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Women employment training programme

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:59
Lahore:07 september:Provincial Minister for Industry and Trade Sheikh Allauddin has said Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) has taken initiative to train our poor and vulnerable sisters and daughters from the urban areas on technical and vocational skills and then link them with sustainable employment opportunities. Attending the contract signing ceremony for the “Women Focused Employment Driven” training programme here on Wednesday, he stated the Punjab government has taken a lot of initiatives in Punjab for legal and economic empowerment of women, including women entrepreneurship, property ownership, employment, decision-making, education and vocational training through Punjab Women Empowerment Initiatives. The minister said many more women development initiatives are in line, the role of women is important for progress of our country to achieve prosperity in life and maintain peace in our country is almost impossible feat and unattainable achievements unless we protect and empower women. The Punjab government executed initiatives for women empowerment scheme. We must make every effort possible to ensure that more and more women of employment age must enter the workforce and contribute to the economic growth of Pakistan.The news. Lahore

Punjab University will announce BA/BSc result

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:55
Lahore:07 september: Punjab University (PU) will announce the result of BA/BSc Annual Examinations 2017 on Thursday (today). A prize distribution ceremony for position holders of BA/BSc exams will also be held on Thursday where PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir will be the chief guest. The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Schools told to refund ‘overcharged’ fee or else…

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:33
LAHORE:01 september:Private schools accused of overcharging and raising fees without fulfilling legal obligations have been directed to refund the amounts or face the music. The District Education Authority (DEA), responsible for checks on schools, has told the schools to present their defence on a hearing which will be held after Eid. The sudden raise in fee by some private schools pushed parents to agitate against the move and call on the Punjab government to take action. Irked by fee spikes, parents set to stage protests The parents accused the institutes of raising fee and said it went against the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2017. The parents maintained that continuously rising fee was out of control and unjustified, making it unaffordable for parents. Talking to The Express Tribune on Thursday, Punjab School Education Department (SED) Secretary Dr Allah Baksh Malik said the provincial government held meetings with parents and private school managements over the issue. “We told private school managements and asked them not to raise fee beyond 5%. If anyone had increased fee beyond these set limits, they should immediately refund it. If any school is found guilty of the charges, legal action will be taken against them.” Meanwhile, the Lahore DEA has so far received complaints against 12 privately-run schools in the city and called them to a hearing. When contacted, DEA Lahore Education CEO Bashir Zahid Goraya said the authority sent notices to schools against whom parents had lodged complaints. He said that legally, 7-10 dates were required to hold hearings and gather explanation from overcharging schools. “Strict action will be taken against every school found overcharging or against any discrepancies He claimed that of the 12 schools against which complaints were received, most were of overcharging. However, some fell in other categories such as inadequate security arrangements. Goraya said notices sent to the schools were based on complaints received by the parents, while other charges were discrepancies found by DEA staff. He said action would be taken, if necessary, after the hearing. Teachers protest hits K-P school enrolment drive According to the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2017, private schools charging more than or equal to Rs4,000 per month could only raise fees at the start of an academic year by 5% and that to approval from the DEA. When the issue was raised, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif formed a committee to look into the matter. The committee, headed by Punjab Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, held its first meeting on Monday and a detailed report would be submitted to the chief minister. Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2017.Lahore

