Dr Attaur Rahman wins prestigious Chinese academic award
Beijing, Jan 11: The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country's top science academy, conferred its 2013 Award for International Scientific Cooperation on renowned Pakistani scientist Dr Attaur Rahman.
He is the first Pakistani national to get this prestigious award. Dr Atta is the president of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). He is a leading scientist in the field of organic chemistry. He won the award for his contributions in boosting scientific cooperation betweenthe PAS and CAS.
He promoted a Pakistan-China doctorate programme and has sent over 390 students to Chinese universities and academic institutions to pursue PhDs, the CAS said in a statement here on Thursday. Dr Atta due to his preoccupation and commitment could not manage to personally receive the award.
Another scientist, Xiao-Fan Wang, a Chinese-American from the Duke Cancer Institute was also awarded CAS award. Xia, is a leading scientist in the molecular biology of tumours. Wang has played an important advisory role in China's science and education system reform and promoted the establishment of an evaluation system in Chinese universities and academic institutions that includes participation by international experts, according to the CAS.
The CAS also said that Wang has made unremitting efforts to lift the academic status of Chinese scientists globally and helped Chinese academic institutions to select and cultivate talent. Established in 2007, the CAS award is aimed at honouring foreign scientists for their contributions in Chinese-foreign research cooperation.
FUMC holds orientation for new students
Islamabad: Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) organised its day one ceremony here on Monday, which was attended by all new students and their parents.
Major General (r) Dr. Nasim ul Majeed, Director Foundation University Islamabad campus was the chief guest on the occasion.
The ceremony was held to welcome newcomers and enlighten them about rules and regulations of the medical college.
Major General (r) Dr. Nasim ul Majeed hoped that the newly admitted students would take full advantage of the opportunities and facilities provided by the FUMC. He said that the FUMC is one of the top-lined medical institutions in the world having highly qualified faculty, modern laboratories, conducive learning environment, separate boys and girls hostels in the campus premises and adjacent 750 bedded teaching hospital; the Fauji Foundation Hospital. He informed the audience that a newly constructed Foundation University College of Dentistry complex has recently been inaugurated and ready for inspection by the PM&DC.
All the faculty members and management staff were introduced to the students to make them familiar with the mechanism of the medical college.
PMDC orders registration of postgraduate programmes
Islamabad: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has asked doctors and dentists wanting to do post-graduation in their respective fields, to verify their courses' registration with it.
"We, PMDC, register only those post-graduation qualifications of accredited public and private universities and educational institutions, which are notified by the federal government and are included in the third schedule of PM&DC Act 2012. The details of degree awarding/training institutions, included in the said schedule, are available on our website for the benefit of everyone interested, especially intending students," Hina Shaukat, spokesperson for PMDC said on Monday.
The spokesperson said it was mandatory for all postgraduate medical and dental educational institutions to get themselves and their courses registered included in the third schedule of PMDC Act 2012 upon fulfilment of prerequisites set under the PMDC Ordinance 1962 and Postgraduate Regulations 2011.
She said registration with PMDC was mandatory for all postgraduates to get their degrees and diplomas mentioned on their registration certificates.
Hina Shaukat said PMDC had already directed all educational and training institutions to get their postgraduate programmes registered with it without delay for their inclusion in the third schedule of PMDC Act 2012.
Two medical colleges stopped from admissions
Islamabad: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has ordered Yusra Medical and Dental College, Islamabad, and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College, Mirpur, to stop fresh admissions over lack of facilities and other deficiencies.
According to PMDC Registrar Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood, the two colleges were stopped for admission after the surprise inspections.
"Yusra Medical College has been stopped for new admissions over failure to build own 200-bedded hospital. Its attached hospital doesn't fulfil the PMDC criteria. As for Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College, it has been stopped for admitting students for lacking proper full-time faculty," he told this scribe on Friday.
Dr Amjad said PMDC wouldn't compromise standards of medical and dental education in the country. He also said all postgraduate institutions had accredit themselves with PMDC as a postgraduate training centres for registration of their degrees.
Govt urged to appoint permanent HEC chief by Feb 12
Islamabad: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Monday directed federal government to appoint a permanent or regular chairman on or before February 12, 2014 in a transparent manner.
Justice Siddiqui passed this order after a joint secretary of ministry of education, training and standards in higher education told the court that they had forwarded a summary for the appointment of permanent or regular chairman of HEC on September 24, 2013. Till this time there is an acting chairman HEC appointed by the federal government whose tenure would expire on February 12, 2014.
Justice Siddiqui then ordered to appoint HEC chairman on or before February 12. Justice Siddiqui remarked that the chairman HEC is an important post for the higher education and government should be serious about this post.
