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Students worried as SMC not yet elevated to university status
Karachi, Jan 15: Around 2,000 medical students of Sindh Medical College (SMC) have been
studying in the state of extreme uncertainty as the institution is yet
to be elevated to the status of university, despite early promises made
by the government to do so.
SMC was upgraded to the status of
university on June 2, 2012 through a presidential ordinance signed by
the Governor Sindh, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan in Karachi. A sum of Rs 50
million had been allocated to meet the initial expenses of the
university. This was the third medical university of the country.
unrest gripped the university and its students when the government
failed to provide it legislative cover even after the validity of the
ordinance, which had been expired after 90 days. Since then, the issue
has been raised on various forums but it is yet to be resolved.
Meanwhile a draft bill for Sindh Jinnah Medical University was presented
before the provincial assembly of Sindh, however the bill is still in
pending and was waiting for legislation.
It is pertinent to mention here that under the 18th amendment, Federal Health Ministry was devolved to provinces. Following the development, the government decided to merge SMC and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) to establish the medical university.
2003, the SMC became a part of the Dow University of Health Sciences.
After its up gradation, the SMC was accredited by the Higher Education
Commission and the University Grants Commission of Pakistan. The
university was also associated with other medical institutions including
the National Institute of Child Health and the National Institute of
Cardiovascular Diseases. The institution produced several prominent
names in the politics and media of Pakistan, including Arbab Ghulam
Rahim, Imran Farooq, Farooq Sattar, Huma Mir and Shaista Wahidi.
measures were announced for the institution after its upgradation to a
university including increase in number of seats and quota for students from rural Sindh.
the delay in legislation for the up-gradation of the college, staff and
students of the university launched agitation. Several protest
demonstration were held outside the Karachi Press Club and in front of
Contrary to the reservations of students, Dr
Tariq Rafi, who was appointed the first vice chancellor of the
university, sounded optimistic that the SMC would get the status of
university soon. He said that the issue was
discussed with several high-ups of the Sindh government including the
provincial Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. He further said that Shah
assured the SMC administration that legislation would be made through a
bill in the next session of the assembly. To a question, he said that
there were around 2000 students in the university.
Sha Ali, a
student of the university, said, "We have been pushed to the wall and
our futures are jeopardised by the Sindh government, as it has failed to
fulfill its promises to elevate SMC status to university." He raised
the point that hundreds of students took admissions in the institution
when it was a university. What would be their future, if the college was
not made a university through proper legislation, he asked. He said
that the government, through delay in legislation for the university,
created several technical complications for the university. He further
said that earlier the college was a part of the DUHS and then after
issuing the ordinance they were told that the college had become a
university and was affiliated the JPMC. But now in current situation,
the institution lost affiliation with the DUHS and also had been
deprived of the status of a university.
Tahir Chohan, another
student of the medical institution said the government was expressing
illogical delay in legislation for the status of university that had not
only stirred uncertainty among students, but also raised several
questions on the future of the institution.
Another SMC student
Wahaj Fatmi, while talking to this scribe, demanded of the government to
approve the draft bill for Sindh Jinnah Medical University immediately.
According to him, it was the sole solution of the issue.
from the students, teachers and administration of the university, there
is another stakeholder of the issue, the JPMC, whose management and
staffers expressed displeasure over merger of the JPMC with the SMC.
They have also staged several protest demonstrations against the
proposed bill for the university.
According to a statement of
Joint Executive Director of JPMC Dr Seemin Jamali, "Provincial Assembly
cannot formulate a law on subjects in federal legislative list under
Section 142 of the Constitution. The provincial assembly also does not
have a power to legislate on the Ministry of Defence land, where Sindh
Medical College is located." Daily times
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NED University to confer PhD degree upon Arjumand
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering and Technology (NED) has
declared Arjumand Masood successful for the conferment of PhD Degree in
Civil Engineering. An official of the institution said here on Sunday
that the title of her thesis was: " Quantification of flow resistance
for unlined canals in alluvial soil". app
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'Students defying rules will not be allowed at SMIU'
Karachi: Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice
Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), has said that
the studentsm who had succeeded in getting admission at SMIU, had a
distinction being called the fellows of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah, who had studied at SMI for about five years.
Orientation Day for the students of the first batch of newly established
SMI University on Saturday at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium,
Shaikh said SMIU students are true heirs of the Quaid, who had
bequeathed one third of his residuary property to his alma mater through
the last will.
He said Jinnah had three great qualities; as he had a great competence; he was honest and had great love for his people.
