HEC SAT-II entrance test for foreign students
Foreigners with poor English Medical varsities offered alternatives to SAT-II
Lahore, Feb 26: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
placed before all the medical varsities of the country three
alternatives to entrance test or scholastic aptitude test part-II
(SAT-II) for the students from the developing Muslim countries with poor
English language skills, to choose from.
The HEC move is being seen as a step towards permanently waiving off
the SAT-II condition for the foreign students for admission to MBBS/BDS
under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP) and Self Finance
The decision to 'consult' the varsities on the issue was taken at a
meeting held on January 23 at Islamabad that was also attended by envoys
of six Muslim countries, including some of ambassadors, who reportedly
backed the move. It was presided over by HEC chairperson Dr Javaid R
The envoys included Al Shafi Ahmed Mohamed, Ambassador of Sudan,
Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of State of Palestine, Nawaf Saraireh,
Ambassador of Jordan, Ali A. Muhra of Syria, Jamal Saeed Shamsan,
Counselor of Yemen's Embassy and Ali Sheikh Abdullahi, Second Secretary
of Somali embassy. Ghayyur Fatima, HEC Director (Academics), also
attended the meeting.
Earlier, in 2011, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and
the Punjab government had categorically refused to relax the relevant
rules for the medical students of non-English speaking countries on the
ground that it would largely help private medical colleges to mint
'more' money from the foreigners studying at local institutes.
Some Muslim countries' embassies had approached the prime minister
through Economic Affairs Division with a request to end the SAT-II
condition for their students that was conveyed to the PMDC and the
However, the HEC at its Jan 23 meeting finalised its suggestions regarding an alternative system.
According to the meeting minutes available with Dawn, the HEC first
considered complete waiver of the condition and then agreed on
suggesting three alternatives to the SAT-II to the medical varsities;
medical universities can design the preparatory courses for foreign
students before they start their formal studies, the varsities may
design their own test as an alternate to SAT-II, keeping in view the
format of National Testing Service/National Aptitude Test (NTS/NAT) or
the students may be asked to appear and pass NTS/NAT during their 1st
The HEC also informed the PMDC, the EAD, Islamabad and
inter-provincial coordination ministry about the decision taken at the
Ghayyur Fatima informed the meeting the students from developing
Islamic countries had been facing problems because of the SAT-II
She said the HEC had also received requests from various Foreign Missions for waiving off the condition.
The envoys, besides voicing their concerns over the SAT-II condition,
told the meeting that students from their countries preferred to study
in Pakistan due to a common culture and after completion of their
studies they mostly got good jobs. By studying here these students
became 'ambassadors of Pakistan' in their respective countries, they
said. That also provided an opportunity to these countries to strengthen
their bilateral relations, they said.
However, the envoys were unanimous that due to the condition they
were not able to send more students to Pakistan's medical colleges.
"After listening to the concerns of envoys, the HEC chairperson
assured (them of) all possible cooperation to address their problems,"
the meeting minutes said.
The HEC chairperson also assured the envoys that the matter would be
resolved before the start of the new academic session, the meeting
minutes said. Dawn
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Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional BDS annual examination 2012.
to a press release on Saturday, a total of 431 candidates from 10
affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of which 294 passed
and 121 failed. The result of 16 candidates was put on RL list. The pass
percentage remained 70.84.
Esha Najam d/o Najam Saeed of
Institute of Dentistry, CMH Lahore Medical College Lahore, got the
first position by securing 753/900 marks.
Fizza Tahir d/o
Tahir Hussain Alvi of Institute of Dentistry, CMH Lahore Medical
College Lahore, and Nayha Enver d/o Tariq Enver of de'Montmorency
College of Dentistry Lahore got the second and third positions by
securing 748/900 and 739/900 marks respectively.
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Literary festival ends on a high note
Lahore: The two-day Lahore Literary Festival, which got a frenzied response from
the Lahorites, ended with enlightening discussions on literature,
celebration of masterpieces of local and international writers and
social discourse on the past, present and future of literature.
brilliant sunny day after two days of rain in the provincial metropolis
saw big attendance of the Lahorites in the festival as a part of The
Mall was blocked with the large number of parked vehicles. Some of the
sessions got so much attention that hundreds of lovers of literature
waited in queues outside the packed halls of the Alhamra Arts Council to
find a seat. The throngs of participants showed the success of the
festival which ended on a positive note, showing signs of a better
future for literature in the city which has always been famous for
writers and literati.
Notables from every walk of life,
politicians, bureaucrats, educationists and diplomats, turned up at the
event with their families which made it a star-studded event and
provided social interaction and networking as well.
day started off with Mohammad Hanif and I A Reman talking about the
fading legacy of the rich literature of the country under the session,
titled Missing Stories, while Intezar Hussain and Asghar Nadeem Syed
discussed the 'Future of Urdu Literature in Punjab' in another session.
Shamsie, Chiki Sarkar, Jeet Thayil, Nadeem Aslam and Shehan Karunatilka
enlightened the audience with this perspective and vision on
'Commonwealth, Nationalism and Globalization.'
