Students still being forced to pay huge fee
Lahore, Feb 25: The students on self-finance seats are being forced by the government medical colleges to pay huge fees even though the self-finance scheme has been abolished by the Punjab chief minister.
The victim students and their parents alleged that the government medical colleges managements were playing with the future of students.
They said that according to universal declaration of human rights article 26, every student has the right of free access to primary and professional education. Similarly, according to the article no 37(C) of the Constitution of Pakistan, government is responsible to make technical and professional education generally available and higher education equally accessible to all.
They said despite the fact that the chief minister has categorically pronounced that self-finance scheme is unlawful, the medical colleges are still earning billions of rupees every year putting additional financial burden on the students' families.
They said that the self-finance scheme was first introduced in 1995-96 and was abolished in 1998. It was restarted in 2003 and was abolished again by the CM recently. However, the students admitted in earlier sessions are still forced to pay huge fee on old self-finance scheme.
Parents Association of Medical Self-Finance Students (PAMSFS) expressed its strong concern over the policy of medical colleges.
President PAMSFS Safdar Jamil, secretary Malik Muhammad Haider, Usman Ghani and Sabir Ali said that despite strict directions of the Punjab chief minister, demand of self-finance students for normal dues is being exploited by the authorities of medical colleges. They said the students on self-finance seats had already paid huge amounts and now they should be freed from further burden.
Giving a reference in this regard they said that once the matter was raised in the Punjab Assembly in 2004, the then vice chancellor of King Edward Medical University and the minister for health had reported that it costs Rs 500,000 to produce one doctor in five years. Contrary to this statement, the association representatives said that a student has to pay Rs 1500,000 in five years excluding the transportation and living charges of the students.
They alleged that previously the fee of the students having good approach to government officials studying on self-finance scheme had been paid from the government exchequer from the grant-in-aid from back door.
The association further revealed that the parents affording self-finance dues in foreign exchange had been obliged by reducing their dues to 50 per cent in 2003.
The parents appealed to the chief minister to extend relief to all the self-finance scheme students in general instead of providing relief to a certain group of students from the grant-in-aid through back door. The NationYour Comments
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BZU VC allows what he disallowed a week ago
Multan: Dr Najeeb Haidar has again assumed the charge of director of Dera Ghazi Khan sub-campus of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) on Tuesday after the vice-chancellor allowed him to continue his duty till March 15, in spite of accepting his resignation earlier this week.
The Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafraullah had earlier (on Feb 17) accepted Dr Haider's resignation 'with immediate effect', waiving off the one-month notice given by him to the varsity administration. This time Dr Haider has been allowed to complete the notice period till March 15 before his resignation is accepted.
Dr Zaffarullah through a later (PF/20/Cont.DGK/Admin/1680) issued on Monday, without mentioning his earlier decree to accept the resignation of Dr Haider, issued another office order, allowing Dr Haidar to work till March 15, thus accepting his resignation twice within a week.
The order revealed the vice chancellor exercised his powers under section 16(3) of the BZU Act 1975 on the behalf of varsity syndicate.
After accepting Dr Haider's resignation, on Feb 17 the university had appointed Dr Hayat Awan as the acting director of DG khan sub-campus. Dr Awan is said to have the backing of an influential group of teachers having affiliation with a religio-political party.
Dr Haider had submitted his resignation after he was reportedly pressurised by the university administration through Dr Awan to include the Government College, DG Khan, post-graduate block in the BZU sub-campus. However, Dr Haider had refused to take over the college block on the ground that the federal hostel and a portion of boys' hostel of the same collage were already being used for the sub-campus. He had contended the college would lose its independent status after losing its post-graduate block.
Dr Haider was appointed as sub-campus director after syndicate's approval on Aug 28, 2008, on two-year deputation. Before joining the BZU, he was the principal of the Government College, DG Khan.
