Decision on late college admissions criticised
Karachi, Feb 08: The Sindh education department in an unprecedented move has allowed the students who recently took supplementary examinations of the secondary school certificate to get admissions in colleges and appear in the annual higher secondary school certificate examinations which are hardly two-and-a-half months away.
Though the education department's decision is aimed at saving an academic year of the students the college principals, who were asked to admit such students in their institutions, said it was beyond their comprehension as to how these students could meet the requirement of 75 per cent attendance criterion in Class XI for appearing in the annual examinations-2010. They also questioned that how the students would complete their one-year course in just two-and-a-half months, as the annual examinations are scheduled to begin on April 27.
The principals described the move a violation of the education department's own rules. They said since the decision to make 75pc class attendance mandatory for sitting the exams was taken by the education steering committee under the chairmanship of Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, the latest move amounted to an embarrassment to the minister.
However, they were of the opinion that if the department wanted to save one academic year of those who recently appeared in the SSC supplementary exams, the students be advised to take the Class XI annual examinations as private candidates in humanities or commerce groups, because they would neither meet the attendance criteria nor would be able to complete science syllabus, which include several practicals, within two months.
While denouncing the decision, the Sindh Professor and Lecturers Association's Karachi chapter's general secretary, Prof Iftikhar Azmi, said that the move on part of the education ministry not only amounted to spoiling the discipline of government colleges but was a flagrant violation of the mandatory 75pc class attendance rule.
Terming the decision uncalled for and shocking, he said that the move seemed to have discredited the centralised admission policy under which the students were given admissions to Class XI in the next academic session and not in the ongoing academic year.
Prof Azmi apprehended that the students would definitely go for shortcuts when they would not be able to complete the one-year course within two months and as such their chances of resorting to unfair means in the examination could not be ruled out.
When chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai was contacted to know if the board would accept exam forms of the students who had not attended the classes so far, he said that the board would consider such cases if the education department waived the 75 per cent class attendance condition. Dawn
Ex-brigadier was appointed illegally in NUML
Islamabad: The retired brigadier, who publicly thrashed a professor in the GHQ-funded National University of Modern Languages (NUML), had been appointed illegally and at a time when there was a ban on appointments, documents available with The News reveal.
Para 13 of the Audit and Inspection Report on Accounts of NUML says the appointment of the retired brigadier Obaidullah Ranjha on Feb 18, 2009 was illegal, as the post was not advertised in the press. ́The recommendation of the selection board was approved by the representative of the chairman Board of Governors, which is a violation of the NUML Ordinance," the audit officer observed.
Moreover, para 15 of the audit report states Brigadier Ranjha's appointment as visiting professor on Rs 50,000 salary was done during the period when the prime minister had imposed a ban on appointments.
Brigadier (retd) Ranjha thrashed Professor Tahir Malik black and blue on Thursday last when the latter questioned the role of the Army and Pervez Musharraf in particular in brokering a deal with the PPP by introducing the NRO. The incident triggered a chain of activities in the Presidency and parliament, as the Presidency is concerned because President Asif Ali Zardari happens to be the chancellor of the university while parliamentarians have vowed to bring the culprit to justice.
This thrashing incident has prompted the Presidency to give the first-ever reading to the NUML's Ordinance to determine if the presidential powers have been encroached since the president, as chancellor of the university, has never been informed about the university's business since he assumed office, let alone seeking his approval.
Sources in the NUML say the university got approval from Musharraf, who happened to be the Army chief and the president at the same time while after Musharraf's ouster a nominee of the Army chief performs the main functions.
Chairman National Assembly's Standing Committee on Education Abid Sher Ali also plans to take up nepotism and illegal appointments in the GHQ-funded university. Abid said it has been brought to his notice that over 30 blood relatives of NUML high-ups have been appointed in the varsity and many others have been illegally.
It is worth mentioning here that close relatives - brother, two daughters and son-in-law - of Rector Brig (retd) Aziz Ahmad have been appointed in the varsity.