Issuing said directions, court disposed of the case in this matter.
The petition was move in the court by the founder chairman of the HEC, a well-known educationist and scientist of Pakistan Dr Ata-ur-Rehman who is seeking from the court to direct federal government to immediately appoint a chairman HEC in an open and transparent manner.
Legal counsel for Dr Ata, Umar Hanif Kichi advocate had argued before the court that under the section: 8(3) of the HEC Ordinance 2002, 'the position of HEC chairman to lie vacant for a maximum of three months and it is mandatory that after 90 days, regular chairperson must be appointed'. However there is no regular permanent appointment of HEC chairman even after a lapse of 120 days since the tenure of former chairman of HEC Dr Javed Leghari had expired on August 26, 2013.
The petition said that the academic circles, vice chancellors, academic staff associations and the public at large, who are the key stakeholders, have already expressed reservations on non- initiation of process for appointment of a regular HEC chairman.
The petitioner said that the higher education commission comprises a chairman alongside its 17 members that is known as HEC Board. The commission or board as a whole takes all the key decisions and decides policy matters. Due to non-appointment of the HEC chairman, important decision regarding higher education has been pending. The news
Sihala College on the verge of closure
Islamabad: The Sihala Degree College in the federal capital is at the verge of becoming a ghost educational institution.
In its fifth year/session, the college is still without teaching and non-teaching staff, putting the future of the students at stake. It may be mentioned that the Federal Government Degree College Sihala was established in 2009.
It is the only and the first college in the suburban area of the federal capital to cater to the poor students whose parents cannot afford sending their children to colleges in the capital city.
An officer of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) requesting not to be identified said the college was without teaching, clerical and menial staff.
"The intermediate and degree classes in the college started in 2009 but without provision of regular teaching staff.
The FDE moved some teachers from other institutions to this college on a temporary basis but the practice failed because the teachers could not teach all the subjects, especially when the students needed subject specialists," he said.
In the absence of an appropriate budget and clerical staff, it was not possible to run the affairs of the college.
If the college is made fully functional, it would cater to the educational needs of the students from Rawat, Kak Pul, Model Town Humak, Jinnah Garden, Soan Garden, PWD Housing Society, Korang Town, DHA, Pakistan Town, Koral Chowk and the adjoining villages.
A teacher who has served in the college added that in the beginning without proper advertisement 270 students were given admission to the college.
It was estimated that the number would exceed 500 in the following session (2010) but as the government failed to provide the facilities in the institution the number fell to about 190.
Khurram Malik, a resident of the area, said the area people were initially very happy over the establishment of the college but later withdrew their children from the institution due to lack of facilities.
A teacher of the college added that a powerful person, whose farmhouse was located near the college building, had occupied 6.5 acres of the college land.
"A number of efforts were made by the ex-principal Mohammad Rasheed Sodhi to get back the possession of the land but due to negligence of the planning and development wing of the FDE his efforts could not bear fruit."
Bilal Ahmed, a resident of the area who studies in a college at H-8, said: "If Sihala College is equipped with facilities, I would never think of going to the H-8 college in public transport daily."
A trader, Mohammad Kashif, said MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary and Senate Chairman Nayyer Bokhari were from the area but they never showed any interest in resolving the issues of the college.
The president of the Federal Government College Teachers, Prof Tahir Mahmood, added: "Sihala College exists only in papers." He said the land of the college should be vacated to make it available for the college use.
When contacted, Joint Secretary CADD Rafique Tahir said he had visited the college four times but it seemed that there were some deficiencies at the FDE level.
"The building and other infrastructure were complete and according to the rules the FDE has to move the PC-IV which is required for the appointment of teachers and other staff. Initially, teachers can be appointed on a contractual basis for two years and then appointed through the FPSC," he said.
"I will look into the issue again because Secretary CADD Faridullah Khan is serious in providing education to the children in their own localities," he said. Dawn
RBISE issues fee deposit schedule for HSSC exams
Rawalpindi: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi Monday through a notification announced the schedule of forms submission and depositing fees for the Part I and II Intermediate Examination, 2014 which would start on May 3.
According to the notification, the intending candidates both regular and private could submit their admission forms and entry fees with single fees from January 24 to February 13, 2014. The last date for submission of forms and depositing fees with double fees would be from February 14 to February 20. Whereas the candidates both regular and private who fail to follow this process could avail the chance by submitting forms with triple fees from February 21, to February 28. Similarly, according to RBISE, the fees for arts group appearing in Part I and II examination of Intermediate is fixed Rs750 for both regular candidates. While the composite fees would be Rs1400. The candidates of arts group who also have to give practical examination are directed to deposit Rs800. For composite examination (Part I and II) Rs1500 amount has to be deposited by the regular candidates against the entry fees.
