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KEMU and UHS: VCs' posting smacks of rules violation
Lahore, Feb 11: In what appeared to be a 'blatant violation'
of the laid down rules and regulations, the Punjab government has
appointed vice chancellors of the two medical universities from one
panel recommended by the health department to the chief minister for
Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) Principal Prof Dr
Faisal Masood has been appointed as first regular vice chancellor of the
King Edward Medical University while Shifa International Medical
College, Islamabad, Principal Maj-Gen Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam (retired)
has been made regular VC of the University of Health Sciences.
A notification to the effect was issued on Saturday by the health
department after the Punjab governor accorded approval to a summary
recommended by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
A majority of the KEMU senior faculty were surprised when the
governor too endorsed the decision of the health department which had
recommended Prof Faisal for KEMU top post, ignoring the fact that he was
earlier put in the panel for the UHS slot, a senior doctor of the
premier medical institute said.
He said they were expecting that the governor would take notice of
the 'blatant violation' of rules being chancellor of the medical
A senior official privy to the information termed it a first incident
of its kind saying that the authorities had merged two panels into one
and recommended and then appointed a senior doctor as head of a medical
university on his 'keen desire' instead of following the criteria.
Requesting anonymity, he said, Prof Faisal's name was recommended in
the first week of January in a panel of three contenders for the UHS
slot by a search committee tasked with the selection of vice chancellors
for KEMU and UHS.
According to rules, the health department or any other competent
authority can't bypass the search committee. In this case, the health
department rejected the panel of search committee, recommended and
notified a contender for the slot of KEMU who was finalised by the
committee for UHS top post.
Headed by former federal minister Sartaj Aziz, the committee had
interviewed 41 candidates and recommended two panels of three each
shortlisted senior medics.
The official revealed that Prof Faisal had expressed his desire to
the authorities to consider him for the KEMU top slot being a 'senior
clinician'. He (Prof Faisal) was of the view that he would be much
comfortable for KEMU due to an attached hospital and head of a
department as the UHS lacked these facilities, he said.
A UK-based Pakistani national senior doctor, Prof Sarwat Husain, and
former principal of the Fatima Jinnah Medical College Prof Majeed
Chaudhry were hot contenders for the KEMU slot when the search committee
had recommended them in a panel.
Both were also enjoying a better comfortable level with the KEMU faculty being its graduates. Dawn
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Lahore: The first edition of The GCU Mirror, a news bulletin which chronicles the
academic, cultural, intellectual and extra-mural pursuits accomplished
by the faculty and scholars of Government College University, was
unveiled on Saturday.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Khaleeq ur Rahman chaired the ceremony attended by the chairpersons of
all academic departments.
The VC lauded the efforts of
Innovation and Commercialisation Research Director Prof Dr Muhammad
Zakria Butt and The GCU Mirror Editor Musadaq Sultan for taking out a
highly informative and comprehensive news journal of the university.
He also announced a cash award for Musadaq Sultan and Ahsan Khalid Butt for their special efforts for The GCU Mirror.
GCU Mirror Patron-in-Chief Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt said the news
magazine was the brainchild of the vice chancellor. He said The GCU
Mirror, to be published on quarterly basis, did not put any financial
burden on GCU budget and was published through sponsorships.
Chairpersons of the academic departments also lauded the content and
quality of the magazine. The news
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IJT demands students union polls
Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Tulaba has demanded the
chief justice issue directions for holding students union elections in
the light of the judgment given in March 1993 by former CJP Nasim Hasan
At a news conference at the Lahore Press Club on Saturday, IJT Nazim-i-Aala Zubair Safdar said the student unions had been
banned on Feb 9, 1984, by the then government and Justice Shah had declared the ban inappropriate in a democratic country.
He said the former CJP had also mentioned in his order "politics is part and parcel of our lives".
Safdar demanded the announcement for holding of students union
elections be made, as the government had done in the beginning of its
tenure, otherwise they would approach the Supreme Court for the
implementation of its 1993 order. Dawn
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Teachers, students allege forced participation
Lahore: Two different stations of the metro bus service (MBS) were designated for
students and teachers to welcome Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
and other foreign guests during the MBS launch here on Sunday.
of the participating students especially teachers alleged their forced
participation in the launch and felt disappointed as the chief minister
did not stop over at both stations, MAO College and GCU. Most of the
students who made it to MAO College station were recipients of Punjab
government's laptops under its e-Youth Initiative while at the GCU the
high-achievers of matriculation, intermediate and other examinations
A number of vans from Punjab University (PU)
and King Edward Medical University (KEMU) etc arrived at GCU on Sunday
morning. The GCU boarding students were also made to attend the MBS
launch who along with teachers and other students had started gathering
at the university's Bokhari auditorium. Around 1,000 students and
teachers were also served lunch by GCU which highlights the cost public
institutions had to bear for the MBS launch. However, a GCU spokesperson
claimed that the amount of money spent in this regard would be
reimbursed to the varsity by the Punjab government. He also claimed that
no student or teacher was forced to attend the occasion, saying the GCU
actually celebrated the MBS launch as the bus service was going to be a
great facility for the varsity students. The spokesman said High
Achievers' Wall, a banner signed by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, position-holders and chairpersons, was installed at
the GCU Terminal of Metro Bus Service as a tribute to the students who
performed exceptionally well in academics and their teachers. The
members of GCU Nazir Ahmad Music Society also presented patriotic songs
on the occasion. Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman greeted the chief minister
and hoped that the government would give special discount on bus fare to
the students. When contacted, Higher Education Department Punjab
Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir denied the allegation that the students and the
teachers were forced to attend the MBS launch. He said almost every
department had highlighted its achievements at the MBS route.
