates who have the potential but don’t have the means”, he said and when asked about what helped him achieve this success, he said, “AKU-EB syllabuses define cognitive levels for every topic which makes it easier to study. Then, conceptual understanding and application of concepts tell us where we really stand. So anyone who self studies regularly can surely get the reward of their hard work with this Board.”
It was also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the first batch of HSSC alumni who have successfully stepped into the professional world, securing jobs with leading companies across Pakistan and abroad.
While connecting the development of Pakistan with quality education that prepares skilled and thinking minds Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul said, “We welcome our alumni into the world of work – the young university graduates who have obtained jobs at leading companies and are equipped to help improve the state of development in the country.”
Speaking about his success, Syed Akber Ali Shah, an AKU-EB alumnus, who is currently working as a consultant with a multinational after graduating from Lahore University of Management Sciences said, “I am passionate about policy planning and implementing projects in Pakistan geared towards education and health. At my company, I am working on improving maternal and child health care mechanisms in Punjab and generating impact through improved service delivery.”
President Rasul also mentioned that through the years, AKU-EB’s HSSC graduates have earned admissions to around 230 universities in Pakistan and almost 60 institutions abroad, and the numbers keep growing. Approximately 82 per cent of its HSSC graduates of 2013 (out of a sample of 1,100 surveyed) gained admissions to universities across Pakistan and abroad.