Denial of DAE equivalence certificates
Lahore, Feb 12: The International Islamic University Islamabad has petitioned the Lahore High Court against an earlier verdict in favour of the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), which had refused to issue equivalence certificates to around 2,000 students who earned Diploma in Associate Engineering (DAE) from the university.
A division bench comprising Justice Asad Munir and Justice Khwaja Imtiaz Ahmed put off the hearing till February 16 after a lawyer for IIUI and its constituent institute, Iqra Centre for Technical Education, said that the IBCC first decided to issue the equivalence certificates but later did not provide the documents.
Making secretaries of the education ministry and the IBCC respondents, the appellants maintained that the university held the charter to issue degrees and diplomas, and the IBCC was required to issue equivalence certificates to the DAE students so that they could get admission for further studies or apply for job.
Earlier, Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh of the LHC had dismissed the International Islamic University Islamabad petition when the IBCC maintained that a meeting of the representatives of all examination boards decided not to issue the equivalence certificates to the DAE holders as technical education did not fall in their purview.
The IBCC also contended that the university, under the relevant laws, was authorised to offer postgraduate diplomas but not post-matriculation diplomas.
In the case of DAE courses, the university should apply for equivalence certificates from the National Institute of Science and Technical Education NISTE, which conducts examinations at all technical institutes.
The IIUI in the appeal however raised the question that the IBCC while making its decision on issuance of certificates did not seek comments either from the NISTE or the National Vocational and Technical Education Commission. DawnYour Comments
Issues of Pakistani medical students in Cuba
Lahore: The Punjab Assembly on Thursday demanded that the federal government address the issue of Pakistani students facing serious problems during their studies in medical colleges in Cuba on an urgent basis.
The provincial assembly adopted a resolution presented by opposition member Samina Khawar Hayyat, saying that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had sent 1,000 medical students of (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery-MBBS) for studying in Cuba on special scholarships.
Samina, through the resolution, said the Pakistani students had completed the two out of the five years of their scheduled study in that country (Cuba), "but now these students were facing some serious problems".
She said the Cuban government was not providing teaching hospitals to the Pakistani student for further studies, "so there could be no doubt that the students' careers might be adversely effected". Stopping the routine House proceedings, the provincial assembly took up the resolution and unanimously passed it. Daily times
Surgery course through video
Lahore: The first national postgraduate course in surgery through video conferencing facility has been stared under the auspices of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.
In a press release here on Thursday, President CPSP Prof Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that headquarters at Karachi and other regional centres had been provided with latest facilities including video conferencing and e-library, which would be helpful for trainee doctors across the country.
Regional Director Prof Khalid Masood Gondal said that the course was being conducted at Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar simultaneously. It is being attended by over 200 trainee doctors, he added.
At Lahore Centre, Principal Fatima Jinnah Medical College Prof Abdul Majeed Chaudhry, Dean of Surgery CPSP Prof Aamer Zaman Khan, President Society of Surgeons of Pakistan Prof Imtiaz Rasool, Prof Mahmood Ayyaz, Prof Javed Raza Gardezi, Prof Abdul Mannan Babar, Prof Abul Fazal Ali Khan, Prof Khalid Javed Abid, Prof Kamran Khalid Khawaja, Prof Zafar Ali Chaudhry, Dr Mansoor Qureshi, Dr Samina Khokhar, Dr Ghulam Mustafa Arain, Dr Afsar Ali Bhatti, Dr Zahid Niaz, Dr Moeed Qureshi, Dr Shaukat Mirza, Dr Asghar Naqi and Dr Muhammad Naeem talked about important issues of surgery.
Prof Tariq Mahmood Khan, Prof Abdul Sattar Memon, Brig Ahmad Mishwani and Prof Hamid Hassan are imparting practical training to trainee doctors in Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar and Islamabad respectively. Similarly, CPSP will provide equal opportunities of standardised training to the trainee doctors of all disciplines on regular basis.
General Relativity, Gravitation
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said knowledge is the most effective and useful weapon for leading an honourable life and successfully facing any challenge in the modern world. He was addressing an inaugural session of a three-day conference on "General Relativity and Gravitation" on PU New Campus on Thursday.
The PU VC further said the varsity was desperately endeavouring to enhance the strength of highly qualified and trained PhD faculty members to provide high quality knowledge of latest scientific and technological subjects to the students to brighten up their creative and research capabilities. For the first time in the PU history, as many as 106 and 125 faculty members had completed their PhDs during the year 2008 and 2009 respectively, he added.
Prof Dr Muhammad Sharif said the main purpose of getting together the experts carrying out research on relativity in Pakistan was to apprise the university students with the emerging developments and to enable them to benefit from the same in their research endeavours.
Chairman Mathematics Department Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqi remarked that the mathematics enjoyed fundamental importance in scientific and technological research activities being conducted in various varsity departments.
MKRMS seminar at AIMC
Lahore: The Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Memorial Society (MKRMS) in collaboration with the Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, will organise a conference on 'Hospital Pharmacy Practices' at the AIMC auditorium at 2:30pm on Friday (today).
Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest on the occasion while AIMC/JHL Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram will present opening remarks.
The Society of Hospital Pharmacies of Pakistan president, Sheikh Abdul Latif, Pharmacy Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Manager, Syed Shamim Raza, Punjab AIDS Control Programme Project Director Dr Ali Razzaque, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, JHL, Malik Irshad, Drug Controller Sheikh Ansar, Assistant Professor, JHL, Dr Ali Jawa, Pharmacy Services of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Senior Manager Dr Tahir Aziz Mughal, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Staff Pharmacist Sheikh Hassam Latif, Director Clinical Pharmacist, AIMC, Komal Khalid Khan, Services Research and Pharmaceuticals Plan Director Sohaib Hakeem, Punjab University Assistant Professor Furqan Hashmi, Director Emergency, JHL, Assistant Prof Shaukat Muttaqi, Aga Khan University Clinical Pharmacist Muhammad Hammad, Clinical Pharmacist Saima Khurram, Punjab University Assistant Professor Amjad Hussain, Senior Registrar Gynae-II, JHL, Dr Shazia Khalid, Associate Professor Director Emergency, JHL, Dr Ghulam Mustafa and Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Clinical Pharmacist Farah Gondal will speak on the occasion. MKRMS Chairman Wasif Nagi will host the seminar while Kashan Haider, Ali Imran Inayat and Shahzad Rauf will assist him.
Turkish team visits UHS
Lahore: A four-member delegation, consisting of senior officials of Turkish Health Department, visited the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Thursday.
The delegation, headed by Dr. Hassan Cagil, Director General Health Insurance, Social Security Institution, Ankara, is on a 5-day visit to Lahore as a follow-up of the visit of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to Turkey last month.
The delegation called on UHS Vice Chancellor Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar and remained with him for well over an hour and discussed ways and means of cooperation between medical institutions of the two countries. The news
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