Tussle between ministry, PMDC worsens
Islamabad, Jan 25: The ongoing tug-of-war between the Ministry of National Health Services and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) is now touching new heights with the ministry putting in hectic efforts to get administrative control of the PMDC through promulgation of a presidential ordinance, sources said here on Sunday.
Sources said that the Ministry of National Health Services also sent a letter to Law Ministry asking what how to rectify the affairs of PMDC that is currently in the line of fire from various quarters that are openly challenging authenticity of gazette notification regarding election of its executive body.
"Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has also formed a committee under the supervision of a senior academician that would present its recommendations within a week to bring to an end the crisis-like situation that emerged when a member of NA Standing Committee presented a letter in the meeting claiming the relevant authority has confirmed that gazette notification (Registered No. M-302) issued on January 1, 2014, about election of executive body of PMDC is fake," the sources said.
The director general of the ministry also submitted a report to NA Standing Committee on Health stating, "The incumbent PMDC's executive committee, including the president and the vice president, was not notified by the government and was illegal. If they got themselves notified from some other place, it doesn't legally notify their designations."
In another report presented in the National Assembly on January 6 the deputy director of the ministry stated, "The federal government has not notified the PMDC executive committee including their president and vice president. All officers/officials involved in any illegal act will have to face legal proceedings under the rules of the organisation."
Contrary to all these claims Hina Shaukat, Chief Public Relations Officer of PMDC, said President Masood Hameed Khan and Vice President Syed Awais have been notified in the Gazette of Pakistan. As per gazette notification, Hameed Khan and Awais have been elected as president and vice president of the PMDC respectively. A six-member executive committee is also notified.
Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar told this correspondent that they are moving in the right direction to resolve this issue in coordination with all stakeholders and legal experts and "I hope the situation would be resolved next week to the satisfaction of all the stakeholders."
PMDC writes to ministry for audit of CPSP affairs
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has requested the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to hold an audit of the College of Physicians and Surgeons' academic, administrative and financial affairs.
The request has been formally made through a communication, according to a PMDC officer.The CPSP, which conducts examinations for the award of postgraduate fellowship/diploma of FCPS and MCPS, is under the administrative control of the NHSRC Ministry.
The officer also said the PMDC formally requested the CPSP lately for provision of the data of the FCPS degrees issued by it over the years for scrutiny, but to no avail.He said the council had requested the ministry for acting against the CPSP over denial of the sought-after record. When approached, PMDC Registrar Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood confirmed his organisation's correspondence with the NHSRC Ministry over the CPSP affairs.
He said the PMDC would ensure by all means that standards of medical and dental education in the country are not compromised.Dr Raja Amjad said all postgraduate medical institutions should get the PMDC accreditation as postgraduate training centres for registration of their courses and degrees offered.
"It is in the interest of doctors and dentists intending to get admission to postgraduate programmes to verify if the programmes leading to award of postgraduate medical/dental qualifications offered by degree-awarding institutions like the CPSP are recognised by the PMDC," he said.
The PMDC registrar also said students should also verify if the training institutions/training sites where they intended to go for further studies were recognised or approved by the PMDC as training sites. He said list of the PMDC-approved/recognised training institutions/training sites with degree-awarding institutes was available on the PMDC official website.The news
AIOU announces results of FA Spring 2013 semester
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced the final results of its FA programme for the Spring 2013 semester and placed the results on its website: www.aiou.edu.pk.
AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi pushed the computer button and declared the results of FA programme. On the occasion, Controller of Exams (CE) Dr Hamid Khan Niazi, Computer Section In-charge Shabnum N Shahid and senior officers of the examination department were also present.
After announcement of the results, the vice-chancellor instructed the CE to prepare a wide-ranging plan to set-up exams centres in the country's far-flung and remote regions in order to ensure availability of academic facilities at the nearest places of students.
In this connection, he said that he would hold a meeting with the CE and senior officers of the examination department by next week to finalise the plan of setting up examination centres in every nook and corner of the country before the next term.
The CE said that result cards of FA students were being sent by post to all the candidates, and that the students who do not receive their result cards until January 30 should contact the superintendent of examination in person or on his phone number 051-9057323.
The students can also download their results from website www.aiou.edu.pk of the university.
While briefing the vice-chancellor, the CE said that 163,899 students from across the country appeared in FA exams and various examination centres had been set-up.
He further said that assignment marks of all the students enrolled in BA programme for the Spring 2013 semester had also been provided on the university's website. He advised the students to check their assignment marks, and if there was any error or complaint, they should bring it to the notice of the BA section of the examination department immediately for its rectification. He said that final results of the BA programme would be declared within two weeks.
BISE Rawalpindi issues date sheet for matriculation exams
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi has issued the date sheet for SSC annual examinations. According to the date sheet, examinations of Class 10 will start from March 3, and those of Class 9 from March 19. According to the date sheet for class 10, the paper of English will be held on March 3, chemistry on March 6, biology and computers on March 8, mathematics on March 10, physics on March 12, Islamiyat on March 13, Urdu on March 15 and Pakistan studies on March 17. Similarly, for Class 9, paper of English will be held on March 19, biology and computers on March 22, mathematics on March 24, chemistry on March 26, Pakistan studies on March 28, Islamiyat on March 29, physics on March 31 and Urdu on April 2. The date sheet for practical examinations will be issued after the written papers. Daily times