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Aitchison College admissions: setting the record straight
Lahore, Aug 09: In 2012, The News finally blew the whistle on what was going on at one of
the most prestigious and oldest educational institutions in Pakistan:
Aitchison College. According to the news article, 58 "failed" students
were admitted in the college, managing admission through the support of
influential figures, 'sifarish' and bribes. The news article went as far
as naming the people whose children got through despite failing the
exam. In the same news article, several members of the board distanced
themselves from the admission process.
due to its ex-officio members of the board, was also blamed for its
indifference.Aitchison's legacy of over 125 years was left in tatters.It
came to this because the admission process of the college was totally
There was no written policy on available seats,
testing criteria, special quotas or in the interest of making the
process fair and transparent, and to eliminate any discretionary powers,
the board asked the college to share its admission process.
college management presented the following process: (1) the admission
test is a comprehensive exam conducted over three days and includes
Science, Maths, Urdu, and importantly, Reasoning. It also includes
activities such as peer interaction, singing and sports. (2) There are
no reserved seats or quota for kinship. Kinship is applied only if two
candidates are tied for a seat. (3) Grades in the written test are
age-adjusted to compensate for the difference in the ages of the
The issue was discussed twice in board
meetings. The board was told that no parent has objected to the
admission test. In fact, parents spend months preparing their children
for the test and there are many pre-schools that specifically prepare
children for Aitchison's admission test.
unanimously insisted on two things: (1) Kinship should not be used at
the cost of deserving students, and certainly not as a garb
forexercising discretion. (2) Merit list should be displayed publicly,
clearly showing the marks obtained by each student and the cutoff based
on available seats.
That is it. Make the merit list
public. Simple? Indeed! But really? No. By making the merit list public,
the board ensured that no one could get admission through a backdoor.
No one could exercise discretion to grant admissions in return for a
favour or bribe. And apparently, that is the catch. Merit sounds good as
an abstract concept, but, as we found out in the recent weeks, few want
to bring it home.
Actually many parents who may feel that
their son did not get in because the college abolished kinship seem to
have lived in false hope. The school's policy of kinship was applied,
possibly other than as a backdoor for nepotism, only when two students
were tied for an available seat. Looking at the merit list, which is
publicly available, there are no such cases.
As a matter
of fact, UK's Eton school, after which Aitchison College was modelled,
abolished kinship in the '70s. A recent article in The Guardian
on Aitchison's admission reforms stated that the Headmasters' and
Headmistresses' Conference, a body of elite UK private schools, did not
have a single member school that was offering places based on kinship.
it is not an issue of kinship. It is not an issue of the quality of the
admission test or grading. It is not an issue of preserving the
tradition, legacy or heritage of the college. It is not about politics,
government interference or composition of the board.
about eliminating the culture of influence, corruption, and
entitlements. It is about ensuring simple principles of merit,
transparency and a level playing field for all. It is about graduating
Aitchison College from Raj's colonial school for Wards of Ambala and
Chief's kins, to the premier school for the Pakistanis. Fair,
transparent and competitive.
As a post scriptum, starting
with Aitchison, the government has also abolished the quota system in 12
universities in Punjab. I hope that we, as a nation, will continue our
march towards meritocracy and reject the culture of 'sifarish',
entitlements and corruption.
(The author is an alumnus of
Aitchison College. He has a PhD from University of Cambridge and is
currently a member of the Board of the Governors of Aitchison.)
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Al-Draiweesh IIU president for 4 years
Islamabad: Professor Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh has been made the president of the
International Islamic University Islamabad for four more years.
decision to this effect was made during the 10th meeting of the
university's Board of Trustees at the Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic
University, Riyadh of late.
Pro-Chancellor and Rector of
Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University Riyadh Professor Sulaiman Aba
Al-Khail chaired the meeting, whose holding was authorised by the IIUI
chancellor, the president of Pakistan.
In addition to
other important items of agenda, the board approved the appointment of
Professor Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh as the IIUI president for a term of
four years with effect from July 1, 2014.
confirmed and ratified the action taken by the IIUI chancellor regarding
the appointment of Dr Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh as the IIUI president
from October 11 2012 to June 30, 2014.
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Urdu University seeks FIA help to bust Rs150m scam
Islamabad: The Vice Chancellor of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and
Technology (FUUAST) on Friday requested the Federal Investigation Agency
(FIA) to probe transfer of Rs150 million university funds to a secret
account by some employees.
The transfer was made in
connivance with the manager of a local bank after an internal inquiry
confirmed the massive embezzlement.According to the inquiry report, a
copy of which is available with The News, an amount of Rs150 million was
transferred from the evening fee account No 1742-79001307 to a secret
account on July 31, 2013, by the university's director accounts, auditor
and treasurer while the manager of a local bank, located in H-9, opened
the illegal account without obtaining signatures of the competent
The five-member inquiry committee, headed by Dr
Abdul Razzaque Memon, Dean Engineering FUUAST, recommended that
university's Director Accounts Asim Bukhari and Treasurer Abdul Sattar
Chaudhry should be removed from the service while four other employees
should also be punished for committing fraud and forgery.
contacted, the Vice Chancellor of FUUAST Dr Zafar Iqbal confirmed that
FIA has been requested to probe the matter."Yes, I have written to FIA
director general for probe into this scam which is earning a bad name
for the university," FUUAST Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal said. He said the five employees, named in the inquiry committee, have
already been suspended by the university management, but further action
will be taken against them in the light of FIA probe.
university administration has no powers to take action against the
manager of the private bank, who opened the secret account without the
approval of the vice chancellor, so we want FIA to help us," Dr Zafar
He said the University's inquiry committee
comprised of academicians, who have their limitations, when it comes to
investigating crime so the matter has been referred to trained
investigators of FIA so that the requirements of justice could be
"There are two crimes committed by the private
bank manager. First was opening of an illegal account and the second is
the illegal transfer of huge amount from the university's official
account," he said.