PMDC certificates awarded
Islamabad: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) after thorough examination and scrutiny has approved 49 national biomedical journals which have been allotted index of Pakistan numbers.
PMDC Registrar Dr. Ahmad Nadeem Akbar said that the certification of a recognised journal would be revised after three years and journals not maintaining requisite standards will be de-recognized and no credit would be given to the articles published in them.
He said these journals were scrutinised and approved by the PMDC's Journals Committee and Editor British Medical Journal. He added each biomedical journal would develop and publish its policy in the light of guidelines provided by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors.
He said plagiarism was a punishable offence and the accused author would be liable for disciplinary action. The case would be referred to the disciplinary committee by the editor, he added. He said the editors of PMDC recognised journals would keep raw data of each manuscript in record for a period of five years for scrutiny by the council whenever required in respect of all published original research articles.
Dr. Nadeem said editorial board of the journal would be headed by a person from medical and dental profession and each article must be reviewed at least by two peers.
He said publication of index, both subject index and author index must be published annually and performance of each recognized journal would be reviewed once in three years by the Council. However, a new journal would be reviewed after it has published four issues, he added.
He said if journal's committee at any time feels that the performance of the Journal has deteriorated to such an extent that it does not warrant recognition anymore, the editor of the journal will be served a show cause notice and after giving full opportunity, the committee will prepare its recommendations and final decision about the de-recognition. He said PMDC will correspond with the editor or the focal person of the journal. He added for maintenance of recognition all journals will maintain a website and PMDC will give linkages to all journals from Council's website.
It was agreed upon the medical and dental journals will be recognized by the Council for a period of three years, however new journals will be reviewed after two years, adding, only those new journals will be considered for recognition which have published at least four issues.
Following is the list of PMDC approved 49 biomedical journals: Pakistan Medical Research Journal, Islamabad, Journal of Medical Association, Karachi, Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Heart Journal, Karachi, Pakistan Oral and Dental Journal, Islamabad, Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan Journal of Pharmacology, Karachi, Pakistan Journal of Ophthalmology Lahore, Biomedical, Lahore, Pakistan Journal of Surgery, Karachi, Pakistan Journal of Otolaryngology Karachi, Journal of PGMI, Peshawar, Journal of Pakistan Dental Association, Karachi, Proceedings, Lahore, The Journal of Pakistan orthopedic Association, Lahore, Journal of Medical Sciences, Peshawar, Pakistan Journal of Pathology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Journal of Cardiology, Karachi, Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan journal of Gastroentrology, Lahore, Annals of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi, Infectious Disease Journal, Karachi, Journal of Surgery Pakistan, Karachi, Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan Journal of Obst. and Gynee, Islamabad, Pakistan Journal of Cardiovascular and Thorasic Surgery, Karachi, Journal of Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, Journal of Liaquat University Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Gomal Journal of Medical Sciences, Dera Ismail Khan, International Journal of Pathology, Islamabad, Annals of PIMS, Islamabad, Al-Shifa Journal of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Journal of Physiology, Abbottabad, Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences, Karachi, Journal of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Journal of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Rawal Medical Journal, Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, Peshawar, Ophthalmology Update Islamabad, Anaesthesia, Pain and Intensive Care, The Professional, Faisalabad, The Esculapio Lahore, Journal of Allama Iqbal medical College Lahore, Annals of Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Medical Channel Karachi, Pakistan Paediatric Journal, Pakistan Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Lahore, Pakistan Medical Forum Monthly Lahore and Annals of King Edward Medical University Lahore.
Book launching ceremony
Islamabad: A book, 'Chalo Phir Iran ko Chaltay Hain' (let us go to Iran) will be launched here at Khana-a-Farhang, Rawalpindi on February 8. Reactor of International Islamic University Islamabad Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik will preside over the ceremony.
A large number of scholars will presents their comments on the book. Saqib Akbar, has contributed the book. The news
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