Special summer classes in Rawalpindi colleges

Special summer classes in Rawalpindi colleges

RAWALPINDI: On the directives Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, special classes would be arranged during the summer vacation in all the colleges of the city and other districts. Following the directions of the CM, all major colleges of the city and other major colleges of the region have been directed to start free of cost morning classes of career planning, including life savings, first aid, English language, and IT courses. Director Colleges Humayun Iqbal said that proper steps have been started to begin classes for adults as well as the students to provide them quality education.

Turkish contribution to education in Pakistan hailed

Turkish contribution to education in Pakistan hailed

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Chief Commissioner Jawad Paul has lauded the Turkish contribution for education in Pakistan terming it a great service by the brotherly country.Turkey is supporting quality education in our country which would have a lasting and positive impact on millions of lives and society in general, he said. Talking to a group of students who won gold and silver medals in the international science competitions recently held in Kenya and Georgia, Paul said that we are thankful to those who have been sacrificing their time and energy with an aim to make our country a better place. The group of students led by Pak-Turk official Ahmet Efiturk included Alam Khatoon and Vishah Nazim, winners of gold medal in Kenya and Aqsa Amber Malik and Kokab Yusaf who won silver medals in the Georgian contest.He expressed his appreciation to all the teachers for their contribution saying that the teachers carry a heavy burden in nurturing the students to prepare them to bring development to the country. He urged the Pak-Turk to constantly improve and strengthen the professionalism as they have to discharge responsibility to groom their students to become leaders and face global competition. Ordinary teachers direct us along the right path but great teachers inspire us to seek our own path, the chief commissioner said.Later, the students met the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Chairman Ikram Malik. He appreciated the students for bringing a good name to the country at international forums. Malik asked the students to prepare for future contests while stressing on better curriculum, improved environment, and focus on the values and ethical education. The research shows that when children read, they improve their skills in all subjects and their vocabulary, grammar, and language skills develop, he said. Malik also congratulated Pak-Turk Schools for getting six awards in the international teaching competition held in Turkey and assured all out cooperation by the government.

Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) providing free education to 1.5m needy students

Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) providing free education to 1.5m needy students

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was providing the facility of free education to around 1.5 million needy students in 36 district of the province, said the Foundation’s Managing Director Dr. Aneela Salman on Friday. Addressing a seminar on education here, she said the foundation has introduced and working on a comprehensive strategy in collaboration with partner schools to impart quality education to children of families, which are unable to meet education expenses of their wards. “The PEF efforts are greatly helping achieve the targets of millennium development goals set for education sector of the country,” she added. School Principals from various districts including Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Sargodha, Chakwal and Attock, besides PEF-DMD (F) Salman Anwar Malik, Directors Syed Naveed Abbas, Nadeem Masood and Ayesha Nauman attended the seminar. PEF MD said the foundation was playing a key role in promoting gratis education to the deserving and regretted that around five million children were still out of schools. PEF, she said, was committed to bringing these children into schools with partners assistance, adding “we want every child into school for which, a comprehensive expansion plan is already underway in which 2.2 million out of school and drop-out children will be brought back to schools through the partners.” She said imparting quality education was a hallmark of PEF and “we hold quality assurance tests every year to judge academic standards of our partner schools.” The MD said the Foundation would hold 14 orientation workshops for partner schools to acquaint them with different educational aspects, quality assurance tests, skills to improve financial and school management besides maintaining schools record.

AIOU to introduce PhD degree in mass communication

AIOU to introduce PhD degree in mass communication

ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would introduce its PhD degree in mass communication from the upcoming Semester, Autumn 2014. A PhD degree in shariah would also be offered from the same semester, besides PhD in Islamic studies, chemistry, and Pakistani languages, this information was given to the cross-section of the people who visited the AIOU’s stall set-up at an education expo at the Pak-China Centre. Hundreds of students and other section of the people thronged the stall and shown keen interest in the upcoming academic programmes of the university. Admissions Director Ziau Hasnain briefed them about the various academic activities and the university’s achievements in the education sector in the recent years.