Irked by fee spikes, parents set to stage protests

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:12
LAHORE:28 august:Parents of children studying in private schools have again decided to mount a protest campaign against fee spikes by what they call the ‘private school mafia’. They maintained that some schools increased fee by as much as 15% during the current academic year. According to the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Bill (Amended) 2015, they are allowed a five% increase. Most parents believe that the government should strictly monitor and curb such undue increase in fees. K-P’s new voucher scheme targets out-of-school children Criticising the provincial government’s inaction in this regard, parents said that it seemed that the government was unwilling to enforce relevant laws and disallow the exorbitant fee increase. Private Schools Parents Association (PSPA) Punjab Chapter President Faisal Khalid Sheikh, who also represents parents in the District Education Authority (DEA) tasked with dealing with complaints against private schools, said that elitist schools were increasing fee without any fear. He said that the standard response by schools had been that Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood had allowed them to increase 8% fee in an academic year. However, the latest increase was far more than this and illegal, he said. Sheikh said that parents had filed several complaints over the fee hike with the DEA and the DCO even called up managements of some of the schools concerned, but nothing changed and the schools continued to charge the increased fee. He said that parents were deciding when to stage protests, adding that there would be protests every week after Eid holidays. Punjab government’s committee The Punjab government also taken notice of the situation and constituted a committee to look into the matter. The panel will hold its first meeting on Monday (today) in a bid to resolve the matter in an amicable manner. Secretary of the Punjab School Education (SED) Dr Allah Baksh Malik said: “Schools charging a fee above Rs4,000 were only allowed to raise fee after taking prior approval from the DEA. However, this has come to our notice that some schools have unilaterally increased the fees. Because of this increase, parents have expressed serious concern and the chief minister has taken a serious notice of the situation.” He said that a committee had been set up to resolve this matter. He said that the committee was headed by the additional chief secretary and other members include the Punjab Higher Education Secretary and he was also part of the committee. Corporal punishment: Parents demand action against teacher Dr Malik said that schools would only be allowed to raise fee in full compliance with the law. “We will ensure all schools charge fee in accordance with the law and we will also resolve all complaints made by the parents.” Private schools federation President of All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) Kashif Mirza said that the matter was in the court and schools would uphold the decision of the court. He said: “Schools respect the Lahore High Court decision in this matter and will comply with its orders. If any school is charging more [than the court orders], the federation condemns this. We are very clear on this matter. Every school must respect and uphold the court’s decision and cooperate with parents.” Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2017.Lahore

Punjab University awards four PhDs

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:09
LAHORE:28 august:Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to four scholars. Muhammad Khalid Tippu, son of Muhammad Akram Khan, has been awarded a PhD in Pharmacology (Pharmacy) after approval of his thesis entitled “Investigation of the Role of Probiotics on Toxicity of Aflatoxin B1”. Muhammad Afzal, s/o Ghulam Nabi was awarded a PhD in Islamic Studies after approval of his thesis entitled “Assuagement Discoursed in Ahadees-E-Nabviyyah: Intricacies and Sagacity”.Ibtasam Thakur, daughter of Zaheer Ahmad Thakur, was awarded a PhD in Special Education after approval of her thesis entitled “Relationship Between Organizational Culture, Job Performance and Burn out of Teachers in Department of Special Education Punjab” and Inayat Ullah, s/o Allah Wasaya, in Molecular Biology after approval ofhis thesis entitled “Molecular Characterization of Retinal Disorders in Pakistani Families”.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Roots Garden Schools celebrate Independence Day

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:08
Rawalpindi:August 28:Independence Day was celebrated in all branches of Roots Garden Schools / Roots DHA I/ IVY schools with full zeal and zest. The main objective of this event was to inculcate patriotism and moral values in students and love for the country. The interesting and vibrant event spanned over the whole day, during which Pakistan Flag was hoisted, colourful banners /bunting had been prepared, pictures and posters of Great Leaders of Pakistan were displayed. Students also held cultural dress show including national and regional dresses. The national and regional songs completely changed the ambience of the overall event held in all branches. Children were carrying Pakistani flag and painted their faces with green and white paints. Boys and girls were wearing white ‘shalwar Kameez’ and enjoying in full swing. The banners were prepared on which it was written “We love our country Pakistan”, “Pakistan is our homeland”, “Unity, Faith & Discipline” & “Pakistan our Pride – Pakistan our Identity. It was the day to remember the hardships, which faced by our ancestors. The main objective of celebrating this day was to inculcate the affection towards our country.The news.RawalpindiCollege in Rawalpindi

