Karachi HSC exams | PMDC medical colleges

HSC exams to begin on 16th
Karachi, May 14: Protection of and peaceful environment for 260,000 students appearing in the Higher Secondary School Certificate examination is the joint responsibility of the city administration and the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, said the Karachi commissioner on Monday.

Chairing a meeting to review the arrangements for the HSSC exams scheduled to begin on May 16, Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said foolproof security would be ensured at more than 90 exam centres, 12 of which have been identified as sensitive and 12 others as most-sensitive.

Siddiqui said police contingents would man sensitive exam centres and Rangers personnel would be deployed at most-sensitive centres.

He said a focal person from the Karachi police of DSP (deputy superintendent of police) rank or above would closely coordinate with the BIEK to ensure foolproof security so that entry of no unauthorised person is allowed in the premises of any of the centres.

Following a detailed presentation by BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, the commissioner said senior officials of the Karachi Electric Supply Company would be approached to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the designated exam centres.

He said the KESC would also be requested to temporarily restore power supply to the schools that have failed to pay their bills for the period during which the HSSC exams would be held.

He also said the BIEK in tandem with the city administration would arrange for standby generators for ensuring uninterrupted electricity at the exam centres.

In consideration of the complaints forwarded by parents and hijab-wearing students, the media will not be allowed to enter any centre where female candidates are taking their exam, added the commissioner.

The BIEK chairman said the board had already made strict arrangements for ensuring secrecy of the question papers and their safe delivery to exam centres.

"Foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure that the question papers are not leaked out," he added.

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KU VC condoles Abul Kalam's death
Karachi: The vice-chancellor (VC) of Karachi University (KU), Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, on Monday condoled the death of Engr Abul Kalam, former vice-chancellor of the NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi, who passed away last week.

In a condolence message, Prof Qaiser paid rich tributes to the services of Kalam in the realms of higher education.

He said Kalam's contributions would be long remembered. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

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No teaching at Fuuast
Karachi: Teaching on both campuses of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) will remain suspended on May 14 (today), said a statement.

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PMDC halts admissions at three medical colleges
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has stopped three private medical colleges from offering admissions over deficient facilities.

Two of them are in Sindh, Al-Tibri Medical College, Karachi, and Muhammad Medical College, Mirpurkhas, and one in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College, Mirpur.According to an insider, a PMDC inspection team had found the three colleges to be without adequate faculty and hospital during surprise visits last month.

Under the PMDC rules, a medical college is required to have one professor and associate professor each and two assistant professors in each department, own a 150-bed hospital and a 350-bed attached hospital. However, the three colleges were found short of teaching staff, especially permanent, and without the required hospitals.

The inspection teams' report was put up for review and decision during a meeting of the PMDC Executive Committee earlier this month.The participants agreed on immediate halt of admissions at the three medical colleges and asked the administration to communicate the decision to everyone concerned.

Afterwards, the PMDC formally asked the three colleges to rectify deficiencies pointed out by the inspection team before pleading their case for restart of admissions with the PMDC Executive Committee under Section 25 of Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Act, 2012, substitution of Section 22 of PMDC Ordinance, 1961. When contacted, PMDC Administrator Dr. Raja Amjad Mehmood confirmed the development and said that the council would continue cracking down on medical and dental colleges with deficient facilities. The news

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