After Dr Haider's resignation, the academic activities remained suspended at the sub-campus. Students and Democratic Teachers Forum (DTF) had protested against the 'forced' resignation of Dr Haider, demanding his reinstatement. Meanwhile, a DTF meeting demanded the university should request Dr Haidar to withdraw his resignation.The vice-chancellor had earlier denied he was favouring any particular group, saying the acting charge was given to Dr Awan. Dawn
PU signs MoU with Italian, German varsities
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two different foreign universities including Perugia University, Italy and Georg-August University, Gottingen, Germany.
According to a press statement, PU signed MoU with the Italian university for exchange of students while the MoU with German university was signed for students, teachers, resources exchange and academic and research collaboration.
The first MoU was signed in a meeting which was attended by the Italian Ambassador Vincenzo Prati and Rector Stefania Gidnnini of the Perugia University and Vice Chancellor of Punjab University, Dr Mujahid Kamran, Director External Linkages Dr Najma Najam and Registrar and Deans of the various faculties.
According to this MoU, both of the universities will give fee exemptions to the exchanged students. The students will spend from one semester to one-year time in each other university.
Talking on the occasion, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran welcomed the Italian Ambassador and Rector and appreciated the interest of Italian government in Pakistan's development. He hoped that Italy would enhance its cooperation with PU in developing research and technology. Italian Ambassador Vincenzo Prati said that Italian nation has worked very hard to reach this stage of development and they have done it within the last 50 years. He said that more and more Italian companies were coming to Pakistan. Pakistani people can grab their jobs by acquiring vocational training and learning Italian language, he added.
Rector of Perugia University, Stefania Giannini said that their country wanted to help Pakistan in maximum fields. Her university would also extend scholarships to the Pakistani students in other than language and culture disciplines. Nevertheless, she said that for full scholarships, there was a need to talk to her government. She said that her university has more than 10,000 students. There are also thousands of foreign students who belong to 47 different countries.
On this occasion, PU External Linkages Director Dr Najma Najam said that both of the universities would exchange students and would provide all of the facilities available on their campuses to each other's students.
The other MoU was signed by PU vice chancellor while PU External Linkages Director Prof Dr Najma Najam and Project Head Dr Nadeem Sheikh were also present on the occasion.
Prof Dr G Ramadori will be the Project Head from the Gottingen University while Dr Nadeem Sheikh will be the focal person from the Punjab University.
PU announced MSc Geography result
Lahore: The Punjab University has declared the result of MSc Geography Part-II Annual Examination, 2008. According to a press statement, the detailed result is also available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The News
Int'l school for PhD maths students in Lahore
Lahore: An international school for PhD mathematics students has been set up in the city where 30 students from various countries have arrived to study the subject.
The school has been organised jointly by Unesco, Centre of International de Mathemntiques Pures et Appliiquees, (CIMPA) of France and the GCU's Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) on the latter's renovated premises in New Muslim Town.
The world's top seven experts in mathematical sciences headed by Prof Juergen Herzog from Fachbereich Mathemmatik and Informatic University, Essen, Germany have been engaged for teaching.
ASSMS director-general Dr A.D. Reza Chaudhry said in a statement that the purpose of the school on "combinatorial and computational aspects of commutative algebra" was to help the PhD students from all over the world learn new techniques for research work in commutative algebra and consequently apply them in cryptography and coding theory.
He said besides the 30 foreign students 36 young Pakistani PhD students would benefit from this school, the first of its kind in Asia.
Other experts engaged for teaching at the school were from France, Germany, Japan and Romania, he said. Dawn
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1,030 IT posts created in schools
Lahore: The threat of unemployment, which was looming over IT teachers and lab in-charges of 515 government high and higher secondary schools of the province for the last many months, has finally vanished after the Punjab government created 1,030 posts at a cost of Rs223.147 million.
The project, funded by the federal government, regarding establishment of computer labs in 515 schools across the Punjab, had expired in June 2008 and since then the said employees were worried about their future as they were a part of the project.
Sources in the Finance Department said following the special instructions from the chief minister, the department had agreed to create 515 posts of IT teachers and 515 posts of IT lab in-charges so that those appointed under the project could continue their job.