Smart School students achieve new heights

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:59
LAHORE:26 august:The Smart School High Achievers Ceremony held at The City School DHA campus Lahore on August 22 commemorated the brilliant performance of students in matriculation and PEC board examination. Ever since its inception in 2012, The Smart School students have been showing continuous enhanced performance in each passing year. Matriculation result 2017 is another episode of the tradition of merit adhered and followed. Across central region The Smart School overall result is 100%. The Smart School has its prominent presence across Pakistan in 136 cities with more than 300 schools and a students' strength of almost 70,000. Out of 128 schools affiliated with 7 BISE boards of Punjab, the overall first position in The Smart Schools is bagged by Muzamil Ahmed from TSS Almiraj Campus Lahore. He scored 96.45 % marks. Second position goes to Ahmed Bin Shahid from TSS Samanabad Campus Faisalabad, who scored 95.90 % marks. Third position is shared by two bright students from TSS Bhakar Campus namely Muhammad Hassan Haider and Muhammad Haziq Raza. Both of them scored 95.81 % marks. Another feather in The Smart School'scap is the PEC (Punjab Examination Commission) class five and eight examination results. The Smart School outshone many at this platform as well. In class five PEC exam Fatima Sajid from TSS Samanabad Campus Faisalabad got 94% marks and Fatima Naseeb from TSS Arifwala Campus also got 94 % marks. She stood third at Tehsil level. Likewise in class eight PEC exam the shining stars from TSS Bhakar Campus Muhammad Talha Habeeb, Mah-e-Noor Fatima and Naqsh Zahra got 95 % marks each. Published in Daily Times, August 26th 2017.Lahore

Ceremony at the University of Education

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:58
LAHORE:26 august: The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Friday inaugurated Punjab's first-ever Staff Development Academy during a ceremony at the University of Education. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raza Ali Gillani was the chief guest on the occasion whereas PHEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin was also present. Addressing the ceremony, Minister Higher Education Raza Ali Gillani said that the Staff Development Academy (SDA) had been established under the Faculty Pedagogy Skill Programme of the Punjab government with a total outlay of Rs 176.087 million. "The establishment of the academy is one of the remarkable efforts of the Punjab Higher Education Commission to improve quality of teaching at college and university levels," he added. The minister said that the Punjab government was striving hard to bring the higher education's system on a par with international standards and the department was investing resources and efforts to achieve this goal. "The establishment of the training academy is aimed at strengthening the teaching profession in Punjab by providing substantial professional learning opportunities, modelling highly effective educational practice and identifying teachers, who are committed to development of young people and to their own professional excellence," he added. In his address, PHEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin said that there was a dire need of qualified faculty and staff in higher education institutions of the province. "We are facing shortage of qualified teachers in our colleges and universities as more than 5,000 PhD slots are vacant," he added. Published in Daily Times, August 26th 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreEducation University Lahore

Lahore College for Women University institute named after Dr Ruth Pfau

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:56
LAHORE:26 august: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Friday renamed one of its institutes after German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau who devoted her life to eradication of leprosy in Pakistan. “On the special instructions of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi, the university’s Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) has been named after late Dr Ruth Pfau,” said a spokesman for LCWU. Earlier, addressing a condolence reference, Dr Uzma Qureshi paid glowing tributes to Dr Ruth Pfau, saying that Dr Pfau served the humanity throughout her life. As a result of her tireless efforts, the World Health Organisation declared Pakistan in 1996 one of the first countries in Asia to be free of leprosy, she added. The VC also announced Doctor Ruth Pfau Gold Medal which would be awarded in next convocation to a student having services in social welfare. The VC also suggested setting up a peace chair in the name of late Dr Ruth Pfau. CANCELLED: The holidays of the officials of Edhi Foundation have been cancelled to cope with the emergencies on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.According to the official statement, all workers will stay alert on the occasion. The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Information Technology University Orientation

