Over 1,200 get degrees atDow University of Health Sciences DUHS convocation

Over 1,200 get degrees atDow University of Health Sciences DUHS  convocation

Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) held its fifth convocation on Sunday to give away degrees, medals and shields to more than 1,200 graduates in different disciplines at the university’s Ojha Campus.

The degrees were conferred on MBBS, BDS, nursing and medical technology graduates as well as postgraduates of 2013 and 2014 batches.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed was the chief guest at the convocation attended by the faculty heads, DUHS academic council members, doctors, paramedics, students and their parents, besides dignitaries.

Dr Sagheer Ahmed, also the pro-chancellor of the university, said the day of convocation was a thirst-quenching occasion for all students and their parents alike. He told the graduates that they had chosen a profession which was meant to serve the humanity irrespective of patients’ caste, creed or faith.

DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan said that since its establishment, the university had produced 7,382 undergraduates and 1,190 postgraduates in all disciplines of medical and allied sciences.

Earlier, the minister distributed medals, certificates and shields to the position-holders.

Call to delete outdated matter from textbooks

Call to delete outdated matter from textbooks

Karachi: Outdated stuff from education courses must be deleted from one to matriculation classes and modern practical-based education system should be introduced across the country for achieving real development and progress, said TechLabx/Mamdani Incorporation CEO Essa Mamdani in a statement on Sunday. Our education system is not much effective as now a days the main focus of teachers is on making grades of students rather than providing proper education that must be delivered. The teachers compel students to remain busy in race to win and they have even forgotten the real motives of education. This pressure makes the syllabus much heavier to be handled by a student, he said. Mamdani said the courses should be reduced by as per memory capacity of students. The load should be reduced in such a manner that the syllabus must be completed within given time, while funfair activities should be the part of education. He said that funfair activities would help students to learn more efficiently and reduce those subjects from the syllabus, which make no sense and add such subjects that could help the students in their practical life. As we talk about the teachers in schools, it is also mandatory to raise voice here that as the world is transforming to modernism, we should also make efforts to match courses at par with it. Mamdani said: Unfortunately in Pakistan, students just, after completing matriculation get jobs to educate students that create lack of proper education to the students. They do not make their proper plan to complete the courses within the time given. It makes the students exhaust in the last days before examination. He said unfortunately, education system of Pakistan had made the students a machine to copy and paste. It means to copy from notebook to their minds, and paste it directly to their examination sheets without even understanding that specific topic. Such education is of no use that makes the student addicted to spoon-feeding. Students are getting much more impractical. It is imperative to reduce burden of courses from students and ensure them provision of practical-based education based, Mamdani concluded.

Liaquat Medical College holds second convocation – Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College

Liaquat Medical College holds second convocation -  Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College

Karachi: Eighty-three medical graduates of the Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College were awarded the MBBS degrees by the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser at a colourful ceremony held at the Convention Centre Auditorium on Saturday.

This group is the second class (2013), graduating for the MBBS degree of the Liaquat National Medical College established in August 2007.

The ceremony was witnessed by the proud parents of the medical graduates, members of the governing body of Liaquat National Hospital, dignitaries and faculty members, dressed in the traditional regalia, and senior management staff.

The highlight of the ceremony was the Wajid Ali Shah Medal for Best Graduate (Best Overall Academic Performance Over Five Years), which was awarded to Dr Fawad Shahid along with a cash award of Rs 350,000.

This award has been introduced in the memory of (late) Wajid Ali Shah who was the founder President of the Liaquat National Hospital.

Dr Fawad Shahid was also awarded the merit award for the 1st position for Final Year MBBs. Dr Faiza Hassan received the merit award for 2nd position and Dr Arsalan Ahmed Abro received the merit award for the 3rd position.

These merit awards were presented by Vice Chancellor KU Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser and included a cash award of Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively.