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Bills to set up 3 universities tabled in NA, bypassing HEC
Islamabad: The mover of controversial Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Bill
2012, to deprive HEC of its key powers, ironically thought it advisable
not to wait for its formal approval and presented three private bills in
the National Assembly for establishment of universities without
bothering to follow the set criterion prescribed by the HEC for this
Neither PPP MNA Yasmin Rehman, who presented the
Amendment Bill in the National Assembly, nor institutions themselves
approached HEC for any kind of input or approval of initial feasibility
report and the bills have been directly submitted by the female MNA for
establishment of three universities including the MY University,
Islamabad Bill, 2013; the Dar-ul-Madina International University Bill,
2013; and the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute University
Islamabad Bill, 2013.
According to HEC rules, institutions
normally apply to the concerned government where they are situated. In
case the institution is located in the federal territory, the
application is addressed to the HEC. In case an institution is based in a
provincial territory, the application is addressed to the concerned
provincial education department.
HEC chairman Javaid
Laghari said that submission of feasibility report to HEC or a
concerned education department of the provincial government is
mandatory, adding: "The PPP MNA never approached HEC or the education
ministry, that is against the existing rules and procedures," he said.
upon the given criterion he said on the basis of the documents
submitted by an institution, the HEC determines whether or not there is a
prima facie case for further considering the application.
the commission finds that there is a prima facie case the feasibility
report is thoroughly scrutinised by a panel appointed by the HEC.
panel assesses the application and may ask for additional information
or recommends the case for preliminary inspection of the institution,"
To a question, he said the criterion for
establishment of any university whether it is Foundation or Trust
University is same and everyone has to follow the set rules and
PPP MNA Yasmin Rehman
said the bills are aimed at setting up Trust universities that would
provide free-of-cost education and other facilities to the students.
the case of these universities there is no need to approach HEC or seek
their 'advice' that is why I directly presented the bills for these
universities in the National Assembly," she said.
the role of HEC she said the administration of HEC should take steps to
rectify its own affairs instead of interfering in every issue.
should look into their own affairs instead of looking into every other
issue because the higher education sector is facing decline due to their
corrupt practices," she said.
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PIMA opposes evening classes in public medical colleges
Islamabad: The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has announced to oppose
evening classes in public medical colleges in the country. The Pakistan
Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) was once again trying to start
evening classes at medical institutions.
In a statement
issued on Saturday, PIMA's president Dr. Misbahul Aziz termed the start
of evening medical colleges a commercial venture and the death of
medical education in the country. He said, it has been learnt through an
advertisement that the PMDC had allowed evening medical classes at the
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, which would
be strongly opposed.
Dr. Misbahul Aziz said PMDC has been
trying to start evening medical education at medical colleges for quite
some time, but due to opposition from medical associations had
retracted its decision. "However, the PMDC has once again decided to
allow evening classes at medical institutes," he added.
PIMA chief appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu
notice on the efforts for starting medical colleges, saying that these
efforts were tantamount to destroying medical education.
colleges and hospitals are being established in two- or three-room
buildings where medical degrees are being sold, which is a shameful
act," said PIMA's president. He claimed that even some senior doctors
were part of this business and were involved in selling medical degrees
in the name of medical education.
Dr. Misbahul Aziz said
there are around 126 medical colleges in the country, but the faculty at
most of these institutions is not complete and some even lack
professors of basic sciences. Some professors are taking classes at
three to four educational institutions, which is an evidence of the lack
of faculty at the already established medical institutions in the
country, he added.
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UoP students launch welfare organisation
Peshawar: Students of the University of Peshawar have launched non-profit
organisation "Be Social" with an aim to work on human behaviour and
The inauguration ceremony, held in the
University Town, was attended by Prof Bakht Zada Danish of Shaheed
Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal, Upper Dir, senior advocate Abdullah
Khan, lecturer at the University of Agriculture Shahzad, managing
director of the organisation Iqbal Pervaiz and students from various
The managing director told the participants
that the motto of the organisation is "Come & Join Us for Better
Society!"He discussed the objectives of the organisation and said that
in the present era of modernisation the youth were stuck in depression
and other mental illnesses and they need a platform to mould their
The members of the executive committee, Iqbal,
Sabir, Jalal, Shahid Khan, Shahzad and Salman Rohailla, were also
present on the occasion. The news
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