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:54
LAHORE:26 august: Information Technology University (ITU) is holding an orientation week for the successful candidates who got admission in its BS, MS, Executive MBA (EMBITE) and PhD programmes starting from August 26. The orientation sessions will give an opportunity to the new entrants for an introduction to the faculties, student rules and regulations, degree road maps, specialisation tracks and the facilities at the university’s Arfa Software Technology Park (ASTP) campus. The programme with date and time announced by the ITU is: BS Computer Science and BS Electrical Engineering on August 26, 2017, (today) from 5.30PM to 6.30PM, MS Computer Science, MS Data Science and MS Electrical Engineering on Monday, August 28, from 6M to 7 PM, MS Development Studies on August 29, from 6PM to 7PM and BS Management and Technology on August 30 from 5PM to 6PM. An ITU spokesperson said ITU had signed a contract with Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab (IDAP) to construct state-of-the-art purpose built main campus for the Pakistan’s first research-focused university. He added that IDAP had been assigned the phase–I of the purpose-built campus of ITU on 182 acres near Lahore airport at an estimated cost of Rs 5 billion in a period of 12 to 18 months. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Technical Education Training Authority to upgrade syllabus

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:21
LAHORE:25 august:Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has surveyed more than 200 industries and companies to upgrade its syllabus of three-year diploma programme as according to the international standards and needs of the industry. After the survey, syllabus will be upgraded which would produce associate engineers according to the needs of industry, said Tevta Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh while presiding over a meeting held to review progress in different projects of Tevta with Japan at Tevta Secretariat on Thursday. He said the reason behind Japan’s progress and development lay in preparation of skilled workforce, therefore, Tevta was taking benefit of the services of JICA. He said, "Master trainers from Japan are providing technical and skill training to our students as well as teachers”.The news.Lahore

Technical Education Training Authority to upgrade syllabus

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:19
LAHORE:25 august:Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has surveyed more than 200 industries and companies to upgrade its syllabus of three-year diploma programme as according to the international standards and needs of the industry. After the survey, syllabus will be upgraded which would produce associate engineers according to the needs of industry, said Tevta Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh while presiding over a meeting held to review progress in different projects of Tevta with Japan at Tevta Secretariat on Thursday. He said the reason behind Japan’s progress and development lay in preparation of skilled workforce, therefore, Tevta was taking benefit of the services of JICA. He said, "Master trainers from Japan are providing technical and skill training to our students as well as teachers”.The news.Lahore

PMA for abolishing entrance test in University of Health Sciences

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:18
LAHORE:25 august:Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has demanded abolishing Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) as it tantamount to violation of principles of transparency and merit. “Accumulation of at least six billion rupees by the University of Health Sciences annually mostly from poor students and the alleged leakage of entry test paper during MDCAT 2017 on August 20 in complicity with private academies has rendered it counterproductive and the wave of concern among students and their parents demanded abolition of the entry test,” said PMA office-bearers Prof Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Izhar Ahmad Chaudhry, Prof Dr Ajmal Hasan Naqvi, Dr Aleem Nawaz, Dr Wajid Ali, Dr Iram Shahzadi, Dr Tanveer Anwar and Dr Shahid Malik while speaking at a press conference at PMA House on Thursday. Terming MDCAT a technical, administrative and financial fraud, the PMA leaders said the entry test for admissions to medical and dental colleges had become obsolete and futile owing to establishment of foolproof system of inter-board paper checking, central marking and strict monitoring after elimination of booti (cheating) mafia at secondary and intermediate level. “On the other hand, the booti mafia is controlling the entry test right now especially with the involvement of private academies,” they alleged. While pointing out technical flaws in the entry test, they said the students were asked to answer 220 MCQs in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English in 2.5 hours, which allows only 40 seconds to answer each question, whereas the questions requiring calculations take a minimum of 90 seconds. “The students are not allowed to carry calculators and they have to make calculations through traditional methods,” they said, adding that there were at least 27 numerical questions in Physics requiring calculations during the recent MDCAT 2017. “On top of it, the organisers of MDCAT leaked the paper a day before the examination to a private academy, which destroyed the norms of merit and transparency and deprived deserving intelligent students of admissions in government colleges,” they alleged. The PMA leaders said MDCAT was neither scholastic aptitude test nor a professional aptitude test or knowledge and skill test. They also pointed out huge discrepancies with just 10 per cent weightage to two-year study of 9th and 10th classes, 40 per cent weightage to two-year FSc performance whereas 2.5 hour MDCAT carried 50 per cent weightage equaling four-year studies by the students. They observed that UHS was conducting MDCAT each year among more than 65,000 students against the available of less than 5,000 seats in medical and dental colleges of Punjab, which amounted to deceiving as well as fleecing the students and their parents. “The nexus between UHS and private academies has turned into a mafia, which ripped off the students and their parents at least six billion rupees in the name of preparation and fess of entry test every year,” they alleged. “This situation has inflicted extreme mental torture to the parents and virtually made students psychiatric patients,” they added. They believed that there was absolutely no room for such a non-transparent test in the presence of foolproof examination system in Punjab, therefore MDCAT must be abolished forthwith to stop injustice with the poor and hard working students. The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Project launched at Punjab University to promote peace