Besides, special awards were presented to Dr Rehan Rais who received the Medical Director’s Medal for Best Male Graduate, presented by Dr Salman Faridi, Medical Director of the Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College and to Dr Maria Tariq Siddiqui who was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Best Female Graduate by Prof Dr Amir Ali Shoro, Dean & Principal of Liaquat National Medical College.

Syed Shahid Ali, President LNH governing body, congratulated the graduates for their accomplishments and urged them to remain committed to their profession.

Dr Salman Faridi advised the young doctors to look at themselves as “healers” rather than just doctors. He told the graduates that the LNH&MC Alumini Association has been established which would enable them to keep in touch with their alma mater and classmates.

He shared his vision of seeing them as future custodians of the institution holding leadership positions at the hospital and medical college, which should also be part of their career goals.

Five new universities demanded for Karachi

Five new universities demanded for Karachi

Karachi: Karachi urgently needs five new universities, two new medical colleges and 50 additional colleges to cater growing needs of education. Former Karachi mayor Naimatullah Khan Advocate has said that the city faces problems in education sectors, as its educational institutions are not increasing as per increase in population. He said the city urgently needs to new general universities, one information technology university, one engineering university and one university for women in the government sector. Khan said the city also needs 2 new medical colleges and at least 50 new intermediate colleges in the government sector. He said the system of government schooling should be improved purging them from political interference. He said Karachi also faces serious healthcare issues and to mitigate them at least two new tertiary-care hospitals of at least 1000-bed each should be established in the city in government sector. He also recommended one emergency healthcare centre and one cardiac centre in each town of Karachi.

Second-year University of Karachi student missing since Friday

Second-year University of Karachi student missing since Friday

Karachi: Besides countless banners and posters of various student groups of political parties at the Karachi University (KU) is another poster put up by the family of a second-year student who has been missing since Friday.

Physiology student Sobia Imtiaz was last seen by her friends at the zoology department, where she was supposed to stay till 3pm in the laboratory. However, Sobia left the class early because she “had been feeling unwell”, according to her classmates as quoted by university officials. Around 2pm she took a rickshaw and no one has heard from her since.

On Saturday morning Sobia’s father filed a complaint at the Mubina Town police station under section 365B of the Pakistan Penal Code pertaining to kidnapping to compel the woman for marriage.

According to a relative, the family last heard from her on Friday morning a little after seven, when she had left for the university as usual in the van.

Chairperson of the physiology department Prof Qamar Amin confirmed that Sobia was a second-year student at the department but refused to give further details.

According to the campus security incharge Khalid Iraqi, Sobia had left the university campus after one and went missing from outside the campus. “Sobia was in the laboratory at the zoology department when she began to feel ill,” he said, quoting her classmates. “She then took a rickshaw from outside the department and left the campus and hasn’t been heard from since.”

Iraqi said according to the family, Sobia’s mobile phone had last been traced in the vicinity of Afghan Basti on Super Highway.

On the other hand, Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) officials told The News that Sobia’s phone had last been traced to somewhere in the vicinity of the university at around 3pm on Friday, after which it was switched off. They said they were looking into the matter and taking steps for Sobia’s rescue. The family said the CPLC had asked for two days to take relevant steps regarding her rescue.

Undocumented rickshaws

A few faculty members have expressed concern over the plying of auto rickshaws inside the campus without any authentication or documentation.

Sources said intelligence officials had also paid a visit on Monday morning to KU Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Qaiser who, surprisingly, was not even aware of the incident. However, they said, the administration had known about it since Friday.

“Around 80 percent of the students studying at the university are girls and most of them travel by public transport,” they said.

“Allowing rickshaws to enter the campus without any verification is a huge security lapse and can put thousands of lives in jeopardy.”

Missing University of Karachi student not kidnapped, saysCitizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC)

Missing University of Karachi student not kidnapped, saysCitizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC)

Karachi: The curious case of the missing second-year physiology student which had the Karachi University (KU) administration and many parents and students at their wits’ end turned out to be quite another matter after all, it emerged on Tuesday.

Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) chief Ahmed Chinoy confirmed that it was definitely not a case of kidnapping. He said the CPLC had reason to believe that the missing student, Sobia Imtiaz, had gone somewhere on her own accord.

The family of the student maintained that they had not yet had any contact with her.

For the past three days, the university administration has been in the cross hairs for sloppy security arrangements at the campus and letting rickshaws in without proper authentication. However, the incident has resulted in prompting the university officials to take stock of the security situation at the campus. Rickshaws were not allowed inside the campus on Tuesday at all.

Moreover, according to a senior faculty member, it was decided during an executive meeting at the varsity on Tuesday morning to allow rickshaws or private vehicles only after verification of proper documents and noting down their registrations numbers. The drivers would then be provided a slip which they would have to return on their way out.

University of Karchi officials dispel rumours of rape at campus

University of Karchi officials dispel rumours of rape at campus

Karachi: A second-year student of the sociology department was sexually assaulted by a teacher at the mathematics department of the Karachi University at 7pm on April 30. To escape, she jumped off the rooftop and landed safely on the ground, attracting much attention from passers-by. That is the latest rumour around campus.

No one really remembers how it started, but text messages spread like wildfire. A few protests were held on campus, an anonymous letter to the editor appeared in an English newspaper, and now every girl at the campus feels that the university is no longer a safe place.

Take for example Aliya Farooqi and her group of friends from the department of psychology, who refuse to wander about the campus alone. “It is just not safe. Haven’t you heard about the girl who got raped?” she says.

Almost anyone who has ever been affiliated with the university seems to have heard about the unfortunate incident. These people include officials at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, who made frantic calls to reporters in a bid to ascertain the authenticity of the case.

The university finally had to take notice of the mounting pressure. A three-member search committee of teachers – Zareena Shamsad, Ghazal Khawaja and Shamim Sahib – was formulated. Their report, submitted to the vice chancellor on Wednesday, dispels the rumours and the incident completely.

The report, which includes a handwritten statement by the girl, states that no sexual advances were made by any teacher. “The girl writes that she went to the mathematics department with her friends. She wandered off to the rooftop and by the time she came down, the rumours had already started to spread,” said Ghazal Khawaja.

Khalid Iraqi, the admissions director who was first to be informed of the incident by students, said, “I personally looked into the case. First, we spoke to the girl’s brother who clearly denied any rape attempt. Then we spoke to the girl and she also denied the charges.”

Mutahir Ahmed, a member of the Karachi University Teachers’ Association said, “It seems to be nothing but a rumour as no victim has come forward yet.”

The girl’s family does not want to speak to the media as such an incident, particularly when it involves an unmarried girl, leads to grave complications and consequences in a society that is becoming more conservative by the day.

Taj ul Mulook, a student who took up the case with the university management, said, “We are satisfied by the investigation conducted by the management. The rape case was just a rumour. The reason it spread so quickly was that, after the alleged incident, the university remained shut for four days due to Labour Day, a strike and then the weekend.”

Fazeela Mehdi, who was part of at least 70 students who protested outside the administration block last week, said, “There was a lot of commotion. Some students claimed that their teachers had asked them not to join the protests. An official pleaded with the protestors to disperse and said that the incident was just a rumour. One girl yelled that the university always protects the rapists and this was not the first such case.”

In the past, there have been cases when sexual assaults by teachers have been brushed under the carpet. For instance, in 2012, at least 13 girls signed a complaint accusing a blind teacher of the Urdu department of sexual harassment.

The university, after setting up a three-member investigative committee, sent the teacher on forced leave. Students claim that the accused is back at the university now, although in a non-teaching capacity.

However, this case seems different from the others. Firstly, no other girls have come forward with similar stories about the accused, which has been a common trend in such cases. Secondly, the girl’s family completely denies that the incident ever took place and, lastly, everyone seems to have heard about it but no one claims to have heard a first person account.

