Tuition centres fleecing students
Islamabad, Jan 06: The government should immediately draft guidelines regarding the intake capacity of students and fee structure in the tuition centres that are believed to be fleecing students in the twin cities under the garb of entry test preparations.
The tuition centres make publicity stunts using newspaper ads, banners, posters and fliers and charge students Rs7,000 to 18,000 for preparing them for admission in various varsities and institutes.
"The tuition centres charge excess fee from the students and are not providing the quality education. There is no official mechanism to keep vigil over the activities of such centres that are making undue profit from the students," said Saeed Iqbal, a teacher at the Federal Directorate of Education.
He said it is highly unethical that instead of teaching with dedication the teachers think it profitable to open tuition centres and earn handsomely against the true spirit of this respectable profession.
Tuition academies also offer preparation of entry tests of NUST, FAST, GIKI, PU, COMSATS and NTS.
These preparatory courses normally range from two to three months. Business of entry test books is also on the rise, as academies also publish their own books for entry tests and ask students to buy them.
Javed Akram joins SZAB Medical University as VC today
Islamabad: Professor Javed Akram will join Islamabad's first government medical university as its first permanent top boss today (Monday).
On Friday, the Establishment Division had notified the appointment of Professor Javed, the principal of Lahore's Allama Iqbal Medical College, as the vice chancellor of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences-Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) for four years.
A committee of the Capital Administration and Development Ministry, which oversees PIMS and the new university, had selected Professor Javed after interviewing 39 candidates from within the country and abroad, including some professors of the capital's premier government hospital.
Professor Javed has served in several clinical, academic and administrative positions and has six books, over 400 research papers, and the Prime Minister's Gold Medal for research in the field of Parkinson's Disease (1999), the Best Research Award (2005-06) by the National Academy of Medical Sciences, and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (2011) by the president of Pakistan, under his belt.
PIMS was upgraded to SZABMU early last year after the president signed an Act of Parliament into a law.
Under the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad Act, the medical university will consist of a chancellor, the a pro-chancellor, a vice chancellor, a pro-vice chancellor and members of the Senate, the Syndicate, the Academic Council and other authorities.
As stated in the law, the vice chancellor is to appoint the university's pro-vice chancellor from among the faculty members for three years, while the Quaid-i-Azam University's faculty of medicine and its all students will transfer to the university.
Also, all medical colleges and health institutions of the Islamabad Capital Territory functioning in both public and private sectors will be affiliated with the university.
When contacted, Professor Javed confirmed that he would formally take up the new responsibility as the SZABMU vice chancellor today (Monday).
He said following the abolition of the PIMS executive director's post, he would appoint a director to oversee the affairs of the hospital and attached facilities. Professor Javed denied former PIMS executive director Professor Riaz Ahmad Warraich had been made the pro-vice chancellor of the university.
"This is a false and misleading report. It's my privilege to appoint the pro-VC of the (SZAB medical) varsity, so just tell me how I could make that appointment even before assuming the charge of my office. I will advertise the post and ensure that the most suitable person available is selected for it," he said.
The SZABMU vice chancellor said a syndicate would make all key administrative appointments to the university.
According to a CAD Ministry official, the SZABMU will seek to offer quality medical education, encourage research and publications, hold examinations, and award medical degrees.
Besides, it will also help standardise medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the country in accordance with international standards. The official said the university was planned to be established in a phased manner.
AIOU admission forms on website
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has placed the admission forms of MS, MPhil, MSc (Hons) and PhD admissions for the Semester Spring, 2014 on its website www.aiou.edu.pk, this was announced by Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, Director, Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR), AIOU.
The Director BASR said that prospectus and admission forms can be downloaded from the website of the university and Rs500 will be charged as processing fee. He said that last date for submission of admission form is 31 January 2014.
He further said that eligibility for PhD admissions is MPhil 1st Division/3 GPA in the relevant subject and must have passed NTS GAT (Subject) test with 60% marks while eligibility for MS, MPhil and MSc (Hons) is MSc 2nd Division and must have passed NTS GAT (General) test with 50% marks.
Dr. Niazi said that NTS GAT (General/Subject) results are valid for 2 years. Students who have passed said test within this period and did not get admission can also apply, he asserted.
He further said that NTS will conduct special test on 19 January 2014 for those who have not yet passed the test. Today (6th January, 2014) is last date for registration. For more detail the candidates may visit the NTS website www.nts.org.pk.
AIOU to launch MSc programmes in remote areas
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will launch M.Sc degree programmes in remote and backward regions of the country, as a part of its ongoing efforts, providing equal accessibility to quality education to all segments of society.
These subjects will be introduced in Physics, Chemistry, Mass Communication, Statistics and some others disciplines from next academic year. The AIOU has already allocated Rs50 million for setting-up well-equipped laboratories in such regions to facilitate the students.
AIOU has already made available computer-based and E-learning education in the remote regions like Umerkot and Metthi (Sindh), this was stated by the
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmd Sangi while inaugurating the AIOU's campus at Metthi. Dr. Mahesh Malani, MPA on the occasion announced donation of 20-acre land, enabling the University to set-up a Technical and Vocational Institute in the region.
The campus will facilitate thousands of students of AIOU who live around the region. The campus is a part of the AIOU's strategy to promote job-oriented education and to ensure access to equal quality education across the country, Sangi said.
The AIOU regional campuses were increased from 36 to 42 during the last three years. The number of campuses will be further increased to 72 by 2017.
A model computer-based campus has also been established at Umer Kot (Sindh), he said adding the video-conferencing facility also being provided at these campuses so that the students could get the quality education without discrimination.
New regional offices are being established across the country particularly where the literacy rate is less than 30 percent. This is also aimed at providing academic services to its students at their nearest places.
Dr. Sangi said that the AIOU was considering a plan to launch engineering courses to address the socio-economic problems of the country, like shortage of energy and water.
The University, he said has already decided that there will be no increase in academic fee at least for a year, so that the benefit of education could reach to all sections of society. The University has allocated Rs23 million annual fund to accommodate poor and needy students in their fee under its 'Earn-to-Learn' scheme.
The unprecedented growth in number of students enrolled on the University's programs and courses is a reflection of its popularity among masses and also an indication of quality of the programs it offers, he asserted. The news