Students worried as SMC not yet elevated to university status
Karachi, Jan 15: Around 2,000 medical students of Sindh Medical College (SMC) have been studying in the state of extreme uncertainty as the institution is yet to be elevated to the status of university, despite early promises made by the government to do so.
SMC was upgraded to the status of university on June 2, 2012 through a presidential ordinance signed by the Governor Sindh, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan in Karachi. A sum of Rs 50 million had been allocated to meet the initial expenses of the university. This was the third medical university of the country.
The unrest gripped the university and its students when the government failed to provide it legislative cover even after the validity of the ordinance, which had been expired after 90 days. Since then, the issue has been raised on various forums but it is yet to be resolved. Meanwhile a draft bill for Sindh Jinnah Medical University was presented before the provincial assembly of Sindh, however the bill is still in pending and was waiting for legislation.
It is pertinent to mention here that under the 18th amendment, Federal Health Ministry was devolved to provinces. Following the development, the government decided to merge SMC and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) to establish the medical university.
In 2003, the SMC became a part of the Dow University of Health Sciences. After its up gradation, the SMC was accredited by the Higher Education Commission and the University Grants Commission of Pakistan. The university was also associated with other medical institutions including the National Institute of Child Health and the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. The institution produced several prominent names in the politics and media of Pakistan, including Arbab Ghulam Rahim, Imran Farooq, Farooq Sattar, Huma Mir and Shaista Wahidi.
Several measures were announced for the institution after its upgradation to a university including increase in number of seats and quota for students from rural Sindh.
Following the delay in legislation for the up-gradation of the college, staff and students of the university launched agitation. Several protest demonstration were held outside the Karachi Press Club and in front of the institution.
Contrary to the reservations of students, Dr Tariq Rafi, who was appointed the first vice chancellor of the university, sounded optimistic that the SMC would get the status of university soon. He said that the issue was discussed with several high-ups of the Sindh government including the provincial Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. He further said that Shah assured the SMC administration that legislation would be made through a bill in the next session of the assembly. To a question, he said that there were around 2000 students in the university.
Sha Ali, a student of the university, said, "We have been pushed to the wall and our futures are jeopardised by the Sindh government, as it has failed to fulfill its promises to elevate SMC status to university." He raised the point that hundreds of students took admissions in the institution when it was a university. What would be their future, if the college was not made a university through proper legislation, he asked. He said that the government, through delay in legislation for the university, created several technical complications for the university. He further said that earlier the college was a part of the DUHS and then after issuing the ordinance they were told that the college had become a university and was affiliated the JPMC. But now in current situation, the institution lost affiliation with the DUHS and also had been deprived of the status of a university.
Tahir Chohan, another student of the medical institution said the government was expressing illogical delay in legislation for the status of university that had not only stirred uncertainty among students, but also raised several questions on the future of the institution.
Another SMC student Wahaj Fatmi, while talking to this scribe, demanded of the government to approve the draft bill for Sindh Jinnah Medical University immediately. According to him, it was the sole solution of the issue.
Apart from the students, teachers and administration of the university, there is another stakeholder of the issue, the JPMC, whose management and staffers expressed displeasure over merger of the JPMC with the SMC. They have also staged several protest demonstrations against the proposed bill for the university.
According to a statement of Joint Executive Director of JPMC Dr Seemin Jamali, "Provincial Assembly cannot formulate a law on subjects in federal legislative list under Section 142 of the Constitution. The provincial assembly also does not have a power to legislate on the Ministry of Defence land, where Sindh Medical College is located." Daily times
NED University to confer PhD degree upon Arjumand
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering and Technology (NED) has declared Arjumand Masood successful for the conferment of PhD Degree in Civil Engineering. An official of the institution said here on Sunday that the title of her thesis was: " Quantification of flow resistance for unlined canals in alluvial soil". app
'Students defying rules will not be allowed at SMIU'
Karachi: Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), has said that the studentsm who had succeeded in getting admission at SMIU, had a distinction being called the fellows of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had studied at SMI for about five years.
Addressing the Orientation Day for the students of the first batch of newly established SMI University on Saturday at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, Shaikh said SMIU students are true heirs of the Quaid, who had bequeathed one third of his residuary property to his alma mater through the last will.
He said Jinnah had three great qualities; as he had a great competence; he was honest and had great love for his people.
"After 54 years to his death, no one can figure out towards his honesty," the vice chancellor said and added that it would be strange to know that the Quaid gave only one hundred rupees per month to each of his two brothers - Ahmed Ali and Bandeh Ali, and just two thousand rupees per month to his younger sister Fatima Jinnah through his last will, but gave 10.8 million rupees to each educational institution - Aligarh College, Islamia College Peshawar and Sindh Madressatul Islam, Karachi.