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) organises seminar on safe blood transfusion

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) organises seminar on safe blood transfusion

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Wednesday arranged a seminar in connection with ‘World Blood Donor Day’, which is to be observed on June 14.Speaking on the occasion, Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Secretary Faridullah Khan said that the need for blood transfusion may arise at any time in both the urban and rural areas. He said that an adequate and reliable supply of safe blood can be assured by a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors. Regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors are also the safest group of donors as the prevalence of blood-borne infections is lowest among these donors, he said. Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority Chairman Hasan Abbas Zaheer said that the focus of this year’s ‘World Blood Donor Day campaign is ‘Safe blood for saving mothers’. Every day, about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.He said that severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity, and long-term disability. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths, he added. Hasan added that the transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. He said that the blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure, he noted.Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Vice Chancellor Rana Javed Akram said that WHO recommends that all the activities related to blood collection, testing, processing, storage, and distribution should be coordinated at the national level through effective organisations and a national blood policy.

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to hold int’l woman and child health conference

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to hold int’l woman and child health conference

ISLAMABAD: The Mother and Child Health (MCH) centre of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has planned to hold a two-day International conference on women and child health from September 12.The objective of the conference is to bring together leading experts in women’s and child health with an aim of developing recommendations for improving outcomes in reproductive neonatal in Pakistan over the next decade. The conference would highlight the need of the government and civil society to pledge commitment and make it a priority to save the lives of mothers and their babies. Addressing the conference on Tuesday at PIMS, Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar said that the ministry would ensure its coordination with PIMS and would seriously look into the recommendations coming out of this conference. She said that all the provinces would be taken on board in making strategies to deal with the dismal situation.”We have a long way to go as far as mother and child health is concerned,” she said.The minister, who is also the patron in chief of the conference, said, “We have to take honest stock of our previous programmes and learn from our mistakes. The government is alive to address all matters related to public health.” She said that despite limited resources, the government has planned several steps for making improvements in the health delivery system of the country, particularly improving the health of the mother and child in the country. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Vice Chancellor Rana Javed Akram said that the conference aimed at starting a new tradition by bringing together different stakeholders from multiple sectors in the field of maternal and child health. He said that more than 50 international and national experts would attend the event with the objective of improving mother and child health indicators in Pakistan which currently are at an unacceptable level. He said that the conference theme would be “Meeting Maternal and Child Health challenges beyond 2015″. He said, “We aim to start an unprecedented movement that mobilises and intensifies international and national action by our government, multilaterals, the private sector, and civil society to address the major health challenges faced by the women and children in the country.”Akram said that this effort would put into action the development of strategy for women’s and children’s health, with a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy, and improve the service on the grassroots level for the most vulnerable women and children. PIMS professor Syeda Batool Mazhar gave a briefing on reproductive health with particular reference to the current maternal health situation of Pakistan and MDG 5. She said that globally about half a million women die every year as a result of problems related to pregnancy and childbirth while approximately six million children die worldwide annually. Most of these mortalities are in the developing countries. This is despite the availability of effective low cost interventions, she added. She said that Pakistan has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality figures, adding that although Pakistan is unlikely to achieve MDGs 4-5, it is time to identify the factors impeding progress and determine the strategy for future, and work towards Pakistan’s development post 2015.PIMS head of Pediatrics Tabish Hazir also discussed MDG 4 at the conference. He pointed out that Pakistan has the third highest infant mortality in the world today and there has been absolutely no progress in reducing the neonatal mortality. He said that this conference intends to bring academia and programme people together on one platform to exchange ideas honestly and frankly to identify the reasons of this failure to achieve MDG 4. The launch meeting was attended by various stakeholders in the health sector, including dignitaries from the UN agencies, WHO, NGO’s, pharmaceutical companies, and government officials.

HEC bailout package- Immediate bailout package for HEC sought

HEC bailout package- Immediate bailout package for HEC sought

Peshawar: In view of the serious financial constraints and lack of faculty in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s public sector universities, members of the standing committees of Senate and provincial assembly on higher education and vice-chancellors of difference varsities Thursday urged the government to enhance the recurrent budget of higher education from Rs55 billion to Rs1 trillion as an immediate bailout package.