“It seems to be a case of political point scoring, where one student group tries to defame the other,” said a teacher working in the university administration, requesting for anonymity, “It could also be a personal vendetta, where a dejected lover seeks revenge by ruining a girl’s reputation.”

In any case, girls at the university can breathe a collective sigh of relief – at least for now.

PMDC registration scam- Another registration scam unearthed inPakistan Medical & Dental Council PM&DC PMDC

PMDC registration scam- Another registration scam unearthed inPakistan Medical & Dental Council PM&DC PMDC

Islamabad: Another scam regarding registration of fake doctors has surfaced in the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

An official of the PMDC on the condition of anonymity said that eight individuals who claimed that they completed their MBBS and BDS degrees from abroad were registered with the PMDC without checking their passports, entry and exit records.

Under the rules of the PMDC, it is mandatory to check the travel records of such graduates to confirm if they had remained abroad during the time they completed their graduation.

The official said an inquiry committee formed in 2013 had been working in PMDC to check all the record of the council and find out if any doctor was registered in violation of the rules.

“During the inquiry, it emerged that eight doctors were registered with the PMDC who even did not submit the required record to show if they had gone out of the country during the time they claimed to have completed their graduation,” he said.

When contacted, PMDC Registrar Dr Amjad Mehmood confirmed that eight persons had been detected who claimed to have obtained degrees from abroad but got themselves registered with the PMDC without submitting the proofs of their degrees.

“These doctors were registered with the PMDC without obtaining the copies of their passports, entry and exit record,” he said.

The inquiry committee has been instructed to prepare a complete report of these fake doctors and lodge cases against them with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), he said.

Another official of the PMDC said a number of cases regarding the registration of fake doctors had been unearthed during the last few years.

“Last week, the FIA arrested four former officials of the PMDC for registering foreign graduates before they cleared the National Examination Board (NEB) exam,” he said.

Medical students who completed their graduation from countries in which English is not the official language have to clear the NEB test conducted by the PMDC.

“As many as 63 graduates just paid the Rs11,000 examination fee and got the registration certificates without attempting the exam. Moreover, there were also graduates who failed to clear the test despite making more than one attempts till 2010 but suddenly got the certificates.

The certificates claimed that the graduates had cleared the exam in 2007,” the official added.

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia sign MoU

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia sign MoU

Islamabad: The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, Thursday signed an agreement with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to promote academic cooperation between the two universities.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) of UNSW Professor Mark Hoffman and NUST Pro-Rector (Academics) Dr. Asif Raza signed the agreement.

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Peter Heyward said that he was pleased to see cooperation between NUST and UNSW for the exchange of students to collaborative research.

“As our student linkages grow, so too will our collaborative research relationship. Already Pakistani students are making strong contributions to Australian institutions through study abroad. I am delighted to see this extend to research cooperation,” he added.

“This agreement will serve to strengthen the impressive links between the leading science and technology universities in Pakistan and Australia,” Professor Hoffman said.

Currently around 10,000 Pakistani students are studying in Australia, and Australia issues around 6,000 visas to new students each year. The new agreement comes only six months after UNSW became the first Australian university to sign an agreement with Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide tuition fee scholarships for up to 15 Pakistani PhD students per year.

Under the agreement, the two institutions will collaborate on research activities focusing initially on engineering with both parties actively encouraging staff to participate in grant calls for joint research funding. UNSW and NUST faculty members will also be encouraged to take part in a reciprocal academic exchange programme aimed at furthering collaboration between the two universities.

Syndicate approves Rs85m budget for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University

Syndicate approves Rs85m budget for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University

Islamabad: The syndicate of the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University approved a budget of Rs85 million for the medical university, and appointed 29 heads of teaching departments and five deans of different faculties at its first meeting held at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) here on Wednesday.

The meeting, which was chaired by the SZAB Medical University Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram, also approved the appointment of eminent neurosurgeon Professor Khaleequz Zaman as the chairman of the hospital management committee. Professor Khaleeq would now head the hospital as the chairman of the most important committee, which addresses all administrative and financial matters.

