NEB exam must for medical graduates from Cuba: PMDC
Islamabad, May 31: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has declared that those who have secured medical degrees from Cuba will have to qualify the National Examination Board (NEB) examination for registration with it.
"The PMDC licensing examination through the National Examination Board is mandatory for all Pakistani nationals having foreign medical and dental qualifications. And those with Cuba degrees are no exception. There is no question of exemption in this respect," PMDC registrar Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood said.
Dr Raja Amjad said the PMDC had already brought the matter to the notice of different committee of parliament as well as the Higher Education Commission.
He said under the PMDC rules, only the medical and dental graduates, who had major postgraduate qualifications like diploma of American Board, FRCS (UK) or equivalent, were exempted from the NEB examination.
"The purpose of the NEB examination, which began in 1990, is to examine the competence and skills of medical and dental doctors from abroad to maintain the minimum standards of medical and dental education.
Thousand of medical and dental graduates have already sat and cleared the examination for the PMDC registration and have been serving the nation," he said.
The PMDC registrar said the council was facilitating all Cuban graduates through the HEC to issue the eligibility certificate for the purpose.
"A mega workshop or preparatory course refresher course have been designed for all foreign graduates so that they could qualify the NEB examination.
Those who have graduated from Cuba will have to sit and clear the examination to get licence to practice medicine and surgery in Pakistan," he said.
AIOU upgrades its website
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has further upgraded its official website on modern lines, incorporating in it new mechanism of international standard to meet the growing needs of its 1.3 million students.
The website is unique and unprecedented in colours and shape containing relevant information relating to academic programmes, admissions, fee structure, faculties, departments, regions, Research Journals, e-Library, Activity Calendar, admission inquiry, date sheet, roll number slips, results, downloads, assignments, Jamia Nama, assignments marks and university library.
The upgraded website was inaugurated by AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti. Registrar Prof. Dr. Nowshad Khan, Senior Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez and Computer Incharge, Shabnam N Shahid were also present on the occasion.
The students have been advised to visit the university's website www.aiou.edu.pk for updates on their academic programmes. The VC in his speech, said that newly developed website aimed at focusing on the needs of the students and providing easy and fastest system of access. Dr. Chishti appreciated the team work of Computer section for updating the website and congratulated them on their success. He said that updated site will prove the cause in further increasing university's ranking and students' enrollment.
Registrar Prof. Dr. Nowshad Khan and Senior Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez also spoke on the occasion. Congratulating the incharge Computer Section and her team on updating the website, they assured her that all genuine demands linking to scarcity of staff and purchasing of the required equipments will be settled soon.
FDE Summer vacation
Islamabad: Students of all the educational institutions working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will enjoy summer holidays from June 7 (Saturday).
According to the notification issued by the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) the students would resume their educational activities from August 11. CADD Joint Educational Adviser Rafique Tahir said the secretary has approved vacations from June 7 till August 10. The news
Students suffer due to power outages
Islamabad: The students of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) run educational institutions are facing severe difficulties in paying concentration towards their studies in classrooms due to the power outages and rising temperatures. Majority of the institutions working under the FDE lack the facility of power generators or uninterrupted power supply (UPS), and those which have only cater to the needs of the principals and teachers, not students.†
Fatima, a fourth class student of a government school, said that she is facing great difficulties in her studies when she has to bear severe heat in the classroom during load-shedding. She said that many of the students, especially of junior classes face health problems, like low energy level, weakness, and fatigue, and cannot focus on their studies.Shabbir Khan, another student of class six, said, "I am anxiously waiting for the summer vacations so that I can stay at home and protect myself from the scorching heat." He said that the students of private schools are lucky in the sense that they are being provided the best facilities.
Professor Tahir from a local college said that the students have to come to the schools six days a week, and they just have one day of rest, however, the officials of the public departments are enjoying two weekly offs of Saturdays and Sunday. He said that the authorities must announce two weekly offs for the students so that they can feel relax during the summer season.Shahid, a father said, "The announcement of summer vacations from June 7 is a sigh of relief for the students as the vacations would save them from the intense heat." The rise in mercury during the last two days has become unbearable for the students of junior classes to come to the schools, he added.†Daily Times