They further said the government wanted to extend the contract of IT teachers by creating the said posts, adding that the contracts could not be extended without creating new posts.
It is important to mention here that the Punjab government had embarked upon a comprehensive programme regarding promotion of computer education in the government schools and it had already allocated Rs5 billion in the budget 2008-09 for establishing computer labs in more than 4,000 high and higher secondary schools.
According to the notification, the Finance Department agreed to create 1,030 posts of IT staff at a total cost of Rs223.147 million in anticipation of provision of funds through the supplementary grant during 2008-09 for shift of the scheme titled "I.T/Computer Science Teachers, Lab In-Charges and Computer Labs" from the development to current budget in government high and higher secondary schools during the current fiscal year.
The district-wise break up, regarding creation of posts, includes Attock 28 posts (14 IT teachers and 14 IT lab in-charges), Bahawalnagar 36, Bahawalpur 26, Bhakhar 16, Chakwal 30, DG Khan 46, Faisalabad 74, Gujranwala 38, Gujrat 44, Hafizabad 10, Jhang 36, Jhelum 22, Kasur 26, Khanewal 32, Khushab 18, Lahore 48, Layyah 16, Lodhran 14, Mandi Bahauddin 20, Mianwali 16, Multan 32, Muzaffargrah 22, Nankana Sahib 10, Narowal 26, Okara 26, Pakpattan 14, Rahimyar Khan 36, Rajanpur 20, Rawalpindi 56, Sahiwal 36, Sargodha 44, Sheikhupura 26, Sialkot 36, Toba Tek Singh 26 and Vehari 24.
When contacted, Secretary Schools Nadeem Ashraf said a summary in connection with creation of posts was sent to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif recently, which had been approved. He said that after creation of the posts, the earlier contracts would be extended.Your Comments
UVAS wildlife, ecology courses in March
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and University of Essex, UK, is launching a series of short training courses in wildlife and ecology from March 2009.
According to a press statement, the Department of Wildlife and Ecology and Institute of Continuing Education and Extension will execute the short training programmes sponsored by the Developing Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE), Higher Education Commission, British Council Link Program and WWF-Pakistan.
Archaeology agreement signed: An Agreement was signed on Tuesday between the Italian Archaeological Mission and the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) to launch the courses for training in archaeological restoration and conservation of cultural heritage.
Under the agreement, Beaconhouse National University will organize courses and workshops for training experts and employees of departments of archaeology and museum and other interested in the subject to improve expertise in the conservation of tangible cultural heritage like monuments and archeological sites.
Prof Luca Maria Oliveri, head of Italian Archaeological Mission and an eminent Italian scholar, will conduct these courses. The News
Dar-e-Arqam student excels in speech contest
Lahore: It was fantastic rather a happy surprise to see a 9th class student of Dar-e-Arqam, Model Town, speaking English fluently with fine accent. Not only she but the budding students from the playgroup to secondary school level also communicate in English, although the school is considered, predominantly, a religious institution where Hifz-e-Quran is part of the studies.
The administration plans to introduce two years comprehensive education of Quran, Hadith and Fiqah to its students who will pass 6th class by suspending their regular studies. They will, however, be re-admitted in the next class after two years.
The 9th class student, Fizza, daughter of Abdur Rehman Abid, a senior official in the Social Security Institution, won the first prize of Chief Minister's speech/debate and essay-writing competition organised by Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education at the provincial level. CM Shahbaz Sharif gave her a prize of Rs One lakh and certificate at the prize-distribution ceremony. The CM also gave a cash prize of Rs one lakh to the school.
Fizza wants to become doctor in future and was happy at Dar-e-Arqam. Managing Director Mohammad Yaseen said that Dar-e-Arqam wanted to establish its branches all over the province. At present it has 90 branches, 26 of it in the Lahore alone. The number of students at these branches is 25,000 out of which 3,000 are doing their Hifz-e-Quran. The system provide modern education with teaching of Oxford courses at competitive tuition fee. The Nation
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