The meeting also addressed the grievances of the PIMS hospital’s union and endorsed all notifications issued by the Establishment Division and Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), which ensured that all hospital workers would remain civil servants.

The syndicate unanimously approved the Federal Medical and Dental College as the constituent medical college of SZAB Medical University.

Addressing the meeting, Professor Akram apprised the participants of the International Health Tower, which will be established in the coming months against a cost of Rs8 billion, mainly with funds provided by the federal government. “The International Health Tower will not only enhance health tourism, but will also pave the way for free treatment of patients at PIMS from revenue generated through health tourism,” he added. The model of the health tower’s construction, as well as the modalities of its smooth functioning, and related costs would be addressed by a key financial team of the federal government and other related institutions.

The syndicate members unanimously passed the agenda items brought up in the first syndicate meeting. The meeting was attended by MNA Asad Umar, Capital Administration and Development Ministry Secretary Faridullah Khan and Additional Secretary Mohammad Asghar Chauhdry, chancellor’s (President of Pakistan’s) nominees director general Moazzam, who represented secretary to the president Ahmed Farooq, and Dr. Riaz Janjua, Professor Khaleequz Zaman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Abid Farooqi, registrar-secretary of the meeting Professor Amjad Chaudhary, HEC nominee Professor Dr. Altaf G Sheikh, Dr. Rizwan Aziz Qazi, and Prof. Tanveer Khaliq, Prof. Shahid Nawaz Malik.

Admissions to Islamia Collegiate School decline

Admissions to Islamia Collegiate School decline

Peshawar: The flawed policy of the current management of Islamia Collegiate School has caused a sharp decline in admissions to the historic institution of the province, resulting in financial losses to the institution and deprivation of the students from study at the school of their choice.

The school offers admission to 360 students in the morning shift in grade 5 and 250 students in the evening shift in grades 6th, 7th and 8th on self-support basis. But this year the school could not get all the seats filled due to the inefficient admission policy, sources told The News.

Normally entry tests are held in the final week of March every year and the admission process is completed in the first week of April. This year the entry test was arranged well in time – March 23, but the date given for admission was set at April 21, the sources said.

“As parents remain worried about admission of their kids, they avoid taking risk and get them enrolled on time in any school. When the school management called the students who had qualified the test, few among them turned up for admission as majority of them had already secured admissions in other institutions,” said an official of the school on the condition of anonymity.

The school then relaxed the merit and the students who had not qualified the test were also allowed to take admission. But even then only 239 students could be enrolled in the morning shift and 136 in the evening. Thus some 121 seats remained vacant in morning and 114 in the evening shifts, the sources said.

Higher Education Commission Pakistan HEC to set up varsity campus in Lakki

Higher Education Commission Pakistan HEC to set up varsity campus in Lakki

Lakki Marwat: The Higher Education Commission will allocate funds in the next fiscal year for the establishment of a campus of the University of Science and Technology, Bannu, in Lakki Marwat district.

The assurance to this effect was given to the PTI MNA Colonel retired Ameerullah Khan Marwat by the HEC chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad during a meeting on Wednesday. Secretary standing committee for HEC Wilayat Khan Bittanni, director academics Dr Mansoor Kundi and other officials were also in attendance.

The PTI lawmaker discussed with the HEC authorities the matter of setting up a university in Lakki Marwat district and urged the latter to take it seriously.

He also told the officials that local youth were confronted with numerous problems to get higher and research based education.

MNA Ameerullah said that setting up of varsity campus would be the first step towards establishment of a full fledged university in the district.

“With the establishment of varsity campus the local youths will be rid of travelling to other cities for acquiring higher education,” he added.

