CIIT 66th Convocation | PMDC move & teachers shortage
Degrees awarded to 624 students
Islamabad, Oct 13: The Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held its 66th
Convocation at Convention Centre, on Tuesday and awarded graduate and
postgraduate degrees, who secured BS, MS, MBA and PhD degrees in
disciplines of Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics, Biosciences,
Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Telecommunication
Engineering, Electronics, Mathematics and Architecture.
were total 624 successful students at Islamabad campus. PhD degrees
were awarded to four students; in Bio Sciences, Electrical Engineering
and Mathematics. On the occasion Chancellor's, Institute and Campus
Medals were also awarded to position holding students from CIIT.
Graduate and postgraduate students bagged medals with highest CGPA in their respective degree programmes.
S. M. Junid Zaidi, CIIT rector, was the chief guest on the occasion,
awarded degrees and medals to successful students. He addressed the
gathering and said that knowledge acquirement and higher education are
transforming virtually every aspect of today's world. He also
appreciated the efforts of CIIT faculty, Management and visionary
leadership. He said that CIIT, recognising its duties, is committed to
provide the best opportunities for learning and personal development
within a caring and supportive environment.
Mukhtar Ahmed Khan, chairman HEC attended convocation ceremony and
addressed the gathering and appreciated the achievements of CIIT.
report was presented by Pof. Dr. Azhar Hussain, Registrar CIIT, he
presented the details of CIIT programs and accomplishments and
highlighted the research activates, national and international
collaborations and current and future academic programs and achievements
of CIIT. Executive Director of Comsats and Chairman Board of Governors
Dr. Imtnan Ellahi Qureshi have also attended the ceremony.
Chancellor's Gold medallists included; Abdul Basit, Muhammad Usman,
Shaista Yousaf, Fawad Badar, Sheikh Muhammad Naveed Iqbal, Nauman Zia
Butt, Rija Iqbal, Moiz Khan, Sahar Shabbir, Amna Farooq and Iqra Ishaq. The news
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US launches second phase of scholarship programme
Islamabad: The United States government has launched the second phase of
its Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) which will
benefit 3,000 talented students who are in need of financial assistance
to pursue higher education in a ceremony held Wednesday at the Higher
The new phase of this U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) funded scholarship program was announced by Gregory
Gottlieb, Mission Director, USAID) Pakistan at an event also attended
by Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms.
Professor Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission
and Vice Chancellors of USAID's partner universities were also
present.A total of 1,807 scholarships were awarded in Phase 1of the
program and more than 1,350 of these students have already obtained
undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The scholarship program also served
as a catalyst for other donors to award scholarships at participating
institutions, resulting in more than doubling the number of students
enrolled since 2004. Based on the successes of the program, needs based
scholarships have increased from two to about 70 public and private
universities since 2004."The U.S. government through USAID has decided
to expand the Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program through HEC by
providing an additional $23.1 million to benefit 3,000 more talented
Eighteen additional universities have been included and new
fields of study will allow Pakistanis to pursue degrees in the most
sought after fields of studies to meet the needs of the job market",
said Gregory Gottlieb, Mission Director, USAID. He added that "half of
these scholarships have been set aside for women, and to help ensure
that we achieve this goal four women-only universities have been added
to the expanded program".Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning,
Development and Reforms, thanked the United States for its continued
support to Pakistan's education sector and noted that students are
selected for the scholarships based on financial need, after gaining
The Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program is
part of the comprehensive U.S. education assistance program in Pakistan,
which includes building or rehabilitating more than 850 schools;
establishing centers for advanced studies at three Pakistani
universities to focus on applied research in energy, agriculture and
water; expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students;
and creating accredited degree programs in education at 90 teachers'
colleges and universities across Pakistan. Daily times
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PMDC move causes shortage of 7,000 teachers in medical colleges
Islamabad: Instead of improving the quality of medical education in the country,
the policies of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) are resulting
in a steep decline in the standards of the country's once reputed
According to sources, the
country's premier regulatory authority has imposed a unique ban on PhD
scholars to teach in medical colleges - a move that has contributed
towards shortage of over 7,000 teachers in medical colleges countrywide.
over the world, non-medical graduates having MSc and PhD/DSc degrees in
the relevant subjects of basic Medical Sciences (Biochemistry,
Physiology, Anatomy, Pathology etc) are hired for teaching in medical
But in Pakistan, the PM&DC has amended the
rules to bar these subject specialists from teaching in medical colleges
despite the fact that world's top medical schools like Harvard,
Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge allow non-MBBS specialists of related
subjects to teach students.
