MA exams to begin on 26th
Karachi, June 21: The examination controller of Karachi University has announced that MA previous and final annual exams-2012 for regular and private candidates will commence from June 26.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the controller said that 19,574 candidates would take the exams that would continue till July 6.
The university also advised candidates for PhD in Law to reach the Arts Auditorium by 9.30am on June 23 to appear in entrance test. app
Educationists warn of higher fees after increase in taxes
Karachi: The Association of Private Universities & Institutes (APUI) held an emergency press conference on Wednesday at the Karachi Press Club to demand the withdrawal of certain taxes proposed on the education sector in the Federal Budget 2013-14.
Vice Chancellor Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Professor Dr Abdul Wahab and Vice Chancellor Ziauddin University Professor Dr Peerzada Qasim, addressed the media and said that the budget proposed a tax on all education institutes that charged annual fees of over Rs200,000.
"This tax is to be collected from students at the time of payment and will lead to an immediate increase in tuition fees of the private sector."
The budget also withdrew a tax rebate of 75 percent for teachers, researchers and scholars. "The proposal will affect all teachers in the private and public sector and increase their financial burden.
Previously, the Income Tax Ordinance allowed the income of a university or any other educational institute to go untaxed, if it was not for the purpose of profit. "This tax exemption has been withdrawn, thereby, affecting their development projects."
The budget also proposes a 4.5 percent tax on commercial and industrial electricity consumer for utilizing above 1000 units.
The APUI maintained that all of these taxes will increase student fees by 25 to 35 percent. "It will cause a brain drain for qualified teachers, researchers and professionals in Pakistan."
"It is the constitutional responsibility of the State to provide education to its citizens.
Private sector institutions of higher learning are, in fact, sharing this responsibility of the Government by educating approximately one third of the total enrollment in higher education."
Educationists maintained that private sector universities do not receive any grant from the federal or provincial governments. "We generate our own resources."
They appealed to the prime minister and the federal minister to withdraw these taxes as they will only generate Rs3 billion, but will have a significant and detrimental impact on the middle and lower-middle classes, which they claim attend their universities.
Mushroom growth of medical institutes opposed
Karachi: The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) on Thursday strongly supported the stand of Prof Sher Shah Syed, ex-member of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, and appealed to Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to look into the PMDC affairs.
In a statement issued here, the PIMA supported the principled stand to stop the mushroom growth of medical universities and recognition of substandard medical colleges and increasing medical seats in government and private sector medical institutions.
The PIMA demanded from federal Health Minister Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar to look into the malpractices going on in the PMDC during the previous government, saying that the government has to take some initiative regarding medical education in Pakistan.
The PIMA appealed to the government to organise the PMDC which could regulate medical education without any pressure or influence by vested interest elements.
"The vested interest group and the mafia sitting in the government and private sector medical colleges are involved in deliberate corruption which needs to be investigated," it said, adding, "PIMA believes that a high-powered commission should investigate the irregularities committed by PMDC regarding recognition of medical colleges all over the country."
It hoped that the new federal health minister would ensure that the PMDC elections were held as soon as possible and all those doctors having vested interest would leave the PMDC.
"We need a powerful autonomous and independent PMDC for the regularisation of medical universities and medical colleges in Pakistan. We also hope that the Sindh government would investigate the functioning of medical universities in the province.
"PIMA hopes that all the provincial governments would develop their system of inspection of medical colleges, universities and teaching hospitals in the interest of poor and suffering patients of the country," it said. The news
University status being considered for Gorden College
Rawalpindi: Punjab government is actively considering to accord status of university to the Post Graduate Boys Gorden College, Rawalpindi.
Granting status of university to 26 boys and girls colleges is currently under the consideration of government of Punjab and the Gorden College is one among these colleges.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has highly appreciated the proposal for upgrading 26 colleges to the status of university. Punjab government has sought details and a comprehensive report on this count and the decision on this matter is likely to be announced in the month of September.
FPSC to hold tests from 30th
Islamabad: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) will hold professional and screening tests for general recruitment against various posts advertised by the commission from June 30.
"The commission will hold tests at its centres in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, DI Khan, Gilgit, Multan and Sukkur from June 30 to July 3," said a press release.
The necessary documents, including admission certificates along with syllabi and time table, have been dispatched to the candidates through registered post.
The admission certificates of all registered candidates have also been placed on the website of FPSC.
The candidates are advised to appear at the allotted centres according to the scheduled date and time along with the original admission certificates and CNIC. app
Kust students get last chance to appear in exams
Kohat: The administration of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) has announced that it will hold the rescheduled papers of all the faculties from June 24 amid protests by students for their postponement.
KUST vice-chancellor Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak has given final chance to the protesting students and asked them to end boycott of papers and appear in exams on June 24 to save their one year.
The VC said that earlier it was the prerogative of the administration to conduct extra semester or supplementary exams, but now the Higher Education Commission had enforced 2012 Act for executing examinations and admissions across the board throughout the country.
The decisions were now made by the academic council and not by the VCs. He said that if anybody had doubt they could visit the HEC website for their information.
Mr Khattak advised the students to refrain from delaying exams because even if he accepted their demand for extra semester or supplementary exams the HEC would not accept their degree in that case. He said that in case of further delay the students would have to submit fee for the skipped semester because teachers had to consume time again for teaching the old course.
He said that in any case they had to conduct examinations and announce results before the start of Ramazan because the students were also not prepared for exams during Ramazan.
The VC said that a disciplinary committee would be formed to identify those students who were misguiding others and delaying papers and take action.
Answering a question, he said that earlier the protesting students had been forcing others to boycott exams and in some cases snatched answer sheets from other students. He added that majority of the students were ready for exams and could prevail upon only 10 'miscreants' and save their future.
The students, meanwhile said that they would not appear in the examinations as announced by the VC unless their demand for supplementary exams or extra semester was accepted. They said that they would approach the HEC and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to force the administration to consider their demand and end the existing stalemate. Dawn