Francke discussed her 10 years with Benazir Bhutto and all what led to
the writing of her book 'The Daughter of The East' while Rashid Rahman
discussed with the author Kenize Mourad her book 'The story of Begum
In another packed-beyond-capacity session,
Tehmina Durrani, among other issues, talked about the personal cost of
writing her magnum opus 'My Feudal Lord'. She said that writing about
Edhi was the most important book she'd ever written. Talking about her
new book, she said how it reflected that world peace was impossible if
we did not bring children of war back into the mainstream.
the session on the Architecture of Aesthetics and Urbanism, the
discussion ranged from Mughal architecture to contemporary architecture
in Pakistan. The panelists Kamil K. Mumtaz, Nayyar Ali Dada and Ebba
Koch discussed that historically differing shapes of tombs had different
meanings in different beliefs of which the diverse architecture in the
subcontinent was a proof. The panelists also discussed superior
architecture as a symbol of historic grandeur of a particular ruler. The
closing sessions of Bapsi Sidhwa regarding her international best
seller 'The Crow Eaters' recently translated into Urdu under the title
"Jungle Wala Sahib" and William Dalrymple on Culture in Conflict were
flooded with audience as Bapsi read out excerpts from her novel in
addition to discussing how international and Pakistani media reviews
boosted her book to international acclaim when it was published decades
back. She also talked, with elements of humour, about her childhood and
In the session, hosted by Ahmed Rashid,
William Dalrymple analyzed the history of conflict in connection with
cultural identities. He opined that the people's emotions were integral
in their motives when it came to war. He termed the subcontinent as the
most culturally and socially rich geographical entity which provided a
lot of space for research and analysis. He mentioned how history,
apparently, was boring to the youth but if the narrative included
expression of the people and a storytelling style it could be made
interesting. He also talked about Afghanistan and Pakistan after
withdrawal of the US forces and its probable future implications.
day ended with a performance by the Laal Band and a resolve by the
literature savvy Lahorites to revere literature through such festivals
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Education institutes observe anti-dengue day
Lahore: On the directions of Punjab government, public sector educational
institutions of the provincial metropolis observed Anti-Dengue Day on
Sunday to create awareness among the public about the virus.
educational institutes organised walks, seminars as well as carried out
fumigation to observe the day which were attended by teachers, faculty
members and other staff. Punjab government had announced that
Anti-Dengue Day would be observed on Sunday by keeping campuses open for
faculty and staff to create awareness among public on how to avoid the
infection and its outbreak in the coming months.
College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Khaleeq-ur-Rahman while addressing a seminar said called dengue an
'emerging and reemerging disease' which usually resurfaced when its
vector (mosquito) found favorable environmental conditions. He directed
the chairpersons of the GCU departments to personally monitor
cleanliness regarding dengue and make arrangements regarding disposal of
waste material. GCU chief zoologist Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan said the
dengue epidemic had resurfaced in all affected countries of Africa, the
Latin America, the Eastern Mediterranean and South-east Asia. However,
she hoped that the steps taken by the Punjab government would continue
to be implemented every year to save millions of people from this
disease. Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) also organised a
LCWU Dengue Control Committee Dean and
Chairperson Dr Kousar Jamal Cheema chaired the seminar. A meeting of the
committee was also held in the office of the vice chancellor to discuss
the action plan for anti-dengue spray. The committee was briefed that
whole campus of the LCWU was fumigated with the cooperation of the
district government and health department. The committee decided to
upgrade sewerage system and to dump all the solid waste immediately. A
medical camp, on the instruction of the VC, has also been established on
the Old Campus where the students and staff would be examined. LCWU
Medical Officer Dr Hafsa will supervise the camp.
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) organised a
seminar. UVAS VC Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha urged the university staff
to actively participate in dengue-eradication campaign. Prof Dr Kamran
Ashraf of the Parasitology Department said dengue virus could only be
controlled by eliminating the breeding places of the mosquitoes. He
proposed a mosquito trap containing sugar and yeast mixture. A
documentary on the topic was also shown to the participants. Later, an
anti dengue walk was held on the university premises which was led by
the VC. The campaign against dengue fever also continued at Punjab
University and a team of Dengue Research Group visited various places in
the hostel areas. The team included Dengue Research Group Chairman Prof
Dr Saeed Akhter, Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter, Chief
Medical Officer Dr Nauman Ahmed and Additional Registrar-II Malik
Zaheer. The team collected samples from various places. The PU teams
also continued fumigation.
Meanwhile, public colleges of
the provincial metropolis also remained open. DPI Colleges Dr Jalil
Tariq and Director Administration Latif Usmani visited the colleges to
monitor the anti-dengue steps taken by the principals of the colleges.
UHS walk: The students, staff and faculty of
University of Health Sciences (UHS) held a walk on Sunday to create
awareness among the public about the dengue virus. According to a press
release here, UHS Registrar Dr Asad Zaheer and other officials also
participated in the walk. Carrying placards and banners inscribed with
slogans, the participants of showed enthusiasm.
Women's makeup attracts dengue mosquitoes, said Prof Dr AR Saleemi while
addressing a seminar at UET here on Sunday. According to a press
release, Prof Saleemi said ingredients used in makeup were a source of
attraction for dengue mosquitoes. Dr Fayyaz Hussain Shah said dengue was
not just a disease but a social problem. The news
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UAF students week from March 3
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will organise an 'All Pakistan Students Week' from March 3.
A university spokesman said on Saturday the senior tutor office would
organise the week that would include dramas, speeches and quiz
In this connection, a meeting was held with UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan in the chair to review arrangements.
BOOK FAIR: A three-day book fair will commence at the UAF on March 4.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Khan constituted a committee under the
supervision of Convener Principal Officer Library Prof Dr Ehsanul Haq to
ensure foolproof arrangements.
A spokesman said Prof Dr Khan would inaugurate the fair at the main library. app
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