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:16
LAHORE:25 august:Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin on Thursday said that the role of institutions was vital in changing attitudes for establishing peace in society. He expressed these views while addressing the launching ceremony of a project “Inspiring the Future” for promotion of peace and tolerance in society at Al Raazi Hall, Punjab University. The project is a joint venture of Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) and Centre for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE) under which efforts would be made for achieving harmony and peace in the country. Dr Nizamuddin said, "We must move forward towards training programmes for making people best citizens." He said that change could not happen without dialogue. He said that there was a need to know the reasons why a few highly educated persons fell prey to terrorist elements. “Injustice, inequality and tyranny are common in our society," he added. There is a need to debate on ideas as dialogue is the only solution to cope with such challenges,” Dr Nizam said. He said that the difference of science and arts subjects must be eliminated when it came to character building and citizenship among students. PU Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said that PU would utilise all possible resources for promotion of peace and tolerance. He said that it was the time to give message that institutions were meant to deliver. He said that differences not only damaged individuals but institutions as well. He said, "We must take steps to control growing intolerance in our society, for which, we need to dig out reasons behind this menace." He said that PU had appointed advisers in all departments and they were peace ambassadors.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Teachers demo for upgrading of posts

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:15
LAHORE:25 august: Dozens of schoolteachers staged a demonstration on Thursday and protested against the Punjab government for delaying upgrading of teaching posts and ignoring their other issues. The demo was held outside the Lahore Press Club on the call of Punjab Teachers Union (PTU). Similar protest demonstrations were held outside press clubs in different cities of the province. Carrying banners and placards the schoolteachers came hard on the Punjab School Education Department for ignoring what they termed their just demands including upgrading of posts. The Punjab Teachers Union leaders including Ch Sarfaraz, Rana Liaqat, Ch Muhammad Ali, Mian Arshad and others led the demo outside Lahore Press Club and expressed concerns over delay in issuing upgrading notification. They said the government was ignoring issues related to in-service promotions and teachers’ packages etc. The Punjab Teachers Union leaders demanded the government address teachers’ issues on priority and warned if no immediate action was taken, the schoolteachers would observe a sit-in outside the Punjab Assembly on September 16. The news.City: Lahore

Online system receives 246,544 applications

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:12
LAHORE:25 august: s many as 651 public colleges across Punjab have received 246,544 applications since the launch of intermediate level admission cycle 2017 on July 27, 2017 through Online College Admissions System (OCAS). The OCAS has been developed by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for Higher Education Department (HED) for processing admission applications for FA, FSC, ICS programmes. Over one million applications have been processed through the online system in the past few years. For cycle 2017 among 246,544 online admission applications, 82,062 applications were submitted online while 164,482 were uploaded in the system by the respective colleges. Dr Umar Saif, the founding vice-chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU), Punjab, PITB chairman and adviser to the Punjab chief minister, observed that the initiative had helped improve and formulate the education policy through the monitoring of trending interest in various subjects and to establish new institutions and assessing the required needs including manpower. It has also enhanced efficiency and ensured transparency, eliminated the hazard of long queues and facilitated the youth to search online the choice of subjects and college by applying from home. Free of cost availability of college brochures and online admission forms is an added feature of the system while it has considerably reduced the visits of students and their parents to colleges. It has ensured timely compilation of applications and merit list, said Dr Umar Saif. According to the monitoring of OCAS dash board till August 24, 2017 at 12.45 pm, applications with gender and programme segregation recorded 55,310 applications for ICS, 59 percent male and 41 percent female; 51,267 for Fsc Pre-Medical, 71pc female and 29pc male; 73,829 for FA, 64pc female and 36 pc male; 38,650 for Fsc Pre-Engineering, 68pc male and 32pc female; 18,677 for ICom, 69pc male and 31pc female; 5,547 for D Com, 92pc male and 8pc female and 3,360 for General Science, 64pc male and 36pc female. The salient features of the system include 24/7 access, applying from any place with internet access, track admission application status via college website, integration with BISE results, minimising data entry and reducing errors.The news.City: Lahore