While asked how the top management
could be unaware of the huge leakage of funds from the university's
official fund, the vice chancellor said all the official concerned who
were supposed to look after the official account connived to make some
He said the university management was informed
about the scam by one disgruntled colleagues of the group involved in
corrupt practices.The inquiry committee was constituted by the vice
chancellor vide Office Order No Ref Reg/FUU/4-391/2014 on 15 July 2014.
The other four members of the committee include Dr Masood Mashkoor, Dean
Business Administration; Dr Mehmood Khan, Director Admissions; Dr
Nazeer Ahmed HOD Applied Physics and Ibne Ali Jafri HOD Commerce.
committee, recorded the statements from all the concerned departments
of FUUAST, Islamabad, and found that the illegal account was indeed
opened and an amount of Rs150 million was transferred to that account
from university account.
"The director accounts at that
time, Mr Asim Bukhari, failed to provide any documentary proof of
approval from the Honourable vice chancellor to open the account. Also,
Mr Asim, Mr Rasheed Bangash and Mr Shah Jee Mohammad accepted and
verified their signatures before the committee on bank account opening
form," says the Inquiry Report.
This is the second
instance of FUUAST sending a case of financial embezzlement to FIA
within the last three months. Earlier, a case was pertaining to
university's former director Planning and Development was also sent to
the country's premier investigation agency.
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PMDC begins processing pending applications of CPSP fellows
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has begun processing the
pending applications of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Pakistan (CPSP) fellows for registration.
development comes on the directions of the Ministry of National Health
Services, Regulations and Coordination, which administratively controls
the PMDC and the CPSP.Around 700 CPSP fellows have been awaiting the
PMDC registration for quite some time.
The reason is that
the PMDC insists first the CPSP has given away around 2,000 FCPS degrees
to medical practitioners without examination over a period of time and
second names of the training institutions are not included in the
Schedule III of the PMDC Ordinance 1962 duly notified by the Ministry of
National Health Regulation, Coordination and Services. Besides, the
PMDC also complains the CPSP is not sharing details of its degrees with
However, now the Ministry of National Health Services,
Regulations and Coordination has stepped in to the relief of 700 CPSP
fellows."We've begun processing the pending applications of CPSP fellows
for registration as amnesty in line with the national health services,
regulations and coordination secretary," PMDC president Professor Masood
Hameed Khan told this scribe on Wednesday.
him, the ministry has also told the CPSP to realise its responsibility
and get the training institutions included in the Schedule III of the
PMDC Ordinance 1962 within six months so that fellows don't suffer any
The PMDC president said under the law, the federal
government may grant recognition to any local or foreign postgraduate
medical or dental institutions, which train or grant or both train and
grant additional medical or dental qualifications and the qualifications
granted by them and that all such recognised additional medical or
dental institutions or qualifications should be included in the Third
Schedule of the PMDC Ordinance by the federal government through
notification in the official gazette.
He also said if any
postgraduate medical and dental institution functioning in or outside
Pakistan intended to secure recognition of the institution, which
trained or granted or both trained and granted additional medical and
dental qualifications or qualification granted by it would apply to the
federal government for it and that if an institution wished to only
train for a recognised postgraduate qualifications in any specialty, it
would apply to the qualification awarding body and that institution
would be added in the Third Schedule after consultation and approval of
Professor Masood Hameed said the federal
government would transmit the application to the council after being
satisfied that application was complete and was in accordance with the
prescribed procedure, while the council in consultation with the
examining body would formulate recommendations for the federal
government after assessing the institution and the qualification as per
"Upon receiving recommendations from
the council, the federal government will grant recognition to the
institution," he said.The PMDC president said the notification for the
grant of recognition could also direct that an entry be made in the last
column of the Third Schedule against such institutions and additional
medical and dental qualifications granted by them, declaring they would
be recognised postgraduate medical and dental institutions and
additional medical and dental qualifications only when granted after the
date of notification. The news
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2,000 FCPS degrees issued without examination
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) registrar
has said that there is a big difference between an honorary degree and a
degree awarded to a respective blue-eyed specialist/professor without
examination by the College of Physician and Surgeons.He said that the
CPSP, since the last few years, has been awarding FCPS degrees to their
blue-eyed specialists from all over the country. "These degree holders
had never undergone these FCPS trainings and had never appeared in the
pre-requisite examination," he said.
Mostly those doctors are awarded
with the FCPS degrees without examination that are running medical units
or are in-charge of the hospitals. He said that this act has been done
with the objective of enhancing the CPSP'S vote bank (to get votes from
their junior fellows) for elections of their executive body.He further
revealed that approximately 2,000 fellow degrees without examination had
been issued to different doctors of whom the CPSP is not providing
details and complete statistics of these FCPS degrees awarded without
examination to the PM&DC, despite several reminders written my the
PM&DC time-to-time. The registrar added that keeping in mind, all
these facts, the PM&DC has decided to collect the result cards of
all the FCPS degree holders in order to register them with the
PM&DC. This step has been taken to segregate the actual fellows from
those who do not have training or examination record.He further
apprised that only those FCPS holders would be registered whose training
institutes are recognised by the PM&DC and are included in schedule
III of the PM&DC ordinance 1962 by the Ministry of National Health
Regulation and Coordination. Daily times
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