The regular candidates of science group has been asked to deposit Rs800 as entry fees for giving Part I and Part II examination separately. While the fees for composite examination has been fixed as Rs1500. The same fee has been fixed for regular candidates for eastern studies. Moreover, in arts group, the private candidates have to deposit Rs800 for Part I and same amount as fees for Part II examination. While composite fees for them would be Rs1500. The private candidates giving practical examination along with arts group papers have to deposit Rs800 Part I and Part II examination. The composite fee for them is Rs1700. The science group private students have been directed to Rs900 both Part I and Part II. While the composite fee for them has been fixed Rs700. Candidates appearing in Eastern Studies papers in Part I and Part II respectively have to deposit Rs900. While the composite fees for them is Rs1700.
Besides this according to notification, the private candidates are bound to deposit registration fee of Rs800 along with entry fees. The cost of the admission form would be Rs200 to be deposited in banks. The candidates who will download admission forms from the website will have to deposit addition amount of Rs200 with their fees.
For obtaining more information about the schedule of forms and fees, the intending candidates could visit website www.biserwp.edu.pk.
ICCI and Bahria University sign MoU
Islamabad: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahria University to promote academia-industry linkages and to conduct joint research activities that would facilitate the advancement and innovation in industry.
ICCI President Shaban Khalid, and Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (r) Shahid Iqbal HI (M), signed the MoU.
Both organisations agreed to enhance mutual cooperation in many areas including arranging internships and job placement for the students and run joint professional development short courses on specialised fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Shaban Khalid said that developed nations have achieved tremendous economic progress only by promoting academia-industry linkages and we should learn from their experience to lay the foundation for sustainable economic development of our country.
Vice Admiral (r) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) said that our university never compromised on quality standards and is working towards grooming today's youth into becoming tomorrow's leaders. Over 10,000 students are getting quality education in different campuses, research institutes and colleges of Bahria. He was of the view that universities cannot operate as isolated islands of knowledge because knowledge has no value unless it is shared and focused on current needs.
FU declares MBBS exam result
Islamabad: The Foundation University has declared the result of First Professional MBBS (Annual) Examination 2013. Out of 152 candidates who appeared in the said examination, 133 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 87.50%.
Ms. Ayesha Jabeen, Roll No. 4416, Reg. No. 7375/FUI/MBBS-2013, of the Foundation University Medical College, got 1st position in the examination securing 380 out of 500 marks.
The roll numbers of the successful candidates are:
4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358, 4359, 4360, 4361, 4363, 4365, 4366, 4367, 4368, 4369, 4370, 4371, 4372, 4373, 4374, 4375, 4376, 4377, 4379, 4380, 4381, 4383, 4384, 4386, 4388, 4390, 4391, 4393, 4394, 4397, 4398, 4399, 4400, 4401, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4405, 4406, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4411, 4412, 4413, 4414, 4415, 4416, 4417, 4418, 4419, 4421, 4422, 4423, 4424, 4425, 4427, 4428, 4429, 4430, 4431, 4432, 4433, 4434, 4435, 4436, 4437, 4438, 4439, 4440, 4441, 4442, 4443, 4446, 4447, 4448, 4449, 4450, 4451, 4452, 4453, 4455, 4456, 4457, 4458, 4459, 4460, 4461, 4462, 4463, 4464, 4465, 4466, 4467, 4468, 4469, 4470, 4471, 4472, 4473, 4474, 4476, 4477, 4478, 4479, 4480, 4481, 4482, 4484, 4485, 4486, 4487, 4488, 4489, 4490, 4491, 4492, 4493, 4495, 4496, 4498, 4499, 4500, 4501, 4502, 4503, 4504 & 4505.
The university has directed the unsuccessful candidates to submit the admission forms within 15-day from the date of declaration of the result. The result may also be seen on FUI website www.fui.edu.pk.
Islamabad: Talal Almas, an A' Levels student, currently studying at Roots Millennium School, Millennium Campus, Islamabad, has received an unconditional offer from the University of Cambridge for admission in its exclusive Medicine Programme, says a press release.
This is truly one of its kind and has happened for the first time in the history of University of Cambridge. Talal Almas has been a remarkable student and has regularly won accolades in recognition. Not only that, but he has also maintained a very successful career as a sports person. Roots Millennium Schools CEO Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq expressed his pleasure and personally congratulated young Talal. This level of excellence is a product of sheer hard work, full support by the institute, commitment to producing outstanding results, and the ability to go beyond the ordinary.
In addition to this remarkable offer, another Millennial Tuba Majid has also received an offer based on a full scholarship from the Seoul National University, South Korea. The news