Another registration scam unearthed in PMDC
Islamabad, May 17: Another scam regarding registration of fake doctors has surfaced in the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
An official of the PMDC on the condition of anonymity said that eight individuals who claimed that they completed their MBBS and BDS degrees from abroad were registered with the PMDC without checking their passports, entry and exit records.
Under the rules of the PMDC, it is mandatory to check the travel records of such graduates to confirm if they had remained abroad during the time they completed their graduation.
The official said an inquiry committee formed in 2013 had been working in PMDC to check all the record of the council and find out if any doctor was registered in violation of the rules.
"During the inquiry, it emerged that eight doctors were registered with the PMDC who even did not submit the required record to show if they had gone out of the country during the time they claimed to have completed their graduation," he said.
When contacted, PMDC Registrar Dr Amjad Mehmood confirmed that eight persons had been detected who claimed to have obtained degrees from abroad but got themselves registered with the PMDC without submitting the proofs of their degrees.
"These doctors were registered with the PMDC without obtaining the copies of their passports, entry and exit record," he said.
The inquiry committee has been instructed to prepare a complete report of these fake doctors and lodge cases against them with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), he said.
Another official of the PMDC said a number of cases regarding the registration of fake doctors had been unearthed during the last few years.
"Last week, the FIA arrested four former officials of the PMDC for registering foreign graduates before they cleared the National Examination Board (NEB) exam," he said.
Medical students who completed their graduation from countries in which English is not the official language have to clear the NEB test conducted by the PMDC.
"As many as 63 graduates just paid the Rs11,000 examination fee and got the registration certificates without attempting the exam. Moreover, there were also graduates who failed to clear the test despite making more than one attempts till 2010 but suddenly got the certificates.
The certificates claimed that the graduates had cleared the exam in 2007," the official added. Dawn
NUST, Australian university sign MoU
Islamabad: The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, Thursday signed an agreement with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to promote academic cooperation between the two universities.
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) of UNSW Professor Mark Hoffman and NUST Pro-Rector (Academics) Dr. Asif Raza signed the agreement.
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Peter Heyward said that he was pleased to see cooperation between NUST and UNSW for the exchange of students to collaborative research.
"As our student linkages grow, so too will our collaborative research relationship. Already Pakistani students are making strong contributions to Australian institutions through study abroad. I am delighted to see this extend to research cooperation," he added.
"This agreement will serve to strengthen the impressive links between the leading science and technology universities in Pakistan and Australia," Professor Hoffman said.
Currently around 10,000 Pakistani students are studying in Australia, and Australia issues around 6,000 visas to new students each year. The new agreement comes only six months after UNSW became the first Australian university to sign an agreement with Pakistan's Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide tuition fee scholarships for up to 15 Pakistani PhD students per year.
Under the agreement, the two institutions will collaborate on research activities focusing initially on engineering with both parties actively encouraging staff to participate in grant calls for joint research funding. UNSW and NUST faculty members will also be encouraged to take part in a reciprocal academic exchange programme aimed at furthering collaboration between the two universities.
Syndicate approves Rs85m budget for SZAB Medical University
Islamabad: The syndicate of the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University approved a budget of Rs85 million for the medical university, and appointed 29 heads of teaching departments and five deans of different faculties at its first meeting held at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) here on Wednesday.
The meeting, which was chaired by the SZAB Medical University Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram, also approved the appointment of eminent neurosurgeon Professor Khaleequz Zaman as the chairman of the hospital management committee. Professor Khaleeq would now head the hospital as the chairman of the most important committee, which addresses all administrative and financial matters.
The meeting also addressed the grievances of the PIMS hospital's union and endorsed all notifications issued by the Establishment Division and Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), which ensured that all hospital workers would remain civil servants.
The syndicate unanimously approved the Federal Medical and Dental College as the constituent medical college of SZAB Medical University.
Addressing the meeting, Professor Akram apprised the participants of the International Health Tower, which will be established in the coming months against a cost of Rs8 billion, mainly with funds provided by the federal government. "The International Health Tower will not only enhance health tourism, but will also pave the way for free treatment of patients at PIMS from revenue generated through health tourism," he added. The model of the health tower's construction, as well as the modalities of its smooth functioning, and related costs would be addressed by a key financial team of the federal government and other related institutions.
The syndicate members unanimously passed the agenda items brought up in the first syndicate meeting. The meeting was attended by MNA Asad Umar, Capital Administration and Development Ministry Secretary Faridullah Khan and Additional Secretary Mohammad Asghar Chauhdry, chancellor's (President of Pakistan's) nominees director general Moazzam, who represented secretary to the president Ahmed Farooq, and Dr. Riaz Janjua, Professor Khaleequz Zaman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Abid Farooqi, registrar-secretary of the meeting Professor Amjad Chaudhary, HEC nominee Professor Dr. Altaf G Sheikh, Dr. Rizwan Aziz Qazi, and Prof. Tanveer Khaliq, Prof. Shahid Nawaz Malik.
Admissions to Islamia Collegiate School decline
Peshawar: The flawed policy of the current management of Islamia Collegiate School has caused a sharp decline in admissions to the historic institution of the province, resulting in financial losses to the institution and deprivation of the students from study at the school of their choice.
The school offers admission to 360 students in the morning shift in grade 5 and 250 students in the evening shift in grades 6th, 7th and 8th on self-support basis. But this year the school could not get all the seats filled due to the inefficient admission policy, sources told The News.
Normally entry tests are held in the final week of March every year and the admission process is completed in the first week of April. This year the entry test was arranged well in time - March 23, but the date given for admission was set at April 21, the sources said.
"As parents remain worried about admission of their kids, they avoid taking risk and get them enrolled on time in any school. When the school management called the students who had qualified the test, few among them turned up for admission as majority of them had already secured admissions in other institutions," said an official of the school on the condition of anonymity.
The school then relaxed the merit and the students who had not qualified the test were also allowed to take admission. But even then only 239 students could be enrolled in the morning shift and 136 in the evening. Thus some 121 seats remained vacant in morning and 114 in the evening shifts, the sources said. The news
HEC to set up varsity campus in Lakki
Lakki Marwat: The Higher Education Commission will allocate funds in the next fiscal year for the establishment of a campus of the University of Science and Technology, Bannu, in Lakki Marwat district.
The assurance to this effect was given to the PTI MNA Colonel retired Ameerullah Khan Marwat by the HEC chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad during a meeting on Wednesday. Secretary standing committee for HEC Wilayat Khan Bittanni, director academics Dr Mansoor Kundi and other officials were also in attendance.
The PTI lawmaker discussed with the HEC authorities the matter of setting up a university in Lakki Marwat district and urged the latter to take it seriously.
He also told the officials that local youth were confronted with numerous problems to get higher and research based education.
MNA Ameerullah said that setting up of varsity campus would be the first step towards establishment of a full fledged university in the district.
"With the establishment of varsity campus the local youths will be rid of travelling to other cities for acquiring higher education," he added. Dawn