Senate’s standing committee members headed by Senator Abul Nabi Bangash, State Minister for Education Balighur Rehman, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Mukhtar, Federal Secretary Education Muhammad Ahsan Raja visited the provincial metropolis and participated in a daylong discourse on the status of higher education at the University of Peshawar and later the attended the meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s standing committee on Higher Education.

In the dialogue at the University of Peshawar, the participants of the meeting observed that the bailout package, which they recommended, would not only save the universities from a total collapse, but would also strengthen the quality of higher education. This would also result in provision of better facilities to students and researchers, they added.

Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash, who chaired the dialogue, expressed grave concern over the prolonged delay in establishment of Fata University. He observed that Rs500 million had already been allocated for the project, but even a site for it could not be identified so far.

He also expressed concern over the lack of scholarships for the tribal students studying in different universities of the province and other parts of the country.He said some 3000 tribal students were studying in the University of Peshawar only, but the annual scholarship for them issued from the offices of the political agents was less than Rs500,000.

Vice-chancellors of nine universities presented an overview and the financial problems faced by the varsities.Dr Mukhtar said that a sum of Rs55 billion was allocated for higher education, which was not enough in view of the financial needs of the institutes of higher education. “Even the designated sum has not been released to the HEC for the fiscal year 2013-14,” he added.

UoP Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan talked about the prime minister’s fee reimbursement scheme. He said only 1400 of the total 3000 tribal students of the university would benefit from the scheme. He added that the scheme was not extended to self-finance students. The minister of state for Higher Education assured that the remaining students would also be provided the facility.

Meanwhile, it was observed in the meeting of Standing Committee on Higher Education that the Higher Education Commission’s financial constraints and lack of faculty were hitting universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hard.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, who attended the meeting, said the provincial government should allocate more funds for the higher education. Provincial Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani said the KP government, despite facing budget deficit, had decided to increase allocations for higher education by billions.

Speaker Asad Qaiser, who chaired the meeting, also urged the chairman HEC to pay special attention to the province that had been badly affected by terrorism.Haripur University Vice Chancellor Nasir Ali Khan said Punjab got 44 per cent of the scholarship and if federal capital Islamabad’s universities clubbed with it, the percentage went up to 66 per cent.

Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) asked to stop registering colleges

Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) asked to stop registering colleges

Peshawar: A number of students from Khyber Medical College Peshawar have asked the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to stop registering private medical colleges that lack basic requirements like faculty, hospitals, laboratories and equipment.

Speaking at news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, president of students wing of Young Doctors Association and Nazim of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) KMC, Peshawar, Najeebullah said some retired doctors had started the business of private medical colleges without meeting the basic requirements and acquired registration for their colleges in collusion with some elements in the PMDC.

He was flanked by dozens of medical students from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar. Najeebullah said the wards of wealthy and resourceful parents got admission in private colleges at heavy fees without qualifying the entry tests. “As most of the private medical colleges do not have own hospitals and laboratories, they get house jobs and specialisation training in government teaching hospitals,” he said.

Govt universities appointments – SHC stays key appointments in govt universities

Govt universities appointments – SHC stays key appointments in govt universities

Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Friday restrained the Universities and Board secretary and others from finalising the appointment of the registrar, director finance and controller examinations of different public sector universities in the province till further orders.

The interim order came on a petition filed by Sohail Ahmed and others, who were the controller of examination, the registrar and the director finance of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro; the Quaid-e-Awam University of Science and Technology; the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah; and the NED University of Karachi. They challenged the impugned advertisement for the appointment of the registrar, director finance and controller of examination for the MUET, NED, SBBU and QAUST.

The petitioners’ counsel, Barrister Zamir Ghumro, submitted that his clients were validly appointed after a legal process at the posts, however, the Sindh government for mala fide reasons had floated an advertisement in various newspapers inviting applications for the appointments against the said positions of different universities, including MUET, NED, SBBU and QAUST although the same were positions were not lying vacant.

