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NUST convocation | PMDC at the verge of collapse

201 engineers, biologists conferred bachelor's degrees at NUST
Islamabad, April 18: First undergraduate convocation ceremony of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE) and Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Bio-Sciences (ASAB) was held here on Wednesday at the H-12 campus of the National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust).

Nust Rector Muhammad Asghar graced the ceremony as the chief guest. As many as 201 students were conferred bachelor degrees in the disciplines of Civil Engineering (141), Environmental Sciences and Engineering (35) and Applied Bio-Sciences (25).

The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, graduating students, their parents and faculty members. Gold Medal and certificates were awarded by the chief guest to the students for their distinctive achievements. President's Gold Medal and certificates were awarded to Abeera Ayaz Ansari (Environmental Engineering), Zain Maqsood (Civil Engineering), Rabia Shakeel (Best Performance in Research) and Zahra Zahid Paracha (overall best performance in academics). Rector's Gold Medal and certificates were bestowed upon Talha Zubair (Environmental Engineering) and Muhammad Arsalan (Civil Engineering).

Speaking on the occasion, Nust Rector Muhammad Asghar acclaimed the impressive performance of the students and extended his heartiest felicitations to the faculty, graduating students and their parents. He said that graduates from Nust play a significant role in strengthening the country at socio-economic fronts. He said that the university's collaboration with reputed foreign universities and linkages with local industries had contributed a great deal in strengthening national scientific and technical sector. He also appreciated the role of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in reinforcing quality criteria and promoting research culture within universities.

Nust rector also lauded the outstanding contribution of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Bio-Sciences in attaining high ranking of NUST in a very short span of time.

Earlier, SCEE Principal Dr. Nasrullah highlighted the achievements of the school during the recent years. He further said that SCEE aimed at emerging as a leading research and development institution in the civil, environmental, transportation and geological sectors. The news

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PMDC on verge of collapse, says NAB
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) is at the verge of collapse and has failed to exercise its role of a regulator.

This was the observation made at a meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presided over by its chairman Fasih Bukhari.

The members of committee called for immediate steps for cancellation of fake degrees of doctors and inspection of all new medical colleges.

According to the minutes of the meeting issued on Thursday, the meeting was held at the NAB headquarters on April 3 to discuss registration of fake medical colleges and doctors.

The committee observed that there was a dire need to revamp the whole structure of the PMDC as per its mandate and the scope of work.

The PMDC, in collaboration with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), should prepare a comprehensive roadmap covering all aspects of the regulatory authority.

It was also decided that a comprehensive list of registered doctors be maintained as a central databank by the PMDC having national tax number (NTN) of each doctor.

The PMDC should also ask about the declaration of income and income tax by doctors and dentists on a yearly basis because most of them were not paying taxes.

According to the minutes, administrative posts (accounts, finance, IT, legal etc) in the PMDC may be given to non-doctors having expertise in the field of administration.

The mechanism of issuing licence to work as a medical practitioner should be reviewed and must be strengthened to plug the loopholes in the system.

The participants also suggested renewal of licence for the practicing doctors on an annual basis and scrutiny of fake registration.

They also decided that the detected fake cases should be referred to the police stations concerned for lodging FIRs and the legal team of the PMDC should pursue the cases vigorously.

The increase in the number of medical colleges (private and public) from 36 to 78 in the country within the last seven years also needed to be scrutinised through site inspection by the committee which may comprised the administrator, acting registrar, two members nominated by the administrator PMDC and representatives from the NAB regional bureaus.

The system of the National Examination Board (NEB) may be reviewed and made foolproof. The PMDC may think to outsource the subject examination for transparency and merit.

The meeting was also attended by NAB director general Brig (retired) Mohammad Musaddiq Abbasi, PMDC administrator Dr Raja Amajd Mehmood, PMDC adviser Lt-Gen (retired) Rehan Burney and others. Dawn

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