Dr Shaikh said although the Quaid was belonging to a poor family, but he earned money through hard working as he was a most popular lawyer of the Indo-Pak subcontinent. But it was his uniqueness and greatness that despite distributing his all property among his family members, he preferred to give it to the educational institutions, where the Muslim students were used to get quality education.
That was why why Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was in favour of education for Muslim youth, and never wanted the students to involve in the politics. Dr Shaikh giving reference of the Quaid said that once students from Aligarh met with him and expressed their wish to participate in the politics, but the Quaid categorically said them that they first acquire education, then could enter in the political arena, because they could benefit the Muslims only after getting education."
Emphasising the newly enrolled students, the vice chancellor of SMIU said that they had to follow the legacy of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in terms of competence, honesty, hardworking and selflessness. He also said that there would be zero tolerance if the students were found in any immoral and non-academic activity.
"The discipline of the SMI has unique history," the vice chancellor said and added that once Mohammad Ali Jinnah had remained absent for a month from SMI, his admission was cancelled," likewise, if any one amongst the newly enrolled students will fail to follow the rules and discipline of the university will not be allowed to continue at SMIU.
Shaikh said SMIU had made all necessary arrangements to start classes for the first batch of SMIU from Monday, January 14, 2013. He said besides providing conducive academic atmosphere at the SMIU, we are providing all academic facilities to the students. Now they have to get maximum benefit from these all the supporting facilities.
Earlier Ameen Khuwaja, lecturer SMIU gave presentation on the historic role of the Sindh Madressatul Islam with reference to the present day SMI. Later on, Pro Dr Safeeullah Soomro, Chairman of Computer Science; Dr Fozia Khan, Chairperson of Media Studies, Dr Seema Jeelani, Chairperson of Environmental Studies, Dr Mehboobul Hassan, Chairman of Business Administration and Dr Anjum Bano Kazmi, Chairperson of Education Department introduced their respective departments and faculty members with the students.
Javed Anjum Shaikh, Additional Librarian and Mirza Wais Shah, Assistant Controller of Examination, informed the students about joining library and examination procedures.
Earlier, the faculty members registered the students. Later on the students went round the classrooms, computer labs, Hassanally Effendi Library and other sections of the university. The day followed the refreshment, arranged in the courtyard of the SMIU's Main Building. Daily times
KP schools: Carrot, stick policy still on paper
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education department has failed to implement the provincial government's decision taken two years ago to introduce the carrot and stick policy for the administrative heads and teachers of government schools for the secondary school certificate examination results.
According to the relevant officials, the carrot and stick approach was to be introduced to push government schoolteachers to perform duty diligently.
They said all boards of intermediate and secondary education in the province had declared SSC examination results in June 2012 but the relevant teachers of government schools had yet to be rewarded or punished.
The officials said according to the criteria set by the education department, if less than 40 per cent students of a government school passed SSC examination, the results were poor.
They said 71 high and higher secondary schools for boys and girls in the province had shown poor SSC examination results in June 2012.
According to them, Peshawar had three schools with poor results, Nowshera and Swabi 14 each, Mardan and Abbottabad 11 each, Bannu and Lakki Marwat eight each, Haripur and Lower Dir seven each, Mansehra and Kohat five each, Karak and Charsadda four each, and Upper Dir and Chitral three each.
The officials said the education department had yet to receive SSC examination results from schools in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Battagram, Torghar, Swat and Malakand.
They said of the 71 schools showing poor results, less than 10 per cent of the students of seven schools passed SSC examination, while not a single student of three schools in Kohat, Lakki Marwat and Haripur passed the SSC examination.
The officials said the punishment of headmasters and teachers of the schools for poor results was denial of annual increment, while the reward for teachers performing well was issuance of appreciation letters and certificates.
An educationist blamed poor SSC examination results on the ineffective administrations of the schools and said many schools in the province had unmotivated teachers, faced teacher shortage and suffered from lawlessness.
A senior official at the E&SE Directorate said that names of the schools showing poor SSC examination results had been sent to the E&SE Secretariat for disciplinary action.
However, sources in the E&SE Secretariat said there was confusion about the data of school with poor results as the directorate had given names of the schools and their headmasters and teachers without mentioning when they assumed the charge.
They said if a headmaster or teachers were transferred from a school one or two months before the start of SSC examination, then the newcomers couldn't be held responsible for poor results. Dawn