He submitted that the posts of registrar, director finance and controller examination happened to be permanent posts and were held by the petitioners on a permanent and regular basis. He said the posts never fell vacant and there were no analogous posts, consequently it was beyond understanding that in the presence of permanent and regular officers, how fresh advertisement could be published for making direct appointments.

He submitted that a fresh appointment against a permanent post could not be made unless the said post fell vacant, whereas the University and Board secretary had advertised the posts occupied by the petitioners on regular and permanent basis, which was tantamount to dismiss/remove/terminate the petitioners without any basis.

The counsel argued that the respondents had grossly misused powers conferred on them without any rationale in floating the advertisement for the said posts and without considering the laid down rules, which was a blatant misuse of authority and promoting nepotism and unnecessary political interference.

The counsel submitted that the impugned advertisement was against academic freedom and positions were not available to be filled and the same should be filled in by the universities concerned. The counsel said the impugned advertisement would amount to the termination of the petitioners. An SHC division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar observed that the points of the petitioners required consideration and issued notices to the chief secretary, the principal secretary to Sindh governor, the Universities and Board secretary and others for June 4.

Sindh University launches mini hospital

Sindh University launches mini hospital

Karachi: The Sindh University has launched its comprehensive health care facility (Mini Hospital) for women & children; which has started operational activities after it was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal & Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed here on Friday. The keys of ambulance provided by the university were also handed over to the in-charge of the Mini Hospital Dr. Arbeela Agha.

The Mini Hospital for Women & Children is an epitome of technological excellence. The state of art equipment like High Frequency Oscillators, Nitric Oxide delivery system, Total Parental Nutrition, Pneumatic Chute, Laminar Flow system in the intensive care and Operating Theatre areas greatly enhance the quality of service and clinical outcomes. After inaugurating the Mini Hospital near Marvi Girls Hostel at Sindh University Jamshoro, the vice chancellor & commissioner along with other notables visited different parts of the hospital including ward rooms, staff rooms, medical dispensary, autoclave & labour room. On the occasion, Dr. Arbeela Agha said: in order to broaden its horizon to include older infants and children, the Hospital is adding the Pediatric Division which is going to provide the highest quality paediatric medical and surgical services.

USAID awards scholarships to Sindh students

USAID awards scholarships to Sindh students

Karachi: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships to 102 students enrolled in Associated Diploma in Education (ADE) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) (Hons) programmes in Sindh as part of the $165 million Pakistan Reading Project. USAID provincial Director for Sindh and Balochistan Leon S Waskin also acting US Consul General for Sindh attended the event with Sindh Additional Chief Secretary of Education Dr Fazlullah Pechuho. The scholarships will pay for tuition and supplies as well as provide a stipend to recipients.

The US government will provide more than 4,500 scholarships to aspiring teachers. During the ceremony, 11 future teachers who recently completed a US-funded ADE programme were awarded graduation certificates. Waskin said, “The quality and improvement of the education system depends critically upon the quality of teachers. The USAID funded Pakistan Reading Project is a significant initiative of the US government in collaboration with the government of Pakistan to improve the standard of basic education.” Dr Fazalullah Pechuho thanked US government for their support in improving the standard of basic education in Sindh. The Pakistan Reading Project will improve the reading skills of at least 2.5 million children to ensure they are reading at or above grade level by 2019. The Project works closely with 28 Pakistani universities and 116 elementary teacher-training colleges throughout Pakistan to improve the quality of teaching skills and curriculum. Over the next five years, the Pakistan Reading Project will award a total of 1,066 ADE and B.Ed (Hons) scholarships to students from Sindh.

The US partnership with the government of Pakistan supports the rehabilitation and construction of over 1,350 schools in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The United States is establishing centres for advanced education studies at four Pakistani universities and expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students. The United States has awarded more than 4,800 scholarships to university students to pursue higher education through the Pakistan-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Programme.

Over 850 schools in Thatta, Sujawal closed

Over 850 schools in Thatta, Sujawal closed

Thatta: Out of 3,226 girls and boys primary schools, more than 850 are closed in nine talukas of Thatta and Sujawal districts and those operational are also not up to the mark.

