Fatima Jinnah Medical College, UHS controversy

LHC seeks details of FJMC affiliation with UHS
Lahore, Feb 03: A special division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), comprising Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, on Tuesday directed the acting Punjab advocate general to produce the minutes of the meeting, which had decided to affiliate Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) with the University of Health Sciences (UHS).

The bench also sought the minutes of an earlier meeting in which the FJMC was exempted from affiliation with the UHS.

The bench observed that the court wanted to know the reasons behind the government's decision to allow the affiliation of a historic medical college with a newly-established university and why this idea was earlier dropped.

The bench also allowed an application from the FJMC's students to become party in the proceedings and adjourned the hearing until March 1.

The Punjab University's (PU) counsel, Shahzad Shaukat, informed the court on Tuesday that PU stood at 767 and the UHS at 5,939 in the ranking list of the world universities.

He said the PU was on the second number in the national ranking list while the UHS had not been granted any ranking so far.

The counsel said this ranking list was prepared in the light of criteria set by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on the basis of research based studies, strength of students, qualification of faculty members and finances.

On court's query, Shaukat said the ranking of the local institutions played a vital role in the admission of Pakistani students to foreign institutions. The UHS counsel said there was no harm in this affiliation as at least 28,500 students of affiliated medical colleges were enrolled with the university. He said the UHS was established with a vision of standardised and specialised education in medical field.

He said almost all the major medical colleges of the country, including Allama Iqbal Medical College and Quaid-e-Azam Medical College in Bahawalpur, had already been affiliated with the UHS.

The counsel could not give any satisfactory answer to a court's query whether the UHS was created merely on the then government's wish or it accumulated some expertise in the field of medical before coming into being.

The bench remarked, "If there is no difference then why do you want to affiliate FJMC to a low ranking university."

This remark made FJMC students - present in the courtroom very happy and they began applauding. The CJ, however, directed them to maintain the decorum of the court. He remarked, "This is a court of law, not a political procession."

Later, Khawaja Muhammad Sharif called reports from the federal interior secretary and the Punjab home secretary until February 23 on a petition filed against disappearance of three people from Madrassa Siddiquia in Mustafa Town.

The petitioner, Musharraf Bibi, submitted that her husband Yaqoob and two of his students, Hafiz Jameel and Ahsanullah, had been missing from the madrassa since December 9, but was still unable to locate them. She requested the court to order the authorities concerned to recover her husband and his students. Daily times

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PU declared BA, BSC supple results
Lahore: The Punjab University declared the results of various examinations on Tuesday. According to a press statement, these exams are BA/BSc Supplementary Examination, 2009, held in Sydney, Australia, MS Communication Studies (Replica), Semester System, Session 2005-2007, MPhil High Energy Physics (two-year), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, MPhil High Energy Physics (two-years), Semester System, Session 2005-2007, MSc Environmental Sciences, Self-Supporting, Semester System, Session 2003-2005 and MPhil Solid State Physics, Semester System, Session, 2002-2004.

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Sufis role in peace
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that spiritual leaders, like Hazrat Data Sahib, have rendered unparalleled services for spreading the Islamic message of peace, love and brotherhood which converted millions of non-Muslims in the Middle East and the subcontinent.

He was addressing the participants of Aalmi Syed Hajver Tasawaf seminar held by mutual collaboration of PU and Provincial Auqaf Department in connection with the 966th Urs of Hazrat Data Gunj Bukhsh on New Campus on Tuesday.

Provincial Secretary Auqaf Najam Saeed, renowned Ulema and Islamic scholars from brotherly Muslim countries of Turkey, Iran and Egypt also addressed the audience.

Principal Pak-Turkish International Institution Adam Akagdek said Muslims were indebted to the services of Sufis for their faith.

DG Iran Culture Centre Dr Abbas Famoori spoke about Sufism in the light of Kashf-ul-Mahjoob by Hazrat Data Gunj Bukhsh.

Head of Urdu Department Egyptian Jamia Azhar Dr Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim said Kashf-ul-Mahjoob provided necessary guidance to Muslim society.

International Islamic University Director Dr Muhammad Tufail said there was no room for violence or militancy in Islam.

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Action against lax college teachers
Lahore: Higher Education Punjab Ahad Khan Cheema has directed Divisional Directors (Colleges) to chalk out a comprehensive programme regarding inspection of colleges.

Addressing a high level meeting, he directed stern action against teachers of public colleges doing private tuition during duty timings.

The meeting was attended by all the Divisional Directors (Colleges), DPI (Colleges) Dr Abdul Razzaq Cheema, Additional Secretary (Academic) Ch Akram, Additional Secretary (Establishment) Eshan Bhutta and Additional Secretary (B&P) Yawer Hussain.

He said complaints that college teachers were involved in private tuition during college hours were being made despite clear cut directions in this regard. "This practice is badly affecting the curricular activities in the colleges", he added.

He instructed that divisional directors would make surprise visits of private tuition academies and centres in their jurisdiction and make sure that no teachers from government colleges working there too in college hours.

"Strict action will be initiated against those involved in this malpractice", he added. It was also decided that e-communication would be promoted in the department.

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PEF test results
Lahore: The results of Quality Assurance Test of 45 Punjab Education Foundation's Partner Schools in five selected districts remained 100 percent.

According to a DGPR handout, this was stated by Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar while presiding over a departmental meeting. The news

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