As per PMDC rules dated 15th May 2003, the criterion for appointment of teachers in medical colleges was flexible.
graduates having MSc and PhD/DSc degrees in the relevant subjects of
basic Medical Sciences (Biochemistry, Physiology, Anatomy, Pathology
etc) are eligible for posting as assistant professor, associate
professor and professor, provided medical graduates are not available
after repeated advertisements," the law stated.
December 22, 2011, the council changed the criteria and those qualified
persons, who had MSc/PhD degrees in the above subjects but no basic
MBBS degree, were declared ineligible for teaching.
facie, the decision was taken in the interest of jobless medical
graduates, but the listless administration failed to understand the
long-term implication of the decision and the practice in other
developed and developing countries.
But within next two
years, the PMDC realised the consequences of its decision in the form of
unavailability of qualified teaching staff in majority of the medical
Later in its meeting in October 2013, the
regulatory body eased the restriction and allowed non-MBBS PhD
specialists of respective basic medical sciences to teach in medical
colleges. However, it imposed another condition that they were not
allowed to teach at undergraduate level.
Taking the new
decision, the PMDC again failed to address the basic issue of shortage
of teachers at undergraduate level, as the postgraduate studies were
available only in a few medical colleges of the country.
to sources, currently there are around 130 medical colleges in the
country and in order to provide quality education, they need the
services of around 19,000 teachers. However, in reality there are only
12,000 teachers in these 130 medical colleges and around 7,000 seats are
When contacted, a spokesperson for PMDC,
Hina Shaukat, said the council modified rules as per PM&DC
regulations and in easy way it implemented them, as undergraduate
students had to study human body and organs and therefore a doctor can
more effectively teach these basic medical subjects but a non-technical
teacher who has never done any procedure or practice cannot be more
precise about the subjects.
"The PMDC has the authority to
amend and revise rules under Section 33 of the Ordinance. The aggrieved
may prefer appeal to the council through registrar PM&DC," she
Asked why the council was not addressing the issue
of teachers shortage in medical colleges, she said: "The PMDC is not an
appointing /hiring authority but a regulatory authority; it's
duty/responsibility of medical dental colleges to fill the vacant seats
of teachers according to the eligibility criteria determined by the
PM&DC and PM&DC to ensure the fulfillment of the completion of
full faculty as per its minimum criteria and if any college lacks in the
criteria the PM&DC bans admission to rectify the faculty position,"
However, experts differed with the PMDC spokesperson and termed the council's decision unrealistic.
the world, the eco system of a medical college is made up of so many
medical and non-medical strata and there is always an unmatchable
harmony between the medical and non-medical teachers and scientists in
medical institutions. Pakistan could not be out of that system," said Dr
Muhammad Siddique, ex-chief/principal of National Institute of Health
He said even in India such non-medical
PhD specialists were employed in the fields of pre-clinical/basic
medical sciences and promoted to the posts of professors.
study of the syllabi also gives a clear evidence that the MSc/PhD
specialists study 7-8 times more courses of their subject than the
medical graduates of medical colleges and as such should be the first
choice for teaching in medical colleges," he added.
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PMDC to comply with court orders on Shifa College
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has said it will comply
with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders on the recognition of the
Shifa College of Medicine and Dentistry, Islamabad.
to this scribe on Wednesday, PMDC President Dr. Masood Hameed Khan said
his organisation, the national regulator of medical and dental
education and practice, had never compromised on merit and would
continue doing so. He said the PMDC had refused to register the students
of Shifa College of Medicine and Dentistry after the college
re-affiliated itself with unrecognised Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University.
Masood Hameed said the IHC had directed the Shifa College of Medicine
and Dentistry to stop medical and dental admissions until further
orders, a decision which confirmed the PMDC's stand on the matter. He
said the court had asked the college to ensure the examination of its
students by the Bahria University with whom it was affiliated earlier. The news
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