Pakistan Independence Day ceremony at a private college

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:11
LAHORE:25 august: Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said Pakistani youths are the most intelligent among all the nations and future of the country is in safe hands. Addressing the students at Pakistan Independence Day celebrations ceremony held at a private college on Wednesday, the minister said the youth needed to be optimistic as the country had achieved a lot during a short period since independence in 1947. Rector of the group of institutions, Prof Amjad Ali, presented the welcome address. National cricketers Azhar Ali and Faheem Ashraf attended the ceremony while scores of students presented national songs to pay homage to heroes of Pakistan Movement. The minister said the youth must not pay heed to negative narrative about Pakistan. He said Pakistan was rated 10 times better than India in developing economies and placed 52nd on the list by the World Economic Forum. He said our youth were fourth among the most intelligent people in the world while Pakistani intelligence agency was rated number one in the world. He said Pakistan had been producing Microsoft engineers at a very tender age. He exhorted the youth to be proud of being a Muslim and a Pakistani, adding the economy of the country would flourish with the advent of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and youth would have more job opportunities. Later, responding to the queries from the media men, the minister said the retest of MDCAT will be decided after the report of the committee constituted by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. About the vice-chancellors of five universities, Gillani said the advertisement for the posts of vice-chancellors of Punjab University, UET Multan and others will be processed after approval by Chief Minister secretariat. The minister gave away certificates to the position-holders of private school in Matric examination 2017 of Lahore Board Muhammad Abdullah and Fatima Awais during the ceremony while he appreciated the services of scouts and girl guides. Raza Ali sang national anthem with a chorus of boys and girls from the college. The news.City: Lahore

UMT signs key MoU to create exposure for students

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:36
LAHORE:24 August:School of Health Sciences at University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Surraya Azim (Waqf) Hospital for future collaboration, training and practical exposure of medical students and faculty to knowledge transformation. UMT alleges BISE official running fake degree racket UMT Director General Abid HK Shirwani and member of the Governing Body Surraya Azim Hospital Iftikhar Chaudhry signed the deal and later exchanged necessary files. Speaking on the occasion, UMT Director General Abid HK Shirwani said partnering with Surraya Azim Hospital would result in a great learning opportunity for students of the School of Health Sciences. He said UMT students would get practical exposure and a sense of professionalism through the internship and a house job at the hospital. The DG further said that together, UMT and Surraya Azim Hospital would make efforts to bring innovation to medical sciences and make new discoveries in the field. Expressing his views, Zikrullah Mujahid said it was a matter of great pleasure to connect the hospital with UMT, which he said is an inspiring modern institution of higher education. He said Surraya Azim Hospital was working purely on professional grounds and catering to humanity with passion and devotion. UMT shares details of fake degree detection Mujahid voiced hope that UMT would professionally contribute to the hospital in terms of novelty and modernisation as it had revolutionised the education sector. After affiliation with Surraya Azim Hospital, both the faculty and students of School of Health Sciences (SHS) will avail plenty of opportunities to do health research, improve expertise, add value to the performance of the hospital and get experience working in different specialties and with different kinds of patients.Published in The Express Tribune,City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUMT Lahore