These primary educational institutions identified as ‘closed schools’ are located in 55 union councils of talukas Thatta, Mirpursakhro, Mirpur Bathoro, Ghorabari, Kharochann, Shah Bunder, Keti Bunder, Jati and Sujawal.

According to facts compiled from the education department documents, it is due to negligence of the quarters concerned that academic career of some 180,948 children is at a stake and due to closure of these schools more than 50,000 students have been deprived of primary education.

An official of the district education department on condition of anonymity said education standard in the remaining operating schools was not up to the mark.

He said, despite hectic steps taken during a campaign jointly launched by the district judiciary and education department in recent months, nothing could be achieved positively.

Civil society, parents, socio political activists and the district and education department authorities seem to be blind folded on the subject.

In this connection, a number of donors from Islamabad and Karachi had tried to help the poverty-ridden population of these coastal district to get streamlined the primary education.

NEB exam must for medical graduates from Cuba:Pakistan Medical & Dental Council PM&DC PMDC

NEB exam must for medical graduates from Cuba:Pakistan Medical & Dental Council PM&DC PMDC

Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has declared that those who have secured medical degrees from Cuba will have to qualify the National Examination Board (NEB) examination for registration with it.

“The PMDC licensing examination through the National Examination Board is mandatory for all Pakistani nationals having foreign medical and dental qualifications. And those with Cuba degrees are no exception. There is no question of exemption in this respect,” PMDC registrar Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood said.

Dr Raja Amjad said the PMDC had already brought the matter to the notice of different committee of parliament as well as the Higher Education Commission.

He said under the PMDC rules, only the medical and dental graduates, who had major postgraduate qualifications like diploma of American Board, FRCS (UK) or equivalent, were exempted from the NEB examination.

“The purpose of the NEB examination, which began in 1990, is to examine the competence and skills of medical and dental doctors from abroad to maintain the minimum standards of medical and dental education.

Thousand of medical and dental graduates have already sat and cleared the examination for the PMDC registration and have been serving the nation,” he said.

The PMDC registrar said the council was facilitating all Cuban graduates through the HEC to issue the eligibility certificate for the purpose.

“A mega workshop or preparatory course refresher course have been designed for all foreign graduates so that they could qualify the NEB examination.

Those who have graduated from Cuba will have to sit and clear the examination to get licence to practice medicine and surgery in Pakistan,” he said.

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) upgrades its website

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) upgrades its website

Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has further upgraded its official website on modern lines, incorporating in it new mechanism of international standard to meet the growing needs of its 1.3 million students.

The website is unique and unprecedented in colours and shape containing relevant information relating to academic programmes, admissions, fee structure, faculties, departments, regions, Research Journals, e-Library, Activity Calendar, admission inquiry, date sheet, roll number slips, results, downloads, assignments, Jamia Nama, assignments marks and university library.

The upgraded website was inaugurated by AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti. Registrar Prof. Dr. Nowshad Khan, Senior Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez and Computer Incharge, Shabnam N Shahid were also present on the occasion.

The students have been advised to visit the university’s website www.aiou.edu.pk for updates on their academic programmes. The VC in his speech, said that newly developed website aimed at focusing on the needs of the students and providing easy and fastest system of access. Dr. Chishti appreciated the team work of Computer section for updating the website and congratulated them on their success. He said that updated site will prove the cause in further increasing university’s ranking and students’ enrollment.

Registrar Prof. Dr. Nowshad Khan and Senior Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez also spoke on the occasion. Congratulating the incharge Computer Section and her team on updating the website, they assured her that all genuine demands linking to scarcity of staff and purchasing of the required equipments will be settled soon.

Punjab University Lahore at 1,613 in world ranking, PA told

Punjab University Lahore at 1,613 in world ranking, PA told

Lahore: The University of Punjab stands at number 1613 in the ranking of world varsities whereas in Asia, it is on 250th number.

This was the revelation made on the floor of the Punjab Assembly during the question hour session which was related with the Higher Education Commission. Soon after receiving this answer related with the ranking of the Punjab University, the Opposition members starting criticising the government. The PA Speaker had to intervene to put the House in order.