University of th Punjab Lahore accused of victimisation

University of th Punjab Lahore accused of victimisation

Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has accused Punjab University administration of victimising its activists in order to hide its alleged inability to address the genuine problems of students including insecurity at the varsity.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday, PU chapter IJT Nazim Abdul Muqeet and other office-bearers, including Behram Saeed, Abdul Sabam and Usama Naseer, alleged that PU students were facing problems related to hostels, transport and law and order. They also alleged that financial corruption was prevailing in Punjab University. They further alleged that a number of IJT activists had been expelled from the university allegedly without serving notices and biased attitude of the disciplinary committee. The IJT office-bearers further said during the last six years no other students except those attached with the IJT had been expelled from Punjab University. They added 120 students had been expelled from the varsity during the tenure of PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran.

Meanwhile, Punjab University’s spokesman in a statement issued on Friday termed the allegations levelled by Islami Jamiat Talaba baseless and said disciplinary action against “miscreants” of Jamiat was taken under the rules and they were issued charge sheets, provision of opportunities of personal hearing under prescribed regulations mentioned in the university calendar.

The PU spokesman added lie had infiltrated into Jamiat and the student wing was consisted of hypocrites who always tried to distort facts. He said students who wanted to damage the peaceful atmosphere of the university tortured university teachers and employees and students would not be given any concession. But the spokesman said students, who came up with their parents, submitted written apologies with affidavits and where the PU administration found betterment in the attitude of those students, the administration took lenient view in their matters.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) ignores social sciences for award

Higher Education Commission (HEC) ignores social sciences for award

Lahore: In what could be termed an apt example of social sciences being ignored at the national level, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has failed to select any social sciences scholars from Pakistan to confer National Distinguished Professor awards advertised in 2011, it is learnt.

On the top of it, since the launch of HEC’s National Distinguished Professor (NDP) programme, almost a decade ago, the awards have been conferred on 41 distinguished professors and among them only two are from language and social sciences.

The HEC announced the positions of NDPs in social sciences in 2011 and it is learnt senior academicians from all over Pakistan applied for these positions. However, the positions were re-advertised in 2012 due to the reason best known to those at the helm of affairs and the applicants were asked to re-apply.

However, the HEC authorities failed to make any decision again and the positions were once again advertised in 2013 with last date to submit applications till July 31, 2013. Unlike previous two advertisements which were specifically for social sciences scholars, this advertisement was for scholars of every field. Nonetheless, this advertisement met the same fate and the prospective candidates are still waiting for the “awards”. According to the sources, the relevant file is moving from table to table without any outcome. The News talked to a number of applicants who were unanimous in saying the delay and apathy on part of the HEC was adding to the agony of prospective candidates who had applied for this prestigious opening.

“The HEC needs to promote social sciences in universities for which academicians and researchers in this area need to be acknowledged and encouraged,” said a dejected applicant.

Another applicant said research in social sciences within Pakistani universities was already in dismal state, adding “Fact of the matter is that many public sector universities have not published any research article in social sciences during the last couple of years.”

It is pertinent to mention here that National Distinguished Professor (NDP) was launched with an objective “to acknowledge the services rendered by outstanding senior Professors and Scientists in Universities and R&D Organisations and to utilise their services in national organisations.”

According to the HEC last advertisement, available on its website, “The HEC Distinguished National Professor will be entitled to a fixed emolument of Rs100,000/- per month as Honorarium and Rs50,000/- per month for Research grant/Institutional share. The appointment shall be made for a period of two years on contract depending on satisfactory performance.” Chairman of the HEC’s Committee for Development of Social Sciences Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, who is also Vice Chancellor, University of Gujrat, talking to The News said he had tried to follow the process of documentation but the Commission somehow could not focus on this task.

When contacted, the recently appointed HEC Chairperson Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said he had asked the staff to put all the pending issues, adding decision about National Distinguished Professor in Social Sciences would be made within next two to three weeks. He said the HEC had not ignored social sciences as many initiatives for the promotion of the same by the Commission were evident, including 30 percent scholarship allocation for social sciences and special window for research funding as well as establishment of Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) etc.