Students protest Medical and Dental College paper leak

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:29
LAHORE:24 August: A number of students staged a demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday to press the authorities to retake Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) as its question paper was leaked. Carrying placards, the protesters demanded that the condition to appear in MDCAT for admission to medical and dental colleges should be withdrawn as only students of private tuition centres performed well in it because they got the question paper in advance. “The tuition academies charge Rs30,000 to Rs50,000 for MDCAT preparation sessions. Everyone cannot afford it,” said Rizwan Shaikh, a protester carrying a placard against the entrance test.Accompanied by her parents, a female protester alleged that this year some private academies managed to get a portion of MDCAT in advance. “Even a single number matters in MDCAT and what if you get a whole portion in advance. The government should arrange MDCAT again because its results will now be doubtful,” she said.The father of another protester said the students with average marks in intermediate “who can pay” would score more marks in this year’s test due to paper leak and get admission to medical and dental colleges, depriving the talented lot of their right. “This is also in violation of the merit policy of the government and will ultimately deteriorate medical education standards,” he said. INQUIRY COMMITTEEE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a six-member committee to probe the alleged leakage of the question paper of the Medical and Dental College Admission Test. The additional chief secretary will be the convener of the committee that will submit its report to the chief minister within 72 hours whether or not the MDCAT was conducted properly under full secrecy. The additional inspector general of police (special branch), Prof Dr Eice Muhammad, the Federal Investigation Agency’s Lahore director, the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) director general and a member of the Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) will constitute the committee that will also “find out the persons responsible for such an offence, if committed, and to fix responsibility upon government servants to get the MDCAT conducted in the most professional manner,” said a letter issued by the CM Secretariat. It may be recalled that four hours after the conclusion of MDCAT on Sunday, diagrams of the physics section of the paper along with a few retyped questions were posted on a Facebook account named ‘Ya mbbs ha mamu’, in an attempt to give an impression that the paper was leaked before the test. The University of Health Sciences (UHS) welcomed constitution of a committee by the chief minister to probe the alleged leakage of the question paper of MDCAT 2017. “The UHS is known for its valid, reliable and secure systems. The matter should be thoroughly investigated so that all those involved in it should be brought to justice,” said a spokesman. A senior teacher of the Government College University (GCU) told Dawn the ‘difficulty level’ of MDCAT paper this time was a bit enhanced. “My younger daughter appeared in the MDCAT. She did well because she didn’t attend any tuition centre. It was a bit difficult compared to the previous years with some changes in pattern. But all the multiple choice questions (MCQs) were taken from the prescribed syllabus,” said the teacher.Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2017.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

University of Management signs key MoU to create exposure for students

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:27
LAHORE:24 August:School of Health Sciences at University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Surraya Azim (Waqf) Hospital for future collaboration, training and practical exposure of medical students and faculty to knowledge transformation. UMT alleges BISE official running fake degree racket UMT Director General Abid HK Shirwani and member of the Governing Body Surraya Azim Hospital Iftikhar Chaudhry signed the deal and later exchanged necessary files. Speaking on the occasion, UMT Director General Abid HK Shirwani said partnering with Surraya Azim Hospital would result in a great learning opportunity for students of the School of Health Sciences. He said UMT students would get practical exposure and a sense of professionalism through the internship and a house job at the hospital. The DG further said that together, UMT and Surraya Azim Hospital would make efforts to bring innovation to medical sciences and make new discoveries in the field. Expressing his views, Zikrullah Mujahid said it was a matter of great pleasure to connect the hospital with UMT, which he said is an inspiring modern institution of higher education. He said Surraya Azim Hospital was working purely on professional grounds and catering to humanity with passion and devotion. UMT shares details of fake degree detection Mujahid voiced hope that UMT would professionally contribute to the hospital in terms of novelty and modernisation as it had revolutionised the education sector. After affiliation with Surraya Azim Hospital, both the faculty and students of School of Health Sciences (SHS) will avail plenty of opportunities to do health research, improve expertise, add value to the performance of the hospital and get experience working in different specialties and with different kinds of patients.Published in The Express Tribune,City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUMT Lahore