54 years to his death, no one can figure out towards his honesty," the
vice chancellor said and added that it would be strange to know that the
Quaid gave only one hundred rupees per month to each of his two
brothers - Ahmed Ali and Bandeh Ali, and just two thousand rupees per
month to his younger sister Fatima Jinnah through his last will, but
gave 10.8 million rupees to each educational institution - Aligarh
College, Islamia College Peshawar and Sindh Madressatul Islam, Karachi.
Shaikh said although the Quaid was belonging to a poor family, but he
earned money through hard working as he was a most popular lawyer of the
Indo-Pak subcontinent. But it was his uniqueness and greatness that
despite distributing his all property among his family members, he
preferred to give it to the educational institutions, where the Muslim
students were used to get quality education.
That was why why
Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was in favour of education for Muslim
youth, and never wanted the students to involve in the politics. Dr
Shaikh giving reference of the Quaid said that once students from
Aligarh met with him and expressed their wish to participate in the
politics, but the Quaid categorically said them that they first acquire
education, then could enter in the political arena, because they could
benefit the Muslims only after getting education."
newly enrolled students, the vice chancellor of SMIU said that they had
to follow the legacy of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in terms of
competence, honesty, hardworking and selflessness. He also said that
there would be zero tolerance if the students were found in any immoral
and non-academic activity.
"The discipline of the SMI has unique
history," the vice chancellor said and added that once Mohammad Ali
Jinnah had remained absent for a month from SMI, his admission was
cancelled," likewise, if any one amongst the newly enrolled students
will fail to follow the rules and discipline of the university will not
be allowed to continue at SMIU.
Shaikh said SMIU had made all
necessary arrangements to start classes for the first batch of SMIU from
Monday, January 14, 2013. He said besides providing conducive academic
atmosphere at the SMIU, we are providing all academic facilities to the
students. Now they have to get maximum benefit from these all the
Earlier Ameen Khuwaja, lecturer SMIU gave
presentation on the historic role of the Sindh Madressatul Islam with
reference to the present day SMI. Later on, Pro Dr Safeeullah Soomro,
Chairman of Computer Science; Dr Fozia Khan, Chairperson of Media
Studies, Dr Seema Jeelani, Chairperson of Environmental Studies, Dr
Mehboobul Hassan, Chairman of Business Administration and Dr Anjum Bano
Kazmi, Chairperson of Education Department introduced their respective
departments and faculty members with the students.
Shaikh, Additional Librarian and Mirza Wais Shah, Assistant Controller
of Examination, informed the students about joining library and
Earlier, the faculty members registered the
students. Later on the students went round the classrooms, computer
labs, Hassanally Effendi Library and other sections of the university.
The day followed the refreshment, arranged in the courtyard of the
SMIU's Main Building. Daily times
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KP schools: Carrot, stick policy still on paper
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and
secondary education department has failed to implement the provincial
government's decision taken two years ago to introduce the carrot and
stick policy for the administrative heads and teachers of government
schools for the secondary school certificate examination results.
According to the relevant officials, the carrot and stick approach
was to be introduced to push government schoolteachers to perform duty
They said all boards of intermediate and secondary education in the
province had declared SSC examination results in June 2012 but the
relevant teachers of government schools had yet to be rewarded or
The officials said according to the criteria set by the education
department, if less than 40 per cent students of a government school
passed SSC examination, the results were poor.
They said 71 high and higher secondary schools for boys and girls in
the province had shown poor SSC examination results in June 2012.
According to them, Peshawar had three schools with poor results,
Nowshera and Swabi 14 each, Mardan and Abbottabad 11 each, Bannu and
Lakki Marwat eight each, Haripur and Lower Dir seven each, Mansehra and
Kohat five each, Karak and Charsadda four each, and Upper Dir and
Chitral three each.
The officials said the education department had yet to receive SSC
examination results from schools in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Battagram,
Torghar, Swat and Malakand.
They said of the 71 schools showing poor results, less than 10 per
cent of the students of seven schools passed SSC examination, while not a
single student of three schools in Kohat, Lakki Marwat and Haripur
passed the SSC examination.
The officials said the punishment of headmasters and teachers of the
schools for poor results was denial of annual increment, while the
reward for teachers performing well was issuance of appreciation letters
An educationist blamed poor SSC examination results on the
ineffective administrations of the schools and said many schools in the
province had unmotivated teachers, faced teacher shortage and suffered
A senior official at the E&SE Directorate said that names of
the schools showing poor SSC examination results had been sent to the
E&SE Secretariat for disciplinary action.
However, sources in the E&SE Secretariat said there was confusion
about the data of school with poor results as the directorate had given
names of the schools and their headmasters and teachers without
mentioning when they assumed the charge.
They said if a headmaster or teachers were transferred from a school
one or two months before the start of SSC examination, then the
newcomers couldn't be held responsible for poor results. Dawn
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